Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM A-mount lens review by nicols

reviewer#9646 date: Nov-29-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm 1.8
Sony 50mm 1.4
price paid:379 GBP (NEW)
High build quality
negative:Big and heavy
Needs rechipping for a77
comment:I love this lens - well made, acceptably sharp in the centre at 1.4, sharp across the frame from 2.2-2.8. Very high resolution on an a77, AF is fast thanks to the hsm and it has DMF override so MF is easy. Feels a little heavy sometimes, but then that's a big chunk of glass and solid build quality. I have the newer, smooth version which was labelled a55 compatible on the box but still had to get it chipped for the a77 (hence I deducted a point from build quality for want of a better place to do it). I have the easy choice Sony 50mm and whilst I like that lens, this really does outperform it in all ways except price and weight. By contrast, I also had the Sony 50mm 1.4, a lens i never warmed to - this lens kicks that one (my copy at least) into the dirt.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 61
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.64
  • distortion: 4.82
  • flare control: 4.59
  • overall: 4.69 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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