Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM A-mount lens review by tomiZG
|tomiZG#9787 date: Jan-13-2012|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||- Min. 50 1.7|
- T 90 2.8
|price paid:||490 € (new)|
|positive:||- can't get sharper than this|
- feel both on FF and aps-c
|negative:||- flare at wide apertures|
|comment:||Wow. This is my favorite lens so far. Got it with a mild FF issue and the local Sigma reseller fixed it immediately. Will definitely buy the 85 from Sigma, too, as I can't imagine the CZ are worth the difference.|
It's actually an F1.3 lens, I have been told by the Sigma reseller, and this is the whole trick why this lens performs better than any other 50mm 1.4. This is also the reason why it's bigger and heavier and pricier than any other in it's category, but worth every penny.
As this is also my first HSM lens I am totally thrilled by the AF performance. On both FF and aps-c the lens shines, is great for indoor portraiture, allows me to work at iso 640 and lower at events and weddings, which definitely is the biggest bonus for me. It actually gave my a700 new purpose.
At 1.4 sharpness is already wonderful. At 1.7 it gets amazing and above that it's stellar.
In studio it's also a fantastic performer. Would buy tomorrow a new one if I had to.
Edit: The only downside is flare or call it even reflections when shooting wide open in a contrasty situation, i.e. a bright lit open door or window will vertically+horizontally mirrored appear on the photo in a different corner. Not too much of a problem but still annoying sometimes, depending where the flare appears.