Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN E-mount lens review by Ziginox

reviewer#44224 date: Feb-10-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 30mm 1.4 DC DN
price paid:$479
positive:This lens is seriously sharp. It's even sharper than the Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens, which DxOMark listed as the sharpest lens for the system. Even wide open, this lens is highly detailed. Bokeh fades away nicely, with almost no onion-ringing. AF is almost dead silent; I had to put my ear up to the lens to hear it.
negative:The pincushion distortion on this lens is quite heavy. Of course, you have lens profiles to correct this, but it's crazy how much there is pre-profile. Flare resistance seems to be decent, but nothing amazing. The aperture motor is strangely loud, making audible clicking noises when changing.
comment:Overall, this lens punches well above its weight for the purpose it's intended for- portraits. The distortion is quite high, but manageable with the built-in corrections and profiles in Lightroom/ACR. Flare resistance is nothing to write home about, but this isn't a lens you'd typically be pointing at the sun. AF is completely silent, so this should be fine for video, but the aperture mechanism is oddly very loud.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 3.00
  • flare control: 3.00
  • overall: 4.20 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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