Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM A-mount lens review by wroverel

reviewer#8798 date: Mar-17-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 50 1.4 Carl Zeiss SSM
- Tamron 90 2.8 macro
- Minolta 80-200 2.8G
- Sony 28-75 2.8
price paid:899 euro
positive:- Sharpness from f2.0
- Bokeh
- Autofocus (very silent and precise)
negative:- Plastic hood
- af-mf selector seems not very solid
comment:This lens is the best I have for portraiture.

Precise focus (about 70cm of minimum focus distance), even in low light, but not as fast as Sony's SSM in the 50 F1.4 Carl Zeiss.

Useable shots even at F1.4; sharpness peaks at F4.0-F5.6.
Not too strong logitudinal chromatic aberration (but visible and removeable in post production).
Good bokeh, not much cat-eyed shaped at full aperture

A very recommended lens

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 4.82
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.36
  • distortion: 4.93
  • flare control: 4.64
  • overall: 4.75 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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