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

reviewer#9610 date: Nov-19-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Cosina 100 F3.5 macro
Minolta AF 70-210 F4 (beercan)
Minolta AF 75-300 F4.5-5.6 D
price paid:869 USD (new)
positive:Silent focus
Super-thin DOF
Slow focus ring (for MF)
purple fringing
comment:Fantastic on my A100 and α77! Very sharp, even wide-open in corners. A veritable portrait machine, at f/1.4, faces look like they're out of this world.

The HSM worked really well on the A100, but the lens had to be re-chipped (free service by Sigma) to work on the α77. Fast, smooth and quiet.

Lots of purple fringing at high-contrast areas wide-open. Purple fringing will show up on astrophotography. Cleans up well, e.g., in lightroom CC.

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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