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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon
Sigma LCF III 77mm Front Lens Cap
Sigma LCR II Rear Lens Cap for Canon EF
Sigma LH830-02 Lens Hood

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Product Features


Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon


The staple Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM has been redesigned and reengineered to set a new standard for the Art line. With a large 1.4 aperture, the Sigma 50mm 1.4 prime lens is a pro level performer for shooting everything including portrait photography, landscape photography, studio photography and street photography.  A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, smooth and accurate autofocusing and paired with Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass and Super Multi-Layer coating, the 50mm 1.4 is a high performance lens for the modern DSLR sensors. 13 elements in 8 groups allow for unsurpassed performance even at wide apertures and close-up photography is easily managed with a minimum focusing distance of 40cm. The Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens is the new exceptional standard, standard prime.

The Canon EF mount Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens is a fast standard-length prime designed to achieve high optical performance through the incorporation of both three Special Low Dispersion glass elements and one molded glass aspherical element. These elements, coupled with an advanced optical design, work to minimize sagittal coma flare and chromatic aberrations in order to provide high image sharpness and clarity. The lens' large diameter and floating system also help to correct for vignetting to ensure maintained peripheral brightness. A Super Multi Coating has been applied to lens elements, too, to reduce flare and ghosting for higher contrast and color fidelity.

A Hyper Sonic AF Motor, along with an optimized AF algorithm, produces quiet, smooth, and fast autofocus performance that benefits this lens' use in a wide variety of situations. This AF motor also permits full-time manual focusing control for refined precision by simply turning the focus ring at any time.

Sigma Global Vision - Art
As part of the Art line within Sigma's Global Vision series, this lens' is designed to achieve truly notable optical performance and is ideally suited for creative and artistic applications.
Molded Glass Aspherical Element
This lens has been designed using an advanced optical structure to achieve both high resolution and sharpness along with an aesthetic out-of-focus quality for greater subject separation. A molded glass aspherical element corrects for sagittal coma flare and enables full use of the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture with maintained sharpness and clarity. This design also works to minimize vignetting, color blur, and other distortions help to produce natural and pleasing bokeh for selective focus and shallow depth of field techniques. By reducing these aberrations, this lens is also well-suited to astrophotography or other situations with point-light sources due to its ability to suppress blur near the edges of the frame.
Special Low Dispersion Glass Elements
Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements have been incorporated within the lens design to correct for axial chromatic aberration throughout the entire focusing range. This helps to ensure maintained image sharpness, clarity, and contrast regardless of focus point or aperture setting.
Large Diameter Lens
In designing the lens with a large 85.4mm diameter, and placing the widest elements within the front group, greater peripheral brightness is more easily attained when working with larger apertures. This design also lends itself to minimizing vignetting throughout the aperture range for greater clarity and detail across the image frame.
Super Multi-Layer Coating
A Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize lens flare and ghosting and contribute to producing contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery, even in backlit conditions.
Floating System
By employing a floating system, the distance between glass elements is adjusted during focusing in order to limit the amount of lens movement required when shooting. This floating system helps to realize a minimum focusing distance of 1.3' with a maximum magnification of 1:5.6. Additionally, this design also contributes to high detail rendering capabilities throughout the entire focusing range.
Hyper Sonic AF Motor
The integrated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) realizes quick and quiet autofocusing, which is further complemented by an optimized AF algorithm to produce smoother focusing performance. The HSM also permits full-time manual focus control simply by rotating the focus ring at any time.
Other Lens Features
A rounded nine-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus quality.
The lens is constructed using a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material, along with traditional metals, for greater precision and use in wide temperature variations. The outside of the lens barrel is also engraved with the year of production.
The bayonet mount is constructed from brass for ensured accuracy and durability.
The included lens hood is fitted with a rubber connection for a secure fit.
This lens is compatible with the optional Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning different lens characteristics and updating its firmware.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Aperture Comparison Example

 f/1.4  |  f/2.0  |  f/2.8  |  f/4.0  |  f/5.6  |  f/8.0  |  f/11.0  |  f/16.0 


As a Global Vision lens, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens receives a designation of "A" for Art (vs. "C" for Contemporary or "S" for Sports). As I've said before, I love what Sigma is delivering with their GV lenses right now, but I'm still not a fan of limiting the usefulness of a lens to one of these categories. Least understandable is what the "Contemporary" designation means. Are the "A" and "S" lenses not at least as contemporary? Can sports lenses not be used for wildlife? This "A" lens works nicely for sports.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Close-Up

As with some of the other "A" lenses, I'm sure that the wide "A"perture has some responsibility for the "Art" classification. Wide apertures mean shallow depth of field. As illustrated in the aperture walkthrough above, an f/1.4 aperture has the ability to remove all background distractions by turning them into a strong blur. Shallow depth of field can make a subject pop from a blurred background.

Only Canon DSLR camera owners can find a wider aperture autofocus lens available, including the EF 50mm f/1.2 USM lens, and a discontinued 50mm f/1.0 AF lens remains in circulation. The current Nikon lens mount is too small to support autofocus on lenses with a max aperture wider than f/1.4, but the fully manual NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS Manual Focus Lens is available and an out of production 55mm f/1.2 lens exists. Otherwise, the Sigma 50mm Art lens, at f/1.4, is the widest 50-something mm lens available in Canon or Nikon mounts, though many other lenses share this spec.

Blurring the background is of course easiest at longer focal lengths and 50mm is typically considered a normal focal length. Back up and the normal focal length retains a rather large depth of field even at f/1.4 as shown below. Focused on the seating area, the "50" on the field remains largely in focus – especially at this resolution.

50mm 50 Yard Line

Sorry, I couldn't resist a 50mm 50 yard line shot. Looks like someone had their choice of seats.

In addition to blurring the foreground and/or background, the wide aperture allows fast, action-stopping, camera-shake eliminating shutter speeds even in low light. If the narrow depth of field works for your subject, this lens can easily be shot handheld indoors even at night. There are many great zoom lenses that include the 50mm focal length and optically perform very well at f/2.8 or f/4, so one of the reasons to use a prime lens is for the apertures wider than these. An f/2.8 aperture requires 4x as much light to get the same shutter speed as an f/1.4 aperture provides.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens on EOS 5D Mark III

Image Quality

Promises of excellent image quality long preceded the 50 Art's price and availability announcement and anticipation for this lens ran very high. With the lens in hand, we were finally able to see how accurate those promises were.

At f/1.4, the 50 Art is quite sharp in the center of the frame with slowly increasing softness toward the periphery of the image circle. Still, full frame corners are nicely sharp even at this wide open aperture. Slight improvement is seen at the center of the frame at f/2 and the corners sharpen very nicely at this aperture. Slight additional corner sharpening is seen at f/2.8 where this lens delivers overall extreme sharpness.

There are many wide aperture 50mm prime lenses, but none except the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 and Zeiss f/2 Makro lenses are really sharp until stopped down to at least f/2.8. Only the Zeiss Otus is sharper at f/1.4, but it is only very slightly sharper in the center of the frame and moderately sharper in the outer portion of the image circle. The Sigma is sharper than the Zeiss 50 mm f/2 Makro at f/2.


Product Specification


Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon


Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 46.8°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.31' (40 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5.6
Elements/Groups 13/8
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.36 x 3.93" (85.4 x 99.9 mm)
Weight 1.79 lb (815 g)

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