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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, reviewed by Dlee13

 
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Aug 13, 2016 09:35 |  #1

Since I'm not writing a full and detailed review, there's 3 major points I'll touch on which are:

Image Quality - I've now owned this lens for 6 months and during that time, it has done nothing but impress me. Although I do love the old EX range (and Sigma lenses in general), I feel like this lens should have been the first lens in the Art line. My copy is definitely tack sharp wide open and like all other 85mm's definitely suffers from CA (although I don't find it troublesome since it's fixed within seconds in post). A lot of people like to wait for a possible 85mm Art which I did at one point, until I realized I rather be out shooting with an already amazing lens than waiting for something that isn't even confirmed. I can assure you that if you are after an 85mm, this is a really great option.

Autofocus - This is probably the part were most people would be disappointed with a Sigma lens (I certainly was with my first copy of the 50mm f1.4 EX). For me, I would dare to say it focuses as well as my Canon lenses in all different types of lighting. I tested mine in the store before I purchased it and I had no issues at all. Once I got it home, I decided to do the dot tune focus method to test it and do some AFMA. For some reason I did find a value of something like +2 (I think at least, was 6 months ago now ߘ ), although after further testing I realized it didn't need any AFMA at all. I must say the only issue I've had with the AF is when using the very outer AF point on my 6D at distances near infinity. I have had issues with this point on other lenses at far distances so I don't believe it is the lens (this is also shooting wide open so the DOF can still be quite shallow).

Build/Design - I really love the huge front element on the EX series lenses, the short and fat look is great to me. The build is very solid and fits in my hand really well.

Here's a few of my favorite images I've taken with this lens.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/DZxd​Sd  (external link) Alex (external link) by Daniel Lee (external link)

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GmQF​zB  (external link) Subiaco Commons (external link) by Daniel Lee (external link)

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/K6d3​MR  (external link) Check In Tokyo (external link) by Daniel Lee (external link)

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/GRrE​aj  (external link) Look Up Bokeh (external link) by Daniel Lee (external link)

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/KLvZ​Rb  (external link) Before Anyone Did Anything (external link) by Daniel Lee (external link), on Flickr

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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 - Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS -
Canon EOS M5 - Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 - Canon EF 11-22mm f/4-5.6 STM

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Dec 06, 2018 14:45 |  #2

I totally agree with your review, I also have this lens which is the 1st version (NOT ART) and it is amazing, focusing is quick and accurate with a 5D Mark IV and the Bokeh is impressive and addictive :D

Also this is much more compact and little bit lighter than the new ART version which makes this so much convenient to carry around :)


Canon 1D Mark IV | Canon 5D Mark IV | Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM | Sigma 50mm f/1.4 | Sigma 85mm f/1.4 | Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 | Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art |Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art | Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 (Macro) | Canon Speedlite 430EX II | Canon Speedlite 580EX II
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Dec 06, 2018 17:15 |  #3

AsifSalam wrote in post #18765639 (external link)
I totally agree with your review, I also have this lens which is the 1st version (NOT ART) and it is amazing, focusing is quick and accurate with a 5D Mark IV and the Bokeh is impressive and addictive :D

Also this is much more compact and little bit lighter than the new ART version which makes this so much convenient to carry around :)


I had this same Sigma 85mm several years ago, and although I like the rendering better from my Tamron 85 1.8 w/ VC and the extra speed of my Canon 85 1.2, I would still enjoy this Sigma. I almost purchased it back again from the friend I sold it to. I felt it focused good, had nice color and was reliable. The only change between now and then, was Canon introducing the 85mm 1.4 with IS, which in my book would drop this Sigma to 7 or 8 if I were to rate it today. I feel it's a good value for the price.


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Dlee13
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Dec 07, 2018 06:37 as a reply to  @ AsifSalam's post |  #4

Thanks and make sure you're not dumb like me and sell it haha. I sadly sold mine when I switched to Sony and kind of wish I kept it since the bokeh was really amazing!


Sony Alpha A7III - Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 - Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 - Canon EF 16-35mm f4L IS -
Canon EOS M5 - Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 - Canon EF 11-22mm f/4-5.6 STM

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