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Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

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Manufacturer Sigma
Model 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 85 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Angle of view 28.6 o
Closest focusing distance 0.85 m
Maximum magnification 1:8.6
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type HSM
Lens Construction 11 elements / 8 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Sigma
Pentax K
Dimensions 84.7 x 87.6 mm
Weight 725 g
Additional information 1 SLD glass elements
Released: Feb. 2010
Average rating (6 owners reviews)
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4.50 Good
Owners reviews (6)
  1. thomas
    thomas 2 December 2013, 16:33
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    IP 79.83.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 770 euros
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: colors fringes, heavy as fuck, AF accuracy a bit frustrating sometimes, details of finitions are "cheap" (gold ring scratched with time, AF/MF button moving itself, etc...)

    Pros: amazing resolution straight from 1.4, nice warm colors, fast AF, solid buid, nice bokeh, nice handling

    Summary: sigma knows how to do nice lens, and this is one! almost as good as nikon in some regards, better in some (resolution) and for a great price!

  2. Christobella
    Christobella 19 February 2012, 11:42
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    IP 31.185.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: £600
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Bokeh fringeing wide open

    Pros: Sharpness, contrast, AF, bokeh, resistance fo flare, price

    Summary: A real gem. Trounces my old Nikkor 85/1.4D, and is sharper in the centre (where it counts for portraits) than the new 'G' lens. Most importantly, the AF is quick and reliable, and works commendably well in low light.

  3. Amateur666
    Amateur666 4 February 2012, 15:58
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    IP 91.155.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 900 euros
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Price. Poor AF accuracy, hunts a lot. Weighs a ton.

    Pros: VERY sharp from f/2.0 onwards. Nice focal length for general use.

    Summary: I love the optical quality but I hate the AF on this thing. The AF is just unreliable and I feel I have been cheated. If I have to use MF to get sharp shots, I might as well have bought the Samyang for a third of the price I paid.

  4. srk
    srk 15 August 2011, 12:21
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    IP 195.68.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: EUR 800+
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Some bokeh and purple fringing;

    Pros: Fast and accurate AF; Sharp (sometimes too sharp in the center for a portrait lens); Nice colours & bokeh.

    Summary: Great value for money; Great AF;

  5. Holden
    Holden 11 April 2011, 09:27
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    IP 194.100.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 800 euro
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Longitudal CA

    Pros: Fast, consistent and accurate AF, very sharp at all apertures (at least in the center of the frame, I don't mind the lack of sharpness in the corners wide open), very good contrast wide open, beautiful bokeh.

    Summary: I have used this and both Nikkor 85mm 1.4's and I find this at least as good as the new 1.4G and far superior to 1.4D. AF is faster in Sigma

  6. zhjiln
    zhjiln 30 November 2010, 20:18
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    IP 71.195.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $300 (ebay
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: -color fringing at bigger apertures. f1.4-f3.5 -disappointing corner to corner performance on full frame (better on crop sensors) -AF speed is a bit slower due to heavy glass

    Pros: -superb image quality at center -full frame lens -usable f1.4 -very good build quality -nicely damped ring, FTM -HSM is accurate to focus, very quiet -lens hood is powdercoated -77mm filter (shares filters with my 17-40L )

    Summary: a very good portrait lens but costs less than the nikon or canon equivalent. aperture f1.4 is great for low light, and great for a soft look for portraits

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