Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Announced Mar 18, 2008 •
Prime lens | Canon EF, Four Thirds, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha
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Announced Mar 18, 2008

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM is a fast prime that behaves like a classic 'normal' lens on full frame, and a short telephoto portrait lens on APS-C cameras. It offers impressive central sharpness at large apertures, coupled with unusually low vignetting for its class due to its oversized optics; however this also means it’s rather large. Build quality is excellent, and the lens is available in versions to fit every SLR on the market.

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Article, Mar 18, 2008
Quick specs
Lens type Prime lens
Focal length 50 mm
Image stab. No
Lens mount Canon EF, Four Thirds, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha
Max aperture F1.4
Min aperture F16.0
Min focus 0.45 m (17.72)
Max magnification 0.14×
Weight 505 g (1.11 lb)
Length 68 mm (2.69)

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Our review

The Sigma 50mm 1.4 has smooth out-of-focus backgrounds, improved sharpness at large apertures, and lessened vignetting due to its large lens barrel. It's a far better portrait lens on APS-C than legacy primes designed for 35mm film, as well as an extremely competent standard on 35mm full-frame.

Good for: Those looking for a sharp, fast normal lens with quick autofocus and good build quality -- especially APS-C camera owners in search of the perfect portrait lens.

Not so good for: Anyone who wants their prime lenses to be small and lightweight.

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