Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
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.
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Focal length||50 mm|
|Lens mount||Canon EF, Four Thirds, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Min focus||0.45 m (17.72″)|
|Weight||505 g (1.11 lb)|
|Length||68 mm (2.69″)|
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.
06:18 (29 Nov, 2013)