I have been asked to review Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, so here are few images I took using this baby paired with my Nikon D800 body. This lens is costly, heavy (815 g), and big in size (3.4 x 3.9 in) compared to Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens, which weighs 385 g only and dimensions 3.4 x 2.8 in. But, no doubt it produces results and performs as you can expect from this kind of premium prime lens.
In my opinion and experience, almost all modern prime lenses work good starting from f/5.6 to f/9 aperture ranges. If you buy Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, you would be more interested in image quality and performance in wide open apertures especially, say from f/1.4 to f/2.2 ranges and would love to fascinate about how the bokeh quality compared to others available.
So, while taking test shots, I was more focused with wide open shots, and at the same time I took photographs the way like to capture it.
If you are interested to see lab test and performance, you have plenty of places where you can visit and drill down all others details you care. Here is dpreview.com review: http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma-50mm-f1-4-dg-hsm and The Final Word extract:
“Overall, the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is a pretty easy lens to sum up. It’s the best autofocus 50mm prime we’ve reviewed to date, with optics so good that we can’t really find anything to criticize. This does however come with a significant size and weight penalty, not to mention a distinctly high price. But if you’re prepared to put up with that, we don’t really see any reason not to recommend the lens wholeheartedly. It’s a deserved winner of our top award.”
Please check out 10 images from Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. For more pictures, click here for gallery view.