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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM 'Art' On the Way for Testing

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Sigma 50/1.4 DG HSM A for Nikon
Sigma 50/1.4 DG HSM A for Canon
Sigma 50/1.4 DG HSM A for Sony A-mount
Sigma 50/1.4 DG HSM A for Sigma SA-mount

The new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A is on the way for testing. I’ll be testing it on my upcoming mountain trip, with reporting to follow later in June in DAP.

Initially I have the Canon mount version to be tested on the Canon 5D Mark III, with the Nikon version to follow. I suspect that the Canon 50/1.4 and 50/1.2L will be hard pressed to keep up with the Sigma 50/1.4A.

Sigma has taken an aggressive strategy of making some very high quality lenses lately, the color correction being particularly impressive (especially longitudinal chromatic aberration aka violet/purple fringing).

The 35/1.4 DG HSM A set the pace (excellent lens) and now the 50/1.4 DG HSM Aarrives. The Sigma Super Tele Varifocal 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S also offers a very high level of color correction. Could a 24mm and 85mm be far behind?


Specifications for Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series
Focal length: 50mm (nominal)
Aperture scale: f/1.4 - f/16, rounded diaphragm blades
Focusing range: 40cm / 15.7in
Angular field: 46.8°
Image ratio at close range:            1:5.6
Number of elements/groups: 13 elements in 8 groups
Filter thread: 77mm
Weight (nominal): 815g /28.7 oz
Dimensions: 85.4mm x 99.9mm / 3.4in. x 3.9in
List price: about $949

Bruce Z writes:

Bruce shoots ballet and similar.

... anyway, my main point is that your reviews and in depth discussions (e.g. The Merrill series of cameras, etc. ... You do not just review and test, and then leave them to yesterday’s news, you are on-going with your updates and comparisons. Making for REALLY informative timelines of details.) I was able to come-up with the notion of asking for the Sigma 120-300 F2.8 because of the exposure you have given this line of Sigma lenses ...among other things as well.)

Just keep doing what you are doing, because nobody else is hitting it like you are!. Thanks, and Thank you to Sigma, a really fine company. Could you imagine a Foveon sensor capable of high ISO performance! That would be the end of the story for every Bayer sensor camera in this odd-ball market of digital imaging!

DIGLLOYD: there may yet be some surprises in the camera market, or so I hope. And I love doing what I do, so long as readers continue to support me in that effort.

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