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Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Assessing Focus Shift @ ~1.5m: Picnic Table Wooden Surface

This page assesses the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art for focus shift at a distance of approximately 1.5 meters.

One might think that a “small” amount of focus shift is acceptable. But it is not—I think I at first unfairly blamed the Nikon D850 for focusing errors in the f/4 and f/5.6 images. It might well be a factor, but the dominant error is the zone of sharp focus being too deep, e.g., centered inside the eyeball instead of centered on the iris of the eye. This series explores that possibility

Picnic table wooden surface

The entire frame aperture series is shown below. A casual glance show a hint of a focus shift issue, but it’s not very obvious.

As to correction for secondary color, it is outstanding. There is no obvious secondary color in either the foreground or background only the sparest hints of it—truly outstanding, world class performance.

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  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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