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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A (Art Series)

Available in Nikon, Canon, Sigma, and Sony mount, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A debuted in April 2014. At a price from 1.5X to 2X that of the f/1.4 Nikon and Canon normal lenses, it aims to set a new bar in performance eclipsing those lenses and closing much of the gap with the standard bearer, the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon.

Together with its sibling, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM, the Sigma 50/1.4A could become the autofocus lens of choice for Canon/Nikon/Sony shooters looking for the best possible normal lens with autofocus, the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon being manual focus and also considerably more expensive. Moreover, with Sigma’s aggressive pricing, even moderate performance improvements over the Nikon and Canon 50/1.4 lenses will be gladly welcomed by shooters of those brands.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • 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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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM A

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