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Title: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Post by: PXL_Pusher on July 26, 2011, 07:14:40 PM
Now - I know this lens got a bad wrap with online reviews... and I'm not saying sigma has anything remotely acceptable in terms of quality control... but this lens has actually served me really well. Anyone have a positive experience with this lens? Here's one of my shots with the Sigma 50 to get it going...  :)

(http://www.christiancasasdesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/optimistic_lrg.jpg)
Shot almost wide open @ 1.6 on my old 50D 1/200 - Natural lighting
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: RSBJ on July 26, 2011, 07:36:26 PM
I bought one a year and a half ago.  Absolutely love it.  It's my only non-L lens and it seems a little out of place when I put it back and it's surrounded by $$$$$ worth of Canon glass.  But so what, it's one of my favorite lenses and it's earned a spot on my shelf.

In fact I run a lens-rental business out of my home in Pittsburgh, and it is my most requested lens.  I gave one of my clients my 85 /f1.2 II for free, and she promptly returned it saying she'd rather pay for the Sigma!  The 85 is a great lens, but the focus is too slow for some people I guess.

Don't worry about it's rep.  If it's serving you well, who cares what anyone else thinks.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: Mt Spokane Photography on July 26, 2011, 10:00:28 PM
I haven't heard of any big problems with the lens, other than, as you say, quality control.  It is very good on crop cameras, but doesn't beat Canon on FF.

I have 4 supposedly EOS compatible Sigma lenses at home which I keep around to remind me that any Sigma lens may stop working on a given new model from Canon.  Expensive lesson.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: JasonM on July 26, 2011, 10:08:33 PM
I bought the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 about 3 months ago and love it on my 7D for portraits.  It doesn't focus very quickly but I knew that going in and my understanding is that's true of any very large aperture lens because the focusing elements are large and heavy.  Great lens and better value than the Canon 50mm f/1.2 and better IQ than the Canon 50mm f/1.4 according to the reviews I read in deciding which to go with.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: liberace on July 27, 2011, 02:13:56 AM
Also one of the few non-L lenses I own. Beats the Canon 50mm f/1.4 on 7D by my eyes. Lab tests may differ though. Only downside is that focus feels and sounds a little rough but it's not a significant problem.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: Paolo on September 16, 2011, 02:05:45 PM
Just a few random shots taken with 5d mkii and this excellent lens.
hope you like them....:)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6173/6152914515_417bfda575.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/6152914515/)
The fisherman (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/6152914515/) by paolo fontana (http://www.flickr.com/people/paolofontana/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6197/6153459092_843ae88f37.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/6153459092/)
Music Mkii (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/6153459092/) by paolo fontana (http://www.flickr.com/people/paolofontana/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6080/6152914249_b85d6411b2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/6152914249/)
Music (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/6152914249/) by paolo fontana (http://www.flickr.com/people/paolofontana/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6082/6153458972_5d8aab1cfe.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/6153458972/)
The idea (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/6153458972/) by paolo fontana (http://www.flickr.com/people/paolofontana/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: TexPhoto on September 16, 2011, 04:06:34 PM
Here is a video shot with the 5DII and a Sigma 50mm f1.4: http://youtu.be/ExB1R23yER4
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: bchernicoff on September 16, 2011, 04:46:21 PM
Here's one picture and a link to a Flickr gallery of 7 shot with this lens on a 5D Mk II.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6153982370_0fe189172b_z.jpg)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bchernicoff/sets/72157627561113469/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bchernicoff/sets/72157627561113469/)
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: soze on September 17, 2011, 08:49:36 PM
absolutely love this lens.  Great pickup... especially the newer revision with the smooth finish.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: alchera75 on September 29, 2011, 08:49:50 PM
Just picked this lens up recently and am loving it ... still coming to grips with the 1.4 factor (over the nifty fifty 1.8) ... but am getting there (slowly!).

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6181/6151850450_c8fe31c45e_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6170/6180240105_dbfbe12ac8_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6161/6183550746_c1f88bc004_z.jpg)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mashtee/6183550746/in/photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/mashtee/6183550746/in/photostream)
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: kirillica on September 30, 2011, 04:09:09 AM
An average Sigma lens with huge amount of CA on FF and kind a slow one. Changed to Canon F1.4 and happy with that.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: Maui5150 on September 30, 2011, 07:27:38 AM
I think the lens can be decent, but also think it can be a bigger crapshoot with quality and matching the lens to the camera.  For me I went with the Canon just because the odds were more in my favor of not having to think about the lens, whether it had more CA, was slightly off, or had build issues.

Now when it comes to a lower price point, then I start looking more seriously at them.

For me, I am just hoping that they improve their quality a little bit and offer stronger competition.  Always nice to have this to not only drive the market for improvement, but to keep prices from being inflated... For the record, I have been an AMD guy over Intel for close to a decade... More performance, cheaper price. 
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: Neeneko on September 30, 2011, 09:12:58 AM
I have mixed feelings on this lens.

I got one maybe a year ago and have had a pretty good experience with it (I was lucky when it came to quality control) but I do have one major complaint with it.

For some reason they built it to use 77mm filters, even though by the looks of it the actual optics do not require it.  Not a big deal for people who do all their work in Photoshop, but I tend to use physical filters heavily so it means getting larger and more expensive filters.   Actually that isn't too big of a deal since my next most commonly used lens is 72mm so all my filters are about that size anyway, but I imagine it could be a problem for someone who does most of their shooting with smaller lenses.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: alipaulphotography on September 30, 2011, 10:19:28 AM
I use this lens all the time on a 5D and it is excellent. It is my general purpose lens. I shot this entire series with this lens:-

http://alipaul.com/travel/kos/

Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: Meh on September 30, 2011, 11:02:50 AM
It's a good lens  :P
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: photogaz on September 30, 2011, 02:21:13 PM
I use this lens all the time on a 5D and it is excellent. It is my general purpose lens. I shot this entire series with this lens:-

http://alipaul.com/travel/kos/

Cracking photos!
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: Van Jindelt on September 30, 2011, 09:30:39 PM
 I just shot a wedding and I only used the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and a canon 17-40 L, the Sigma is a fantastic lens, sharp and fast ,its the second wedding that I have done using this lens, its well worth the 500 bucks
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: Meh on September 30, 2011, 09:51:55 PM
I just shot a wedding and I only used the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and a canon 17-40 L, the Sigma is a fantastic lens, sharp and fast ,its the second wedding that I have done using this lens, its well worth the 500 bucks

Assuming you were using AF, approximately what % of your shots were properly focused?  I've had good experience with my copy but most of the reviews of this lens cited low hit rate with autofocus.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: alipaulphotography on October 01, 2011, 05:56:42 AM
I use this lens all the time on a 5D and it is excellent. It is my general purpose lens. I shot this entire series with this lens:-

http://alipaul.com/travel/kos/

Cracking photos!

Thanks very much! I use predominately manual focus but often autofocus at f/1.4 with no problems. I have not done any calibration and my copy works great but I always trust my eyes over my camera's autofocus anyway. Depth of field is very shallow at 1.4 and I often find people that struggle with hit rate are not manually adjusting after recomposing and blaming their lens on their own error.

Try it for yourself. Photographer > Gear.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: danski0224 on October 01, 2011, 08:20:59 AM
I use this lens all the time on a 5D and it is excellent. It is my general purpose lens. I shot this entire series with this lens:-

http://alipaul.com/travel/kos/



The shot of the storm is excellent.

Care to share any details on how that was captured?
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: alipaulphotography on October 01, 2011, 09:27:34 AM
I use this lens all the time on a 5D and it is excellent. It is my general purpose lens. I shot this entire series with this lens:-

http://alipaul.com/travel/kos/



The shot of the storm is excellent.

Care to share any details on how that was captured?

Thank you very much. I found a flat surface near the beach and propped the camera up with my wallet. ISO1600 f/6.3 and 1.3 second exposure. Along with some good timing.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: alchera75 on October 03, 2011, 05:53:10 PM
An average Sigma lens with huge amount of CA on FF and kind a slow one. Changed to Canon F1.4 and happy with that.

Funny how we all see things differently.  Played around with the Canon 1.4 and was unimpressed with both build and quality ... and for a price that's pretty similar over here.

Each to their own hey?
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: shtfmeister on October 03, 2011, 07:49:15 PM
Has the auto focus been fixed on this lens?
early reviews I have seen said the auto focus was basically the only really weak point of this lens.
I have heard it said Sigma does "silent upgrades" and was hopeing that maybe there was a chip upgrade or something.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: savale on October 18, 2011, 05:24:54 PM
Seems to outperform my canon 50mm 1.4
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: Paolo on October 18, 2011, 07:05:45 PM
Autofocus on mine is fine. Maybe I was just lucky...



http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paolofontana/)
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: JonJT on October 30, 2011, 10:50:08 PM
(http://imgur.com/eI0RP.jpg)

Comments, please!
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: smirkypants on December 29, 2011, 04:03:02 PM
Girlfriend... Canon 7D, Siggy 50/1.4 @ 1.4, ISO 100 at about 1/250th. The light through the window acted as a rim light and was pretty bright. I had to put a .9 ND filter to get the light down to the sync speed. The key light (above left) was gelled orange, set to manual at about 1/64th power.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: smirkypants on January 01, 2012, 09:17:02 AM
Waiting at the Miami Airport. Shot with a 7D and Sigma 50/1.4 using natural light and a polarizer filter at f1.4, 1/4000, ISO 100, -1.33 exposure.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: candyman on January 01, 2012, 10:38:34 AM
Girlfriend... Canon 7D, Siggy 50/1.4 @ 1.4, ISO 100 at about 1/250th. The light through the window acted as a rim light and was pretty bright. I had to put a .9 ND filter to get the light down to the sync speed. The key light (above left) was gelled orange, set to manual at about 1/64th power.

Wonderful atmosphere. Great photo!
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: smirkypants on January 01, 2012, 11:34:52 AM
Wonderful atmosphere. Great photo!
Thanks! I love this lens. I always get really creative energy from it because it opens up so many artistic possibilities for dreamy/impressionistic photos. It's a great street lens too, just remember your ND filters or you're going to be stopping down a lot and losing the whole point of owning this lens.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: moody on January 01, 2012, 12:17:36 PM
Got this lens for 6 months or so, and absolutely love it. The fact is, it has some AF errors, but I got used to it and now it produces very nice photos with stunning bokeh. Most of the time my main lens along with C 24-70L.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48103019/CR/Foto10.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48103019/CR/Foto5.jpg)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/48103019/CR/Foto3%20copy.jpg)
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: smirkypants on January 01, 2012, 12:49:39 PM
Got this lens for 6 months or so, and absolutely love it. The fact is, it has some AF errors, but I got used to it and now it produces very nice photos with stunning bokeh.
My copy front focuses quite badly, but it was fixed easily with a tape measure and the micro focus adjustment. Also, it's just plain easy to make errors focusing because the depth of field is so thin. Love love love this lens.
Title: Ann
Post by: picturesbyme on November 29, 2012, 11:28:40 AM
Model: Ann.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
rest of the shoot: http://atlanticpicture.com/p460965309 (http://atlanticpicture.com/p460965309)

(http://atlanticpicture.com/img/s2/v70/p1294549282-4.jpg)

(http://atlanticpicture.com/img/s11/v28/p1296695874-4.jpg)

(http://atlanticpicture.com/img/s4/v65/p1297153226-4.jpg)

(http://atlanticpicture.com/img/s3/v25/p1296694202-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: skitron on December 13, 2012, 10:12:36 AM
A couple of snapshots in the neighborhood park...50D, Sigma 50.

Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: lundstrom.emil on January 31, 2013, 02:30:26 PM
Canon EOS 5DMK3+Sigma EX 50mm f/1.4

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8056/8432607339_0e323eb428_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/8432607339/)
Maskot, Photographer Emil Lundström (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/8432607339/#) by imaginize.net (http://www.flickr.com/people/imaginize/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: lundstrom.emil on February 05, 2013, 02:33:01 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8220/8447596799_c8314a83d3_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/8447596799/)
JVC EX-D5, Photographer Emil Lundström (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/8447596799/#) by imaginize.net (http://www.flickr.com/people/imaginize/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8502/8448598974_edf9146263_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/8448598974/)
Stars, Photographer Emil Lundström (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/8448598974/#) by imaginize.net (http://www.flickr.com/people/imaginize/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8326/8447515547_64e16d318e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/8447515547/)
Push Pin Cola, Photographer Emil Lundström (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/8447515547/#) by imaginize.net (http://www.flickr.com/people/imaginize/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: lundstrom.emil on June 19, 2013, 01:46:18 PM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2823/9087115936_e691eed41d_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/9087115936/)
Self Portrait, Photographer Emil Lundstrom (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginize/9087115936/#) by imaginize.net (http://www.flickr.com/people/imaginize/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Post by: drmikeinpdx on July 30, 2013, 09:17:17 PM
Great Sigma 50 pix folks!  I especially like the self portrait.

It looks like this thread could use an update.  Here is one I took in the Portland train station with the Sigma 50 at F/2.0, 1/160, ISO 400, 5D3.  Minimal crop, minimal post.

(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s9/v87/p1806210668-5.jpg)

Let's see some more Sigma 50 images!
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Post by: jm on October 16, 2013, 08:14:36 PM
I like this lens for shots and video, however it does have a noisy autofocus when doing video.

http://www.johnmckayphotography.com (http://www.johnmckayphotography.com)
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Post by: lhughey on October 16, 2013, 10:32:24 PM
This is my favorite lens.  Oddly, its also my most inexpensive one.  I love the character of the photos it takes.
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Post by: drmikeinpdx on November 04, 2013, 10:48:20 PM
Here is another shot at F/2.  I seem to like that aperture with this lens.

(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s5/v131/p392519286-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Post by: vlad on November 15, 2013, 12:29:02 AM
Love this lens.  Focus isn't ultra fast, but works fine for most scenarios.  Quality at 1.4 is quite good.  Bokeh is lovely.  I haven't used the Canon 50 1.4 and really don't have much curiosity about it :)