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Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:02:23 AM »

A review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens has appeared on ThePhoblographer.


The lens receives pretty good marks in the review, though a few things such as the lack of weather sealing, size and microcontrast. Though the lens is remarkably sharp and the autofocus works well.


Says ThePhoblographer

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 Art DG HSM is an exceptional lens. Starting with the design, it very much is in line with the company’s 35mm f1.4 Art optic. The outside feels and looks like something that Hasselblad might make. It feels just so great in your hands that you’d never want to let it go. In fact, if you’re a big fan of the 50mm field of view you might never want to give it up.”


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Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 13, 2014, 06:02:23 AM »

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2014, 07:54:11 AM »
"Pretty large for a 50mm f1.4"

Well it does have 13 elements, (that do wonderful things!).
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2014, 09:08:21 AM »
It isn’t as contrasty as its 35mm f1.4 Art cousin and therefore doesn’t have as great colors in our opinion, but it is still quite good. Additionally, modern software lets you do almost anything with the color depth of modern sensors and lenses. So you really shouldn’t worry about it so much.

nother great review... I haven't heard the term micro contrast in relation to any other lenses.  But I'm used to post production... so I'm curious what lens has a comparable micro contrast.

Per these guys, the color in the 35mm is better, but there might be too much color for human skin... so I'm a touch confused... maybe I need to read it again.

« Last Edit: April 13, 2014, 09:22:31 AM by jdramirez »
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2014, 10:20:12 AM »
Would the price come down a bit if I wait for a few months?

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2014, 10:59:41 AM »
Would the price come down a bit if I wait for a few months?

Would be nice but I wouldn't count on it due to supply and demand. The sigma 35 and 18-35 hasn't come down.. Those are still selling real well. Maybe in a couple years? Haha
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2014, 11:26:57 AM »
Would the price come down a bit if I wait for a few months?

Sigma 50mm ART production lines are in high gear. I bet 10cents that the price will not drop within few months. If you in need for 50mm, I say go for it. Just enjoy the best from Sigma.
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2014, 11:29:37 AM »
Interesting review, which covers many aspects that would be of interest to potential buyers of this lens. One line didn't make much sense, though: "Additionally, we feel that the saturation is a bit too strong for skin tones when shooting portraits despite Sigma’s attempts to not saturate the orange channel too much–at least that’s what we feel in our color tests."

A lens can't saturate colors beyond what's coming in through the front element. If the image looks too saturated, check and adjust your post processing settings and don't blame the lens for doing its job as intended.

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2014, 11:31:22 AM »
Would the price come down a bit if I wait for a few months?

Last December there was a deal on the 35 art for 699.  That's the best I've seen for new... but you can find used ones (returns) for around $800... and you can get a refurbished one from Sigma for 680.

The lens came out in September 2012.  So if you can wait that long.
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2014, 11:38:49 AM »
Interesting review, which covers many aspects that would be of interest to potential buyers of this lens. One line didn't make much sense, though: "Additionally, we feel that the saturation is a bit too strong for skin tones when shooting portraits despite Sigma’s attempts to not saturate the orange channel too much–at least that’s what we feel in our color tests."

A lens can't saturate colors beyond what's coming in through the front element. If the image looks too saturated, check and adjust your post processing settings and don't blame the lens for doing its job as intended.

I read that too... So the 35 has better contrast and better color... but the 50 has too much color... which suggests that the 35 has way too much color. 

I might be using the transitive property inappropriately... but da fuh?
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2014, 12:51:27 PM »
f-stoppers also have posted a video review of this new lens. even they seem to be impressed with this lens.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A-fl1aS6eXk&ctp=CAIQpDAYASITCIuzwLD13b0CFReCqgod21oA0w%3D%3D&hl=en-GB&guid=&client=mv-google&gl=IN

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2014, 05:03:51 PM »
Per these guys, the color in the 35mm is better, but there might be too much color for human skin... so I'm a touch confused... maybe I need to read it again.

I'm not sure what these reviewers are doing (or not doing) with post-processing, but I think pretty much all of the human shots I saw on The Phoglographer and f-stoppers reviews look horrible with skin tones.  Skin tones look just too stark  and cold with peaky orange/magenta bias to my eyes.  The best photo's were the black & whites IMO. 

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2014, 06:53:32 PM »
Per these guys, the color in the 35mm is better, but there might be too much color for human skin... so I'm a touch confused... maybe I need to read it again.

I'm not sure what these reviewers are doing (or not doing) with post-processing, but I think pretty much all of the human shots I saw on The Phoglographer and f-stoppers reviews look horrible with skin tones.  Skin tones look just too stark  and cold with peaky orange/magenta bias to my eyes.  The best photo's were the black & whites IMO.

One of the reviews, they said they were doing minimal post production because they didn't want to give a misrepresentation of the contrast about the lens.  As for what I saw... I didn't think the color was that far off... but maybe I wasn't looking that hard.

Ok... I went back and looked... I didn't like the photos... or the models... but I tried to look past that and more about what the lens brings to the table.  Expensive gear doesn't fix boring subjects...
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2014, 01:55:55 AM »
Nice review, I was interested to see how it did...

I'm still rocking my 50 1.8, and have been in the market for a new lens, but am in no rush and will wait to see what problems arise from it! ;)
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2014, 02:57:24 AM »
I´m really curious to see how it performs against 35 Art. I have seen a couple of reviews but it seems no one compares these two. Still waiting for the first user reports and then I´ll decide. I would prefer 35 before 50 focal length for my 5D3. But if this new 50 is optically better then I´ll probably change my decision. Only optical performance matters for me, I do not care about weight or size. Sharpness, CA, micro contrast, this is important for me.
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2014, 02:59:07 AM »
Would the price come down a bit if I wait for a few months?

Sigma 50mm ART production lines are in high gear. I bet 10cents that the price will not drop within few months. If you in need for 50mm, I say go for it. Just enjoy the best from Sigma.

they wont even clear the backorders in a few months...
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