It took a while, but Justin completed his review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG Art series lens. This isn’t a usual focal length for him, so there was some challenged when using it on jobs. He much prefers the 35mm focal length.
He did come away impressed with the lens, like most reviewers out there.
Reviews here at Canon Rumors have slowed down while we work on a new web site, we hope to increase the pace at which they come in the spring.
From Justin “I wasn’t sure how I felt about this lens after I sent it back. I didn’t have it long enough and I didn’t really push the lens against its competitors. I tried to use it on every job I had for a few busy weeks, and I used it. I actually used it. I hardly ever use my Canon 50mm f/1.4, as there’s something about the resulting photos that don’t blow me away. I keep it in my kit because it’s relatively inexpensive and not really worth selling. While my general feeling is that the Canon 50mm f/1.2L isn’t worth four times as much as the Canon 50 f/1.4, the Sigma is definitely worth the two and a half times price difference.” Read the full review
Dustin Abbott has completed a very in-depth review of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART series lens for Canon. There’s a written review, a video review as well as a sample gallery for you to check out. I agree with most of what Dustin says about the lens, especially the part where this lens is leaps and bounds better than the 50mm lens it replaces. I tend to use the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART more often than the Canon 50mm f/1.2L, as I find the AF inconsistencies from the Sigma are far easier to deal with than the focus shifting of the Canon 50mm f/1.2L.
From DustinAbbot.net “All in all, Sigma has made a major breakthrough in creating a large aperture prime with world class optics that is in a price range that most professional and many amateur photographers can afford. While the stated “target” is the Zeiss Otus, there will actually be fairly few photographers that are cross-shopping these two lenses. The Otus is still the optical king and enjoys a certain cache that Sigma can’t touch. But the Sigma is a far more practical lens for most photographers, as most photographers need autofocus for their work. The inconsistency in the AF performance is a concern, but the truth of the matter is that there are a variety of focus concerns with other 50mm lenses, too. The AF in the 50mm ART is snappy and (most of the time) accurate. I have already used the lens in professional settings and have been mostly pleased with the results. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it professionally in the future. This is an excellent lens that sets a new benchmark for autofocusing 50mm lenses.”
Sigma is planning to announce a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens at Photokina with availability coming in October of 2014.
There has been no word on the possible 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art or 135mm f/1.8DG HSM Art lenses. I think both the 85 and 135 would be more highly desired than a 24mm prime, though if it’s as good as the 35mm or 50mm, we’ll take it anyway.