Dustin Abbott has completed his extensive review of the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG ART HSM which is available in the Canon EF mount. Nikon shooters have their own native Nikkor 105mm f/1.4, but the only option for Canon is this new Sigma Art series prime.
I have yet to get my hands on one of these lenses, but it’s definitely going to find a place in my kit in the near future.
Dustin came away impressed with the Sigma with a few caveats:
Sigma has once again successfully created an extreme optical instrument. Tackling a project like a 105mm lens with a huge maximum aperture of f/1.4 is not for the faint of heart, and yet I see evidence of growing maturation as Sigma manages to get more and more right. There’s no question that the extreme size and weight of the 105 ART will be off-putting to many, but those with a little extra arm strength will be rewarded with an exceptional portrait lens. The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART is not a mainstream lens. It isn’t a general-purpose lens; it is a tool for specialists. A lens like the 105 ART can seriously set your work apart from the crowd, providing images unique to those that a standard 70-200mm f/2.8 lens can produce. Read the full review