Lens Review Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

Just after arriving at the Photokina there were quite a lot of things to discover for a curious guy like me. Besides numerous innovations regarding print technology in photography and many fantastic exhibitions of pictures from all over the world, I was particularly fascinated by the recently announced lenses. Of course, Sigma’s optics attracted me and besides the SIGMA ultra-wide-angle 12-24mm F4 DG HSM and the fixed focal length Sigma 500mm F4 DG OS HSM I came across the Sigma 85 F1.4 DG HSM of the Art series. I already know the big aperture from my experiences with the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens with which I already had the chance to take some amazing pictures.


The 85mm fixed focal length is a great opportunity for portrait and fashion photographers alike to create some nice bokeh. Its precise bokeh and the high build-quality of the lens deliver first class images. The high resolution and the excellent focus range make it a very fine option for professional photographers. Chromatic aberration is reduced so FF DSLR cameras with a 50 MP resolution are really worth their money.

The SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art contains two elements made of SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass which make every photo a clear total image across the entire image plane.

On the SIGMA presentation stage at the Photokina 2016, the 85mm lens was tested and image samples were presented live. Here you could see the proof that its optics guarantees super sharp results for real. When zooming into the eyes of the photographic subject, you could notice amazingly sharp light reflections inside the iris as well as the eyelashes. At the presentation and during the self-test I was particularly interested in the improvements of the autofocus: when compared to the previous 85mm, the HSM motor is 1.3 times faster and thus has an incredibly fast AF which also works excellently with moving subjects. The 9 aperture blades and the super-multi-layer (SML) design deliver high-contrast images as well.


After a self-test and having the lens tested, I can only write positively about this innovation. I like both its focal length and the feel of the optics with which you can take great portrait photos. Its harmonious bokeh and its fast AF attract me a lot and I’m already looking forward to buying the lens for myself in November.


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