Sigma 85mm F1.4

Announced Sept. 7, 2018

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The Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art hasn't been on the market long, but it has already begun to make some serious waves. Lenstip and DxO have rated it the sharpest 85mm lens ever created, beating out even the legendary 85mm F1.4 Zeiss Otus, which isn't something that we take lightly. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the lens back in mid-November and we were very impressed to say the least, so much so that it took top honors for the 'Best Prime Lens of 2016' as chosen by our staff. It has, without a doubt, been a pretty big topic of discussion not only amongst our staff members, but also amongst portrait photographers around the world. With that said we just had to get our hands on it to see how it really performs and to see how it holds up next to some very stiff competition at 85mm. The Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM is a very formidable competitor and arguably the best modern 85mm F1.4 on the market (behind the manual focus Zeiss Otus, of course). With that in mind, the question is; can the Sigma hold its own? Our review will answer that question and more.

Pros

Landscape photographers looking for a wide-angle zoom lens with exceptional sharpness and performance from 12mm-16mm.

Cons

Photographers looking for excellent performance across the entire focal range and photographers who prefer to shoot with a lighter kit.

Quick Specs

Dimensions 3.73 x 4.97" / 94.7 x 126.2 mm
Filter Thread Front: 86 mm
Autofocus Yes
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Optical Design 14 Elements in 12 Groups
Magnification 0.12x
Minimum Focus 33.46" / 85 cm
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The Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art hasn't been on the market long, but it has already begun to make some serious waves. Lenstip and DxO have rated it the sharpest 85mm lens ever created, beating out even the legendary 85mm F1.4 Zeiss Otus...

Given the high bar set by Sigma's Art lenses, when I first heard about Sigma releasing this lens at a fairly affordable price I was extremely excited. Unfortunately though, the lens fell short in several aspects. The fact that ...

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