Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX Review

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Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX Review

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX Review

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX - high-aperture prime, produced since 2008 for different systems. This review presents a version for Nikon cameras. Among third-party manufacturers, so far only Sigma produces modern 50 mm fixtures. In addition to the Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX, there is still a no less sensational - Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM Art.

At first I was very skeptical about Sigma's fifty kopeck piece, but when I got my hands on it, its large front lens, with a 'professional' filter diameter of 77 mm, made me fall in love with it, and then our relationship was strengthened by a good picture. True, it's a pity that the good relationship lasted until the first focusing mistakes :(.

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

The lens is focused using the HSM motor (Hyper Sonic Motor, Nikon SWM analogue). Focusing is fast and quiet. Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX (version for Nikon cameras) fits all Nikon digital cutting cameras, even to those who don’t inboard motor focusing. The minimum focusing distance is 45 cm (normal MDF for 'fifty dollars'), and the maximum magnification ratio for macro photography is 1: 7.4.

On the case there is a window with a focus distance scale in meters and feet, as well as depth of field labels for F / 8 and F / 16. It’s a pity there is no hard stop for quick and accurate aiming at infinity. You can also find the AF-M focus mode switch

The focus ring is rubberized, rotates 90 degrees in the active position. Due to the fact that the lens is very chubby, such a small stroke of the focus ring is quite enough for comfortable work with manual focus. During auto focus, the ring remains stationary. In manual focus mode, when the ring reaches its extreme positions, it does not rest, but continues to rotate, slipping, like on many native Nikon lenses.

The lens does not have internal focusing, but is designed so that during focusing the front group of lenses moves inside the lens body, while the trunk of the lens does not lengthen. Such focusing will in no way interfere with the use of any special filters, for example, gradient or polarizing.

When using the lens on the camera Nikon D700 I encountered frequent misses in auto focus mode. If in good conditions for focusing the lens more or less coped with focusing, then as soon as it came to low-contrast scenes, side and backlight, automatic focusing became almost useless. And in general, I got a lot more blurry shots due to focus automation errors than with any another native fifty dollars from Nikon. Perhaps this is just such a feature of the instance from the review and it is when working on D700... Personally, I was very pleasantly surprised by the focusing speed with the Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX and greatly upset its accuracy. Also, there are rumors that during aperture there is a focus shift (aka 'focus shift'), but personally I did not notice such a disease behind the lens.

Wardrobe Case Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

Wardrobe Case Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

The lens has the function of constantly accessing the focus ring, but the Sigma 50 / 1.4 does not have a full-fledged mode of constant manual focus control Nikon M / A... In autofocus mode 'AF', set with a switch on the lens, performing manual focus override rivals camera and lens automatics. We can say that the Sigma 50 / 1.4 only has a focus mode Nikon A / M.

For comparison - native Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G immediately disables auto focus as soon as you touch the focus ring and it does not depend on the focus mode set in the camera. Mode Nikon M / A is sometimes a very nice 'little thing' that most third-party manufacturers never learn to copy. Of course, you shouldn't worry about this shortcoming, I think that none of the Sigma 50 / 1.4 users are particularly upset about the lack of a mode Nikon M / A. Moreover, if you use different buttons to activate focus and release the shutter (AF ON or AF-L / AE-L), then the lack of a lack of regime M / A completely disappears.

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

Compared to a native similar lens - Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4G, Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX focuses an order of magnitude faster (if you compare the focusing time from infinity to MDF and vice versa). Personally me in Nikon 50 / 1.4G the slow focusing was very annoying, and in general it is strange that the 'flagship' among the 'fifty kopecks' Nikon 50 / 1.4G focuses more slowly than the simpler model Nikon 50 / 1.8G. But dear Nikon 50 / 1.4G has a much higher 'tenacity' of focusing than the lens from the review.

For an additional detailed comparison of all Nikon 50mm autofocus lenses, see 'Autofocus fifty dollars Nikon'.

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

The Japanese assembly of the lens is top notch, the lens itself is very pleasant to the touch, with a characteristic Sigma velvet coating (newer versions of the same lens have a body made of ordinary plastic without velvet). The lens weighs 570 grams and looks great on the camera due to its huge front lens. Before the Sigma 50 / 1.4, I had never seen a fifty dollar lens with such a large front lens, for example, my own Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.4D uses tiny light filters with a diameter of 52 mm.

Housing parts Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

Housing parts Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

Included with the lens is a special small case (shown in the picture in this review) and a hood. The lens hood can be installed in the reverse position (transport mode), only when the hood is worn back and forth, access to the focus ring is completely lost. The hood is latched with special grooves.

Aperture blades Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

Aperture blades Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX

The optical design of the lens consists of 8 elements in 6 groups, with one of the elements being an aspherical lens. The uninitiated don't care about all these elements, groups, etc., but what's funny is that Sigma is 3 years ahead of Nikon in implementation. aspherical elements in 'fifty dollars'. So, until 2011, until it came out Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical, all Nikon XNUMXs were designed without the use of aspherics.

By the way, Canon since 1989 also launches its Canon Lens EF 50mm 1: 1.0 L USM with two aspherical lenses :).

Enlightenment of the front lens

Enlightenment of the front lens

The lens uses a diaphragm with 9 blades that form an almost round hole, which very well affects the nature of the luminous discs in the blur zone. The aperture closes to F / 16, and the maximum aperture of F / 1.4 allows you to use the lens with slow shutter speeds in low light. It is a pity that Nikon and Sigma do not produce 50 / 1.2 class autofocus lenses (and I am already silent about 50 / 1.0).

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX and MS Helios-81H 2/50

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX and MS Helios-81H 2/50... The difference in aperture ratio is 1 stop, and the difference in size is colossal.

The 'EX' ('Excellent' - top quality lenses) prefix on the lens barrel is well deserved. Optically the lens turned out to be good. First of all, F / 1.4 aperture, especially in the center of the frame, is absolutely 'working'. With aperture, the edges of the frame also return to normal. Otherwise, the lens is good too. In particular, I want to undo his nice 'drawing'.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 762 MB, 67 photos in .NEF format (RAW) from cameras Nikon D700 (FX) and  Nikon D80 (DX). When shooting on Nikon D700 some photos were taken using Nikon flash SB-900, and when shooting on Nikon D80 a Citiwide CPL 77mm polarizing filter was used.

EGF Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX when used on Nikon DX cameras will be 75 mm, which is quite suitable for portrait shooting.

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX and Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

Who is bigger? Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX or Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)

Prices for the Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX lens in popular online stores can look at this link.

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Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX on ZK Nikon AF N8008S

Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX on ZK Nikon AF N8008S

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Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX is a very good lens, there are certain drawbacks with focusing on some models and with some cameras, but in general, it can be a worthy replacement for the native 50 / 1.4 class lenses, and sometimes much better than the native XNUMX / XNUMX lenses '.

UPDATED

A detailed review was released on Radozhiv Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG Art.

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Comments: 173, on the topic: Sigma 50mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM EX review

  • Alexander

    The lens is good, I use it in a bunch of Nikon D7100. Auto focus overshot just about a dozen times, they already shot them about three thousand frames. Maybe I just got it. But the work of the motor is noisy, but it does not bother. The bokeh is great for my taste. At the expense of the model, I fully agree with the previous writer, just super

  • anonym

    Hello Arkady! But have you thought about testing the CZK against sigma? I just did not see you have a single review of the cameras of this company, but I would really like to know more about them, especially your personal opinion)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Send, I will do a review.

  • Arkady

    Arkady, good afternoon, did you test sigma on the crop with the polar because of the software on the open?
    I can’t try on FF, because I don’t have it)))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Just with a polar.

  • Andrei

    I thought, who is better for the d7100: sigma 1.4DG, nikkor 1.4G or generally nikkor 1.4D - can you please tell me?

    Now most often I shoot 35 / 1.8 nikkor and the soul asks for something else and fresher :)

    • Arkady

      If you really choose, then between 1.4g and sigma, at 7100 I liked sigma more, the picture is livelier and more interesting ... But the taste and color, the markers are different)))

      If you choose a sigma, then before buying, drive it both in the tail and in the mane ... There is a very strong spread in quality, pay attention to the back and front focus.

  • Ivan

    Thanks to Arkady for the review. With this Sigma on Kenon 5d, I also have problems with focusing. At first I thought it was my fault, but then I noticed that I had no such problems with other lenses. Acquaintances Kenon 5d mark 2, and Nikon d600 say that they have no problems with such a lens. Everything focuses well. People used to photograph Keno 50 1.4 for a long time, and they like Kenon 50 1.8 Sigma much more.

  • Alexander Gvozd

    Lens - SUPER !!! I have been using the Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX lens for over a year in conjunction with the Nikon D300. Aperture 1.4 is fully operational, starting at f / 2.2 on the D300 is very sharp! It is important to check the back front focus when buying and you will be happy. Sigma is especially good when shooting at close range (chest portrait, objects, flowers, etc.) - there are no mistakes, but when shooting a full-length portrait with an open aperture, smear takes place. The only drawback is that it cannot focus for a long time in very poor lighting conditions! Recently I filmed a christening in a church, the lighting is not very good, but Sigma (without flash) worked 100%.

  • Dmitriy

    And how is she friends with flashes? Does she transmit
    focus distance?

    • Ivan

      yes, just like nikkor lenses with the designation D

  • Polar 7

    I have sigma since February 14g.
    fell in love with her head over heels. until August he didn’t take off his body at all.
    no misses. the only disappointment is a little chromite on the full hole. especially when shooting in backlight. not so much, but chromatite. With 2.0, there are no complaints.
    Sigma rules!

  • Artem

    Used and native Nikon 1.4 G AF-s autofocus misses were also abound. Perhaps all the same it is because of aperture.

  • Alexander

    My copy has a front focus, adjusted to D7000, but the scale is over))) That is, I didn’t reach a bit. From here the question is, do you think it makes sense to buy a docking station for alignment or is it better to add and take this fifty dollars from Nikkor?

  • Victor

    Arkady, tell me please, have you used a softbox or a reflector for backlighting?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      for some photos in contrast, the model is lined up front with a flash in the forehead (to increase power) or with a diffuse diffuser. On the other side, in contrast, the exposure was set to point measurement, which is why the model has a normal exposure, and the back is failed due to sun exposure. In one case, the DD of the camera was enough to prevent the backdrop from failing.

  • Victor

    Thanks! Nice to read your reviews. It would be interesting to read about canon 70-200 L 2.8 If suddenly it turns up to you.

  • Alexander Gvozd

    Nikon AF-S 85mm 1.8G vs Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM EX. Maybe someone will be interested. I understand that these are two completely different lenses and for different tasks. Photos without processing! A doll from a tripod, an apple from a hand.

  • Alexander Gvozd

    Baby Doll

  • Ruslan

    I used it for about 3 years. If to compare this Sigma with simple inexpensive Nikkor 50, 1,8, then I give preference to Nikkor. Sigma is less sharp, often misses autofocus. Aperture 1,4 for a portrait is not suitable, the focus will be a small detail of the face (if cropping on a portrait of a person with a capture below the neck, that is close) and aperture 1,8 is also quite problematic for a portrait. In fact, such a wide aperture is almost not working. Well, that’s what happened to me personally.

  • Oleg

    An excellent lens with a good aperture - http://technoportal.ua/lens/sigma/sigma-af-50mm-f14-ex-dg-hsm-art.html - I recommend that you read the reviews and tips!

  • Novel

    Hmm, if we try to put an option of this lens with a Minolt mount on Sony a7 through the la-ea3 adapter, we will not lose aperture due to the lack of a translucent element and theoretically leave all the native focus points and we will not knock them all in the center as with la -ea4. What do you think?

  • Dmitriy

    Good day Arkady and "sympathizers"
    I work just with the lens that you have in the photo next to Sigma - the most popular owl. glass - Helios 81N (Nikon D5200 camera) for those who do not know - focus 50 and aperture 2.and everything seems to be good in it for my amateur level, but because of the constant miss in sharpness due to the fact that the image on the screen is small, then when increasing, there are misses, since I take pictures mostly in the evening with a lamp, which means that the diaphragm is maximally open or so.
    I began to look towards the "decent" glasses with autofocus and after reading your review I understand that autofocus will not always help out. the manual remains.
    I heard that some have sound exposure.
    How to determine on which lenses it is on which not?
    is there any confirmation here on this sigma?
    They say somehow you can tune the manual ones and put on them some kind of chip that supposedly will make the owls visible. lenses for current DSLRs.
    how to do it, if so.
    if there are articles on these issues - give a link.
    thank you in advance. good shots)

    • BB

      Time
      https://radojuva.com.ua/2011/04/optika-na-nikon/
      and two
      https://radojuva.com.ua/2011/05/oduvanchik-lushnikova-nikon/

      Learn to use search. Look for answers in the 'Articles' - there are answers to 99,9% of the questions asked in the comments. And if you have searched well and did not find, then ask a question in the appropriate topic, or in the topic 'Question-answer'.

    • Valery A.

      Yes, it seems that the sound confirmation of focus is only on the cameras (although squeaking lenses would be cool). Does the light sensor help you? focus (green circle) in JVI? The chip for tuning manual lenses is Lushnikov's Dandelion for Nikon AF, see here and on Google.

      • Dmitriy

        Sorry for the top - I was interested in this particular lens and asked questions that arose after reading the review here.

        I don't look through the viewfinder. I usually use an LCD screen. - poor eyesight.
        What is an JVI?

        thanks for the links.

  • Dmitriy

    Well, in general, the problem was solved in a simple way - by pouring money into the lens norms. bought Nikon AF-S 35mm f / 1.8G DX. it came out 170 USD + delivery. So far I only use the first day, but I'm very happy, since I shoot in manual mode or with aperture priority and autofocus, so it's just right for a shirik sechas. I just decided to act this way - in the beginning I will buy fixed lenses 35, 50 and 85, and then I will sell a camera with a whale 18-55 and buy a 610 or 700 carcass instead. I hope that there will be no problems with the glass. Anyone in the know whether lenses with the inscription DX for the crop will be on the FX carcass. I understand that FR will be different. I'm interested in the same mount?
    Thanks for the advice.

    • Jury

      The DX lens will become a crop or full frame from Nikon on any camera - the bayonet is the same, and the FF will be the same, the angle of view will change to FF carcass and vignetting will appear strong on an open aperture. Arkady even described everything in the article: https://radojuva.com.ua/2012/09/living-with-nice-lens-v/

    • anonym

      If you buy a FF camera, 35 1.8 will be in the crop mode, as well as 50, if the mother is 50.

  • Vital

    How well will this lens work on the Nikon 5200?

    • anonym

      There are problems with focusing with accuracy. Look at the native 50mm 1.4G, it will have a more stable result.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It will work, but most likely there will be features with focus.

  • Valery

    Thanks for the review.
    Super flowers. My weakness.
    Please tell me: Carl Zeis Planar 50mm 1.4 and Sigma from the review, at about the same price,
    bokeh, picture, I understand - both delicious, but still ... There is a Canon 85mm
    What fifty dollars to take in a pair?
    Thank you.

  • Michael PMC7027

    Suddenly who will tell you? I don’t understand why, with the same aperture ratio, the Nikon and Sigma “fifty dollars” have different diameters of the front lenses. How can this be?

    • KalekseyG

      Different versions of the optical scheme. Why is the picture different for the same focal and hole?

      • Michael PMC7027

        Drawing has nothing to do with it. Drawing is a subjective concept, and lens diameter is objective.

        • KalekseyG

          Well, let's take Nikon and Canon 50 / 1.4. hang on the canon and take two pictures - the result is two different pictures (color and sharpness are not taken into account), where is the subjectivity? And the size of the first lens - look at different types of glasses, the size and shape of the lenses are different with the same diopters from the same blanks. And the value of the aperture depends only on its geometric size relative to the focal one.

          • Michael PMC7027

            Where is subjectivity? In your assessment of these pictures. You liked the first, and I liked the second. And the diameter of the lens (even the back, even the front) is the same for me and for you and for anyone. This is an objective parameter, i.e. independent of us with you. Glasses are not an example at all. The specific cut of the glass blank depends on the requirements of fashion, design, etc.

            • KalekseyG

              Experience photo 11-20 years? So it’s written in the photo club application form? I'm in shoooooook

              • Michael PMC7027

                I'm shocked too. From your ignorance. Learn physics, Russian and philosophy. So far, you have a solid “two” in these subjects.

              • KalekseyG

                Well all complete victory, I give up! It is very correct and masculine to transfer the topic of the dispute to another plane and there unleash the opponent, having won in the entire dispute.

    • Nikolay Fedorovich

      If with the same focal and aperture the diameters of the front lens are different there will be a different vignetting coefficient.

      • Alexey

        And also, there may be different resolution. And in general, Mikhail, Kaleksey answered you correctly - the design is different.

  • Sergei

    Do such lenses come out for sony with the E baronet? thanks

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Not available.

  • Grandfather

    the girl is very beautiful!

    Respect for the review! I look at him. What do you think, what is the adequate price for a used one in excellent condition?

    • Pastor

      12-14 thousand rubles is quite adequate. It happens less, but most often 15 or more. The main thing is not to rush into the purchase. Well, checking for back / front focus is still sigma.

      • Grandfather

        There is an option for 16 thousand. The type is in excellent condition, but it is embarrassing that the seller initially lies that he bought it for 37 thousand 1,5 years ago and the type of check is lost =)))) RATEDLY CONVENIENT STRATEGY! Something then I did not see such prices, and now it is possible to take a new one cheaper))

        • Pastor

          Well, he’s picking up the price :) In general, if the condition is perfect, autofocus hits the target and the complete set, then you can throw it off (at least) and take it, if this sigma is already interesting.

          • Grandfather

            Yes, yes, for 15k I would have bought it with pleasure. What do you think she does with Nikkor 50 / 1,8 Ji in sharpness? otherwise I shoot on it at 2,8, everything that is wider than the hole - the sharpness no longer suits me. I even had a Japanese nikkor 50 / 1,4 D, in terms of sharpness it is the same as 1,8 J, it seemed to me so. all of them are some kind of soap pancake half a Nikkorovsky

            • Pastor

              Personally, I really like the sharpness of 50 1.8g (maybe 1.8 is not super sharp, but on f2 it’s already much better, and on 2.8 even the angles are sharp). But 1.8d and 1.4d in sharpness lose. In general, the sigma 50 1.4 is quite sharp, but when I compared side by side with 50 1.4 g and 50 1.8 g, I did not notice a special increase in sharpness. Perhaps the open is slightly better in the corners than 50 1.4g, but even that is hardly perceptible. My copy had jambs with autofocus, so I refused sigma in favor of my native, but more predictable lenses. If 18-35 1.8 I forgave the jambs of autofocus because of the picture, then I decided to sell 50 1.4 ex.

              • Grandfather

                about 18-35 / 1,8 it's fantastic using it with d7000. adjusted the focus and everything with a beam, hits the target - a razor in sharpness. In general, I have already changed my mind about taking sigma since there is no sharpness gain. what's the point? carry a large heavy lens when 1,8 ji is small and light =)))

            • Pastor

              If there is an opportunity to see a specific instance, you can try it. With some sellers, you can agree to shoot on your camera and look at the result at home, and then decide. In my opinion, in case of a difficult choice like yours, this is the best option. And 18-35 were set up with a docking station or an in-camera correction? Here it mows for me, for example, on d5200, but due to the presence of several cameras, the adjustment will improve the situation on one and worsen on the other: (And yes, the glass is gorgeous :)

              • Grandfather

                I made internal adjustments to Nikon d7000.
                I simply do not have another crop.
                filmed them on D90 (camera from work) - no problems at all
                Here is the result with the D90. the color rendering of the D90 matrix is ​​much more correct and the bunch is excellent for daytime shooting!

            • Pastor

              Yes, the color of d90 is better than d7000. The photo is cool. And the lens is excellent. It is very nice to have a set of fixes in one zoom :)

              • Grandfather

                Yes, I would have a similar zoom on my D700, let's say 24-50 / 2, even if I would be happy by the most I can’t
                I screwed it here yesterday on 700ku and removed by 35 mm. Visible vignetting and pillow distortion. I think somehow to test and in the lightroom to create a preset to correct these shortcomings, then 35 mm will not have to be sharp to buy on FX =))))

            • Pastor

              I put it on 5d through an adapter - from 28-30mm it's almost order. The fix is ​​not a problem in processing. But having 28-35 q1,8 on ff is something :) The sense of buying 24-35 q2 is a little lost.

              • Grandfather

                I'll try to somehow take photos of someone in this way, I also need to check the autofocus process. And the sharpness there is amazing. You can shoot with an open, the main thing is to get into focus

  • Simon

    I bought Sigma 1,4 and Nikkor 1,4 I sold ... They are not worth the money they charge for the 1,4 aperture which is NOT WORKING. I bought 1,8 cheaper and the picture is better and working f1,8

    • Jury

      There are Sigma with a working aperture of 1,4, but they have a focal length of not 50 mm :)

      • В.В.

        This Sigma is working with f / 1.4. Apparently, the developers did not specifically seek to correct the maximum spherical aberration, so as not to spoil the artistry of bokeh. On aperture 1.4, focus a bit further than the subject. Or shooting at 1.4, enter the correction on the carcass to +, but the value of the correction empirically, depending on the distance to the object. Physics. Not considered a defect. Yes, and do not adjust the autofocus on the carcass with this lens when shooting at fully open, cover. Have a great shot! ;)

        • anonym

          Aperture changes only in live view.

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