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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review: Image quality

During our recent visit to the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show we were told that this lens sets a new benchmark for optical quality in the Art series. With a statement like that we were expecting some remarkable results.

Sigma 85mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art review sample image

A taxi driver waits for his next fare in Kamakura, Japan. Canon EOS 5DS R, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, 1/1000sec at f/1.4, ISO 200

A few days after running it through a series of stringent lab tests mounted to an EOS 5D Mark III, I got the opportunity to pair it up with Canon’s 50MP EOS 5DS R. Inspecting my real-world images alongside our Applied Imaging chart indicates that it resolves outstanding sharpness in the centre when it’s used wide open (f/1.4) and things only get better when it’s closed down.

Sigma 85mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art review sample image

The lens was tested in various different shooting environments, including a wedding. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, 1/1600sec at f/1.8, ISO 1600

It transpires that it’s as sharp in the centre at f/1.4 as it is at f/11. Edge sharpness improves as the aperture is closed down and if you want to find the perfect sweet spot between centre and edge sharpness you’re best using it at f/5.6. Users can be confident of producing sharp results at f/8 and f/11, but the impact of diffraction does soften overall sharpness a little, particularly at f/16.

Sigma 85mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art review sample image

The lens was tested in various different shooting environments, including a wedding. Canon EOS 5DS R, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, 1/400sec at f/1.4, ISO 125

The aesthetic quality of the bokeh at f/1.4 is sublime. The dreamy blur can really accentuate subjects that you’d like to stand out from their surroundings and although vignetting is obvious at the lens’ maximum aperture, it’s not as severe as you might expect.

Sigma 85mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art review sample image

The lens renders cat’s eye bokeh towards the corner of the frame, which is evident in this photograph. Canon EOS 5DS R, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, 1/250sec at f/1.4, ISO 800

Edges appear approximately 1.3EV darker than the centre at f/1.4 and disperses completely by f/2.8. Optical performance isn’t compromised by distortion and it manages to control chromatic aberrations along high-contrast edges exceptionally well.

Sigma 85mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art review sample image

A sample image taken during wedding preparations. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, 1/1000sec at f/1.4, ISO 400

At the widest aperture there was just a hint of green fringing along a few edges of our test images, however this was a one-click fix using the Remove Chromatic Abberation tick box located beneath the lens corrections tab in Lightroom CC.

Sigma 85mm f:1.4 DG HSM Art review sample image - With_CA

Evidence of minor fringing can be seen above. Canon EOS 5DS R, Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, 1/640sec at f/1.8, ISO 200

  1. 1. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review: Introduction
  2. 2. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review: Features
  3. 3. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review: Image quality
  5. 5. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review: Resolution, dynamic range and distortion
  6. 6. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review: Verdict
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