Out of Sigma’s freshly reorganised lens line-up comes a new ‘Art’-branded 50mm f/1.4 with claims of superb design and image quality. Richard Sibley puts it through our rigorous testing procedure to discover what truth these rumours hold
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A – Our verdict
With a street price of around £850, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A isn’t cheap, with most comparable lenses costing around £500. However, the reason for the extra cost is quite clear: this lens is a unique design that breaks away from the traditional configuration of a 50mm f/1.4 lens, a bold move that pays off in image quality.
Sigma is on something of a winning streak, with the 18-35mm f/1.8 lens winning the AP Zoom Lens of the Year award last year, and already this 50mm f/1.4 lens is a strong contender for our Fixed Lens category this year. The images it produces display a staggering amount of detail across the frame, and those shooting landscapes and travel images will be impressed with its edge-to-edge sharpness.
If you are using this lens on a cropped APS-C-sensor DSLR, then it becomes a great 75mm (equivalent) portrait lens, and by using only the very centre of the image circle, the edge-to-edge sharpness becomes even greater still.
The lens looks lovely and handles just as well, but it is on its image quality that it should be judged and here I find it exceptional. If you have the money and want a 50mm f/1.4, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.