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When you need a medium-telephoto standard lens for everything from portraiture to sports, the fast Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLRs is a great solution. This large aperture beauty is designed with an SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and a glass mold element which yield first-class, sharp image captures with high contrast.
Full or crop frame digital cameras Fast aperture lens, perfect for portraiture A great lens for the wedding photographer
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I've always been hesitant to try sigma lenses because I hear a lot of problems that people have with the focusing on them. I passed up on the widely regarded 50mm f1.4 and 30mm f1.4 even though they got stellar reviews for the most part. When Sigma came out with the 85mm f1.4 for less than half the price of Canon's 85mm f1.2 L II, I had to see if it would save me a bundle in my search for a great 85mm.
I took some time to compare this one to the 85mm f1.8 and the 85mm f1.2 L II by renting all three before making any decisions, and I have to say that this lens really impresses!
The Sigma lens is much lighter than the Canon f1.2 and therefore, much easier to handle. The first thing that comes to mind when putting the canon f1.2 on my camera is how awkward everything feels - it's weight and "top-heaviness" really throw the balance off (I'm using a 7D) and makes the whole set-up feel wrong. With the sigma, I don't get this feel.... it feels right. It feels like...
I am a pro wedding photographer who shoots primarily with zooms. I use prime lenses more as specialty lenses when I want to narrow depth of field or in extreme darkness. I own the Canon 85 1.8, itself an excellent lens, and rented a Canon 85 1.2L, a fabled Canon staple. The Sigma is actually better than the 85 1.8 at large apertures and rivals the Canon 85L in almost all respects. Compared to the Canon 85L, the Sigma is slightly more compact and lightweight. It's build is similar to my Canon 35 1.4L. More importantly, the Sigma focuses faster on all of my cameras--5D, 5DII, and the 50D. The Canon L has the advantage of being weather sealed and accepted by Canon Professional Services for pros who are members. The Canon 85L is also unique in that it opens to 1.2 rather than just 1.4.
The Sigma autofocuses faster than the Canon L and almost as fast as the Canon 85 1.8. There have been reports of this lens hunting, having seizures, and making squeaking noises. If your copy of...
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I'm actually writing this review about 10 months after having sold this lens which I have used at probably a few dozen weddings and portrait sessions. Btw, the price you will potentially get on the used market sucks if you buy this new, so better watch out for a used copy if you don't care about the 30+ days warranty.
The Sigma 85mm f1.4 for Nikon is actually a great lens. You can use it indoor (=usually short-ish focusing distance and no straight sunlight) at low light levels with f1.6 or even f1.4 with great results (amazing results!). For outdoor portraits stay at f1.8 or better f2.0 unless you like chromatic aberration or unsharpness (the same goes for many other lenses including Nikon's products though). However, if your focus point is very close and you're all in the shade then f1.4 will work too, but not if you're focusing on something further away. Again, in this case stay at f1.8 or above and you will get tack sharp...
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