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..
Amazing lens! Having previously used the Canon 85mm f/1.8 for years, the Sigma really took the image quality to the next level. The sharpness of the in focus area is phenomonal, and the blur of the out of focus area is super smooth with great bokeh. It's a lens that meets high expectations for sure. I would find it hard to justify the extra $1,000 for the Canon f/1.2.
I bought this lens used and listed it as very good condition from Amazon. I owned 70-200 mm F 2.8 and 24-70 mm F2.8 and 50 mm F1.8. I do my works mostly portrait. Since I bought this lens I have not used any other lens but this lens. I can not tell what each apertures setting are like, but the only aperture setting I can tell you is F 1.4 because it is the only aperture setting I used on this lens. And let me tell you at F 1.4 this lens is a dream. The focus fall off quickly when you focus on the eyes by the time it get to the ears, the focus already fall off into a nice dreamy bokeh. Only one minor complaint if you shoot in the backlit area sometime the lens tend to produces chromatic aberration, but it's an easy fix in post. At half the price of the new Sigma Art series and the functions are the same, you will not regret your purchase with this one.
Easily the sharpest lens I own, or have ever owned, including Nikon 24-70 f2.8G, Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR1 and VR2, Nikon 50 f1.8 D and G, Tokina 11-16 and 12-28, and several other standard zooms and kit lenses. Even at f1.4 this thing is ridiculously sharp from edge to edge. Stop it down just a little and all 36.3 million pixels from my D810 are razor sharp, even the extreme corners at 100% magnification. Not quite as fantastic on my D7100, but I have never seen any of my full frame lenses look as good when shooting them on DX. Still works very well, and will be used quite a bit for video on the D7100. Focus is quick and locks on positively. It is also deadly accurate on just about anything I have placed the focus point on. It's fairly large and quite heavy for a prime, but I will gladly pack it around anywhere to get what it can deliver. There is heavy color fringing in high contrast edges when shot wide open, but it reduces quickly upon stopping down, and it can be reduced or eliminated completely in Lightroom. At f2 it is hardly there and by f2.8 it has almost disappeared entirely. This is about as close to a perfect lens as I can imagine. Well done, Sigma!!
I've been doing portrait work for $ for several years and recently I upgraded to a full frame camera (6d) and I was mostly using my 70-200 2.8L for portraits. I started craving those thin depth-of-field shots so I found an 85mm prime on a full frame was what I needed to invest in. I researched all the options as so many have... The canon 1.8, 1.2L and this Sigma 1.4. This seemed to be the best compromise of all of them and I was right. I've been super happy with this lens. I have the Sigma 50mm 1.4 and I had to send it in for calibration and I was concerned I'd have to with this as well but the focus is perfect. It rarely misses and it's usually my fault and not the lens. It's as sharp at 1.4 as my 70-200L-IS is at 2.8. The minimum focus distance is also so much closer than my 70-200 so I can get tighter shots and that thin dof I was craving. I just don't see how the canon 1.2 can be any better than this. The build quality is fantastic too. It's built like a tank and it's a big lens. Don't worry about focus issues, it seems that they've sorted that out and this lens is crazy sharp. 1.4 is so much fun and on a full frame camera with good iso, like the 6d, you can basically take pics in the dark :-)
I'm really happy i bought this lens. I shoot with a Canon 5DIII and am a commercial portrait photographer. I was looking at the canon options for 85mm primes but decided that the 1.8 wasn't good enough and the 1.2L was too expensive. If you are thinking the same, this is a great option. I am really impressed with the image quality as well as the fell and build of the lens. The autofocus is a little slower than some of my canon lenses but I don't find it ever an issue. Hopefully you know how great prime lenses, and this is no different - great for shooting handheld in low light and for a shallow depth of field. If you need (or want) and 85mm, this is a brilliant choice.
My first Sigma lens and I have to wonder why I've not taken the leap from Canon to Sigma sooner? Outstanding quality all around.. I've zero issues with this lens and I'll be saving a lot of money in the future!
For most photography most of the time the Sigma is an equal match to the current Nikon 85 1.4 G. It really is. The Nikon's ergonomics and handling are a touch more smooth/mature perhaps, but if I was you I wouldn't blow the difference hoping to see better images. I've got plenty of images on my website taken with both lenses. You wouldn't be able to tell.
What a great lens, what I really wanted was Canons flagship 85mm 1.2 but at over £1500 it would be a while before I could justify that
The best 85mm money can buy for you Alpha 99 right now. The Zeiss is way to unstable and expensive.
An excellent lens that is great to use. Feels great and well made (heavy) and early indications are that it takes superb images too. Very pleased.
Best value 85mm lens for Nikon.
Exactly as described
A Great Lens
Awesome love it
Excellent lens great price prime day and warehouse deal open box .... saved 500 on wondefull bit of kit
this lense is to die for!
Its like my new right arm! I love it!!!
Ich habe mir dieses Objektiv vor 1 Jahr bestellt, zuerst war ich wegen den negativen Rezessionen gegenüber Sigma sehr skeptisch. Als es dann per DHL geliefert wurde habe ich es sofort an meiner 6d getestet, wow, was für eine scharfe Linse!!!