Sigma AF 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM (Canon) - Review / Test Report - Samples Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)
Friday, 15 August 2008 20:00

Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the EOS 350D and RAW-converted via RSP.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/320s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/1.4 @ 1/500s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.0 @ 1/500s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/1.4 @ 1/4000s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/1.4 @ 1/2000s
Size 3471x2311
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/1.4 @ 1/4000s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.0 @ 1/2500s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/125s
Size 2311x3471
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/1.4 @ 1/1600s
Size 2311x3471

Verdict

The new Sigma AF 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM is a refreshing alternative in the long-ignored standard AF lens market. The lens is fairly big and heavy due to unusually big glass elements but thanks to the design efforts it is already capable of delivering very sharp images straight from f/1.4 and the resolution is truly impressive at medium aperture settings. Distortions, vignetting as well as CAs aren't overly relevant in field conditions. The bokeh can be a bit nervous at f/1.4 but it's smoother and more buttery from f/2 onwards. The build quality of the lens is excellent. The HSM AF drive is very fast and virtually silent. Unfortunately the lens suffers from residual spherical aberrations (focus shifts) when stopping down which may spoil the game at times.

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