Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Review

October 31, 2018 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

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With the 105mm f1.4 ART, Sigma has produced one of their finest lenses in their acclaimed Art line: it's extra sharp and has the most beautiful Bokeh I've ever seen. Plus it's the only f1.4 105mm lens you can get for your Canon DSLR or Sony mirrorless camera. It might be on the large and very heavy side and has no optical stabilization but its optical performance makes the new Sigma replace the Nikon 105mm f1.4E as the reference large aperture 105mm lens. Thus the Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art easily earns a Highly Recommended.
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There’s no denying this is a big, heavy lens, but it delivers sumptuous image quality with immense sharpness and clarity, along with beautifully soft and creamy bokeh. For portraiture, it’s spectacular.
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The so-called ‘bokeh master’, or 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, as it’s more commonly known, becomes the company’s flagship in the f/1.4 Art line. Not only does it have the longest focal length and largest front element, it’s also the most expensive. It falls into the wide-aperture, mid-telephoto-length category of lenses and has caused quite a stir among portrait and wedding photographers for whom it promises an amazing optical performance and top-notch build quality.
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The most recent example is this lens – the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART. This focal length and maximum aperture has been done (by Nikon last year in the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E), but Sigma has ratcheted things up further with a bigger, badder, bolder lens that looks more like a slightly smaller 200mm f/2 lens, tripod foot and all. The 105 ART will not be for everyone, but portrait photographers with some arm strength may have just found their new favorite tool!
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