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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Lens

Updated on September 15, 2014
Two 85mm lenses.. the Canon 85mm f/1.8 on the left and the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 on the right.
Two 85mm lenses.. the Canon 85mm f/1.8 on the left and the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 on the right.
Here are the same two lenses, this time, the Sigma 85mm lens is naked (no hood), but it still dwarfs the Canon lens.
Here are the same two lenses, this time, the Sigma 85mm lens is naked (no hood), but it still dwarfs the Canon lens.

Sigma 85mm Lens - Surprise Package

Got my new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM a few days ago. I have not anticipated the arrival of any package this much since I got my digital SLR camera.

Unfortunately, the UPS driver didn't leave the box, because it needed a signature. So I had to drive in the pouring rain to get it (of course, I didn't want to wait until the next day... I had to have my lens).

The first thing I noticed about the lens was just how "professional" it felt. The best description I can give it is, "a massive lens that feels good to hold." You see, I got two lenses at the same time. The other is a Canon 85mm f/1.8. By comparison, the Canon feels like a toy. You can see the difference in the photo on the right. I added the lens hood for effect :-).

Sigma 85mm Lens For Portraits

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens does portraits, even moving portraits.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens does portraits, even moving portraits.
My friend Kirk was gracious enough to sit for a few minutes as I took a few hand-held portraits with my new Sigma 85mm lens.
My friend Kirk was gracious enough to sit for a few minutes as I took a few hand-held portraits with my new Sigma 85mm lens.

85mm Lens by Sigma

The beauty of a portrait lens is the versatility. They can really multi-task.

There was a time (and it is still true for many photographers) when prime, or single focal length lenses were the only kind of lenses that photographers carried in their camera cases. Since the inception of zoom lenses, many have forsaken primes as their main lenses.

But, if you really want to get great images quality, the most reliable way to do it is with a prime lens, and the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens is a "prime" example of great technology producing great images.

Oh, yeah, the multi-tasking. It is fantastic for street photography, video, product shots, and even some sports in the right situations.

Sigma 85mm Review

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