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By D90 Fan

from LV, NV

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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lens arrived on time

 
3.0

PROS

  • Strong Construction
  • Nicely constructed
  • Easily Interchangeable

CONS

  • Inconsistent photos
  • Blurry Focus
  • Sensitive to lighting

BEST USES

  • Weddings/Events
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Sports/Action

Comments:

Started using this lens, good output in low light conditions, change to manual focus due to difficulty focusing with my D90. Angle of shots made big difference in hue and tone.


By Leo

from Ma

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

One of the best 50s you can get

 
5.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Big
  • Missing mounting mark

BEST USES

  • Portraits
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

Beautiful bokeh, lens is very usable wide open. At f/2 the lens becomes very sharp. Perfect portrait lens on a crop body. My copy front focused a bit but I was able to use the AF fine tuning and adjust it with a +6 setting. Lens is now perfect. Wished the lens had a visible mounting dot or mark to make it easier to align the lens with the body before mounting it.


By manal

from Redwood City, CA

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Amazing Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Easily Interchangeable

CONS

BEST USES

  • Night Photography
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

I bought this lens for my husband for our anniversary and it's great! My husband loves it and it takes such amazing pictures. We used it indoors at an aquarium and got the most amazing pictures. The colors were beautiful and it worked so well with the low lighting. We are very happy with the purchase.


By turtlelax

from Upstate NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Super fast lens!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction
  • Durable
  • Rugged

CONS

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

While I have not used the Nikon equivalent before, I can not see how the extra $$ on the Nikon lens could be justified. Super fast focus, Sharp as a tack!!!


By BDUB0804

from Victorville, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Great Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction
  • Easily Interchangeable

CONS

  • Blurry Focus

BEST USES

  • Weddings/Events
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

I had it sent into Sigma to get calibrated, and it's amazing. Sure, the focus was a tad off, but I wanted to get it right. This lens wide open is super sharp and the bokeh is simply amazing.


By Dex

from Mechanicsburg, PA

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Great lens with creamy bokeh.

 
4.0

PROS

  • Quick Focus
  • Bokeh

CONS

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Portraits

Comments:

With Sigma lenses, you hear that there are a lot of variation and the QC isn't that great. Mine front focuses a little. But owning a D700, I can microadjust it. I could send the lens to sigma for a calibration, but I don't really need to. I've sent a few lenses to Sigma for calibrations and cleaning and they've came back perfect. Turn around time is about a week. I would have gave this lens a 5 star, but the front focusing made me gave it 4 stars. This is a great lens that is better then the Nikon equivalent.


By Dominick

from NYC

About Me Pro Photographer

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Better than the Nikon offering....

 
5.0

PROS

  • Quick Focus
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Consistent Output
  • Sharp Focus

CONS

BEST USES

  • Weddings/Events
  • Portraits
  • Night Photography
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

Clearly better than the Nikon 50 f/1.4. Sharper wide open and the bokeh is to die for. It's the cream machine of the 50mm focal length. AF is faster with HSM than AF-S and on my D3s it doesn't get any better


By Dajuan

from Raleigh

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Sticking with Nikon

 
2.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Tough To Attach
  • Blurry Focus

BEST USES

  • none

Comments:

I went through two copies before deciding to stick with my Nikon 50mm f/1.4D lens. The first Sigma copy was HORRIBLE. Nothing was in focus. The second copy was much better, but not superior to my current Nikon D lens. I buy f/1.4 glass to shoot at f/1.4. If I want to shoot at f/2.8, any of my zooms will do AND are VERY sharp doing it.


By Joe J.

from Irvine, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

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Better than the Nikon Version!!!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Strong Construction
  • Sharp Focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Quick Focus
  • Rugged

CONS

  • Expensive

BEST USES

  • Portraits
  • Night Photography
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

This 50mm f/1.4 is AMAZING! It is built like a machine and is PRO QUALITY all the way. Typically the Nikon and Cannon brand lenses are superior to the 3rd party lenses, but this is NOT THE CASE in this lens! Amazing image quality that will leave you wondering how you ever shot without it! I find it hard to remove it to shoot with my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, especially when shooting indoors! Low light is no match for this lens!


By hqbabie2

from Chantilly VA

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scary experience. heavy quality at hand.

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Quick Focus
  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Wildlife
  • General Use
  • Special Effects

Comments:

the caveat w/ doodling w/ this purchase is that you have to see if your Sigma copy does not exhibit any front or back focus. It took quite a time to learn about any setting pattern at which a sharp image can be obtained on a regular basis. I have concluded that the expert reviews hit it right on the spot when they said that the mid-range of the aperture produces best sharpness. AT f/1.4-1.8 100% sharpness is almost inconsistent (for point focus) and at times gave me compunction as to whether the lens is worth keeping; but @ f/2.8 best results abound (i.e. DOF is not so shallow), though satisfaction w/r to artistic photos @ nice bokeh are still in the works. I have yet to learn more (i.e. more shoots) about this sturdy lens, as results for f1.4 (auto ISO) demand more adjusting. I would recommend this lens to all ... w/ finger crossed. I keep my copy bc the build quality & quiet focus are worth something not to be denied for my use ... especially since I have 5 more lens to alternate w/ this lens.


By steve ng

from vancouver , bc

About Me Semi-Professional

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great lens, i love it

 
4.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Sharp Focus

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Sports/Action
  • Special Effects
  • Wildlife
  • General Use

Comments:

great lens,[...]


By Eli

from Charleston, SC

About Me Semi-Professional

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A NIfty Fifty!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction
  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Sharp Focus
  • Quick Focus

CONS

  • Too bright some times

BEST USES

  • General Use
  • Sports/Action
  • Night Photography

Comments:

With it's HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), it is a perfect compliment to any Nikon D40 user looking for a fast autofocus prime 50mm lens. It's low light performance is incredible, almost like a vacuum that sucks up all available light!


By Hubert S.

from New York City

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Heavy, sturdy, well buil, crummy HSM

 
4.0

PROS

  • Quick Focus
  • Good case

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Lens caps
  • Quality control

BEST USES

  • Bokeh
  • Night Photography
  • Portrait

Comments:

The lens is made in Japan, yet the quality isn't all that good. Definitely I would pick any Nikon lens made in China that this. Don't get me wrong it all depends on what kind of copy of the lens you get. I got a fairly good one. I am happy with it, to an extent though. I am very picky. So this perhaps might explain my discontention with the quality of manufacture.Lens has a beautiful bokeh. I love it. I would say that it's mainly for portraits. Since the lens is heavy and if you want something for general photography I would advise Nikon 50mm F1.8 . I am still keeping that Nikon lens, because it's light sharper at 1.8 and smaller than Sigma.I haven't compareed this lens with Nikon 50mm G. So I can't say how much better or worse it is than that lens. however I will say this:Nikon 50mm G is still largely out of stock with a highly inflated price. I got this Sigma for [$] I didn't overpay for the lens because it has a lot of glass, hence the 77mm filter size. So you are getting your money's worth. Unless you are Nikon die hard fanboy rather than a rational and a photographer who actually knows what he/she wants I would say get this lens. It is cheaper and just as good. Unless you have flimsy muscles in you upper body than the weight of the lens might scare you. ;pPS- The lens isn't incredibly sharp at 1.4, but since it's for portraits it's all good. Ahh and don't worry about sharpness in corners unless all you do is looking at pictures at 100% magnification.PS2- The lens' HSM manual overdrive of focus is kind of not good don't expect it to be as smooth and snappy as Nikon's M/A[@]


By i3d

from Seattle, WA

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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A fantasic lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Quick Focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Strong Construction
  • Sharp Focus

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • General Use
  • Night Photography
  • Special Effects
  • Wildlife
  • Portraits
  • Sports/Action

Comments:

I got this lens a few days ago and took it to a few local trips including landscape areas, zoos, etc. I've also shot a lot with portraits for my son and all I can say is 'Wow'! This is truly amazing lens, extremely well build. I've used Nikon/Canon 50mm f/1.4 before and by far, this 50mm f/1.4 is the biggest and best build I've ever seen for 50mm lens. Sharpness is probably close to genuine manufactures but the bokeh is superior (I think). I can call it "creamy". 1.4 and 1.6 is a little soft, especially 1.4 but still usable, from 1.8, the image is tack sharp. (But be aware, bigger aperture has very narrow DOF, its not easy to get the focus, so don't always blame the lens not sharp). Another big gain is I don't have to flash in low light. Being able to capture the nature light in relative low light environment is much better.


By Brian

from Memphis, TN

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified

Phenomenal portrait lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Sharp Focus
  • Rugged
  • Quick Focus
  • Durable
  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction

CONS

BEST USES

  • Special Effects
  • Night Photography
  • Portrait

Comments:

This is a phenomenal portrait lens and the bokeh is beautiful. I don't mind the heaviness of the lens that just means that its well built. I like the filter size because I can exchange other filters with other lenses. The auto focus is very fast and accurate on my Nikon D300. I don't mind the new matte finish. I love how I can shoot at night without using a flash all the time. This lens has very sharp and clear optics. I would have to say its even better than Nikon's 50mm f/1.4 G series.


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