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SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art Full-Frame Lens (2020)

MSRP 1099 EURNeoscore 98%NEX score 81%

Product Overview

SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art combines a clear and delicate rendering performance with beautiful, rich bokeh effects. The 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art has realized a lightweight and compact lens body significantly smaller than its DSLR sibling. Further, its small body is packed with a range of functionalities, including a dust- and splash-proofing.
85mm F1.4 is a specification almost synonymous with a portrait lens. Produced at SIGMA's Aizu factory in Japan, the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art features five SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements, one aspherical lens, and the latest high refractive index glass, which works to thoroughly correct aberrations. With a particular emphasis given to the correction of axial chromatic aberration, users will enjoy sharp images with no color bleeding.
The numerous rounds of ray-trace simulation, as well as repeated real-world testing, have given the 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art its ability to minimize ghosting, ensuring clear, sharp images even when shooting in backlit conditions.
Further, the lens's AF motor system employs a stepping motor which is optimized for both phase detection AF and contrast AF. Not only does this provide a smooth shooting experience only possible with a mirrorless camera, such as face/eye detection AF, but it has also made the lens body itself much smaller.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 98% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Great build quality
  • Good color rendition
  • Bright maximum aperture
  • Weather-sealed
  • Comes with physical aperture ring
Cons
  • Vignetting at f/1.4

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 81% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Very good focus accuracy
  • Very good bokeh
  • Excellent AF : fast, efficient, silent Smooth blurry background
  • Compact and light
  • Excellent Bokeh and very natural color rendition in video, Results are very c...
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Bokeh not very sharp
  • Focus breathing could be more noticeable
  • Omits optical stabilization
  • No aperture ring
  • Distorsion and vignetting but that will be corrected in a future Lightroom Lens profile
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
11 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Short Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring
Lens Mount
Leica L-mount, Sony E-mount
Material
Magnesium alloy
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
11 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
15 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 aspherical + 5 SLD elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
77 mm / 3.03 in
Size | Diameter
83 mm / 3.27 in
Size | Length
94 mm / 3.70 in
Weight
630 g / 22.26 oz

Function

Angle Of View
28.6° Diagonal | 23.9° Horizontal | 16.1° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.4 ~ f/16
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
85 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.12x
Min Focus Distance
850 mm / 33.46 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2020-08-05
Made In
Japan

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following***:
mm f/1.4 isn’t great which is unfortunately not uncommon with fast tele lenses. With the sun just outside the frame in one of the corners veiling flare can be a problem. Coma correction is pretty good. For milky way panorama stuff I would recommend to stop the lens down a little bit to reduce vignetting and getting a more even exposure across frame.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very sharp
  • Very good bokeh
  • Very light
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Bokeh not very sharp

sonyalpha[2]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Sigma 85mm F1.4 (1099 euros) is a superlative lens in all domains: optical performances, artistic rendering, AF performance, ergonomics, build quality but also size and weight and price. It is the ultimate 85mm lens in term of quality for a Sony A7RIV with its 61Mpix for portraits & weddings A must have! Outstanding sharpness in the centre and as of F2.8 across the frame. Clickless aperture allow for continuous et silent variation of the aperture.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Outstanding sharpness in the centre as of F1.4, very similar to the but a little bit less good than the one on
  • Excellent AF : fast, efficient, silent Smooth blurry background
  • Excellent Bokeh and very natural color rendition in video, Results are very c...
Cons
  • Distorsion and vignetting but that will be corrected in a future Lightroom Lens profile
  • Vignetting is huge in pincushion Chromatic aberrations are close to zero Resistance to flare is good but not more than that, you can easily get some flare when faci...

cameralabs[3]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art is a mild telephoto lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and available in E-mount and L-mount versions. The lens focuses in around 0.8 sec from infinity to 1m (1:10 magnification), which is not overly fast. Focus accuracy and repeatability is critical to consistently produce sharp shots – especially with the narrow depth-of-field at f 1.4. AF-operation of the new lens is inaudible from the outside or if you record video.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Compact size and weight
  • Very good focus accuracy
  • Compact and light
Cons
  • Focus breathing could be more noticeable
  • No aperture ring

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art's appeal and positioning varies a bit depending on which camera system you use. Focus is available to 2.8 feet (85cm), good enough to capture subjects at 1:8.3 life-size when focused close. Wide open, the pair nets photos with very good resolution (3,950 lines)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Sharp f/1.8 aperture
  • In-body stabilization
Cons
  • Omits optical stabilization

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Review: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-sigma-85mm-f-1-4-dg-dn-art/. 2022-01-08. Retrieved 2022-01-09.
2. ^ Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/08/23/sigma-85mm-f1-4-dg-dn-art/. 2020-08-23. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
3. ^ Sigma 85mm f1.4 DG DN Art review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sigma-85mm-f1-4-dg-dn-art-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
4. ^ Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sigma-85mm-f14-dg-dn-art. 2020-10-27. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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