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Hands On Look at the New Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Lens, Availability Rumor Update

By Anthony Thurston on February 21st 2014

The new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art is one lens that many of you are patiently waiting for, and have been clamoring for, since the release of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 last year. Hype for new Sigma products is at an all time high, and Sigma is riding that wave while they show off their new 50mm lens at the various trade shows throughout the globe.


Recently at CP+, a Japanese photo industry trade show, Matt Granger (formerly known as That Nikon Guy) had the opportunity to get a hands on look at this new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and he shared his thoughts in the video below.

[REWIND: Initial Thoughts on the Sigma 50mm DG HSM]

So there you have it. I think that this is the first hands on look at the lens that I have seen, and from the looks of it the new lens looks to be every bit as good as the latest crop of Sigma glass. Once the embargo on testing the lens’ image quality is lifted, it will be interesting to see if the new lens does manage to come close to that of the Zeiss Otus.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Rumor Update

Not much else is new on the rumor front for this lens, still no pricing. It appears that the rumored pricing from a few weeks back at the various Australian retailers was based completely on speculation.


One tidbit to keep your mouths wet – According to a rumor released this morning, it is possible that this new 50mm F/1.4 lens could be released in the Canon mount sometime in April, or at least that this is what Sigma is shooting for. Still a few months away, but something to look forward to nonetheless.

I am excited to get a chance to check the lens out at WPPI in Vegas here in a little over a week. It is one of many things on my short list of things that I have to see.

What are your thoughts on this new Sigma 50mm after watching the video? IQ aside, are you comfortable with the build quality?

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Sean Goebel

    Anthony, if you get to see the lens in-person, please check the weight. DPReview reports that it is actually lighter than the previous Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (470g vs 505g). The Sigma website doesn’t report a weight. Just by looking at it, though, it’s tough to imagine it could be lighter.

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  2. joel

    The title of this article is a little misleading, you really don’t have a hands on look here, Matt Granger does. You have a link.

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  3. Graham Marley

    As a totally arbitrary rule that I won’t defend at all, because it’s irrational to a certain extent, I just have a thing against buying third party lenses. All my primes are Canons and I love every one of them. The gap in my kit is a killer 50, because Canons line always struck me as kind of strange. This seems like the product that’s going to break my rule.

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  4. Aaron Rahman

    I really hope that this doesn’t come in at more than $800/900.

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  5. Chris Warkocki

    Looks like I’m going on a Sigma shopping spree this year! Let’s go ahead and start working on a 135 f2 ART pretty please Sigma. :)

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  6. Tommi

    Just release it and take my money!

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  7. Zack

    That is an *enormous* 50mm lens

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