The new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is probably one of the most interesting releases by a third party manufacturer in quite a while. I say this because of instead of gunning to match or beat Canon or Nikon, Sigma has said publicly that Zeiss is their target on this one.

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If the following image test leaks are legit, then it would seem as though Sigma has not only lived up to that promise, but may in fact have surpassed even the Zeiss lens. According to Photo rumors, Xitek – a Chinese company – has released an image quality test between the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4, Nikkor 58mm F/1.4G, Sony Planar T* 50mm f/1.4, and the Zeiss Otus 55mm F/1.4.

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Based on what I have seen above – which, again, may or may not be legit – I would say that not only has Sigma produced a lens capable of challenging the Zeiss, they have created a lens that matches the Zeiss. Also, just as promised, the Sigma lens blows the Nikkor lens out of the water in both center and edge sharpness. Wow.

[REWIND: Review of the Nikkor 58mm F/1.4]

What do you guys think of these results? Does this makes the lens worth the rumored $1300 price tag to you? Share your thoughts in an comment below to join the discussion.

[via Photo Rumors]