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Sigma 50mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Pricing Revealed!

By Anthony Thurston on April 11th 2014

It has been the topic of speculation and rumor ever since the lens itself was announced, and today the suspense has ended. Sigma has just announced the pricing on their new 50mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art lens, and if you were hoping for a sub $1,000 price, you will be happy. The official price for this killer 50mm lens will be $949.


In case you are out of the loop, the Sigma 50mm Art has made headlines because of Sigma’s quest to match or beat the performance of the Zeiss Otus, a $4,000 lens. According to the latest lab testing, it appears that Sigma has met their performance goal for the lens. Meaning you can get $4,000 Zeiss quality for 1/4th of the price in this new Sigma 50mm lens.

You can currently preorder this new Sigma from B&H in the Nikon mount here. You can pre-order the Canon mount (which will be shipping in a little over a week or so) here.

Now that your jaw is off the floor…

I am excited because I will have a production copy of this lens to review over the weekend. It is expected to arrive in the morning. You can expect to have my initial thoughts and some quick test shots up tomorrow afternoon/evening with a full review coming sometime next week.

What do you think about the price announced for this new Sigma 50mm lens?

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What are some things that you are all curious about with this lens? Leave a comment below and I will try and answer them while I have the lens.

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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.

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  1. Ben Guidry

    So they are releasing a Canon and Nikon model???? TAKE NOTICE PROFOTO!

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Well, release on the Nikon model is not until a later date. The Canon model is being released first, around the 25th of this month.

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  2. Nicolas

    Hope they plan on making an 85mm with the same quality.
    It would be such a beautiful trio of primes to work with.

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  3. Scott Walter

    I would love to see a comparison against the canon 50mm 1.2L

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  4. Ghislain Leduc

    tks for testing this lens for us but on what body will you be testing it? I’d like to see some results on focus accuracy on a D800 at 1.4, is it really that sharp? Is focus good in low light condition?

    I haven’t been able to find a better lens so far that focus faster than my old Nikkor f/1.8D so… kinda disappointed.


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    • Matthew Saville

      Honestly it depends on what aperture you’re planning on shooting at. I’ve found the older AF-D lenses (such as the 35mm f/2) to be just as sharp as their modern, exotic counterparts. See my comparison of the Sigma 35 ART compared to two other Nikon 35’s, for example:

      Stopped down to f/16, I’d much rather have the Nikon 35f/2 D than either of the newer, far more expensive lenses!

      On the other hand, if you’re looking for the sharpest lens wide open, then yes there is a very good chance that this Sigma 50 ART will do the trick, by a long shot.

      Anthony’s review copy is a Canon mount I believe, however we’ll certainly get our hands on both mounts eventually, and compare it against as many 50mm’s as you wish!


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  5. Omar Maulana

    It would be interesting how it would compare with its cheaper sibling and canon/nikon/zeiss in real world shooting situation rather than lab tests and test charts.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I will for sure be testing it out real world this weekend against the old Sigma 50mm. I am trying to get my hands on the Canon and Nikon 50’s, but not sure if ill be able to get them before I have to send the lens back.

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