Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A

£1200/$1200

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Given that its 50mm sib­ling was un­veiled three years ago, Sigma’s re­cently-un­veiled 85mm f/1.4 Art lens has been a long time com­ing, but has it been worth the wait? It cer­tainly feels the part: at 1130g, it’s nearly twice as heavy as the Nikon 85mm f/1.4. To put that into per­spec­tive, that makes it only 300g lighter than Nikon’s new 70-200mm f/2.8E VR.

Its com­plex op­ti­cal de­sign is based on 14 el­e­ments, in­clud­ing an as­pher­i­cal el­e­ment and two SLD el­e­ments. Like Tam­ron’s 85mm, the Sigma fea­tures an elec­tro­mag­net­i­cally con­trolled di­aphragm for greater ac­cu­racy in high-speed continuous mode. Un­like its 50mm sib­ling, it also fea­tures weather seals.

Per­for­mance

Aut­o­fo­cus is ex­tremely fast and ac­cu­rate, and im­age qual­ity is ex­cel­lent, with a won­der­fully soft and creamy bokeh, al­though the lens isn’t as sharp as some of its ri­vals. Colour fring­ing, coma, dis­tor­tion, ghost­ing and flare are all neg­li­gi­ble. All in all, the Sigma 85mm packs a heavy­weight punch that’s in keep­ing with its con­struc­tion.

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