Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A
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.
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.