DPRTV: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Review

DPRTV posted their Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Review today. Below is a summary of the above video:

  • Competes with Sony G Master which is a big heavy lens
  • The old Sigma 85mm f/1.4 was also big and heavy with an AF adapter built-in
  • Sigma’s new 85mm lens is very compact and lightweight at 625g or about 1/3 a Noct
  • Lots of buttons/dials/knobs on this lens
  • .85m close focus distance which isn’t bad for this kind of lens
  • 77mm filter thread mount
  • Not the fastest AF, but it is very smooth
  • It is faster than Canon’s new 85mm f1.2 lens
  • Almost no chromatic aberration or LoCA, which is better corrected than the Sony 85mm GM
  • Buttery smooth bokeh
  • Cats eye in the corners even down to f/2.8 which might be a compromise to reach this small form factor
  • Center sharpness is slightly sharper than the Sony 85mm G Master
  • Corner sharpness is good too and better than the Sony 85mm G Master
  • Sony 85mm GM has less field curvature
  • Both Sigma and Sony lenses are equally good when stopped down to f/2.8
  • No real ghosting of flare issues
  • Should be very popular with video people looking to melt away the background but there is a lot of focus breathing
  • Sony shooters have great AF, but L-mount not so much so they might want the old lens since it was mechanical
  • Sigma started the large no-compromise lens trend, but this is a departure from that
  • The first thing you will notice about the Sigma 85mm is how light it is followed by how good the image quality is and how inexpensive the lens is
  • The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art makes more sense than the Sony 85mm GM because it is optically superior and affordable

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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art: B&H Photo / Adorama

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