We here at planet5D have been really impressed with the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 lens. In fact we’ve posted about it three times (here, here, and here).

Well, there’s a new kid on the block – the the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. For full details, see this article – Photo Rumors: “First Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens test”.

The price and release date have yet to be announced, but the the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art will cost less and has autofocus – can’t wait to see how it stacks up on DxO Mark!

Comparing Sigma f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens with other lenses

From Photo Rumors:

Xitek published the first comparison images of the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens and three other lenses

Sigma 50mm

The nomenclature of the jpg files shown is as followed:

311: the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art (price unknown)

Sony: Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM ($1,498)

Nikon: Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4G ($1,696.95)

Otus: Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus ($3,990)

Read about the complete test on Photo Rumors: “First Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens test”

About Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Sigma f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens

Sigma f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens

From Sigma:

The staple Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM has been redesigned and reengineered to set a new standard for the Art line. With a large 1.4 aperture, the Sigma 50mm 1.4 prime lens is pro level performer for shooting everything including portrait photography, landscape photography, studio photography and street photography. A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, smooth and accurate autofocusing and paired with Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass and Super Multi-Layer coating, the 50mm 1.4 is a high performance lens for modern DSLR sensors. 13 elements in 8 groups allow for unsurpassed performance even at wide apertures and close-up photography is easily managed with a minimum focusing distance of 40cm. The Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens is the new exceptional standard, standard prime.

More information about the Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM

Tech Specs

50mm sigma features

(cover photo credit: snap from Sigma)