50mm F/1.4 Canon VS Sigma Lens

October 03, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4=$499.99

Versus

The Canon 50mm f/1.4 Lens=$399.99 

Today we are taking a look at the 50mm f/1.4 lens for Canon and Sigma. This is one of those rare exceptions where the Sigma lens is more expensive than the "name brand" lens. This is not a "review" of what makes one lens better than the other. This is simply an eye test and some basic info of the lenses side by side SOC [straight out of the camera]. The images were shot on a Canon 6D with the same settings for each trial. 

The Sigma will sport a 77mm filter size, while the Canon is a 58mm. The 58mm size will offer cheaper filters and will be the same size as the Rebel series kit lenses, 18-55mm as well as the 55-250mm. 

Whether you are a street, landscape, portrait, or events, the 50mm is a lens that every photographer should have in their arsenaI. I will let you be the judge of the sharpness and quality of each lens. My findings are that they both perform exceptionally well and are incredibly sharp at various apertures as they should be [The Sigma around f/5.6-f/8 was razor sharp]. Either lens is a win in my book.

SIGMA

GOOD:

  • Bokeh from this lens is hard to beat.
  • Very sharp at apertures smaller (larger f number) than f/2.
  • Excellent build quality vs. the Canon and has a quieter focus motor.
  • Case and lens hood included. Not included on the Canon
  • The 50mm mounted on a DX sensor will equate to an 85mm.

​BAD

  • The autofocus is slower than the Canon 50mm 1.4. Some people will consider this a deal breaker, but for landscape and portrait shooters, this should not impact your decision.
  • This lens is bulky and heavy. Weighing in at a pound, you will not forget that this lens is attached to your camera. 

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