The new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is here


Sigma just announced their new 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens and given the feedback for their 35mm version, I expect this new 50mm to be the best price/performance option available today. The price was not officially announced. Additional details can be found at PhotoRumors.

MTF charts:


Lens design:



Lens Construction 13 Elements in 8 Groups
Angle of View 46.8º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 40 cm / 15.7 in
Filter Size (mm) 77mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 5.6
(Diameter x Length)
85.4 x 99.9 mm/ 3.4 x 3.9 in
Weight 470g / 16.6oz.
Corresponding Mounts
Sigma DG
Nikon DG
Canon DG
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  • If it’s as good as the 35, I’m all in!

    • Theodoros Fotometria

      More important… Having great lenses from independent makers puts the pressure on the camera makers to increase quality and keep prices sensible.

      • phil

        Too bad Nikon didn’t notice – remember those $600 for a crappy plastic 35mm f1.8 lens ?

        • ShakyLens

          Well done for jumping to conclusions about an as-yet totally unreleased lens. You win!

          • phil

            The 35mm FX lens seems to have exactly the same cheap build as the DX lens.
            I’m not saying it won’t be sharp. It very well might be. But that does not change the fact that it looks like a cheap plastic lens that sells for $200.
            And Nikon asks $600 for it.

            • Theodoros Fotometria

              In case you didn’t notice this discussion is for the Sigma 50mm f1.4 now…

            • phil

              all I’m saying is that your comment above is just wishful thinking – judging by the latest announcements from Nikon, they feel no pressure at all

          • not so

            he is complaining about the $600, not quality of lens… because that will have its own nikon saga of iffy sample quality and nose-holding factory service

      • Eric Duminil

        Having great lenses from independent makers puts the pressure on the camera makers to release new firmwares and cripple cameras.

        • Gusto

          No, they just disable it through a firmware update.

        • Photo-Jack

          Shame on You Nikon. Can a company’s reputation be any worse, than your customers conclude Nikon has no choice but to sell their own lenses only by technical countermeasures instead by superior products?
          I guess this is, because far too much R&D capacities are consumed by the Nikon 1 crap and entry-level DSLRs, while about 80% of the latter will stay with their kit-lens only.

  • Ricardo Vaz

    Do you guys think it will be in the $400 range as the canikon counter parts? I dont know, it seems too low price for this level of build quality.

    • I’m pondering that exact thought process right now.

    • Eric

      I bet it will be at least $600

    • Theodoros Fotometria

      The 35 is build as good or better than Nikon 35/1.4 and it’s half the price! I won’t be surprised if it costs as much or near the 50/1.4G…

      • Arne

        The existing Sigma 50/1.4 is more expensive than the Nikkor, and the only reason, I never bought it, were bad experiences of a friend regarding AF issues. Now, the Art series seems to be much better (also with the possibility of home calibration with an USB dock), and when it focuses quicker than the AF-S Nikkor 50/1.4 G and costs half of the new AF-S 58/1.4, there will be a market.

      • King of Swaziland

        Weight, metal, mass, etc… are not really good indicators of “build quality.” We random consumers aren’t really well equipped to judge the build quality of a lens without a consumer products testing lab (testing stuff like failure modes, breaking strengths, drop tests, etc…).

    • Theodoros Fotometria

      Actually, I will revise my previous comment… 77mm diameter for a 50mm f1.4? …what the f***? …is this beast to compete with the Otus? …it will be more than 1000 for sure!

      • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

        The current sigma 50/1.4 also have a 77mm filter diameter, so that doesn’t matter.

        • Theodoros Fotometria

          The current Sigma was a good lens that was not designed to belong in the “Art” line… Besides, this one is twice the length, it must be around 12cm (about 5 inch long)!!!

          • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

            Of course not, the old sigma 50/1.4 is from 2008 and sigma started the reorganization of lens lineup in 2012.
            The new lens is actually 47% longer than before.
            And they went from 8/6 elementis/groups to 13/8, and that will certainly add something to the lens.
            One thing that makes me wonder is the weight, its is bigger and have more glass, but somehow lighter? Will that have any effect on the build quality?

    • Ricardo Vaz

      Yeah, the 77mm thread is something to worry pricewise…

      • Theodoros Fotometria

        it looks about 5inches long too!!! I have a feeling that they don’t aim to “ordinary” users with this one, it looks like a prestige move than a cost restricted design. It’s bigger than the Otus!

        • preston

          New Sigma 50/1.4 = 3.9″ long
          Zeiss Otus 55/1.4 = 5.5″ long
          Get your facts straight before spouting bs.

  • silmasan

    Image samples first! Judgments reserved!

    • Global

      Their current 50/1.4 is already top of the line in some circles; though with minor compromises. I can hardly think that they would make it worse, while trying to buttress their ART line image. They will only have made improvements if any change at all other than cosmetic and firmware.

    • Jeff Davis

      If it has the kind of distortion and chromatic aberrations as the 35mm and 30mm art series, I imagine the fools will run to it.

      • sperdynamite

        I’m guessing you only use the Zeiss 55mm Otus on your D800, the APO Summicron on your M240, and the Rodenstock 150mm APO Sironar on your view camera. Always correcting every ounce of distortion and shooting at peak sharpness apertures. Or maybe some kinds of photography can tolerate optical distortion or aberration to the extent that it is an art form, and creativity comes with the territory.

      • Warning.. Troll Alert. Troll alert. Steer clear.

  • dgr

    There are plenty of 50mm lenses to choose from and many people already own them because they are inexpensive. How about a 135 Sigma? Nikon shooters haven’t seen a new iteration of that lens in years.

    • Arne

      There is an excellent Sigma 150mm Macro, but you mean a 135mm/2.0 VR, right? This would be great for stage photography.

    • strafdog

      It is coming soon.

  • Don Hogfan

    ART line has already become legendary.
    What a great place to be for a company.
    Others take notice.

    • punked

      Nikon should also notice there is no nasty price gouging like 599 for the new 35mm f /1.8

      • At least wait and see how good the 35 is before declaring it to be price gouging. It’s no more expensive than canon’s 35mm f2.

        • ShakyLens

          In fact it is substantially cheaper.

          • You’re right. I saw the price of the newer f2 35mm IS (which is similar in price) vs. the older non-IS lens which is much cheaper (similar to Nikon’s AF-D).

            • Marcel Speta

              i wish Nikon make also VR 35/2

            • Frankly, I wish Nikon would do IBIS and stop selling us lenses with stabilization at inflated prices, but that’s not going to happen.

        • Eric Duminil

          Which Canon? I’d rather have f/2 with VR than 1.8 without, and the Canon f/2 IS seems to be cheaper than the Nikon f/1.8

      • ShakyLens

        Given that the current Sigma 50 1.4 still sells for easily $500, I wouldn’t expect to pay less than $700 for this new lens. I’d love to be proven wrong…

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          It has to be more. It has several more elements and is longer. Hopefully it will be most of the way as sharp in the corners as the old lens is in the center and sharper yet in the center. Time will tell. If it’s any good it will have Nikon and Canon both scrambling. If it’s focal length is 45-47 like the other lens it would make a great thing to have with a 35 and a 58. It would be nice for them to just call it the length it actually is…

      • Lee Xiong Nancyloveslee

        that true if you can sell on 35mm f1.8g at 199.00 the this version better be 2times better.. but i doubt it.. i wish nikon and canon were the leaders in lens & camera
        innovation instead of followers

    • ShakyLens

      They release one good lens and now it’s legendary? Seems a bit of a stretch… none of the other lenses released since have been unusually impressive like the 35 1.4

      • Bob

        Oh, except the revolutionary *Sigma 18-35 f/1.8*, better-than-all-competitors *Sigma 24-105 f/4*, and unchallenged *Sigma 120-300 f/2.8*. I’d say the Art line is doing pretty well so far.

        • Technically, the 120-300 is an S series lens, but your point stands 😉 I haven’t been this interested in Sigma since their awesome 8-16mm UWAZ, which is still unchallenged after 4-5 (?) years. Sigma are, as they would say, on a roll. I have a nice s/h 120-300 in my sights for 2000$ and a lovely 18-35 1.8 for my d7000 dx cam.

  • Theodoros Fotometria

    Guys, this beast is 77mm filter, while the 35mm is only 67mm!!! This beast (its huge – easy to judge the size if you consider the filter thread) is no ordinary 50mm… it means business!

    • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

      Ever seen the current sigma 50/1.4? its also 77mm, don’t expect size to give any difference in performens.
      It does however have a few elements in it and 4 coated elements, so somewhat close or the same sharpness as the 35/1.4.
      I wouldn’t expect the price to be higher than their 35/1.4
      Time will tell.

    • Gabriele Profita

      Just to let you know…also the old Sigma 50 f/1.4 had a 77mm filter thread.

  • Adam Padgett

    The last Sigma 50 was great (minus the focusing problems). I’m guessing pricing would be in line with the other one as well at around $450 new.

  • Aldo

    Nikon counterpart didn’t set the bar very high to begin with… I’d put my money on this one if I was in store for a 1.4.

  • Petr Klapper

    Given the size/longer construction, it might be a distagon/retrofocus type of lens like the new Zeiss Otus 55/1.4 – lens elements seems closer to that than the original Sigma 50/1.4 I think..

    • Theodoros Fotometria

      Actually it’s longer than the Otus! It’s about as big as my 17-35mm f2.8 Nikkor!!! Surely it will look huge with the hood on! I don’t see one picking it up because of price… The one that would consider this, looks to be the kind of image maker that considers quality only and ignores any other aspect.

      • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

        The 50/1.4 Art is 99.9mm long, and the otus is 141mm long, so its not longer.

        • Theodoros Fotometria

          Ooups! with a filter thread of 3inches, it looks longer than 4inches in the picture… Do you have a link to its specs? …please share. Thanks.

          • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

            You have the full Sigma 35/1.4 specs on the photorumors page.
            Link here:

            • Theodoros Fotometria

              Got it, thanks. 13elements in 8 groups, retrofocal with LD and aspherical elements and floating focus… Phew! It may not be cheap, but it may be not as expensive as it sounds… and it does sound real expensive…

            • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

              Its not that expensive.
              The sigma 35/1.4 have 13 elements in 11 groups, 4 SLD elements, 1 FLD element and 2 aspherical, and floating focus.
              35/1.4 is more expensive, so the 50/1.4 will surely be around 400-600 USD.

  • Joseph Li

    oh my..i am so gonna pre-order this one. Please dont give me a sharp in the center soft at the corners crap like the previous version, doesnt work with rule of thirds. Dont think it’s gonna beat the Zeiss otus 55mm, but if it’s 80-90% as good I am all in

  • kenbitesrocks

    I think Ren Flopwell just reviewed the Nikon 35mm 1.8G and Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art…Let’s go see! lol

  • Mercury

    Wow I like this news! I hope it has great performance and bokeh, ánd I hope a 135mm Art will follow soon!

  • stanjohnson

    can you imagine what kind of beast the 85mm 1.4 will be, if they decide to make an art version of that lens.

    • someguyfromtexas

      My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to cut back on the GAS and be more mindful of the condition of my bank account. I think your posting just blew up that resolution…

      Ummmmmm, 84 F1.4 Art…ummmmmmmmmm, indeed! 🙂

  • broxibear

    Don’t know if this has been posted before, but here it is anyway,

    Sigma Lens Factory Tour

    • DickeyNut

      Thanks for the Video…shot with all Nikon and Canon Lenses and Cameras!

  • Discontinued

    Am I the only one to think, manufacturers and customers have gone mad and really crazy for big seized lenses?

    Ridiculous. Rather a fashion than of technical benefits. Look at the Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135, its outstanding IQ and what suddenly has become a rather compact lens …

    How come nowadays Sigma think they can offer a 50 mm lens of most likely worse performance and yet the same size of an excellent medium range and rather fast tele lens? And how come they call this monstrous piece of #### arty farty and get applauded?

    I just don’t get it …

    Well, maybe I will if it really does provide outstanding performance. Right now I am filled up with lots of doubts.

    • preston

      Are you serious? Zeiss 135/2 is longer and weighs nearly twice as much as this new Sigma. It’s also a full stop slower.

      • Discontinued

        Yes I am! I am serious!

        But what are you talking about? 50 1.4 is nothing special or especially fast. And how much longer is the 135? Not much considering it has 85 mm more focal length. Ever noticed lenses tend to become slower and longer with increased focal length? Compared to the 135 mm Zeiss this new Sigma is plain bulky, long and slow.

        If it also is much lighter, well, what does it mean for its built quality ? ? ?

        • Reggie

          “Sigma think they can offer a 50 mm lens of…the same size of an excellent medium range and rather fast tele lens?”

          The Zeiss you refer to is 30% longer, and likely much heavier.

          “If it also is much lighter, well, what does it mean for its built quality ? ? ?”

          Nothing, the two aren’t correlated. Modern manufacturing techniques allow for lighter AND stronger construction. The 35 Art lens’ construction is brilliant.

          “Sigma think they can offer a 50 mm lens of most likely worse performance”

          So you’ve invented a time machine and tested the lens? Please give us more complete impressions! /sarcasm

          You clearly haven’t tried the 35, it’s optically one of the best lenses that I’ve ever owned (and I have F mount Zeiss lenses, have shot with Leica’s, and several stellar Nikkor and Zuikos).

          “50 1.4 is nothing special or especially fast.”

          It’s one of the most popular speed/focal length combos in existence.

          “Am I the only one to think, manufacturers and customers have gone mad and really crazy for big seized lenses?”

          There is a splitting of the market going on. These larger lenses are optically excellent, and some enthusiasts are climbing the size ladder in to FF cameras (the market has shifted towards them if you look at sales figures). While those that want small combos (but still want great IQ) are moving mirrorless. Really big lenses? Go take the collapsing Panasonics, or the excellent 20 f/1.7 pancake for a spin.

          There just isn’t a reason for “medium” size any more, at least there is less of one. Because people are going for the ultimate in quality (which is larger), or the ultimate in compactness (which is mirrorless).

          • Discontinued

            Soooo much talking ….

            …. and nothing much really said. Congrats mate!

            I shoot FF since the 1980s. MF since the 1990s. I acknowledge that lens and camera design has changed a lot in the last 20 to 30 years …

            Still some of the best performing lenses remain relatively small – even recently released ones. Evidently there are others ways than going all ballooney (light but huge), like Sigma does. Get my point, now?

            Well, I don’t care if not.

            • Stan Chung

              your point is pointless whining.
              they’re getting bigger because of less compromise on physics/optics/mechanics/ergonomics/features. Even a fool like me knows.

  • Sonikon

    Sigma is on a roll and will keep riding the train until their glass formula fails.

    This looks like a monster at least as big as the samyang 85 1.4 but if its anything like the Sigma 35 1.4 and around the $500-600 mark it’ll be hot. Especially if there is a deal that includes the USB dock

    • Morris

      when they release the 85 1.4 (to kill nikon 35,50,85 trilogy) it will be (hood including) as long as the 300f4 ?!

  • Henry

    This lens sounds promising. What I’m especially hoping to hear about is the rumoured Sigma 16-20 f/2 as noted here (scroll down to Sigma): and here:
    Hoping it’s more than a rumour.

  • If this new 50 focuses faster than the current dog-slow 50mms out there, it’s already a winner.

  • Spy Black

    Whoa! This looks hopeful.

  • medvedev

    This lens is so huge! Why?!

  • DragonTesticle

    where is the OS mf?

  • Saffron Blaze

    The reception this announcement is getting may embolden Sigma to raise the launch price another $100.

  • smartypants

    I’m looking forward to reading reviews and seeing photos
    taken through this lens.

    I’ve been hoping that someone would release a fast 50 that
    equaled the sharpness of my Nikon 85f1.4G, Zeiss 135/f2 and my Sigma 35f1.4.
    Over the years as I’ve moved up in megapixels I’ve discovered how important quality
    optics are and that many of my older lenses that I once thought to walk with
    the gods are just posers .

    Within reason the size of the lens is unimportant. It’s the
    sharpness across the frame and the quality of the image that is important. My
    Zeiss 100/f2 is not my sharpest lens but images created often have a 3D look
    that is hard to describe and the Zeiss 135 is even better. I hope this lens
    will equal the recent 35 Art product in image quality.

    If the size is more important than the incremental improvement
    the lens offers then don’t buy it!

  • outkasted

    Nikon 50mm/1.4G for sale…

    • Andrzej Lukowiec

      Mine too. With strong focus shift. May also add 1.8G as a bonus 😀

  • Marcel Speta

    go Sigma go …! …. and pls. do not forget to inovate your 500mm/4.5 🙂 the best would to move it to f4 and add OS 😉

  • Neopulse

    Look long :-/ just hope the autofocus is quick to compensate. Hope the sample shots turn out to make this lens a winner. Still hoping they make an outstanding 85mm ART later in the year before Xmas.

  • sperdynamite

    It’ll be 8 or 9 hundred bucks no doubt. Consider the price of the Canon 50mm 1.2 or the 58mm 1.4. Considering their recent tact this may perform similarly or better, and beat them in price. It is not aimed to compete with the 50mm 1.4G, or the Canon 50/1.4. For the shooters that need this, it’ll be well worth it. Hell I can’t wait to use it on my D600 and even my F100.

  • Lee Xiong Nancyloveslee

    i love what sigma is doing upping the ante so the the big boys take notice.. when this 50 comes out i will be one of the first in line… nikon currently doesnt have a 50mm that comes close to the sigma 50mm

  • Just Browsing

    I sold sigma lenses (any every other brand) for almost a decade and truthfully this is nothing more then a soft re-brand with generic categories that you will fit yourself into accordingly.

    Just like any other manufacture, there are good copies and bad copies of lenses. Utilize your focus test sheets and walk around the store before buying and photograph a ton of stuff and different f-stops, distances and colurs. Have then lens placed on hold and take the images home to view..or bring a laptop.

    I have a some a lot of funds invested into gear, its what I do for a living full time and whatever works for you works.

    Enjoy the lens if you get it, cheers

  • madforkitties

    But the real question is, will it take my cat photos to the next level? Mr. Meowgi doesn’t like how the current Sigma 50 makes his butt look bigger.


    Sigma is now setting the world standard for great lenses with their ART series of masterpieces.

  • Evan Richardson

    are there any comparison shots between this and the normal 50mm HSM sigma lens? or is this a refresh of the first 50?

  • Geo Vavoura
    • Is this the real price? Simga has not yet announced the pricing for this lens.

    • Lenny

      Ouch!!! I can’t believe someone will spend over $1400 for a Nifty Fifty. Especially a Sigma!

  • Garth Muller

    wonder how it will fare or compete against
    the samyang 35mm f/1.4 (older $445 or VDSLR $545 for the nikon version). The samyang
    is much cheaper, but with manual focus only, it might not be a 1st choice for some
    photographers. But on the other hand, it also depends on what subjects you’re going to shoot. With a 300 to 400 dollar price difference, it
    really boils down to how sharp the one is over the other.

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