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No Pain No Gain: Sigma 85 1.4 Lens Review

No Pain no Gain…..this is one helluva a lot of glass from Sigma.

First impression on a Canon 5D Mark III: substantial heft! Who needs to pump iron; This will do! The gains are incredible sharp images and a beautifully sharp narrow focus, which isolates the subject from that beautiful creamy background (see, I got around using that overused stupid B_ _ _ H word).


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The color palette on my 5D Mark III is so pleasing and so pure; and, the sharpness of the ART lenses is something Sigma is getting rave reviews and an ever increasing following. Not to mention what can be said is a quite reasonable, price considering what you get in return. If you are a professional I will wager that your sales will increase in the months to follow after the acquisition of this new tool in your quiver of lenses. If you are a hobbyist and like those club competitions, prepare to win those first place ribbons.

Is it better for landscapes or portraits?


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This glass can handle anything you can point it towards; and, that 1.4 at a high ISO allows you into the danger zone of low light so one can shoot at higher shake-less shutter speeds! As you can see, it is a razor sharp lens when shooting at 1.4.

I read that the heft is due to that fact that it has 14 elements in 12 groups; not to mention two SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements and one glass element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and refraction according to Sigma. But, I don’t care or know how that all works out; I can just stare into the glass and see by the pureness of this ART glass that magic will happen.


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Another great improvement is the added torque to the focusing which allows more accurate manual focusing and the manual focusing is full-time; meaning, you can override the AF at anytime to focus on what you please….wow!


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Thank you Mr. Yamaki and all the talented geniuses at Sigma! I will speak for others as well as myself…We love you ! Now, go check out the photographs and you be the judge and go into a Samy’s camera to pre-order or with a few clicks make sure you pre-order one online.

Available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma Mounts available early November.

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