gdaniel's reviews

  • Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    Accurate and fast autofocus, good build quality and sharpness
    MF ring not so good

    I've bought this one after one trial week with 85 AF-S and AF-D.

    While 85 AF-S is a bit sharper and has better corners , (but not by much) is it also 700 euro more expensive than the Sigma.

    AF-D version is weaker in almost all respects, except maybe on bokeh ( probably those soft corners are helping here)

    Fast and accurate AF, on a D300 using any mode ( including mounted flash + AF-assist illuminator ).

    I think it is the fastest 85 f/1.4 lens. (AF speed wise)

    It is an excellent lens and good value ( considering that AF-S is 700 Euro more , respective 400 Euro for the AF-D version.

    ..but as with any lens it is good to test it first!

    reviewed May 16th, 2011 (purchased for $1,000)