Just as Sigma announced the pricing for its new 50mm f/1.4 Art lens our good friends from fstoppers published a short video hands on with the lens which received some very positive reviews online (imaging resource even went as far as claiming it is not that far away from the $4000 Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T*).
On the video photographers John Schell and Jaron Schneiderlooked at the performance of the lens on both stills and video applications. Schell mentioned that besides the impressive sharpness wide open the AF on the Sigma was significantly faster than the Canon 50mm f/1.4L – the result is that the amount of “keepers” Schell saw in-camera appeared to be significantly higher (than the Canon). The only downside seems to be the weight – although the lens is still lighter than many other popular prime lenses .
The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM currently available for Canon/Nikon/Sony/Sigma mounts on B&H for $950.