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Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon Cameras

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

I wanted to share some of my thoughts on my new Sigma 50mm f1.4 Sigma 50mmArt lens.  I pre-ordered the lens based on some of the feedback that I got from some of my Nikon friends that have purchased the same lens, but in a Nikon mount.  I am not really sure why the Nikon mount versions were available so much sooner than the Canon mounts.  So I placed the order with Amazon.com in May and finally received the lens July 17th.  Folks that know me, know that I am a kind of a photo sharpness snob.

 

Currently my go to lens have been:

  1. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro – This is an amazing lens for sharpness and detail, I love this lens for studio portraits.
  2. Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD – This is my go to medium length zoom, the VC on this is pretty phenomenal see an example of a night hand held shot without a tripod.  This example really shows off the capabilities of the Tamron + Canon 6D combination.
  3. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM – Is my go to zoom lens
  4. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM – This is a good general purpose zoom, but is it not as sharp as the other lens

 

For the last 6 months really the only two lens that I have been using have been the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro & Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD.  Now the I think the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens, is going to be my new number 2 lens when I have the space to move around.  I can definitely say that the reviews that say the lens is sharp wide open is true.  I do not own the Canon 50mm f1.2L or the Canon 50mm f1.4 or the Canon 135mm so I cannot comment on how the Sigma compares, but based on the lens I do own, this is a great lens.  It is large for 50mm, the focus speed is decent, and it is heavy.  But on my 6D with the battery grip, the system feels well balanced.

 

Model - Ashley Deck Canon 6D Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens w/ B&W UV filter 1/180 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 400 Yongnuo 568exii CR, CL  shot through umbrella triggered with Yonguo 622c triggers

Model – Ashley Deck
Canon 6D
Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art Lens w/ B&W UV filter
1/180 sec @ f/6.3, ISO 400
Yongnuo 568exii CR, CL shot through umbrella triggered with Yonguo 622c triggers

 

 

Mixed lighting white balance example

White Balance Example

White Balance Example

 

Indoor photography with mixed lighting (light sources of different color temperatures) and/or lighting environments that are using standard CFL light blubs can really make it hard on your camera’s Auto White Balance (AWB) system.  In these environments it is helpful to keep these things in mind:

  • If you can shoot RAW or RAW with JPGs you should so you can correct the White Balance later if you the colors are off or not to your liking
  • If you have a Point and Shoot camera that does not support RAW files and/or the you do not want to have to mess with correcting White Balance later – you should review how to setup manual White Balance settings on your camera

Taking the time to setting up manual or custom White Balance settings can really make the colors in your photo’s much truer and will speed up your work flow post processing later.