Hey my name is Nader, I recently got to play with the Sigma 85 1.4 Art and I just want to kind of give you guys my first impressions it. This is the lens from Sigma that I have been waiting for, for the past few years. First of all, the overall build quality is absolutely fantastic. They’ve done an excellent job of just making a lens that feels pro. It’s heavy, it’s metal, it’s got a smooth focus ring. They’re going after the top of the lines ZEISS lenses. They’re going after four thousand/five thousand dollar lenses at a fraction of the price.
They’re doing an excellent job of changing the industry and moving the industry forward which I really appreciate. As far as the lens quality, the bokeh is absolutely fantastic. The images I was able to create wide open with a sharp subject and then creamy backgrounds were just magic. I did so in natural light and I also did so in the studio. As far as sharpness, I used the D800E and I had read that this lens performed extremely well at 36 megapixels. It did, there’s just no question.
Comparing a shot with this 85 1.4 next to another shot taken with another 85 1.4 you can see the difference right away. A couple of things I found troublesome with this lens is the filter size and the weight. I can see a lot of people trying to lug this thing around and complaining about it hurting their wrist, hurting their arm but it is a top quality lens and I shoot at the studio a lot. As far as the filter size, I would have to buy a whole new set of filters if I wanted to use filters with this lens, which is a little troublesome but considering how good this lens looks and feels in my hands, I’m willing to make that sacrifice.
Overall, I love this lens and I would highly recommend trying it out. Renting it through a local camera store or just going and buying it. Priced very competitively compared to the other lenses it’s trying to beat out. Thank you for listening to me banter and see you in the next video.
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