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Archive 2012 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM
  
 
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


Before I switched to Nikon, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 was my favorite lens on my Canon 5D. I shot thousands of pictures with that lens and really loved the bokeh characteristic.

When I made the switch to Nikon, the 50 f/1.8G seemed like a no-brainer after reading several reviews. Fast AF, cheap, and very sharp was the general consensus I got from the reviews. In my experience, it definitely focuses a bit faster than my Sigmalux and is undoubtedly sharper in the corners (center sharpness is pretty even between the two). The Sigma also has some slight focus shift issues, but once you get used to the lens this is pretty negligible. As far as bokeh goes, however...to me the 50G lacks that "magic" the Sigma seemed to have, for lack of a better word.

At this point I'm going to shoot more with my D700+50G before I make a decision on whether to get a Nikon-mount Sigmalux, but I wanted to hear some other opinions on these two lenses. So, which lens do you think is better and why?

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Oct 03, 2012 at 04:24 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


I always like the Sigma better. The 50g just didn't suite me.


Oct 03, 2012 at 04:53 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


The Sigma is a fantastic lens no doubt, I almost bought one but the "onion ring" OOF highlights turned me off, got the 1.8G instead.

Onion ring example-

sigma 50mm f1.4 by AAA Studio, on Flickr


christmas tree bokeh at 50mm by cristigrozea2, on Flickr



Oct 03, 2012 at 06:47 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


Anything against Nikkor 50mm f1.4G?

It's a great lens, IMHO better than canon's version.
Focuses fast and accurate and the IQ is quite good. Saturation, contrast, sharpness.



Oct 03, 2012 at 01:04 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


fraga wrote:
Anything against Nikkor 50mm f1.4G?

It's a great lens, IMHO better than canon's version.
Focuses fast and accurate and the IQ is quite good. Saturation, contrast, sharpness.


I have the same question. I think the Nikon 1.4G is sharper in the corners and has the best bokeh of the three.



Oct 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


It might depend on what you use it for. For people shots, the Sigma seems a bit smoother. The wedding photographers I know have switched to the Sigma 50 & 85mm. They are also more solid than the Nikon consumer f1.8 lenses.


Kent in SD



Oct 03, 2012 at 01:24 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


fraga wrote:
Anything against Nikkor 50mm f1.4G?

It's a great lens, IMHO better than canon's version.
Focuses fast and accurate and the IQ is quite good. Saturation, contrast, sharpness.



The Nikon 1.4G is a nice lens no doubt, but the AF is quite slow. A friend of mine used to own one and switched to the 1.8G due to the slow AF on the 1.4G.

So, for me the decision is between the Sigma 1.4 and Nikon 1.8G.



Oct 03, 2012 at 01:58 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


I have both. I used the 50/1.8G for a while and while I was very satisfied with its sharpness and AF speed, I gradually started noticing that I was not pleased with its out of focus rendition, especially with photos placed side by side with ones taken with my 35/1.4G.

I got a Sigma 50 and have found it to be much improved over the 50/1.8G: sharper at f1.8, ant more pleasing OOF rendition. I guess I got lucky in that I have no front or back focus issues with the Sigma (which astounds me since I went through two copies when I shot Canon).

The only cons are the AF sometimes hunts back and forth for a fraction of a second before finally locking on (but it always locks accurately). The lens is a bit on the large side (for a 50mm), and the color rendering is on the cooler side than my other lenses (35/1.4g and 85/1.4g).



Oct 03, 2012 at 03:15 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


996gt2 wrote:
The Nikon 1.4G is a nice lens no doubt, but the AF is quite slow. A friend of mine used to own one and switched to the 1.8G due to the slow AF on the 1.4G.


I have no complaints about the focus speed of mine, at least considering the large aperture.
Then again, I use it on a D3s, that might the reason why.




Oct 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


I currently have a 5D + Sigma 50 1.4 and have used the Nikon 1.8G variants. I prefer the bokeh of the Sigma. The difference to me is in the transition from in-focus to OOF areas - the Sigma is smooth and the Nikkors are more abrupt. It's not as evident for full-body portraits but more noticeable for close-ups (when you want just the eyes in focus, for example). The Nikkors are better for sharpness, size and weight, and AF but I use a 50 primarily for shallow DOF work so the Sigma wins for me.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


996gt2 wrote:
The Nikon 1.4G is a nice lens no doubt, but the AF is quite slow. A friend of mine used to own one and switched to the 1.8G due to the slow AF on the 1.4G.

So, for me the decision is between the Sigma 1.4 and Nikon 1.8G.


What are you planning to use it for that focus speed is such a concern?

There is no doubt that the focus speed of the Nikon 1.4 G is less than stellar. I have several screw driven lenses that focus faster, but I don't know that I would describe it as slow either. By comparison, the 85 1.4 G is even slower.

Reading all the comments about AF speed really makes me wonder what people are using their 50mm's for. While it may not be the fastest lens, I can't say there is anything that I shoot with it that requires me to have something faster. For me, I will settle for the slower AF and prefer the optical qualities of it over the alternatives, but everyone's situation is different.



Oct 03, 2012 at 03:41 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


brianjb wrote:
What are you planning to use it for that focus speed is such a concern?

There is no doubt that the focus speed of the Nikon 1.4 G is less than stellar. I have several screw driven lenses that focus faster, but I don't know that I would describe it as slow either. By comparison, the 85 1.4 G is even slower.

Reading all the comments about AF speed really makes me wonder what people are using their 50mm's for. While it may not be the fastest lens, I can't say there is anything that I shoot with it that requires me
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When shooting an event or wedding, I need the AF to be fast enough so that I don't miss shots. I've used the Nikon 50 1.4G in the past and found the AF speed too slow on my D700 for my usage. The 1.8G is a significant improvement in this regard, and the Sigma is somewhere in between the 1.8 and 1.4G in terms of AF speed.

At this point I am kinda leaning towards selling my 50 1.8G and getting another Sigmalux. I really miss that lens from the days when I shot Canon.


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Oct 03, 2012 at 04:24 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


I've had both and kept the 50/1.8G in the end. The Sigma has a bit better bokeh, though the bokeh from the 50/1.8G is pretty good already. I like the contrasty and saturated rendering of the G better than the Sigma, but this is subjective. Sharpness was similar at f/1.8, but I got more keepers from the G due to more accurate focusing. Also it is lighter and smaller. Since I don't use the 50 very often, it was an easy choice. If I was shooting portraits at 50mm all day I would have kept the Sigma, but for that purpose I use the 85/1.4G which beats both.


Oct 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


996gt2 wrote:
When shooting an event or wedding, I need the AF to be fast enough so that I don't miss shots. I've used the Nikon 50 1.4G in the past and found the AF speed too slow on my D700 for my usage. The 1.8G is a significant improvement in this regard, and the Sigma is somewhere in between the 1.8 and 1.4G in terms of AF speed.


Interesting. I wonder if there was something wrong with your copy. I use mine to take pictures of my young kids which are always on the move. I have never missed a shot with my 1.4 G using my D300 and now my D600. While it is not fast, it has always been fast enough.

I certainly understand your reluctance though when it comes to paid work and a lens that has been problematic for you before. Good luck in your search and decision.



Oct 03, 2012 at 06:17 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


Interesting comments. I purchased the Nikon 50mm F1.8G and the 85mm F1.8G and I like them both. Somehow, they both seem so similar in my results. I did not like the 50mm F1.4 AFD that I once had because it had too much flare. You will probably have to compare yours side by side to find out which 50mm you want.


Oct 03, 2012 at 09:54 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


I'm hoping either of these focuses better in low low light than the nikon 50mm 1.8D version?

or would it only be the 1.4 lens that would focus better b/c it allows more light in??

I feel like my new D600 + 50mm 1.8 D lens focuses SIGNIFICANTLY worse in low low light...or doesn't focus at all compared to my old Canon rebel T1i + sigma 50mm 1.4



Feb 14, 2013 at 05:35 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


I own the Sigma (after two horrible experiences with the older finish ones), and have near access to two copies of the 1.8G. My selection would be based upon what my surrounding lenses do. The Sigma is more of a wide open sort of lens that has poor sharpness on FF corners, and the 1.8G is a lot more consistent throughout the frame.

If I had something else that's really good across the frame (e.g. 85 1.8G), I'd rather have the Sigma so that I have different lenses of not only focal length, but characteristics and limitations.

If I had something else, say a 85 1.4D that's got a reputable signature but isn't so good in the corners, maybe I'd pick up the 1.8G so that I'd have at least one lens that can provide edge to edge sharpness should a situation call for it (and the difference between the focal lengths isn't so great that I can't achieve similar framing).


as far as focusing, I'd say they're close enough that I wouldn't sway one way over the other. As others have reported, I didn't have that great of a time with the 1.4G's AF.

In my case, I have a 60 2.8G which serves as my staple, consistent lens, so I've kept the more exotic sigma with its imperfections.




Feb 14, 2013 at 09:17 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


The Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G lens is one of the sharpest in the Nikkor arsenal. I love mine and use it wide open with great results.


Jul 20, 2014 at 08:57 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


After owning the 50 1.4d, sigma 50 1.4, and 50 1.8g .... I chose the 60g .... have the 28g and 85 1.8g if the 60g is not going to work in a situation.


Jul 20, 2014 at 01:48 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 HSM


I am currently shooting with the 50 1.4G. I had the 1.8G and the 1.8G was just lighter, in my opinion. The 1.4G is fabulous wide open. Yes, it is obviously going to be soft wide open but it does produce a better bokeh. I think the sweet spot for the 1.4G is f/3.2-3.5, it's quite sharp at those apertures.

If I had the choice between thte 1.8G and 1.4G, 1.4G all day but the 1.8G is also an amazing performer for what it's priced at. It's a bit lighter too!

I'll get the exif data once I get back home!

Nikon D700 + 50 1.4G



Jul 21, 2014 at 02:01 PM
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