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Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Jan 6, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $440.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Background blur, build quality, sharpness
Size, vignetting at f/1.4

My Canon 50mm f/1.8 is a very good lens--as long as you stop it down to f/2.8. So I decided to try the Sigmalux. (Yes, you may use that nickname. Smile

Background blur is simply astonishing. The only complaint I've heard about it is that it might be too smooth. It's most similar to that of my 135L, but I think it's noticeably better.

Wide open:

I haven't had any issues with the AF--certainly not any more than I have with all AF lenses--but I've really used it only for closeups from f/1.4 to f/2.0, all on a 1.3x body.

It does vignette pretty heavily at f/1.4, but it's not really a problem.

If it were the size and weight of a normal 50mm lens, it would be just about perfect.