How Good Is the New Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens?

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens was one of the most highly anticipated lenses in recent years, and Sigma recently released a new version for Sony E and Leica L mirrorless mounts that offers a smaller size and performance improvements while maintaining an affordable price. This excellent video review takes a look at the new version and what you can expect from it.

Coming to you from DP Review, this great video review takes a look at the new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens. The new 85mm f/1.4 Art comes with a variety of improvements and worthwhile specs, including:

  • Five Special Low Dispersion elements for reduced chromatic aberrations and improved clarity
  • One aspherical element and four high refractive index glass elements to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations and increase sharpness
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating for reduced flares and ghosting and increased contrast
  • Stepping motor for quick and quiet autofocus and improved AF algorithm 
  • De-clickable aperture ring for video usage with locking switch to prevent accidental switching
  • Customizable autofocus-lock button
  • Rounded 11-blade diaphragm for especially smooth bokeh
  • Weather-resistant design with brass bayonet

Altogether, the new 85mm f/1.4 Art looks to be a great option for lots of photographers. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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15 Comments

Marek Stefech's picture

I think best lens on market.

Alejandro Ilukewitsch's picture

Distortion is only a compromise due to the size, it will be easily corrected with the embedded lens profile. JPG images don't suffer from any distortion.

Alejandro Ilukewitsch's picture

I guess all reviewers are lying... anyways I am not planning to buy the lens.

Is not a focal I use. And dont feel bad about spending double on the gm version... Its still a good lens, just not as good as this one which is also cheaper.

Erpillar Bendy's picture

Technically it *will* produce very sharp images at center, regardless of the distortion, as all of the reviews have shown.

Erpillar Bendy's picture

You must not have seen any of the reviews of this lens. The center is very sharp, even after the distortion correction. It just is. For example, Christopher Frost on YouTube finds the center "razor sharp" with in-camera corrections turned on. Is "razor sharp" not sharp for you?

Erpillar Bendy's picture

Christopher Frost is a lens reviewer who has reviewed hundreds of lenses on YouTube. After many years and many reviews, he's proven to be very reliable. One might care what he thinks because he actually tested this lens, while you did not. He also showed his results, while you did not. He specifically showed that even with corrections the lens is "razor sharp" at center. You showed nothing. So the real question is: why should we care what you think?

Erpillar Bendy's picture

Your question is nonsensical, as you know. Anyway, the fact remains: the center is razor sharp, notwithstanding your claim to the contrary.

Tammie Lam's picture

To be fair it's twice cheaper compared to the RF85/1.2, plus not everybody shoots Canon. Sony users also deserve something better than the "native" 85GM grinder.

Will B's picture

Does this site literally just create articles on other people’s content now? Iv seen all these videos already 🤷🏻‍♂️