When it comes to portrait lenses, the Nikon 105mm f/1.4 is possibly one of the best choices. At the time of its release, it was the first of its kind and was met with much praise. Since then, however, Sigma released their own version of this lens and many, including myself, wanted to know which lens is actually better.
In his latest video, photographer and YouTuber Jared Polin compares the Nikon 105mm f/1.4 to the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 Art to see which one is better. Even before we look at the image quality, there are some obvious and major differences between both lenses. Firstly, the Sigma is much more affordable compared to the Nikon with a price difference of almost $600. Secondly, the size and weight differences between the two are pretty significant. The Sigma weighs almost double that of the Nikon and for many, this in itself might be a bit of a deal breaker. I was pretty surprised at the weight of the Sigma when I was handling the lens and it's one of the main reasons why I'm hesitant to buy it. Regardless, I'm sure most of us only really want to know about the image quality and Polin has run both lenses through a series of tests. In my humble opinion, I'd say both lenses perform at a very high level and other factors like price and weight may have more of an impact when deciding between the two.
Check out the video to see the comparison. You can also download the raw files directly from Polin's website.