A Review of Sigma's 105mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Sigma's Art series of lenses has been a runaway hit, with the line continuing to expand to both new focal lengths and new mounts. One of the newest in the lineup is the 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, and it has been lauded for being incredibly sharp even at its maximum aperture. Is it the right lens for you? This great video review will answer that question.

Coming to you from our friends over at SLR Lounge, this awesome video review takes a look at the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. The 105mm f/1.4 Art definitely represents Sigma's philosophy of tossing aside any concerns of portability in favor of high optical quality, and if you can handle the bulk, it really is a spectacular piece of glass at a very good price, especially when you consider it among its competitors. I have had mine for about a year now, and it has very quickly become my favorite portrait lens. Beyond the snappy and accurate autofocus combined with spectacular image quality, I really appreciate the balance the 105mm focal length offers between the more traditional 85mm and 135mm portrait lengths. It gives a hint more compression than the 85mm without the working distance issues of a 135mm lens. If you're looking for a premium portrait lens, I definitely recommend it. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Crystal Johnson's picture

I recently bought the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 and I am absolutely in love with it. I love the collar on it and the hood as it's easier to just use a screw tighten compared to the normal twist on one. Mine came tack sharp out of the box but it's nice to use with my sigma dock with it. The weight isn't so much of an issue for me, even though I have small hands, but after a few hours straight of using it having a hand strap and monopod really help. Compared to the Nikon 105mm f/1.4 that I had(and returned!), I like the Sigma more. Better bokeh balls, color rendition and sharpness overall were the seller for this lens for me. Photo below was taken with it at f/1.4.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Whooaaaah! Dang, the detail!

Nick Viton's picture

I used mine recently to shoot streetstyle fashion at NYFW. The glass garnered a lot of interest and comments, and is still new to a lot of photographers. It's a beast to haul for streetstyle, but was fun nonetheless.
[ photo of me by Phil Oh:: https://www.vogue.com/vogueworld/slideshow/new-york-fashion-week-spring-... ]

Jonathan Headley's picture

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Jonathan Headley's picture

Haven’t bumped into Adam Sinding btw? Guess his reaction on Sigma should be hilarious

Nick Viton's picture

I love meeting all the other photographers at NYFW. Sadly, I never got to meet Adam though...

Jonathan Headley's picture

Actually I could only praise this chuck of a lens too. Super fast, super reliable. Stopped down to f4 it becomes a breed between white shark and bloody alien in terms of sharpness.
Pure joy to work with in studio, and not so weighty at all. D850 with a grip makes a perfect balance.

Blake Aghili's picture

Used it at a wedding last weekend. It is OK, but focus speed is slower than Nikon's 105 in dark scene like dance scenes at night. If money is not a problem then get Nikon's , if not then get the Sigma. It isn't bad.