Which of These Premium 50mm Lenses Do You Prefer?

The wide-aperture 50mm lens is, by far, one of the most common lenses out there, and for good reason, as it is also one of the most versatile, able to tackle a humongous range of scenarios and needs thanks to its neutral focal length and top-notch low-light and narrow depth of field capabilities. Both Sigma and Sony have recently released professional-level 50mm f/1.4 options. So, which is right for you? This excellent video comparison looks at both to help you decide. 

Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this great video review compares the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DN Art to the Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 GM. While both the lenses produce impressive images and you might not care for the finer differences between them, what is a very notable difference is the price. Sigma's version costs $849, while, on the other hand, Sony's is $1,299, making the Sigma version about a third cheaper than the Sony. There are some differences beyond image quality, though. Perhaps most notable is that on fast cameras like the Sony a9 or a1, the Sigma will be limited to 15 fps continuous burst rates, while the Sony version will be able to take advantage of the camera's maximum burst speed (20 or 30 fps). So, if you are photographing fast action, there is a clear winner, but if you are using it for something like portraits, you will likely find either lens perfectly serviceable. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Abbott. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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