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DxOMark is announcing their Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens findings today. According to what they did in the lab, the company concludes that the lens is outperformed by the 55mm f1.4 Zeiss Otus lens only in terms of light transmission, distortion control, and vignetting control. Otherwise, they’re basically exactly spot on when it comes to sharpness numbers. The even more fascinating news is that they both wipe the floor with Canon’s f1.2 L offering–and hopefully will dispel the myth that someone should only go for all L glass when building their Canon kit.

The company didn’t test the lens on the Nikon D800E and we figure that this is mostly because the units going around right now are Canon mount.

More findings are after the jump.

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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Simga 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 Product Images (3 of 9)

All-in-one super-zoom lenses are all classically huge and heavy. Made to do everything and be a master at nothing, these extremely wide focal length lenses have historically only offered only decent image quality. But while most professional and artistic photographers might turn their noses up at these pieces of glass as poor quality ‘snapshot’ lenses, there’s something to be had about the versatility of a lens that can be extremely wide and then zoom in on an object miles away without the shooter needing to move a step.

Sigma too has a long history of producing super-zoom lenses dating all the way back to the early 1990s. In its latest addition to the super-zoom lineage, Sigma has introduced a refreshed 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 under the banner of its Contemporary line of lenses. Aside from the slick new styling, this is Sigma’s lightest super-zoom lens yet. Additionally it can also get much closer to subjects and produce Macro shots reproducing objects a third of their real-life size. Now the question is there any merit to these promises or is the only thing to this lens a really long barrel.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Lens Review images (1 of 13)ISO 4001-800 sec at f - 3.5

Though they’re two different focal lengths, this question was bound to be asked by someone. Sigma now has two excellent options for full frame users from their Art series of lenses: their 50mm f1.4 DG HSM and their 35mm f1.4 DG HSM. Both have been tried and true to be capable performers. But which one is best for you?

Be sure to also check out our guide to Sigma’s prime lenses.

Editor’s Note: Check out our first sample imagesfull review, and comparison posts against the 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 version 1.

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Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 lenses (3 of 3)ISO 2001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Sigma recently updated their 50mm f1.4 lens to include not only the Art branding badge, but also a totally new look to the lens. The new Art offering joins the 35mm f1.4 as another prime for DSLRs under the new Global Vision that the company is touting right now. Many folks own the older Sigma 50mm f1.4, and with the release of the new one you might be wondering if it’s worth an upgrade or not.

In our real world tests, we explore the differences.

Editor’s Note: Check out our first sample imagesfull review, and comparison posts against the 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 version 1.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Lens Review product lead (1 of 1)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 3.5

Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art is the successor to the company’s previous 50mm f1.4 lens that was also held in very high regard. However, the new lens has been brought in line both in terms of design and image quality with the company’s new Global Vision–and specifically under its Art lineup. The focal length and aperture are an iconic one that many photographers swear by. In fact, many only shoot with this one lens.

But is Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 DG HSM Art offering enough to make you want to trade up?

Editor’s Note: Check out our first sample imagesfull review, and comparison posts against the 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 version 1.

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Chris GampatThe Phoblographer Sigma 50mm f1.4 sample images product (1 of 1)ISO 2001-100 sec at f - 5.0

We’ve been testing the brand new Sigma 50mm f1.4 II for a short while with the promise of a unit coming to us for a longer period of time later on, and so far we’ve been very impressed. The lens is being tested on the Canon 5D Mk II and performs pretty much as well as Sigma’s 35mm f1.4 DG Art lens. We’d also say that it is on par with the Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus though the Sigma lens tends to exhibit more purple fringing. However, that is easily removed in post-production.

Here are some sample images from the new lens. All portraits were done with the Phottix Odin and Mitros+ flash.

Editor’s Note: Check out our first sample images, full review, and comparison posts against the 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 version 1.

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