by Ron Martinsen
Last December I was floored so much by the SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Series lens that I declared it “The best SIGMA I’ve ever tested”. When I first put the new 50mm Art Series in my hands this past January at CES, I knew that this wasn’t just another SIGMA – this was a lens that was going to get some attention.
With an outstanding build quality that makes you think Zeiss instead of SIGMA, people immediately started to try to compare this lens to the instant legendary Zeiss Otus 55m f/1.4 – the sharpest lens I’ve ever tested. However, would this $949 lens not only blow away its Canon and Nikon equivalents, but would it also give the $3990 Otus a run for its money?
SIGMA was generous enough to let me borrow this lens for two weeks so I could give it some real world testing and see what I think. While I wish I had more time with it, I think I’ve got a handle on what you get with this lens, so read on to see what I think.