Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art review

Perfect for portraiture, the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art is a high quality, super-sharp lens that produces beautiful bokeh

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Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

We’ve long been fans of Sigma’s 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, which is available in Sony E-mount as well as in Canon EF and Nikon F options for DSLRs. The new DG DN Art has been redesigned from the ground up, exclusively for mirrorless Sony E and Leica L-mount cameras. It’s smaller, lighter and has superior handling with a useful set of onboard controls. Autofocus is fast and virtually silent, while image quality is simply sumptuous. It’s a thing of beauty.


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    Super-sharp but with beautiful bokeh

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    Manual aperture ring with a de-click switch

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    Handy focus hold button

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    Relatively compact and lightweight


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    Pincushion distortion can be apparent

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    Noticeable vignetting at f/1.4

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Sigma’s 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens has become a favourite of many portrait and still life photographers who shoot with Canon and Nikon full-frame cameras. Sigma also offers the lens in an E-mount option, for use with Sony mirrorless bodies. However, at 95x125mm and 1,130g, it feels a bit of a mismatch for relatively slimline Sony cameras, resulting in a distinctly front-heavy package. 

The new Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG DN Art lens is built purely for mirrorless cameras and represents a complete redesign, with an all-new optical path and autofocus system. It’s much smaller and lighter, at 83x94mm and 630g, yet packs a lot in with a raft of high-end handling features that are absent in the older DG HSM lens. As such, it’s ideal for use with Sony and Panasonic mirrorless full-frame cameras.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.