Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a perfect portrait prime

5 Star Rating
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
(Image: © Sigma Imaging)

Digital Camera World Verdict

As a full-frame compatible portrait lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, this Sigma is a heavyweight contender in every way. It has a big, weighty build for an 85mm f/1.4 prime but is positively supersized in terms of image quality. The lens delivers excellent sharpness even when shooting wide-open, along with beautiful bokeh. It’s an absolute cracker.


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    Excellent build quality

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    Refined handling

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    Spectacular image quality


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    Physically large build

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    Weighs over a kilogram

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The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art measures 95x126mm and tips the scales at 1,130g. It’s frankly enormous for an 85mm f/1.4 lens but, typical of Sigma’s Art line-up, the design is firmly focused on image quality without any concessions to reducing size and weight. A tell-tale sign of the girth is its oversized 86mm filter thread. As with any ‘fast’ 85mm lens, its prime attraction is for portraiture and still-life photography.


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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! 

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