I think that most photographers that  specialize in wedding or portrait photography, will tell your that their preferred focal length is the 85mm. And for a good reason; the 85mm is such an incredible focal length because of the nearly true to life compression it provides and the options available have always been known for being incredibly sharp. With an extensive range of brands and lens mounts, it should come to little surprise to know that the 85mm is one of the most common focal lengths in photography. And when talking 85mm, it’s impossible not to mention the lens which has often been called one of the most versital 85mm on the market. thats right the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II. But now people are calling the  Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art– the current king of the sharpness. Well let’s take our new sigma 85mm out for a test drive.

Image Quality

I wanted to start by taking a look at the photo quality of this lens. My testing began by taking this lens to Downtown Winter Garden  to take photos with my model.  All these photos were taken  using the Sony A7rII and a Metabones Speed Booster. Stopping down increases the quality both in the center and in the corners even further, and the lens peaks at f/5.6. The sharpness is then excellent from corner to corner. As with all bright lenses, there’s some vignetting visible with this Sigma Art at full aperture, but it’s not excessive and is easy to get rid of in post processing, if you want. For portraits, a little bit of vignetting is often attractive. Stopping down helps too. The vignetting is already so low at f/2.8 that you won’t see it.






Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • Two Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock


Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 28.6°
Minimum Focus Distance 33.46″ / 85 cm
Magnification 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8.5
Optical Design 14 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 86 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.73 x 4.97″ / 94.7 x 126.2 mm
Weight 2.49 lb / 1.13 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.4 x 7.2 x 6.1″


85mm lenses are almost by definition big and heavy. But if you’re a fan of bokeh, you’ll deal with it.  The lens has nine aperature blades. Because they’re rounded, you have an almost perfectly round aperture at full aperture. In combination with the lens design, that makes for a beautiful blur both in front of and behind your subject. blurry displays of light sources, you can’t see any trace of structures and the edges of the bokeh balls are nice and soft. If you stop down a bit, the bokeh balls get smaller, but their quality remains beautiful. Even after stopping down one or two stops, at f/2.8 the bokeh balls still remain nicely round. With many other lenses, you often see something of the shape of the aperture then.


  • Outstanding image quality
  • High brightness
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Solidly built
  • Good autofocus

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is an almost perfect 85mm. It has high brightness and high sharpness, even at full aperture. The bokeh is great, and the price is reasonable. The autofocus works well, and the finish is first class. If you’re looking for a very good portrait lens, this Sigma is a winner.

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