Last week I bought a new lens for my Canon 5D mark II. I’ve been dying to get a fast prime lens and since the Canon 50mm F1.2 and 85mm F1.2 were a bit out of my price range, I went looking for the cheaper 50mm lenses. The are two choices, the Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM and the Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM.
I went with the Sigma, mainly for its superior built quality. The lens is build like a tank and feels really good on the 5Dmk2. It’s considerably larger and heftier than the other 50mm lenses (see comparison) but as the Canon 5Dmk2 is pretty large camera, the larger lens actually looks better on it.
The focus on the lens is sharp and I haven’t had any problems with it yet, the focusing ring requires more force than I would like (this is a problem when manually focusing during video shooting) but it might loosen up after some use and the DOF on F1.4 is ridiculous.
Stay tuned for more photos with this lens!