Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens

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Key Features

  • 85mm focal length
  • 127.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 136mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F1.4 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
  • Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • 77mm filters
  • 0.85m/33.46" minimum focus
  • Available in Canon EF, Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA, Nikon F (FX) mounts

Product Description

The Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM is a short telephoto prime lens for full-frame and APS-C DSLRs. It features a hypersonic focus motor with full-time manual focus override, a 9-bladed aperture diaphragm for attractive background blur, and has a minimum focus distance of 85cm. It comes with a lens hood adapter for use on APS-C format DSLRs users that extends the length of the hood to give more effective shading. Optical construction comprises 11 elements in eight groups, with one SLD (super low-dispersion) element. Performance is excellent, contributing to this lens's excellent reputation among enthusiast photographers.


Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 85 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sigma SA Bayonet, Sony/Minolta Alpha
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes Rounded diaphragm
Elements 11
Groups 8
Special elements / coatings 1 SLD glass element 1 glass-molded aspherical element
Minimum focus 0.85 m (33.46)
Maximum magnification 0.12×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Weight 725 g (1.60 lb)
Diameter 86 mm (3.4)
Length 88 mm (3.45)
Materials metal mount
Sealing No
Filter thread 77 mm
Filter notes Does not rotate on focusing
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar No
Notes Supplied with APS-C Hood Adapter HA850-02


User Reviews

4.5625 out of 5 stars
  • nekrosoft13, Jun 1, 2012 GMT:
    Perfect Portrait Lens

    Purchased in april 2012, i was lucky to get a good copy that required zero MA. AF actually works great not like the Sigma 50 1.4. Faster AF then Canon 85 1.2, slightly slower then Canon 85 1.8. Wide 1.4 aperture, quick queit HSM motor, very sharp even at 1.4, amazing bokeh, accepts 77mm filters (can share my filters with 5 of my lenses). Sigma can have questionable reliability, something I will find out about later. Watch out for frankenstein copies that are build with both old fluffy matte ...

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  • gDaniel, Apr 6, 2012 GMT:
    Awesome piece of glass...

    My copy is in Nikon mount, and it has been my default portrait lens since day one. Previously i've had the "cream machine" 85 1.4 D, awesome lens but this Sigma tops it easily. Very good resolution in center of the frame, good corners and blistering fast autofocus. I have some small focusing errors on minimum distance with SB-900 attached (slight front focus at ~85cm) but once i am at 100+ cm from the subject the focus is spot on.I used this lens on following cameras: D300, D5100 and D800. Wh ...

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  • Raw Muscle, Mar 14, 2012 GMT:
    As good as a Zeiss!

    I don't write long reviews, purely because I don'tbelieve I have the technical experience to, however I have tested this lens on my NEX-5n and simply wanted to share the experience. The lens is awesome, and is the only other lens I will use apart from my Zeiss 24mm on this body. I have uploaded some quick test shots that were done in low light, handheld @ ISO 800, I'll let you be the judge of the lens on this camera, baring in mind I've only been shooting since Christmas :) Problems: Slight ...

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  • JaronRH, Feb 15, 2012 GMT:
    APS-C Portrait Machine

    I've been using this lens for about a year now on my D90. I'm happy to say that it's been my go-to portrait lens 90% of the time (the other 10% being my Nikon 50mm 1.8/D and that's only for when I'm working with small groups in a small space!). The build quality is exceptional (metal) but believe me when I say the thing is HEAVY! IQ is is great and the bokeh is very smooth on it. The HSM is definitely fast a quiet just as advertised. I did discover that you cannot use this lens with a ...

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Sony A99 learning

I'm having some problems learning this beast. Is there any good tutorials out there? When I set camera to manual settings the rapid fire shoot is on. How do I take it off? How do I adjust shutter speed and iso? The only thing I figured out is aperture. And right now I'm only using Sigma 85mm 1.4, can I adjust depth of field? I like the shallow depth for portraits, but sometimes I want more of picture to be in focus. Especially when I'm shooting video. I read the manual once and I will read it again, I just figured I would ask some questions to help me. Thanks a lot for your time, I really appreciate it!!!!!!

Jacob James asked
1 year ago


Wow, you're learning to drive using an F1 race car y'know. Learn about PASM on the mode dial here. This will cover your question on Shutter (Aperture, depth of field and Program, freezing action, Manual modes too). The Sony manual will answer your question on Drive Mode (rapid fire shutter) and ISO setting. This site is pretty cool too. Continue Reading

lehill answered
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zakkix answered
1 year ago

In 2005 I had the same problem you have, a camera much more advanced then I was. I decided on a Minolta 5D because of the image stabilisation and walked out with a 7D. This thing had buttons everywhere and knobs with knobs under the knobs. I had no idea what any of it was for. With Gary Friedmans  and Bryan Peterson's books, "Understanding Exposure", I was able to learn to use it.  I used full auto for about week and then used the "P" mode, which was a program shift, that let you adjust the apature and the camera set the shutter speed. You could make a few of your own adjustments, such as iso, flash compensation and a few other things. I now use the "A" mode for almost all of my shooting. If the 99 has a "P" mode, I would start there and then shoot in "A" mode. The full auto on the 7D was not good, not sure about the 99. I find that in auto, on my A77 the flush always pops up when I don't want it to. I turned that feature off. I always advoid Full auto. Get a good tripod Continue Reading

rgsnow answered
1 year ago


Sigma 50mm & 85mm on Nikon Aperture Sharpness Test Results - Good or Bad???

I posted FoCal Aperture Sharpness Test Results for the Sigma 50mm f1.4 and Sigma 85mm f1.4 (both Nikon mount) in the Third Party Lens Talk forum, but didn't get any replies or feedback. I even included pretty charts, pictures, and graphs too! I'm trying to figure out if the test results are to be expected or not. I'm relatively new to photography and lens optics, so I'm not sure.  The test results don't seem to square with what I've seen on DXOMark and other review sites.  I'm also aware that Sigma lenses are hit and miss. Can anyone take a peek and offer some input?

uberjer asked
3 months ago


Thank you for showing us your results. I know how tedious these tests are.  I expect you would get more replies if you included your interpretation. To me you show that for the Sigma 50mm art might be fiction. And the Tamron f2.8 is as good as the 85mm f1.4 at f2.8. That makes me happy because I have the Tamron, and always had a nagging feeling I am not fully equipped without an 85mm, although I am not sure what I would do with it. Continue Reading

engbert answered
3 months ago

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"Beginning July 1, 2013, all brand new Sigma Products purchased from authorized Sigma dealers are covered under the 1 year America warranty (North and South America) and U.S.A. extended warranties for a period of three (3) years against defects in manufacturing and workmanship only. Your warranty period begins the day you purchase your Sigma camera, lens and/or flash and runs for a total period of four years from that date (please refer to the warranty policy included with your product)."

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