Review Photos from The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM "Art" Lens - April 6, 2017

Continued from my Picture of the Day, I've included 7 photos from yesterdays outing with my new Sigma 85mm F1.4 "Art" lens. Normally for wildlife, I have my telephoto lens (I did have it attached to me while out), but only used it a couple of times as I wanted to focus more on the 85mm for the testing.  Although not made for shooting wildlife, it certainly has it's place for environmental wildlife photography as well as portraits and nature. This is my 4th "Art" lens in the new Sigma 'Global' lenses and I love all them. This one is no exception to that rule. When I was using the lens yesterday, I purposely shot it wide open at F1.4 throughout the testing. Needless to say, I was very impressed with the sharpness (like most "Art" lenses), especially wide open, and the beautiful creamy bokeh it produces.

Below are some photos taken yesterday showing both the sharpness and focus as well as the bokeh :) I've put the settings and info about the photo with each one.  All photos here were not sharpened in post. These were strictly downsized to fit the web and saved as jpg only.

All taken with Canon 5D Mark IV (white balance set to 'cloudy' as it was overcast and dark) & Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM "Art" Lens.

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This photo is full size, not cropped. You can just see some ducks in the upper left of the picture but the lens rendered them so out of focus that they are barely visible. The focus point was on the male mallard duck. This shows the beautiful out of focus this lens produces in the foreground and background, with shooting wide open at f1.4 :) Settings: Settings: f1.4, 1/3200, ISO 100.

 

Again showing the depth of field focusing on the male mallard with the nice bokeh in the background and foreground. This photo was cropped to 85% of the original Settings: f1.4, 1/2000, ISO 100.

 

Cropped to 85% of the original photo size. This shows the depth of field focusing on the male mallard coming towards us. Settings: f1.4, 1/400, ISO 100, +1/3 exposure.

 

Cropped to 70% of the original photo size. This shows the depth of field focusing on two mallards flying in with some background out of focus and some in focus as it was shot further away. Settings: f1.4, 1/800, ISO 100, +1/3 exposure.

 

Cropped to 70% of the original photo size. This also shows the depth of field focusing on one mallard flying away with some background out of focus and some in focus. This was shot about 40 to 50 feet away. Settings: f1.4, 1/1600, ISO 100, +1/3 exposure.

 

Cropped to 70% of the original photo size. Focus was on the one mallard flying in to land. This was shot over 50 feet away. Settings: f1.4, 1/1600, ISO 100, +1/3 exposure.

 

Cropped to 50% of the original photo size. This little guy was hanging around looking for food. This shows the focus on the squirrel and branches with the background out of focus. This was shot about 20 feet away. Settings: f1.4, 1/1600, ISO 100, +1/3 exposure.