Nothing matches the presence and clarity of a wide-aperture lens that's designed for a single focal length. Lenses that meet this description are called "fast primes," because they gather lots of light and they aren't zoom lenses. The optical pathway is less complex than on a zoom lens, and so the images are often breathtakingly sharp. This lens is ideal for isolating your subject in space while blending the foreground and background into a pleasing, soft blur. Wedding photographers will find this Sigma 85mm f/1.4 a "go-to" lens, because of its ability to capture images with emotional resonance in less than ideal lighting. The large maximum f/1.4 aperture lets in plenty of light, allowing faster shutter speeds to "freeze" moving subjects. It also makes it perfect for shooting indoors when the lights are low.

Product Highlights:

  • Sigma mount
  • 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM normal lens with 35mm equivalent of 136 or 144.5mm depending on choice of Sigma cameras with APS-C sensors
  • HSM (Hyper-Sonic Motor) for fast, silent focusing
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating minimizes reflections and flare
  • ideal for portraits and general event photography
  • minimum focusing distance: 33.5"
  • constructed of 11 elements in 8 groups
  • filter size: 77mm
  • lens is 3-7/16" in diameter, 3-7/16" long
  • weight: 25.6 oz.
  • carrying case, lens hood, front and rear lens caps supplied
  • warranty: 4 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Sigma Photo 85mm f/1.4 Lens Reviews

Average Customer Review:

3 reviews
Review this product
Great Gear Giveaway

Submit a review and then enter to win a $350 rewards card


Review this product:

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences about this product. Please be sure to focus your comments on the product itself. Read our Review Guidelines for more information.

Your email won't be visible. Please use the email address that is associated with your order.
(e.g., JohnD) Your review will be signed using the display name and location
(e.g., Charlottesville, VA)

Click on a star to rate the overall product on a scale of 1-5
1500 characters left
  Attach a YouTube Review
Crutchfield Video Review Guidelines
  • Only submit videos that you made or are authorized to use.
  • Do not submit videos that contain music, video or visuals that are copyrighted and belong to someone else.
  • Please see our Review Guidelines for more information.
500 characters left
500 characters left

A great lens for the price

Written By Stryke2, Zebulon, NC on Monday, May 05, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The lens works great with my 5dMK3. Huge but not too heavy. Images seem just a bit flat, but easily fixed in post. I do find some chromatic problems, but those too are easily fixed in post. This lens finds the light for you. Even with a filter I was able to shoot deep into a dark shed and get a well exposed shot at 100 ISO. Very sharp at all stops.

Pros: Cheap when compared to Canon "L" lens. Auto focus is fast. Shoots in super low light!

Cons: Some Chromatic issues

Great lens!

Written By Al, La Crosse, WI on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good portrait lens. Sharp wide open, stopped down to f4, it is sharper than my 24-105L, which is a very good lens.

Pros: Image quality. Expensive, but a steal compared to Canon 85 f1.2L

Cons: A bit heavy, but not that big of an issue.

sigma 85mm f1.4

Written By Dave, guam on Monday, December 16, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A great lens for portrait. A bit on the heavy side.

Pros: quick auto focus

Cons: heavy

Preliminary info from the manufacturer

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Sigma
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 85mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.4
Weight 25.6 ounces
Parts Warranty 4 Years
Labor Warranty 4 Years