Sigma 85mm f1.4 ex dg hsm. photo: dslrphoto.com
Sigma 85mm f1.4 ex dg hsm. photo: dslrphoto.com

Last weekend we went to the annual Travel Exhibition (you can read about the previous one in the link section). The previous years this exhibition has been held in Lillestrøm in co-operation with the Photo Exhibition, which has (at least for me) been a perfect combination. This year they separated the two exhibitions, to my huge disappointment.

The Photo Exhibition will be held later this year in co-operation with the Garden Exhibition… The Garden Exhibition? What the fuck?!

“Oh, hey! Sharon! Come quick! Look at this awesome artificial lawn!”
“That’s wonderful Randy. And that urn over there will be perfect next to the pond fish”

*yawn*

Well, let’s look at the bright side: I won’t have to waste my money going all the way to Lillestrøm for the Travel- and Photo Exhibition this year.

The Travel Exhibition this year was smaller than before: the exhibition area was smaller and there were fewer stands, plus all the photo gear was gone. Well, not all of them. FotoVideo.no had a small stand with some lenses and cameras, mostly meant for safari and nature photographers. Since I’d brought my camera I asked if I could try a couple of their lenses, which they generously allowed me to.

The one I liked the best of the two I tried was Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM.
You can see the results in these 3 photos:

Shot with a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Shot with a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

This Sigma lens is basically meant for portrait photography. Some of the Sigma products are cheaper than brand manufacturers such as Nikon and Canon. The Sigma lens isn’t weatherproof and some parts were plastic, but then again the price on this lens is also cheaper. The photo quality is still good and the lens was a pleasure to use. With a maximum aperture at f/1.4 this lens is perfect for shooting low-light/indoor portraits – getting  the background out of focus, thus separating the subject from the background.

Shot with a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Shot with a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Specifications:

Focal length: 85 mm
Filter Diameter: 77 mm
Minimum Focusing Distance: 85cm
Macro Ratio: 1:8.6
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Minimum aperture: f/16
Weight: 730 grams
Available for: Nikon, Canon, Sony A, Pentax, Sigma

In Norway the prize for this lens is between 6500-7500 NKR (app. 1200-1350 US$). So, even if it’s cheaper than the brand manufacturers, it’s still too much for an ordinary Joe with a lame job (like myself)…

Shot with a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
Shot with a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Links: 

Impressions from the photo and travel exhibition 2012 (cardinalguzman.wordpress.com)
Sigma-85mm-F14-EX-DG-HSM (fotovideo.no)