Sigma 105mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Sample Images

Here’s a selection of sample photos I’ve taken with the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the fastest of Sigma’s 105mm lenses.

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I’ve recently been out shooting with the Sigma 105mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. Here are some photos I’ve taken with it. I’m posting them here are some real-world examples of how it performs in everyday shooting.

Sigma has two 105mm lenses in its DSLR lineup. 1 This is the fastest, with a maximum aperture of ƒ/1.4. There’s also the Sigma 105mm ƒ/2.8 macro, a lens I’ve covered before.

The ƒ/1.4 is bigger, heavier, and more expensive. 2

Probably the most typical use for this lens is in the studio and for portraits. But I’m a sucker for ƒ/1.4 lenses for travel photography. They’re great for low-light shooting and for isolating subjects in ways that other lenses can’t. They’re also quite unforgiving in terms of critical focus, something that becomes more pronounced the higher the focal length.))

So I wanted to see how this lens performed as a general travel-type lens. I did a similar test of the Nikon 105mm ƒ/1.4. 3

I’ve posted a hands-on review separately, but to go along with that, here are some sample images I’ve shot with it. These aren’t necessarily the typical type of images that this lens is more commonly used for, and that’s deliberate. I plan to add more images to this collection as I get more shots.

Photos Taken with the Sigma 105mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

You can click on each image for a full-resolution version. These have been lightly processed in Lightroom, but I haven’t applied any of the optical lens correction tools such as vignetting correction or chromatic aberration fixes. I’ve also not applied any extra sharpening beyond the default settings Lightroom uses. 4

I’ve included the aperture used for each shot in the captions below. You’ll notice that many of these were taken wide open or close to it. That’s deliberate. The feature that really sets this lens apart for me, and justifies its premium price, is that it’s fast. So the apertures under ƒ/2.8 are of most interest to me; if I’m only using ƒ/2.8 and above, there are other good alternatives from both Nikon and Sigma that are significantly less expensive and more portable than this lens (and also have macro). So these sample images are admittedly not fully representative of the performance throughout the aperture range; they focus in on the ones I’m most interested in using this lens at. In other words, I’m focusing most on what this lens offers that I can’t already get in a cheaper, smaller lens.

And, finally, this is only a preliminary selection. I plan to add to it as I take more shots.

Photo taken with the Sigma 105mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
I took this photo with a Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art prime lens on a Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR at ƒ/16. This scene is a prime candidate for lens flaring, but there’s not much of an issue with it here.
Photo taken with the Sigma 105mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
I took this photo with a Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art prime lens on a Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR at ƒ/8. I realize that this shot doesn’t offer much to go on in terms of optical quality because of the thick fog. But I just like the shot. Although it does, I guess, show that there isn’t any noticeable lens vignetting by ƒ/8.
Photo taken with the Sigma 105mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
I took this photo with a Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art prime lens on a Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR at ƒ/1.4. It might not look like it, but this was actually taken in quite dark predawn lighting. You can tell by still being able to see the lights on the Jefferson Memorial’s dome.
Photo taken with the Sigma 105mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
I took this photo with a Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art prime lens on a Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR at ƒ/1.4. Playing with the selective focus / bokeh with the focus point still some distance from the lens.

Price & Availability of Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is available in versions with mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA. It has an MSRP of $1599.

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  1. It also has variants designed for mirrorless cameras.[]
  2. Clarification on “bigger”: The ƒ/1.4 lens barrel is shorter than the ƒ/2.8 lens, but it’s much thicker and, especially with the lens hood attached, becomes much bulkier.[]
  3. I’ve been shooting with the Nikon F-mount version on a Nikon D850 full-frame DSLR.[]
  4. These are Lightroom’s default sharpening settings: Amount 40; Radius 1.0; Detail 25; Masking 0.[]
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by David Coleman

I'm a professional freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here. More »

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