I’m going to be honest, I had recently purchased the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens a few weeks before testing the SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens and didn’t really think anything would compare. I didn’t really think I’d be that blown away, or at least, I didn’t think I’d be left wanting this new lens. I figured the difference wouldn’t be that dramatic. I was wrong.
I purchased the SIGMA 85mm | Art to enhance my natural light portraiture and it did exactly what I had wanted and needed it to do. When I put the SIGMA 105mm | Art into the same scenario and took the same photo, I realised it did something different. It gave me more than I thought I needed.
As a natural light portrait photographer I am always trying to get a more dramatic capture of my subject but also create an atmosphere, a mood, and the SIGMA 105 | Art did just that. The bokeh it created was like in a painting, it allowed the subject to be crisp and everything else to blend in with the background, something I think adds a cinematic film look. I can’t say that it would suit all scenarios for me, as you have to stand fairly far back and the focus when shooting wide open can be tricky. However if you have a set up with a backdrop or can sit your subject down, then this lens is a perfect one for portraits.
When shooting further back you might not get as much bokeh but the depth of the photo and the amazing Art atmosphere it creates is still there. It’s a dreamy quality that you do get with the SIGMA 85mm | Art but with the SIGMA 105mm Art it’s kicked up a notch, from dreamy to dreamiest.
If you need a portrait lens I would still recommend the SIGMA 85mm | Art as its smaller and suitable for many set ups and environments. It is a more practical choice. However, if you already own this lens and are looking for a more intense result, something to push you into new areas of creativity then I’d go for the SIGMA 105mm | Art.
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