Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art Vs Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 ARTand the Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4 are two of the most respected and worshiped lenses currently made. They’re also roughly $3000 apart in price, with the Sigma lens coming in around $900 and the Zeiss at about $3999. That begs the question “which is better?”

Jared Polin, aka “The Fro” is a YouTube camera reviewer and in this video the Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art Vs Zeiss Otus 55mm F1.4, and the results might be surprising.

Since there isn’t a native Sony FE mount version of this lens, some of the review has to be taken with a grain of salt. For example, he knocks the Otus because it doesn’t have autofocus, but Sony shooters using the Sigma will have to use a converter for the lens, and that converter will either have no or limited autofocus, depending on which model of lens is being used.

This test didn’t take the lens out to look at it in too many environments, Polin mostly looked at wide open apertures and short focus distances. Landscape, portrait and fashion photographers might have different results.


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