I've been waiting for a long time, now it's finally here! I pre-ordered it a few weeks ago and it arrived by post on Saturday. A shooting was already planned on Sundays and so I was really happy that I could take the practical test right away 🙂

The Sigma is felt, the heaviest lens I've had in my hand for years and with a filter diameter of 86mm it is also a lot of glass! If you unscrew it from the camera and look through it, it's impressive! But is it really useful in practice? Does it deliver what it promises?

Short for the lazy readers - I'm in love!


  • Impressive image quality!
  • soft and smooth bokeh
  • beautiful falloff in sharpness
  • high quality manufactured
  • large focus ring


  • pretty heavy weight
  • really big
  • manual focusing is difficult

For me, the lens is really a dream, because the size and weight do not bother me at all. I just don't compromise on image quality and impression. The gradient of the blurring is really great and I had to test that immediately at the beginning of our shoot.

ISO 500, 85mm, f/1.6, 1/200 sec.

The sharpness of the image is still great even at 100% on the screen of my MacBook and impressive even with wide aperture. An increase in sharpness when stopping down is only minimally visible.

The Contrasts are exactly what I wish for, the tastes may differ a bit, but for my style of photography I couldn't ask for a better lens! I couldn't see any fringing of colors, but I didn't challenge that in extremo either.

The Autofocus is of course not earth-shattering fast but it is certainly faster than that of my old Sigma 85mm f / 1.4 and that's really more than sufficient for portrait shots. In addition, he is accurate and has no wrong focus, not on the proximity and not on the distance. Since Sigma has really delivered! At least with my copy. There are always problems with Sigma. Manual focus is not really practical because the rotation is quite short. I can rotate my Leica lenses about three times as much, which makes it a lot easier, but I don't really miss that with this lens. An auto focus is fine too!

ISO 320, 85mm, f / 2, 1/200 sec. (Flash indirectly from the left front)

In my favorite discipline, the intense portraits, it is the best lens of this focal length that I have ever had on my Nikon D800e and there have been a few. The two current Nikon and the previous model from Sigma. I haven't been able to test the Zeiss yet, but according to the reviews by http://www.lenstip.com/ the Sigma 85mm Art is said to be even better. At least it is fantastic in my eyes and I would have no reason to give it away 😉

ISO 500, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/200 sec.
(lack in sharpness was my fault here, but I just found the picture too great to sort it out)

and another one at ISO 250, 85mm, f / 2, 1/200 sec.
(used a flash - don't you see? Good thing!)

and because it's so beautiful, it's still a gentle one
ISO 640, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/160 sec.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate 😉