Fine-art portraits with Sigma Art lens 85 mm f1.4

By | October 24, 2020
Fine-art portraits with Sigma Art lens 85 mm f1.4

Fine-art portraits with Sigma Art lens 85 mm f1.4

I love fine-art edited female portraits.  It’s been more than 10 years since I had my first camera (a Nikon D80 with the kit lens) and in all these years I’ve gone through several stages, reaching to discover more and more in the last 3 years  and to photograph the girls in a fairytale setting or even telling a story through the chosen outfits, hairstyles, makeup, posing.

In 2017, I had the opportunity for the first time to buy my first fixed lens, namely Sigma Art 50 mm f1.4, which I dreamed of for a long time and which I knew would help me get the dreams portraits.  It was a big step forward, because he and Nikon D750 (which I bought in the same year) were the perfect pair, which helped me in my projects.  The transition from Nikon D7100 to full frame was a real revelation for me, and since then I have started to create more and get more involved in creating my stories.  I have always admired the photos of Russian photographers, I considered them something special and they are a branch with which I identify.

From 2017 until now I have been working with this pair, Nikon D750 \ Sigma Art 50mm f1.4, but I started to feel the need for something else, more depth, more intense bokeh and more depth in the image.  My great joy was when the people from f64 approached me and offered me to test their lens, Sigma Art 85mm f1.4, which I really wanted to test but I haven’t had the opportunity so far.

As I didn’t have a planned shooting yet, I decided to test the lens on the run with the model provided:)… my friend, so one evening, at a beautiful sunset, we went to the field to see how it behaves  our new friend Sigma.  It was beautiful, sunset light and from the first clicks I knew I would love the lens.  The photos were what I needed, creamy, gorgeous, clear bokeh, precise and fast focusing.  I shoot in most cases with the maximum aperture at f1.4 but even so the focus was excellent and the subject clearly and detached beautifully from the background.

Obviously, I couldn’t help myself and organized two more photo sessions, this time with more patient, mature models.  The time was about the same at these two meetings.  I chose the sunset light but this time I did not have a sun as strong as on the first day.  I also chose areas with shadows, branches, trees, leaves but they did not stop me and I managed to highlight the extremely beautiful subject.

Because I wanted to see how he behaves in the studio, next to the flash, I put him to the tests here too, and I was glad to see that he is extremely well prepared to cope in artificial light as well.


  •  Bokeh superb
  •  Fast and accurate focusing
  •  Reduced chromatic aberrations
  •  Excellent quality / price ratio


But weight and size are not insurmountable


Sigma Art 85 mm f1.4 is a great Lens and will definitely be part of my kit in the future, along with Sigma Art 50 mm f1.4 (which I already own), Sigma Art 35 mm f1.4 and  Sigma Art 105 mm f1.4 (I can’t wait to test these two)!  And I want to end with these words:

“Imagination has no boundaries, but it is worth going more to infinity every day.  We travel the road to better together, writing the story and shaping the heroes of this fairy tale called life! ”

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