Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Review: Incredible & Affordable
One of Sigma’s finest creations yet, this lens sets a new benchmark for performance, offering quality that exceeds expectations in every way. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our new Art line delivers superior image quality for high-level…
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Review: Incredible & Affordable Prices
Specification: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Review: Incredible & Affordable
Marko Darko –
Oh. My. Gawd.To say that this lens is sharp is an understatement. It will make every other lens that you own look soft – if it’s not another Sigma Art series that is. It is everything you’ve read in the reviews and more.It is sharp across the frame even at f/1.4 but of course at that wide an aperture there is quite a lot of vignetting. This goes away nearly completely at f/2 and it’s gone altogether at f/2.5. Aside from sharpness, the colour and contrast is just astounding. As a comparison, I have a Canon 16-35 f/4 IS which I bought for my other half which is no slouch as I’m sure you’re aware. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting this to be better than the Canon as the Canon is a great lens, but it is. Oh my goodness it is.At f/1.4 the Sigma is sharper at the edge / corner than the Canon is at f/4(!) and by f/4 it’s in a totally different league both in terms of vignette, sharpness, detail and contrast. In fact I’ve only seen one other lens that’s as good as this and that’s the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art, which I bought before buying this one and is in fact the reason I bought this one.Bottom line, if you’re looking for a 35mm lens to do landscape photography at f/8 or greater then get the Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS as that’s a superb lens – far, far better than my 17-40, but… if you’re looking for a 35mm lens that you can use at large apertures then there really is no competition. The Canon 35mm f/1.4 is not as good as this wide open. Not even close. At f/1.4 there is no other 35mm lens that I’d buy. Period.
Mr Fox –
This lens is simply amazing. I’m comparing this lens to my selection of Canon lens.Build quality feels pro. Focus ring is smooth with enough resistance to make for a nice glide into focus, would be ideal for motion pictures. There is no weather seal but then the canon equivalent doesn’t ether. The lens is fairly heavy but I like this. Feels stable in the hand.Image quality is simply amazing. Seriously, my only lens that comes close is my Canon 70-200 2:8 is. This Sigma lens is brutally sharp. Hand held at 1:4 the focus is tack sharp when checked at 100x zoom in post. Every fibre, crease or blemish is visually apparent. This could be an issue as your model may require more post editing.I’m so impressed with this lens I’m now looking to get the sigma art 85mm 1:4. If your thinking of getting a 35mm 1:4 and want value for money. Get the Sigma art. If you want to spend at least double or more for the little red ring on the canon lens, well go ahead, but you could get an 85mm art 1:4 as well as 35mm art 1:4 for the same price as the canon lens. Think I’m a Sigma convert!