Sigma 35mm 1.4 Sony Full Frame

By | 10/09/2022

This is an in-depth review of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Fine art prime lens that was appear at one of the largest photo shows in the industry, at Photokina in Germany on September 17, 2012 for Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony mounts. The announcement came on the same day with Sigma’s new restructuring of its lens lineup, with 3 new categories that would differentiate dissimilar types of lenses: “Gimmicky” for small and lightweight consumer lenses, “Art” for professional zoom and prime lenses and “Sports” for long lenses targeted at sport and wildlife photography. Being a professional-level lens targeted at a diverseness of photography needs, including portraiture, landscapes and travel, the 35mm f/1.4 is the first Sigma lens that falls into the “Art” category.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4

Thanks to its large aperture of f/i.four, the lens is non but bully for low-light photography, simply information technology also can effectively isolate subjects from the background due to shallow depth of field, beautifully rendering groundwork highlights, also known as “bokeh“. Unlike cheaper cropped-sensor lenses, the Sigma 35mm f/1.iv is designed to piece of work on both APS-C / DX and full-frame / FX sensors. The lens rivals other fast 35mm primes from Nikon, Canon and Sony, and unlike the branded versions that are in the $1500 range cost-wise, the Sigma is actually the cheapest of the group at $899 MSRP.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Sample (1)
NIKON D5200 + 35mm f/1.4 @ 35mm, ISO 100, one/200, f/5.six

In the past, Sigma lenses were mostly regarded as “second grade” when compared to the big brands. This had to do with a number of factors, one of which was poor quality control that resulted in a lot of variances. During recent years, Sigma has taken steps to non simply tighten its quality assurance processes, but information technology has as well been spending a lot of resource on R&D. This resulted in new optical designs like Sigma 200-500mm f/ii.8 APO EX DG and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM that have no equivalents on the market. In fact, the Sigma eighteen-35mm f/ane.viii was globe’s first fast-aperture DSLR zoom lens. In addition, starting from the new line of lenses, Sigma is at present assuasive photographers to update firmware on lenses and adjust lens parameters such equally focus, which once more, no other manufacturer currently offers. Typically, when there is a heavy dorsum/front focus deviation, y’all have to send the lens to the manufacturer.

Is the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 meliorate than other Nikon 35mm primes? How does it perform wide open and when stopped downward? How does information technology handle? In this review, I will exercise my all-time to answer these and other questions and will show you samples from the lens, with comparisons confronting the Nikon 35mm f/ane.4G, Samyang 35mm f/1.4 and Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 lenses.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Sample (8)
NIKON D800E + 35mm f/1.4 @ 35mm, ISO 100, 1/6400, f/ii.8

Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM Art Specifications

  • Mount Blazon: Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax
  • Focal Length: 35mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.iv
  • Minimum Discontinuity: f/16
  • Lens Construction: thirteen Elements in xi Groups
  • Bending of View: 63.4º
  • Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 30cm/11.8in
  • Filter Size: 67mm
  • Maximum Magnification: 1:5.2
  • Dimensions (Diameter ten Length): 77x94mm/3×3.7in
  • Weight: 665g/23.5oz.
  • A lens hood, front end & rear lens caps and carrying case are included with the lens

Other technical information, including manufacturer-provided MTF nautical chart can exist plant in the Sigma 35mm f/one.4 DG HSM page from our lens database.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Sample (14)
NIKON D800E + 35mm f/1.iv @ 35mm, ISO 100, 1/400, f/2.8

Lens Handling and Build

The Sigma 35mm f/i.four DG HSM is congenital very differently compared to previous Sigma lenses – it has a very overnice all-metal barrel instead of a plastic barrel like on the Sigma 50mm f/i.4 and a metal mountain. The lens feels very solid in hands and it has a better feel to it than the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G – I would say it is similar to the high quality Zeiss lenses in terms of handling. Not quite as heavy and beefy as the Zeiss 35mm f/one.4 though, which is built like a tank with its thick metallic exterior. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 features a 67mm filter thread, which is the same every bit the i on the Nikon 35mm f/one.4G (the Samyang 35mm f/one.four is the only lens in the grouping that has a 77mm filter thread). Also, the pocket-sized plate with the letter “A” shows that the lens belongs to the “Fine art” category of lenses that I mentioned earlier in the review.

Here is how the Sigma compares to other 35mm lenses (From left to right: Sigma 35mm f/1.four, Nikon 35mm f/one.4, Zeiss 35mm f/1.iv and Samyang 35mm f/1.iv):

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 vs Nikon 35mm f/1.4 vs Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 vs Samyang 35mm f/1.4
NIKON D800E + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 100, one/200, f/5.6

Every bit y’all tin can run into, most of these 35mm lenses are of about the same size, except for the Samyang 35mm f/one.iv that is visibly taller than the rest of the group. The Samyang 35mm f/one.4 and the Zeiss 35mm f/1.four besides feature aperture rings, while neither the Sigma or the Nikon take them. Here is how the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 compares to the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G:

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 vs Nikon 35mm f/1.4G
NIKON D800E + 85mm f/1.four @ 85mm, ISO 100, 1/200, f/five.6

Interestingly, both lenses accept a very similar structure from superlative to bottom. The focus ring of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is large and very shine to rotate, which makes it easy to use the lens for manual focusing. If you lot accept been shooting with Nikon lenses, withal, go on in heed that the Sigma lenses rotate in the opposite direction like Catechism lenses do. Not an issue for most people, just tin take some time to get used to, especially considering Nikon viewfinders bear witness the contrary management of rotation when looking at the focus assist indicators.

In that location is a switch on the side of the lens to motility between Autofocus and Manual Focus, similar to the switches found on Nikkor lenses. The Sigma 35mm f/ane.4 comes with a plastic petal blazon hood that stays securely locked once mounted on the front of the lens.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Sample (15)
NIKON D800E + 35mm f/1.4 @ 35mm, ISO 100, 1/800, f/8.0

At that place is really nothing to mutter nearly in terms of the lens build except one area – atmospheric condition sealing. While the lens itself probably can take plenty of abuse, the lens mount is not sealed with a rubber gasket like the new Nikon lenses. This means that you accept to watch out for dust betwixt the lens and the camera mountain or it will hands make it into the camera and potentially even into the lens. Equally I explained in my “what to do with dust inside lenses” article, it is quite normal for lenses to suck air in and out when focusing or zooming in/out, and then I recommend to effort to keep the rear metal mount area clean at all times.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Sample (23)
NIKON D800E + 35mm f/1.4 @ 35mm, ISO 100, 1/160, f/eleven.0

Autofocus Operation and Accuracy

The Sigma 35mm f/ane.4 features the same high quality “HSM” hyper-sonic motor found on other contempo Sigma lenses, which provides fast and quiet autofocus operation. Autofocus accurateness is also excellent and I used the lens on a variety of Nikon DSLR camera bodies, including the high-resolution Nikon D800E – none of them had whatsoever front end or back focus issues. I ran a number of unlike AF accurateness tests with the LensAlign lens calibration tool and the lens was spot on at all times. I have also been receiving reports from our squad members and readers that highly regard the Sigma 35mm f/i.four for its AF accuracy. This speaks for the new QA controls at the Sigma plants and their high standards, which Sigma deserves to be praised for.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Sample (25)
NIKON D800E + 35mm f/1.4 @ 35mm, ISO 100, 1/640, f/8.0