Sigma 35 1.4 review

 

Sigma 35 1.4 review

Sigma 35 1.4 review

Sigma 35mm f1.4 A HSM – the A abbreviation means Art – this is a new Sigma Lens category

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Sigma 35 1.4 review

Specifications

Focal length:35mm

Aperture:f1.4-f16

Weight: 665 g

Dimensions:77x94mm

Minimal focus distance: 30 cm

Aperture blades: 9 rounded

Filter size: 67 mm

Price: 899 dollar/ 800 Eur

Introduction

Seems Sigma has produced a real winner here: better than the Canon and the Nikon counterparts, sharp and contrasty wide open (except at the corners). The 1.4 very sharp and contrasty aperture means that the the new Sigma is an ultimate low light lens, can be used in pubs, summer campfire in the night or many other situations. Compare to the Canon 50mm f1.4, the Sigma is much shaper at f1.4 perhaps as sharp as the Canon 50mm at f4.

Build quality

The lens is nicely assembled, and has solid build quality. The autofocus is quick and nearly silent, similar to Canon’s Usm drive. The broad rubberised manual focus ring nicely can be operated. Despite f1.4 aperture the lens is relatively small in the hand (67mm filters).

Optical quality

This is a very nice lens, very sharp at f1.4 wide open at the center of the frame, and not bad even in the corners. On Aps-C sharp even in the corners wide open, and sharpens a little afterwards. Stopping down a bit improves the corners a little bit (little to be improved). Please note that at f1.4 the depth of field is quite shallow. Below pictures has been made before sunset at the afternoon. The contrast is excellent as well right from f1.4. On Full frame strong vignetting is expected. Seems the Sigma 35 1.4 A has no problems with flare.

Sigma 35 1.4

Sigma 35 1.4 Canon 30D f1.4 ISO 200 1/160s Click to see in 1200 pix

Street at f1.4

Street at f1.4

Sigma 35 1.4 f1.4

Sigma 35 1.4 f1.4 Click to see in 1200 pix

Sigma 35 1.4 at f1.8

Sigma 35 1.4 at f1.8 click to see

Sigma 35 1.4 at f2

Sigma 35 1.4 at f2

Bokeh – highlights

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What is it good for ?

On Full frame pretty much for everything, on Aps-C as a normal, portrait or street lens. This lens more of a Full frame lens though. With it’s price perhaps not very practical on Aps-C, because the 35mm is not really good for example landscapes or internal shots. For this reason for an Aps-C I suggest the new unique Sigma 18 35 f1.8 I admit that the f1.4 aperture is tempting though. The 35 f1.4 is sharp at f1.4, the 18 35 is sharp at f1.8, which is a fantastic achievement for a zoom lens. I more tempted to the 35 f1.4 though, but logically everything is vote for a 18 35 which is a very sharp lens, and is much more useful with its range, but this is only an Aps-C lens designed for crop sensor cameras. On Full frame the focal length of the 35mm f1.4 is much better and perhaps can serve as a one lens, or main lens solution for some people. What if the Full sensor 18 35 f1.8 comes out….Brrr!

Main rivals:

Canon 35 1.4, Nikon 35 1.4, Samyang 35 1.4

Normally the first link Canon, the second Nikon

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