Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens

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89% Gold Award
The Sigma 35mm F1.4 manages the impressive trick of being substantially cheaper than the camera manufacturers' equivalents while matching or beating them optically.”

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Key Features

  • 35mm focal length
  • 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 56mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F1.4 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
  • Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • 67mm filters
  • 0.30m/11.81" minimum focus
  • Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA mounts

Product Description

The 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is the first in Sigma’s new line of ‘Art’ lenses which are aimed at enthusiast and professional photographers, and designed as a high-quality alternative to the camera manufacturers' equivalents. Optically it’s a truly excellent lens that’s at least as good as anything else in its class, and performs extremely well on both APS-C and full frame SLRs. With fast silent focusing and solid build, its lower price makes it a compelling alternative to the camera manufacturers' equivalents.

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 35 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Pentax KAF3, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Aperture notes rounded
Optics
Elements 13
Groups 11
Special elements / coatings 4 SLD glass elements, 1 FLD glass element, 2 aspherical elements
Focus
Minimum focus 0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification 0.19×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Physical
Weight 665 g (1.47 lb)
Diameter 77 mm (3.03)
Length 94 mm (3.7)
Materials Plastic barrel, metal mount
Sealing No
Filter thread 67 mm
Filter notes Does not rotate
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code LH730-03

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

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Build Quality
Autofocus
Ergonomics and Handling
Value
Gold Award
Gold Award
89 %
Overall Score

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is a truly excellent lens, that performs as well in the field as its superb lab test results suggest. With fast silent focusing and solid build, its lower price makes it a compelling alternative to the camera manufacturers' equivalents if you don't need weather-sealing.

Good For

Photographers looking for a top notch fast 35mm autofocus prime without breaking the bank

Not So Good For

Anyone who shoots a lot in damp or dusty conditions

User Reviews

4.27857 out of 5 stars
  • JDThomas, Jan 13, 2013 GMT:
    Great sharp lens.

    I can't really find any faults with this lens. It's fast, it's sharp, it relatively distortion free, it's well built, and it's a good all-around focal length for FX or DX. Problems: None whatsoever.

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  • Joed700, Mar 13, 2013 GMT:
    Great Lens!

    I got his one for my D800 and it doesn't disappoint me. The image quality is equivalent or better than some of my top Nikon lenses (24-70mm f2.8; 50mm f1.8g..) In fact, it has less distortion than my 50mm according to Photozone. Images are sharp with nice bokeh even at f1.4. This is definitely a winner. BTW, did I forget to mention about the price? Is weather seal a must???? Problems: You might notice some purple fringing between f/1.4 - f/2.8 when shooting from a distance on objects ...

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  • Joed700, Mar 13, 2013 GMT:
    Great Lens!

    I got his one for my D800 and it doesn't disappoint me. The image quality is equivalent or better than some of my top Nikon lenses (24-70mm f2.8; 50mm f1.8g..) In fact, it has less distortion than my 50mm according to Photozone. Images are sharp with nice bokeh even at f1.4. This is definitely a winner. BTW, did I forget to mention about the price? Is weather seal a must???? Problems: You might notice some purple fringing between f/1.4 - f/2.8 when shooting from a distance on objects ...

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  • vbourrut, May 6, 2013 GMT:
    Impressive lens !

    I never thought I'd buy a Sigma for my 5D Mark III, however after reading a lot of nice review about this 35mm, I decided to give it a chance. I am not disappointed, this is probably one of the finest lens I've ever owned ! It's really sharp, even at full aperture (despite a big vignetting though) but that point can easily be corrected in lightroom. It's a jewel for wedding photography, and street photography. The AF is fast, and accurate, even with subject in motion (I've tested it on a 5D ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM focusing speed and accuracy

Hello. I would appreciate it if somebody shared his/her experience with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 DG HSM focusing speed and accuracy for indoor photography of moving people. For indoor non-stationary sceneries I use my 5DIII paired with the 24-70 2.8L II lens. This is a superb combo, enabling plausible shots at 1/125s, f/2.8 and ISO speeds between 1600 and 6400 in most of the situations and most often requiring no flash. I mostly shoot my two little vivid kids playing, hence focusing speed and accuracy are of prime importance for good shots. The 24-70 lens is really stellar in this regard, focus is extremely fast and snap-on, even in non-optimal light. Nevertheless, I am tempted to go for a lens faster than 2.8, in part due to artistic effects but also to ensure proper exposure at a bit lower ISO values. I already own the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM, but this lens (a) focuses much slower and less accurately than the 24-70, and (b) delivers quite soft images wide open. In order to get plausible ...

1 hour ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

A77, is this lens worth it?

Hi all, I have an A77 and a Minolta 50mm f1.7 and am tempted by the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens. is it enough of an improvement to justify the purchase? Does it noticeably outperform the 16-50 SSM Sony lens even? My local store does not stock one otherwise I'd test it myself. Opinions appreciated, thanks!

eagle_cfc asked
1 month ago

ANSWERS

This is URL of one of the threads in which I posted  images that I tool in Beijing a few months ago with the A99 + Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART lens. These are unprocessed straight from the camera. http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3635880 GaryG Continue Reading

BigGG answered
1 month ago

I know the Minolta 50/1.7 gets a lot of love around here. And it can definitely produce decent results. But it's nothing special when compared to other primes. I own one, and haven't specifically upgraded to a different prime, because I don't need super low light too often. But I so use my 50 macro far more often than my 50/1.7. So for my use 2-3 times per year for such a lens, I'll stick to the 1.7. But if I was using it more often, I'd definitely upgrade. Most primes are an upgrade over the 50/1.7. It's a question of how big an upgrade, at what price. Continue Reading

havoc315 answered
1 month ago

Yes, the sigma is good. No, I won't recommend it since you don't shoot FF. Get the Sony 35 f1.8. It's cheaper, smaller and lighter, focuses much closer and gets automatic vignetting, distortion and chromatic aberration correction. Continue Reading

Seeky answered
1 month ago

QUESTION

Which lens is best in this case?

Hey everyone, I'm kinda new to documentary photography, I own a Canon 550D , and I want to buy a new lens (since I only own the 18-55mm and a 55-250mm) to suit the field. So I've kinda narrowed my choices down to either the Canon EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 IS USM , or the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM . (1) Regarding the Sigma, I haven't dealt with fixed focus lenses before which makes me a little hesitant to lose the range, even though i seen that it has great reviews. Another factor is the fact that I have a cropped sensor, so I'm not really sure if I'll be using the lens to its full potential. (1) Regarding the Cannon, well it fits the range which I am already comfortable with (17-55mm) and offers me ...

SeifAllam asked
22 days ago

ANSWERS

Another option... When I was shooting with a Canon crop-body camera six years ago, I went with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens. Much less expensive than the Canon equivalent and includes a hood and a six year warranty. That's a great focal length range for street and street portraiture. I enjoyed using the lens a lot. ............ Brad Urban photoblog: http://www.citysnaps.net . Continue Reading

Brad Evans answered
21 days ago

at this stage in your photographic development, i'd suggest getting the simple canon f1.8 50mm.  it's an EF mount so will be good if u upgrade bodies.  it's plenty fast for the street and some street photogs recommend a prime so what u see is what you'll get.  the idea is that something catches your attention and seems photo-worthy...using a somewhat equivalent focal length to take the picture means less delay and fiddling.  of course, 50mm on a crop is a little long, but a 35mm costs a lot. Continue Reading

frank-in-toronto answered
21 days ago

To the OP:  "Documentary" photography has many definitions on this forum and it might be fun for you to look at some of the discussion threads about this.  I'm not going to ask what you mean by "documentary" but here are my lens suggestions, given what you seem to be considering: 1. .  I would not swap the Canon kit lens for another Canon or third-party lens in the same zoom (mid-)range which just happens to be faster, at least at some f-stops.   It does not really add to your capabilities. 2.  50mm is definitely too short for "documentary" photography.  I have found it a very awkward focal length on DX. 3.  Of the choices you present, a 35mm f1.4 or similar high speed lens yields a 'normal' field of view and would be preferred. 4.  However, 35mm is also not really wide enough for grab shots on DX.  If you can afford them, see what high-speed primes Canon manufactures or else consider Sigma 24mm 1.8 or 28mm 1.8 prime lenses.  These are maligned in lens reviews but do the job in the ... Continue Reading

PSCL1 answered
21 days ago

Warranty Information

"Beginning July 1, 2013, all brand new Sigma Products purchased from authorized Sigma dealers are covered under the 1 year America warranty (North and South America) and U.S.A. extended warranties for a period of three (3) years against defects in manufacturing and workmanship only. Your warranty period begins the day you purchase your Sigma camera, lens and/or flash and runs for a total period of four years from that date (please refer to the warranty policy included with your product)."

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