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Sigma ’35mm F1.4 DG HSM’ Lens

By Julian Loh, March 20, 2013


It seems that the 35mm focal length has a new champion on DSLRs, Sigma’s latest prime is the first of their A (for “Art”) series of luxury lenses and almost every review praises it’s optical quality. In comparison to the competition, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM beats the highly regarded Canon 35L as well as Nikon’s Nano coated version.

Sigma has often been regarded as an “off-brand” that provides cheaper versions of Canon/Nikon lenses, previous offerings were great for the money but couldn’t compare when it came down to reliable autofocus, build quality or overall image rendition. However, with the launch of this new beauty, it has the official 35s backed up against the wall.

Not only has it been tested to be better optically, but it’s also much cheaper. The sub USD900 street price is a fair chunk cheaper than the Canon, and almost half the Nikon. It’s also great that this lens comes in Sony A Mount, so Alpha users not only get a cheaper 35 1.4, but they get one that has modern tech and killer image quality, yes the I used the official Sony one before and it was pretty bad in relation to the price.

Anyway, I don’t use a DSLR anymore, as I’ve migrated to smaller formats, but there’s always the temptation to go back to Full Frame for the incredibly shallow depth of field capabilities and delicious dynamic range – this doesn’t make things easier. A Nikon D600 or Canon 6D paired with this will set you back slightly less than USD3k, and although not chump change by any means, you would have had to pay around double that amount this time last year if you wanted a similar set up.

The Sigma 35mm F14 DG HSM is available in Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony and Pentax mounts – Check with your usual camera store for pricing and availability.

Here’s a look at some of reviews floating around the web: