Sigma AF 35mm f/1.4 HSM DG | A ("Art") - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Images

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/250s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/125s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/10.0
Exposure 1/125s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/8000s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/10.0
Exposure 1/125s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 320
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/1.4
Exposure 1/160s
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/4000s

Verdict

In the recent years, Sigma has managed to reinvent itself - which is a rare thing for big companies. They started as a company emphasizing price over quality but we have to admit that we are immensely impressed by the recent shift. They are pressing all the right buttons lately and the Sigma AF 35mm f/1.4 HSM DG | A is a shining example of this turnaround.

From the fast primes that Sigma has introduced so far, this is the best one, yet. The resolution is impressive, even breathtaking in the image center. CAs and distortion are well under control. Vignetting is quite pronounced at large apertures, but that's not really a surprising result for such a fast lens used on a full format camera. The bokeh quality is not as dreamy as on fast portrait (tele) lenses, but good within the wide angle lens scope.

A very positive surprise is the build quality of the lens. It feels like a premium product. Talking about "premium": while the Sigma is more affordable than its main competition, it's still an expensive lens in absolute terms, retailing at around 800EUR/900US$ at the time of this review. Thanks to a HSM drive, the AF is silent and very fast.

So, in summary, Sigma created a lens that gives the established manufacturer's products a run for the money. Highly recommended! And yes, it is better than the, admittedly somewhat dated, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L.

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