Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG. WOW WOW WOW
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ct8282
Registered: Nov 25, 2011
Total Posts: 2199
Country: United Kingdom

I posted a few samples in another thread but this lens deserves a quick review all of it's own.

The lens arrived about an hour ago and I stuck it straight on the D4 and fired off a few shots about the house. Lighting was poor so I was at ISO500, achieving shutter speeds of about 1/160th to 1/200th and of course was shooting at f1.4, wide open.

Build quality is simply superb. Solid, heavy and just oozes quality from top to bottom. It's so damn sexy looking and feels awesome in the hands. When I was unpacking it the first thing I thought was 'damn the box is small'. I thought they might have sent me the wrong lens. The lens is twice the size of the Nikon 50mm f1.8 but the box is much much smaller. It comes with the usual padded Sigma case which is great.
Autofocus is extremely good for a 35mm f1.4 lens, quick and accurate. I think mine requires around a -2 MFA on my D4 but I need to confirm that with some controlled tests, but for now it looks almost smack on perfect. Most of my Nikons have needed more than this, so thumbs up to Sigma there.

Anyway, sod all of that nonsesne. What about picture quality? Well, HOLY MOLY!! I'll say it again, HOLY MOLY!!


DSC_2673 by ct8282, on Flickr

100% crop


DSC_2673_01 by ct8282, on Flickr

100% crop...


DSC_2677 by ct8282, on Flickr


DSC_2681 by ct8282, on Flickr

And 100% crop...


DSC_2681_01 by ct8282, on Flickr


Let me be very clear here. These are shot at f1.4 and have had NO sharpening applied whatsoever. The only processing was some tweaks to exposure compensation and that's it.

Some more samples to show what the Sigma 35 can do....


Sam (1) by ct8282, on Flickr


brake by ct8282, on Flickr


Siggy by ct8282, on Flickr


Siggy (1) by ct8282, on Flickr

I'm not being funny but there are still some doubters lurking about and I understand that. I have never bought into the non OEM lens thing and have always preferred to pay more for the OEM version. However, based on my very unscientific tests here I have satisfied myself that Sigma have seriosuly delivered, BIG TIME.



Mishu01
Registered: Nov 20, 2009
Total Posts: 2361
Country: Romania

Man, I hate you! I pre-ordered this lens at the end of November and I didn't received it yet... :-(

BTW your pictures are amazing... my brain is itching watching them :-) I think this lens will be glued to my D800.

Having said that... Congrats for your new lens!



vpik01
Registered: Feb 28, 2012
Total Posts: 587
Country: United States

Congrats on the new lens! Thanks for sharing, you are making my trigger finger itch a bit...



NathanHamler
Registered: Sep 25, 2009
Total Posts: 2314
Country: United States

Ho. Ly. Sh*t.



Cassario
Registered: Apr 01, 2012
Total Posts: 166
Country: United States

Nice! It is jaw dropping when you first shoot with it.



MackDaddy1962
Registered: Jan 13, 2010
Total Posts: 778
Country: United States

NathanHamler wrote:
Ho. Ly. Sh*t.



x2. Man I'm jelly!

I don't know if I can justify this (as I've already got the Nikkor 28/1.8G,) and REALLY want the new Nikkor 70-200/4 G too.

Decisions, decisions...

Thanks for posting none the less!

Edit: Jay, you're one the first reviews I checked out. Thanks to you as well.



vpik01
Registered: Feb 28, 2012
Total Posts: 587
Country: United States

I don't know if I can justify this (as I've already got the Nikkor 28/1.8G,) and REALLY want the new Nikkor 70-200/4 G too.


I'm in exactly the same boat...28mm was a foriegn FL to me and I've really enjoyed it, but I still use my 35/1.4 AI-s a ton. The 70-200/4 G is tempting as a 80-200/2.8 replacment.

I see a re-shuffling coming...



Cassario
Registered: Apr 01, 2012
Total Posts: 166
Country: United States

No problem...

I had the same reaction as ct8282 when I first shot with this lens and I knew that there would be non-believers out there and Nikon Fanboys that would try to knock this lens simply because it is Sigma. So, since I was one of the first ones to receive the Nikon version I figured I would show people how good it is with samples...and a little testing. It really IS that good, and the only advantage the Nikon has is the weather-sealing. I love my Nikon glass, BUT, when another company makes a better lens Im going to use it. Im not one for brand names, I will use the better lens no matter whos name is on it. The other benefit to this lens, its half the price.



Jonathan
Registered: Oct 01, 2003
Total Posts: 3919
Country: United States

Wow, I'm speechless. Those shots are beyond sharp. The photo of the baby is just great. I'm very anxious. Time to call and bug Allen's Camera.



Cassario
Registered: Apr 01, 2012
Total Posts: 166
Country: United States

Jonathan wrote:
Wow, I'm speechless. Those shots are beyond sharp. The photo of the baby is just great. I'm very anxious. Time to call and bug Allen's Camera.


you use Allen's Camera? Thats pretty funny, I use them for a lot. They actually recieved their order of the new Sigma's before me and I was the first one on their waiting list for one, but I had a pre-order in with B&H and didnt want to cancel it. I get most of my gear from them, Brandon is good guy there. Plus they are less then hour drive for me.



okafoja
Registered: Mar 02, 2006
Total Posts: 1172
Country: United States

That's it. I am convinced.



rioni
Registered: Aug 20, 2010
Total Posts: 557
Country: United States

Very nice. I wonder how the clarity/resolution compair with the excellent sigma 85.



Jun Zhou
Registered: Mar 06, 2007
Total Posts: 810
Country: United States

how come BH is still back ordered



ct8282
Registered: Nov 25, 2011
Total Posts: 2199
Country: United Kingdom

okafoja wrote:
That's it. I am convinced.


Glad I could help.

I still can't quite believe how good this thing is myself.



Danner
Registered: Nov 19, 2012
Total Posts: 154
Country: United States

ct8282 wrote:
okafoja wrote:
That's it. I am convinced.


Glad I could help.

I still can't quite believe how good this thing is myself.


Could you take a shot with a corner of the frame in sharp focus?



ct8282
Registered: Nov 25, 2011
Total Posts: 2199
Country: United Kingdom

Danner wrote:
ct8282 wrote:
okafoja wrote:
That's it. I am convinced.


Glad I could help.

I still can't quite believe how good this thing is myself.


Could you take a shot with a corner of the frame in sharp focus?


Will see what I can do later on...



Cassario
Registered: Apr 01, 2012
Total Posts: 166
Country: United States

Another awesome review just posted...same results.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-35mm-f-1.4-EX-DG-HSM-Lens-Review.aspx



mick5
Registered: Mar 04, 2012
Total Posts: 62
Country: United Kingdom

ct8282 thanks so much for your reviews i was going to buy Nikon 28mm f1.8 after looking at you shots taken with sigma 35mm f1.4 i've changed my mind to Sigma i want to use it with D800 i will highly appreciate if you can tell me would this lens be good for landscape as i dont want too wide like 14-24mm.
and where in uk you bought sigma.
Thanks



Jun Zhou
Registered: Mar 06, 2007
Total Posts: 810
Country: United States

This is not EX lens, am I right? after my friend registered his lens on sigma website, his found out it was 3 years warranty



DontShoot
Registered: Jun 15, 2009
Total Posts: 2076
Country: United States

Jun Zhou wrote:
how come BH is still back ordered


lol I know right?? I hope I'm in front of you though

@ OP, Many thanks for those images! Come on B&H!!!!



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