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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"

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The 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras from Sigma is the first entry into Sigma's Art series of professional lenses, with an emphasis on artistic expression and the creative potential of the lens. With a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture, floating inner focusing system, and Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) you'll have quick and accurate control over the artistic effects achieved by the lens' high quality elements. For added control, you can even adjust the lens' parameters, such as focus, and update its firmware all from home using the USB Dock and Sigma's Optimization Pro software.

Aperture Range: f/1.4-16
Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM)
Floating Internal Focus System
Minimum Focusing Distance: 11.8"
Anti-Flare Super Multi-Layer Coating
USB Dock: Adjust AF & Update Firmware
Special & "F" Low Dispersion Elements
Front Filter Thread Diameter: 67mm
SIGMA Optimization Pro Software
9x Circular Aperture Blades


 


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aestiva
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Registered: Feb 17, 2009
Location: Netherlands
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Review Date: May 8, 2015 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Price, bokeh, smoothness, autofocus, sharp
Cons:
Focus issues

After photographing 5 years with the Canon 35 1.4L as a professional bide photographer from http://totaalfotografie.nl, I switched tot Sigma.

My first three copy's had a very bad focus issue and even the fourth needed a focus correction of +18 on my three 5D Mark III's.

After the calibration at Sigma the lens was perfect for the time being.
Sharp, nice AF, smooth and amazing bokeh.

But after shooting a while, this lens needed soms focus correction. I had to do it around 1 time a month. After the calibration the lens seems to be perfect again. I used Focal Reikan to calibrate (can't recommend this software of the crashes).

After photographing a year with this nice lens I went back to my Canon 35 1.4L. En guess what, a better AF in terrible dark places and always sharp pictures in stead of the Sigma.

The Sigma has some strange issues and as a professional who used both lenses en several copy's a long time I still recommend the Canon 35 1.4L.
Maybe a little more CA beneath f2.2 but 99,9% of my pictures are sharp again.


May 8, 2015
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Peter Kirk
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Registered: Sep 25, 2004
Location: Australia
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Review Date: Apr 26, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super resolve, build
Cons:
none

I purchased the Sigma and the dock as well. The Sigma is so accurate in focus as well as producing a razor sharp image from 1.4.

The sharpness even off axis is incredible. I absolutely love the bokeh and there is minimal (if any) aberrations on this lens

I cannot fault this lens, the contrast and colour is also superb. I think it is a bargain worthy of "L" status in anyones book


Apr 26, 2015
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Peter Kotsa
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Registered: Nov 1, 2007
Location: Australia
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Review Date: Apr 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, price, build
Cons:
none so far

What a lens..I have had the 35L for many years and have loved it.
However, this Sigma is on a different level altogether.
The wide open resolution is outstanding and the contrast is superb

I am especially impressed with the USB dock which allows multiple adjustments of focus at different distances...the result, a very accurate system
Well done SIGMA


Apr 10, 2015
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slee915
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Registered: Jan 4, 2006
Location: United States
Posts: 380
Review Date: Feb 21, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharpness price contrast
Cons:
slow AF in AI-servo

This lens takes great photos; super sharp and extremely nice micro-contrast; nearly as good as the Canon 24-70Lv2.

I tried to use this for indoor sports due to its speed. However it was a mistake. Tracking AF using AI-servo is not very good, so I would not recommend it to shoot any moving subjects.

For the price, I would take it over the 35L for static subjects.



Feb 21, 2015
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Registered: Sep 19, 2012
Location: Spain
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Review Date: Jan 2, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp! sharp! sharp!, well construct, good at focusing. Nice 3D effect similar than some Zeiss. No so many chromatic aberrations.
Cons:
colors and brokeh not good as canon.

For the price this lens are amazing. Good construction, amazing sharpness, etc.. I also had the canon 35L and this are an upgrade from that. Anyway the 35L has something that the sigma don't have, colors and bokeh. The sigma has tendency for yellow/brown colors but for the price is really must have lens.

Jan 2, 2015
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Registered: Oct 6, 2010
Location: Australia
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Review Date: Nov 23, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality, optics, speed
Cons:
None so far

The thing that struck me first about this lens on unboxing was the build quality. The lens feels stronger than any other lens I own (although the Canon 70-200 f/4 IS is very close). It also uses materials in unique ways, like the rubber bevel in front of the focus ring that has a really pleasant feel to it. Even the lens hood is beautifully finished, as though Sigma were unwilling to compromise on any aspect of the design. Perhaps this is why they call it the "art series"?

Performance wise I have been unable to fault this lens. I've used it on both a Canon 7D and 5D III and find it as fast, accurate and sharp as the best lenses I own. I bought it primary for use as a portrait lens for use on client photo shoots in the home where I need a low light lens as well as a short focal length for tight places. I've been completely happy with the results, and now use it interchangeably with my Canon 85mm f.1/2L for indoor portraiture on location (I use the 85mm for head and shoulders as it has better proportions).

Many of the photos on my gallery pages are shot with this lens:
http://www.ashleyphotography.com.au/pets.html
http://www.ashleyphotography.com.au/children.html

I have also started using the lens for on location high key whitescreen work as at f/5.6 there are no chromatic aberrations.

I look forward to Sigma releasing more lenses in the art range. As far as I can tell they are as good, and quite possibly superior to Canon's L lenses, and at this price paying more for Canon is hard to justify.


Nov 23, 2014
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aestiva
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Review Date: Nov 12, 2014 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Sharp Bokeh Fast AF Build
Cons:
non

This should be the kitlens of every full frame camera! I also own a 35 1.4L but this one has a little bit better AF but more sharpness, less CA and feels like a Carl Zeiss lens. Also the bokeh is very nice! A lot of pictures on my page http://facebook.com/totaalfotografie are made with this lens!

Nov 12, 2014
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fairtex
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Registered: Jun 28, 2009
Location: Germany
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Review Date: Sep 12, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, image and build quality; f1.4
Cons:
-

Excellent lens!
Great image quality and superb sharpness. Lens feels very solid and sturdy. I do not think the weight of this lens is a problem, but rather see it as an aspect of its build quality.
Highly recommended.


Sep 12, 2014
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Registered: Sep 3, 2014
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Review Date: Sep 3, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,120.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Better than the allready legendary Canon 35L
Cons:
none

In past I held to the Canon brand, but as I read so much positive reviews of the Sigma 35 Art and I knew a lens connaisseur that sold his 35L, a guy I can trust, so i'll gave it a try.

Perfect prime, I sold my 35L as the value will drop in near future with the Sigma Art line.

Also the Sigma 50 1.4 Art makes the 50L ridiculous.
10/10 on every aspect, forget the 35L if you are buying today.


Sep 3, 2014
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Registered: Jan 3, 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 425
Review Date: Aug 12, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $599.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness Micro-Sharpness Beautiful Bokeh
Cons:
Only negative is size and weight, would prefer it to be less, but worth it in the final result! Bought it used with a crack in the distance scale, not a negative being that I got a great deal, but I am fussy and that has nothing to do with the negative aspect of the lens, it is outstanding!

Wow I am speechless, this is hands down the best lens I have used on my D600. Sharpness and micro sharpness are incredible, bokeh is soft - stays on my camera 90% of the time now. Have the dock nice but no adjustments were necessary. Just get one...

Aug 12, 2014
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Review Date: Jul 24, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build, Bokeh, Snappy focus
Cons:
Heavy

Can't say enough good things about this one. Got mine refurbished from the Sigma outlet store and have had no issues whatsoever. It is now my standard walk-around lens, especially at dusk/night.

Jul 24, 2014
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aestiva
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Review Date: Jun 24, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness after calibration | Bokeh | Color | Fast AF
Cons:
Nice build but scratches quick | Sigma hasn't the quality control as Canon | No service for professionals like CPS from Canon |

The first time I used this lens, I was a bit dissapointed. I could find the sharpness like my 35 1.4L. The reason was that my art had e terrible backfocus of +18 on my 5D MK3's. After Sigma calibrated my lens, I had a nother lens!

MUCH sharper (beneath 2.5) than my 1.4L, beatiful color and bokeh and a very good AF.

I'm a professional wedding photographer in the Netherlands and most of this pictures are made with the 35 art and 85 1.4 from Sigma

http://totaalfotografie.nl/bruidsfotograaf-krishna-mandir-luxury-utrecht/


Jun 24, 2014
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Registered: Oct 21, 2010
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Review Date: Apr 30, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great build quality, nice weight and high end finish!
Cons:
none

Just acquired a new copy today for my D800 and i LOVE this lens! It's a steal for the price/performace ratio.

Apr 30, 2014
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Review Date: Feb 11, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sigma must have discovered an alien spacecraft and reverse engineered their optic technology. Well done!
Cons:
If the weight troubles you. Get to the gym. It's worth it.

My Nikon D800e's new best friend.

Feb 11, 2014
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Review Date: Oct 29, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $880.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, colours, bokeh, build everything is top class on this lens
Cons:
None

A fantastic lens for a rather low price. And one of the sharpest fast lenses when using it wide open.

Oct 29, 2013
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Registered: Aug 31, 2013
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Review Date: Oct 11, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very Sharp already wide open, Colours, Bokeh, A good price
Cons:
None

An excellent 35mm lens. It's incredible Sharp already at f/1,4

Oct 11, 2013
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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
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93% of reviewers $863.35
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
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9.76
9.7
sigma35


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