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FM Review: Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary

  
 
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This past weekend's trip to Block Island, RI for a family wedding. This shot was taken at sunrise from our rental home across the Mill Tail Swamp and Pond to the left.

Sony A1 + Sigma 35mm f/2 i-Contemporary DG DN
_DSC0206-Mill-Swamp-Pond by Chuck Coyne, on Flickr



Sep 01, 2021 at 09:38 AM
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p.26 #2 · p.26 #2 · FM Review: Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary


mjk115 wrote:
Really like that one nehemiahphoto.


Thanks muchówas a pure magic sunset out there.



Sep 01, 2021 at 11:59 AM
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A'dam



Sep 14, 2021 at 02:45 PM
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Hi. I was wondering if this lens or the 24GM render more similarly to the RX1 Sonnar lens. I had an RX1 and sold it due to lots of misfocused shots. I was quite happy with the 24GM but felt like, its still not as good as the RX1's rendering. I liked the images I saw here, but I read somewhere here that the 24GM bokeh is better. It would be a waste for me to get this lens if the 24GM produces more similar to the RX1 than this lens. Thanks.


Sep 24, 2021 at 01:59 PM
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Milliken Park (Spartanburg, SC) in October, 24, 2021. Taken with Panasonic S1R
to me its color rendition and sharpness are impressive





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Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN




Oct 24, 2021 at 12:52 PM
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p.26 #6 · p.26 #6 · FM Review: Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary


35i on a roll




Nov 18, 2021 at 02:16 PM
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35i



Dec 21, 2021 at 02:49 PM
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Rendering / bokeh is similar between all 3 lenses, but the 24 GMís color and contrast are more similar to the RX1 than the Sigma 35i.

I have settled on the 24 GM after having a Sigma 35i and RX1R2. No doubt I miss the smaller sizes, but I appreciate the weather sealing and cropping ability of a wider lens.

Rahvin wrote:
Hi. I was wondering if this lens or the 24GM render more similarly to the RX1 Sonnar lens. I had an RX1 and sold it due to lots of misfocused shots. I was quite happy with the 24GM but felt like, its still not as good as the RX1's rendering. I liked the images I saw here, but I read somewhere here that the 24GM bokeh is better. It would be a waste for me to get this lens if the 24GM produces more similar to the RX1 than this lens. Thanks.




Dec 21, 2021 at 07:46 PM
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p.26 #9 · p.26 #9 · FM Review: Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary


I have posted a comparisons here:

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1568815/20#14737721

The 24/1.4 GM @32mm is the closest we have to the RX1 Sonnar 35/2ís look.
The Sigma has smooth transition zone and pleasant rendering around the center area but itís not homogeneous across the field due to high optical vignetting.

Rahvin wrote:
Hi. I was wondering if this lens or the 24GM render more similarly to the RX1 Sonnar lens. I had an RX1 and sold it due to lots of misfocused shots. I was quite happy with the 24GM but felt like, its still not as good as the RX1's rendering. I liked the images I saw here, but I read somewhere here that the 24GM bokeh is better. It would be a waste for me to get this lens if the 24GM produces more similar to the RX1 than this lens. Thanks.




Dec 21, 2021 at 08:24 PM
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This thread made me buy 35/2. I received mine today.


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nandadevieast wrote:
This thread made me buy 35/2. I received mine today.


It's a great lens. Enjoy it!




Dec 28, 2021 at 06:09 AM
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Sigma 35/2 DG DN shows not only good sharpness, but also beautiful color rendition.
It is very attracting lens to keep.



Dec 28, 2021 at 06:11 AM
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I want to ask whats the size difference between this and 20 G? Is 20 G too big than this?
For reference i own 55/1.8 thats my biggest prime.



Dec 28, 2021 at 06:41 AM
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nandadevieast wrote:
I want to ask whats the size difference between this and 20 G? Is 20 G too big than this?
For reference i own 55/1.8 thats my biggest prime.


Sony 20G diameter x length = 2.89 x 3.33" / 73.5 x 84.7 mm. Weight is 13.16 oz / 373 g.
Sigma 35mm f/2 diameter x length = 2.8 x 2.6" / 70 x 65.4 mm. Weight is 11.5 oz / 325 g.

So, the Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN is just slightly narrower and almost 3/4" shorter than the Sony 20mm f/1.8 G.



Dec 28, 2021 at 06:57 AM
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p.26 #15 · p.26 #15 · FM Review: Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary


Iíve read through the entire thread. Im looking to buy a compact 35mm for when I want to go out with only my camera and a neck strap.

Iíve narrowed down my choice to the Sony 35mm f2.8 and the Sigma 35mm f2.

Sony 35mm f2.8:
Pros: super small, decent optical quality, already own some filters in this size.
Cons: f2.8, image quality is good but not excellent. Some long term durability concerns.

Sigma 35mm f2:
Pros: build quality, image quality, still decently small cons: still 2x the size of the above, a filter size that I donít already own. Half-way defeats the goal of going out light.

All this said ó is the optical performance of the sigma that much better than the Sony to justify more the double the weight? Does f2.8 vs f2 really matter at 35mm when bokeh wonít come that easy regardless? Does the Sigma give something ďspecialĒ over a 24-70 f2.8 that the Sony wouldnít bring to the table? Is the sigma 35mm still light enough to not really feel it slung over your shoulder on a a7riii? Welcome opinions.



May 18, 2022 at 12:08 AM
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p.26 #16 · p.26 #16 · FM Review: Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary


Owned both, both can deliver.

Sony ticks the box for small(est).
Sigma ticks the box for (better) image quality.



May 18, 2022 at 01:25 AM
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p.26 #17 · p.26 #17 · FM Review: Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary


FWIW: I found the smaller, lighter Samyang 35/2.8 to be better optically than the 2.8/35 ZA. The Samyang 35/1.8 is close optically to the Sigma 35/2 and much lighter. The Tamron 35/2.8 OSD is more or less better than these optically. The Sony lenses have better focusing.


May 18, 2022 at 05:24 AM
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junglialoh wrote:
Sigma 35/2 DG DN shows not only good sharpness, but also beautiful color rendition.
It is very attracting lens to keep.


I agree. We have so many options now but the Sigma 35/2 DG DN still ticks all the boxes.



Jul 02, 2022 at 11:14 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I agree. We have so many options now but the Sigma 35/2 DG DN still ticks all the boxes.


When comparing Sony to Sigma lenses and also Sigma 35/2 DG DN to Sony 35/1.8, I have one nitpick, they seem to have a different color balance, Sony cooler and Sigma warmer. I find it easily noticeable. Any take on that. Is one better or more correct than the other?



Jul 03, 2022 at 07:07 AM
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Well just found this thread so I thought I would add to it.
I own the Sigma 35/2 DG DN Contemporary I Series along with the 24/2, 65/2, and 90/2.8 in the series. I luckily found all of them used on FM at a great price. These are the lenses Iím using in my small walk around kit with my A7C. Do use them on my other Sony bodies as well but created a special bag for this walk around kit. The have great build quality.

Admit I also own some of the larger GM f/1.4 versions that i use with my Alpha 1 but really like these.
I didnít get to 20/2 because itís size is not that much different than the Sony 20/1.8 G and itís distortion seems pretty big from the reviews Iíve read.

I did also buy a FE 50/2.5 G which is nice but is a limited series it looks like so may not keep it. Wondering if Sigma will do a 50/2 DG DN Contemporary at some point. Will just wait and see.



Jul 03, 2022 at 08:05 AM
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