From Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 to Sigma 35mm f/1.4 = worth the upgrade (on D7100) ?

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From Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 to Sigma 35mm f/1.4 = worth the upgrade (on D7100) ?
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Hi all,

I am quite happy with my D7100 with the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 prime lens and I'm thinking about selling the Nikkor to buy the incredible Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART for even better result.

Do you think it is a good move?

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I suppose it depends on what you are trying to do. Obviously the difference will be a little less depth of field and a little faster wide open. What type of pictures are you trying to take?

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If you need the sharpness and 2/3 stop of extra light, definitely.  You won't find a sharper 35mm prime.

If you don't mind manual focus, the Samyang 35mm F/1.4 is very close in sharpness wide open for a fraction of the cost.

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In reply to rexet, 4 months ago

Not for me. My Nikon 35mm f1.8 is good enough plus there are plenty of other things I want more.

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In reply to rexet, 4 months ago

You bet! Or even the new Sigma 18-35 - a most remarkable zoom. However, if all you ever print is 11" x 17" prints or smaller, why bother? (unless you are a heavy cropper)

Lately Sigma, and to a lesser degree Tamron, have been taking it to Nikon and Canon with their new pro series. Do you need the best glass out there?

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In reply to rexet, 4 months ago

Since I  have both I wouldn't consider the Sigma unless you plan to shoot FX also. On the DX the Nikon is very light, compact and a fine performer. The Sigma is also $899 and I wouldn't consider it without the $59 dock because of future compatibility issues in the F-mount.

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In reply to Steve Bingham, 4 months ago

I would like to "force" myself to use only the 35mm for a period of time. I want to learn how to make good use of my feet with only one lens and explore my creativity. My main shots are street (days and nights) and people (low light indoor).

Thank you BlueBomberTurbo for pointed out the Samyang. I didn't know this one and will definitively have a look at that lens.

Steve Bingham > you have a really good point here. I'm a little bit "obsessed" by always having the best gear. I find the Nikkor sharp and fast and I can't stop thinking: "I could have even sharper images with less depth of field! waouhh". I know this is a disease...

Thank you steven for you usefull feedback. I know I will upgrade to FX one day but not before a full year yet.

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In reply to rexet, 4 months ago

Unless you have an FX camera, I'd get the Sigma 18-35 F/1.8 instead.  You won't notice the 2/3rds of a stop wider aperture that much, but you will notice being able to shoot 18mm and F/1.8!

From my informal tests, the Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 is sharper and less hazy wide open at 35mm than my Nikon 35mm F/1.8, at least when shooting at about 6-9ft.  However, it's about 1/3rd of a stop darker than my 35mm, at least on my copy.  Not sure why, maybe because it has oodles of lens elements and glass/air surfaces vs the 35mm.  Not a huge deal.  Even it it's really an F/2, it's still a great lens, and has relegated my 35mm to situations where I don't want to deal with the Sigma's bulk.

For DX only, I'd choose the 18-35 over the 35 F/1.4 every time, unless I could afford both.

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In reply to hoof, 4 months ago

The 18-35mm is really tempting but I'm a bit concerned about the size and weight for such a small range.

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rexet wrote:

The 18-35mm is really tempting but I'm a bit concerned about the size and weight for such a small range.

It is only marginally larger than the 35/1.4... both are much larger than the 35/1.8 Nikkor.

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In reply to rexet, 4 months ago

Do curls with 20lbs every day for a month and you won't notice a pound and a half more weight.Nikon D7100 w/ batteries + Sigma zoom = 3.5 lbs.  I would not notice the difference between that and the Sigma 35mm f1.4 which is a big lens too.

I use a Joby Pro strap and the Joby wrist strap.  I only raise the camera to Eye level to shoot, if I were to take a movie I would use a tripod.  I'm a senior, and this kind of weight isn't a factor as much as the size of the kit is because of how big a bag one has to carry.  It would be worse if I had FF lenses.

I don't think there is anything to gain going from f1.8 to f1.4, if the slower lens is great wide open. Most f1.4 lenses need to be stopped down for great results and f1.8 will give you subject separation blur too.

Both lenses are costly, but bargains compared to Nikon.   Nikon 35mm f1.8 is a good value lens

and much smaller and lighter, you can get bye with it if your not a pixel peeper.  In addition you could pick up the macro lens or something else you need.  If you make money with your photography then I might spend the extra, but the gear is always better than the guy using it these days.

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Excellent! I want to learn how to make good use of my feet with only one lens and explore my creativity

rexet wrote:

I would like to "force" myself to use only the 35mm for a period of time. I want to learn how to make good use of my feet with only one lens and explore my creativity. My main shots are street (days and nights) and people (low light indoor).

Thank you BlueBomberTurbo for pointed out the Samyang. I didn't know this one and will definitively have a look at that lens.

Steve Bingham > you have a really good point here. I'm a little bit "obsessed" by always having the best gear. I find the Nikkor sharp and fast and I can't stop thinking: "I could have even sharper images with less depth of field! waouhh". I know this is a disease...

Thank you steven for you usefull feedback. I know I will upgrade to FX one day but not before a full year yet.

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Agreed - awesome: Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8

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Steve Bingham wrote:

Excellent! I want to learn how to make good use of my feet with only one lens and explore my creativity

You can save a lot of money and just learn to use the lens you already have. Turn off the computer and go shooting with it, every day.

Maybe what you need is a new black Rapid sling style strap. Go out shooting with just your camera, the 35 1.8 mounted on it, an extra battery with some memory cards. Nothing else.

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In reply to GlennW, 4 months ago

I already ordered a BlackRapid Sports few days ago (my brother bought it for me during is recent trip to NYC because it was way cheaper than buying it in Paris where I live).

All your comments are really helpfull, thank you very much. I guess I will wait a bit before switching to the Sigma 35mm. Maybe the 18-35mm is a better investment. Thank you.

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rexet wrote:

Hi all,

I am quite happy with my D7100 with the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 prime lens and I'm thinking about selling the Nikkor to buy the incredible Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART for even better result.

Do you think it is a good move?

If you are happy with your kit by all means keep it and save some money. Depending on what you use it for, the upgrade might or might not not be worth it.

I was never quite satisfied with the Nikon myself and I thought my old Sigma 30mm f/1.4 was better so I kept that one until I got to try the Sigma ART. I sold the Sigma 30mm and now use the 35mm Sigma. It's sharper throughout wide open than the 30mm and the bokeh is just as good. The Nikon and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 are much lighter and more compact and of course the Sigma ART is quite a bit more expensive.

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