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Just posted: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens review

By dpreview staff on Dec 21, 2012 at 16:02 GMT

Earlier this year Sigma outlined a new vision for its product line-up, with lenses to be split into three categories: Contemporary, Sports and Art. The 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is the first release in the latter, and is designed to offer a relatively affordable alternative to the camera manufacturers' equivalents. It works on both full frame and APS-C cameras, and will be available in mounts for all major brands. In our latest review in partnership with DxOMark, we take a detailed look at how it performs, including test data from all of its closest competitors to see how it measures up. Click through to find out what we thought.

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pca7070
By pca7070 (Dec 21, 2012)

Good job Sigma! I'm getting one but out of stock already.

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Mike604
By Mike604 (Dec 21, 2012)

I guess the Phoblographer was right!!! He swapped all his Canon optics for Sigma.

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facedodge
By facedodge (Dec 21, 2012)

If it weren't for the onion bokeh, this would beat the 35L.

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Dec 21, 2012)

What, the 35L doesn't have Onions?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pong0814/5596735626/

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Dec 21, 2012)

Yea, unfortunate side-effect of heavy use of aspherical element. Its sorta price for high performance. There are lens like 35 L or Zeiss/Leica which have asph element, but dont do this much, but they are mostly not that amazing from MTF point of view and then is Sigma, which is amazing from MTF point of view, but for some price..

Tho Leica is great in both, but then there is that price. :D

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Dec 21, 2012)

Nishi Drew

All asph lens do that when its provoked by certain use. Leica included, just in case of them its mostly not visible.. thats that difference.

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Dec 21, 2012)

Oh yes, I'm aware of that side effect, I'm just replying to a post that basically says "the 35L doesn't do that".
Though indeed, just something that's unfortunate, but doesn't really bother me anyways, and thus my soon-to-be-mine Sigma

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Donald Duck
By Donald Duck (Dec 21, 2012)

The 35L has problematic bokeh as well but not as bad as the Sigma.

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motobloat
By motobloat (Dec 21, 2012)

What, the Nikon 35G doesn't have Onions?

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2195318/web%20forums/101225-113746%2035mm_f1.4.JPG

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facedodge
By facedodge (Dec 21, 2012)

I've never noticed onion bokeh on my copy. Perhaps I want looking hard enough. I searched and there does appear to be onion bokeh on the 35L.

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random78
By random78 (Dec 21, 2012)

The reason you never noticed it in the 35L is that in most cases it won't be visible unless you look at your image at 100%. Unless you have some lights which take up an unusually large portion of your image frame, you just won't see it in normal viewing. So yeah might be a serious issue for some but nothing to worry about as far as I am concerned. A 35mm 1.4 lens is an extreme design and always requires compromises. You will never find any 35mm 1.4 lens which will be perfect without any flaw. Based on the reviews so far, the Sigma is as close to perfect as have been seen for a 35mm 1.4 lens so far. So you can either choose to worry about a problem which may have no practical concern for you in your photography or enjoy a great lens.

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Donald Duck
By Donald Duck (Dec 22, 2012)

Actually, double lines (due to onion bokeh) are very well visible without going to 100%. The 35L does this as well, but the Sigma is worse. There were direct comparisons in the Canon forum.

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doctorbza
By doctorbza (Dec 21, 2012)

You mention that the Canon & Nikon counterparts are weather sealed. The Canon 35mm f1.4 is not weather sealed.

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Dec 21, 2012)

Thanks, that's corrected.

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Sandyramirez
By Sandyramirez (Dec 21, 2012)

The Canon 35/1.4 L is weather sealed. All L series lenses are

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Ivan Lietaert
By Ivan Lietaert (Dec 21, 2012)

Not all L glass is weather sealed.

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meister19
By meister19 (Dec 21, 2012)

"The Canon 35/1.4 L is weather sealed. All L series lenses are"
LOL you must be kidding me

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Redteg94
By Redteg94 (Dec 22, 2012)

@Sandyramirez

All L series lenses designed in the last 10yrs or so are weather-sealed (except the TS-E ones), but the 35L came out before Canon was applying weathersealing to their lenses. It is not officially weather-sealed and lacks a rubber gasket at the lens mount.

That being said, I have the equally non-sealed 24L mk1 and it has been accidentally soaked several times without issues: I think there is a certain amnt of sealing despite not having the gasket on the mount.

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Alberto Tanikawa
By Alberto Tanikawa (Dec 21, 2012)

If Sigma made an Art series 50mm f/1.2 or even f/1.4... it would become my first Sigma lens! And that's meant as a compliment as I'm a die hard Nikkor fan :)

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Dec 22, 2012)

I just bought the current 50/1.4 and it's a great lens, but I'd buy an Art series version simply for the USB functionality.

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Dec 21, 2012)

A plastic filter thread and no weather sealing....That's a pity for almost a perfect lens.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Dec 21, 2012)

You can't have it all and at the lowest price.

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Dec 21, 2012)

At least neither of those affect IQ

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Dec 21, 2012)

Absolutely right. But aiming this lens at professionals, at least a metal filter thread should heve been added in my opinion.

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Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (Dec 21, 2012)

Remove the glass from a cheap clear filter and use the metal housing as a insert and waallaa a metal fliter thread.

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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Dec 21, 2012)

Hi Apewithcamera, true and wrapping a plastic bag around your lens and it's weather sealed

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Dec 21, 2012)

"waalaa" LOL! :)

I think you mean, "viola"? Or is that a big violin. I am never sure of these things.

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steras
By steras (Dec 21, 2012)

Voilá as meant above.
Viola as in the big violin.
See, letters can be trikcy...eh, tricky :-)

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Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (Dec 21, 2012)

How about presto a metal filter thread :)

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (Dec 22, 2012)

the 135L has a plastic filter thread and is not sealed, and that lens gets all sorts of love, and used by many professionals. And as for wrapping a plastic bag around, even for sealed lenses if your out in the rain it's suggested you get your gear wrapped up regardless.

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (Dec 21, 2012)

Sounds like a winner! Sigma really seems to be on a roll with their fast primes. Hopefully they roll out similarly fast lenses in MFT format...

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Dec 21, 2012)

Wow!

Aside from vignetting wide open on FF, this is nearly flawless. Good job Sigma!

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