Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art

Outstanding image quality for all SLRs

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 was announced at Photokina 2012, and impressed us immensely when we reviewed it a couple of months later, easily earning our Gold award. Quite simply, it's one of the sharpest lenses we've seen, offering serious competition to the camera manufacturers' equivalents at a substantially lower price. It's also solidly made, and the ultrasonic-type focus motor offers fast, silent autofocus. 

Key specifications

  • 52mm equivalent angle of view when used on APS-C cameras
  • 67mm filter thread
  • Ring-type ultrasonic focus motor
  • 0.30m minimum focus distance
  • For APS-C / DX and full frame cameras
  • Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony Alpha and Sigma mounts

The 35mm F1.4 is a DG lens, which means it will work on both full frame and APS-C / DX format SLRs; on the latter it offers a 50mm equivalent 'normal' field of view. It's available in mounts to fit all current SLRs: Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, and Sigma SA. Note though that Pentax's earliest SLRs don't have the electrical pins required to drive the in-lens autofocus motor.

One real attraction of the 35mm is that it's equally useful on full frame and APS-C format SLRs - on the former it's a moderate wideangle, and on APS-C it behaves much like a 50mm 'normal' lens. Excellent as the 35mm F1.4 undoubtedly is, though, committed APS-C / DX shooters who are unlikely ever to buy a full frame camera should also consider the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, which is both smaller and cheaper.

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