Can Sigma 35/1.4 also trouble the waters for Nikon 24/1.4?

Started Jan 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
azoele Contributing Member • Posts: 663
Re: Can Sigma 35/1.4 also trouble the waters for Nikon 24/1.4?

Different focal lengths, but the Sigma smashes the Nikon, so much so (and at such a prize) that it is embarrassing...

My 2c, from owning all the three lenses (24G, 35G, Sigma 1.4).
For my usage of fast primes, I consider 2 aspects critical: AF reliability, and real-world Usebility at f1.4, f2.


  • the Sigma is amazing. It acquires focus easily, and it's almost always spot on, both shot at f1.4 and stopped down. Speed appears on par with the Nikon 35.
  • Nikon 24 1.4: erratic to say the least... and well documentedly so. Also, suffering from heavy focus shift, meaning that if you AF-tune it for f1.4, it'll be poor at 2.8, and vice versa. The nearer the worse the effect... It is a lens I do not trust for a critical shot (I always focus/recompose, and/or use live view...).
  • Nikon 35 1.4: better than the 24 1.4, but still a far cry from Sigma's precision. A lens I trust so-so, to be magnanimous.

Emil Varadi wrote:

I'm planning to go FF later this year and I was sitting on the fence regarding the Nikon 24/1.4. Exposure Plot says last year 30,8% of all my shots were at 24 mm probably due to the wide end my 16-85VR DX zoom which is flat 24mm on DX, a reason good enough to get this lens once you have the funds.

. But the steep price of the 24/1.4 and the widespread success and the moderate price of the new Sigma 35/1.4 really makes me ponder. Yes, I know the 10 mm difference between the 24 and 35 can be meaningful, but the closeness of these focal lenths had already caused similar dilemmas to many wideangle prime buyers. For the time being I want high quality primes for my future FF camera and it does not have to be 24.

The 24/1.4 is the bokeh king of wideangles and I'm great fan of good bokeh (think 85/1.4). What bothers me are the contradictory statements about bokeh of the Sigma 35/1.4. Opinions vary in the range from great to downright awful in some situations as it seems to be very background sensitive. Yes, its bitingly sharp and very good in the corners, but I have sold lenses because of ugly bokeh.

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