Sigma 35mm f1.4 | Art Lens
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
Wide Angle Fast Prime lens
I was very excited to get my hands on this new lenses from Sigma. Announced at Photokina, this is the first lens to take the new design format and hopes to really impress. Overall things at Sigma seem to be shifting up a gear. Something called the ‘Sigma Global Vision’
Our objective is not to impose a new way of categorizing equipment, but simply to clarify the approach we have taken in developing each new lens. Our hope is that these new product lines will help guide photographers, giving an overview of the type of image creation each lens was designed to support…
Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines. Each line has its own clearly defined concept, and every lens we develop from now on will be assigned to one of these lines.
Our objective is not to impose a new way of categorizing equipment, but simply to clarify the approach we have taken in developing each new lens. Our hope is that these new product lines will help guide photographers, giving an overview of the type of image creation each lens was designed to support.
You might think of it as adding tags to a database. The new product line categories provide additional guidance, but it is ultimately the photographer who will consider this information in choosing the right lens.
As we take our lenses to a new level of quality we’re providing additional information that describes them from a new perspective.
Simply by identifying the product line that resonates with his or her own photographic orientation, any photographer will be able to find the right Sigma lenses quickly and easily. This is sure to close the gap between the photos you’re taking now and the photos you’re capable of taking. Sigma’s new product lines are going to redefine the way you relate to photography.
So the clever people at Sigma have been very busy indeed. There is a whole new website to explain the 3 new categories of lenses in a more comprehensive manner. In short you have A for Art , S for sports and C for contemporary. The first of these new lens is the very sleek and sexy 35mm f1.4 lens which is leading the way forward for Sigma.
All the new lenses from here will follow the same design ethic as the 35mm. The build quality is just a massive leap forward and so is the visual appearance and tactile feel of the lens. The 35mm features Sigma’s Exclusive low-dispersion glass with the HSM Hypersonic Motor all wrapped up in the new TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) body. Which, means that the designs of the lenses will be slimmer and tougher. Other developments have come from the Flare and Ghosting reduction coatings given to the new generation of lenses.
As you might expect with a 1.4 lense the bokeh is wonderful and aided by the round 9 blade diaphragm for some super soft loveliness. The Glass elements are plentiful using the floating System to help remove aberration. The 35mm has a number of SLD elements and a single FLD element which is based the much talked about fluorite glass
I have a feeling the 35 f1.4 is going to be a great success and a mark in the history of Sigma. This will be a popular lens for a great many reasons. In the UK I can see wedding photographers lusting after this lens to help with the low light conditions faced as the times of weddings are getting later and later. Having such a wide, sharp lens is going to get many a photographer out of a tricky situation. Music photographers will also love the wide, edge to edge colour tack sharp aspects as shooting with fast moving subjects with low light is never easy. At £800 this lens is going to come in well under the Canon and Nikon branded versions, so that will just please everyone across the board.
Well done Sigma, I am just waiting in anticipation to see the new updated 120-300mm f2.8 now. This was already a personal favorite lens and judging on the new 35mm. We can all expect the rest of the new generation of lenses to be a class up again.
The Autofocus is fast and smooth, being pretty quiet too. Maybe on of the best focusing Sigma’s yet. I could see me using this as a day to day, fast wide lens. Perfect for many situations. I can think that it would also be great on a cropped sensor giving a nice 50mm fast prime.
|Mount Type||Separate models for SIGMA, Sony (D), Nikon (D),|
Pentax and Canon AF mounts
|Aperture Range||f/1.4 – 16|
|Angle of View||63.4° (35mm equivalent)|
|Minimun Focusing Distance||11.8″ (30 cm)|
|Maximum Magnification Ratio||1:5.2|
|Lens Construction||13 elements in 11 groups|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Focus Modes||AF, manual|
|Dimensions||3.0 x 3.7″ (77 x 94mm)|
|Weight||1.47 lb (665 g)|