Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG DN Art : The Review
It has been announced almost last week. Another 35mm in our Gallery of lenses for our Sony Cameras or one of the top 35mm out there? How many Sigma 35mm exist for a mirrorless system? A lot, so do we need another one?
Short answer: Definitely. It fills a gap between the f1.2 and f1.8. A short disclaimer, I don’t own this lens and Sigma didn’t send me a copy before their release. But it is a focal range that I want to acquire because I’m missing from my gear and as thus I research a lot about it and as so, I gather all the information you need to make your decision easier. Let’s go then….
Last year, Sigma was the first company to release an f/1.2 lens for the Sony E-mount with autofocus. To this day, the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art is the only autofocus full-frame f/1.2 prime for the E-mount! But now they have released the f1.4 version
The 35mm focal range is a useful one as you can exploit it in many circumstances. You want to use it for environmental portraits where you capture the person along with the are around it and great bokeh? You are covered. You want to get one lens with you in a concert or indoor photography, where many people are gathered and so you are not flexible of moving for and aft? You are covered. You want it for a landscape shooting where you don’t want to go wide enough due to many distractions and you want a more narrow shot? You are covered.
As you understand a 35mm lens is something unique that give a pleasant perspective to your shots and every manufacturer has a 35mm lens in their arsenal. Sony, Nikon, Canon have their own and now Sigma as a third party manufacturer has their group of 35mm lenses (with f1.4 & f1.2 versions).
So let’s see some technical data of the Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG DN Art lens:
We are talking for 15 elements in 11 groups with 1 FLD, 1 ELD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical elements (we are talking for a lot of glass in there).
"F" Low-Dispersion Elements = 1
Angle of View = 63.4°
Aperture Blades = 11
Rounded Aspherical Elements = 2
Brand = Sigma
Compatibility = Crop and Full Frame
Diameter = 3.0"
Extra Low-Dispersion Elements = 1
Filter Size = 67.0mm
Focal Length = 35.0 mm
Groups/Elements = 11/15
Hood Included = Yes
Image Stabilization = No
Length = 4.4"
Lens Type = Wide Angle
Macro Reproduction Ratio = 1:5.4
Max Aperture = 1.4
Minimum Aperture = 16.0
Minimum Focusing Distance = 1.0 feet
Mount = Sony E
Special Low-Dispersion Elements = 2
You read the above and you are still confused. Is that enough? What do you mean? Let me brake it even to show you that this is an excellent lens by Sigma. Firstly, it is smaller and lighter with only 645g / 22.8oz.
This lens is capable of smooth, quiet and high speed AF due to their technology of stepping motor and of course they support Eye-Af, Face Detection and video AF. The 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art has a high level of dependability, allowing it to be used professionally for long periods of time, as well as individual working pieces that sit easily in the hand. The mount is surrounded by a rubber gasket, and the dust and splash-proof frame seals buttons and joins between constituent parts. The front element has a water and oil repellent covering, allowing photographers to use it in whatever heat.
So, how many 35mm lenses exist for the Sigma line up? The Japanese manufacturer has indeed some astonishing options in their arsenal. As you can see in the picture next, the new lens shitting in the middle, there is also the “massive” version with f1,2 aperture, which despite their weight, their low aperture and their bulky appearance is an astonishing lens.
On the left we see the same 35mm f1.4 lens DG HSM Art lens, which is an older version of the one we discuss now and its more a DSLR version transferred to mirrorless.
Despite having a very small aperture of F1.4, the lens is able to effectively monitor sagittal coma flare even wide open, preventing bright points of light from flaring out at the frame's edges. Photographers of the night sky may be especially interested in this. The lens also has smooth, circular bokeh thanks to its 11 rounded diaphragm blades, so out-of-focus areas aren't distracting. Because of its ultra-sharp picture clarity and minimal color leakage, the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is well-suited to portraits.
It also performs well in backlit environments, thanks to SIGMA's anti-ghosting and anti-flare technology, which it has developed over many years of lens creation through countless simulations and real-life testing. Also in low-light situations, this keeps shots high-contrast and free of unnecessary flare.
What more is there to say? We all know that this lens, as an Art Series lens, is capable of creating stunning images. I'd like to talk about what distinguishes this lens from those in its range, as well as the features that make for a great photography workflow. The AF lock button on the lens's side turned out to be my favorite feature, which surprised me. Despite my initial assumption that I wouldn't use it much, I later discovered that the function of the button can be customized within the camera.
Sigma also included a de-click switch for the aperture for video shooters. You can adjust the exposure smoothly when shooting video this way. Sigma also supplied an aperture ring locking switch on the side of the lens so you don't have to worry about inadvertently adjusting the aperture settings. Not only did I enjoy manually adjusting aperture on my film camera, but having the new aperture ring opened up the camera's front wheel for customization. I chose to use the front wheel to manage ISO so that I could get to all of my most critical settings quickly.