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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
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Initial Price: 
$900
  • FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements
  • SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements
  • Aspheric lenses
  • Floating inner focusing system
  • HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor)
  • Brass made bayonet mount
  • USB DOCK update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM with Hood
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens construction
MTF Charts: 
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM mtf chart

Overview

Description by Sigma:

Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our new Art line delivers superior image quality for high-level artistic expression. This new lens embodies the concept of our new Art lenses.

Our Art line delivers high-level artistic quality
Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Developed with the maximum emphasis on artistic touch, our Art line lenses are designed to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome above compactness and multifunction. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, they're perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes. The SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is the first lens from the Art line.

Compensate for color aberration to ensure unsurpassed expressive performance
Aberration is an important factor for the lens performance. To actualize a high-performance lens, one of the essential elements is aberration correction. When it comes to aberration, there are chromatic aberration of magnification and axial chromatic aberration. It is possible to correct the chromatic aberration of magnification in photo-editing software whereas axial chromatic aberration cannot be corrected afterwards. This lens incorporates FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, and SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, and by optimizing the power alignment of the lens, both types of aberration have been corrected. The lens achieves ultra-high image quality through the entire focusing range. Also, by appropriate alignment of aspheric lenses, astigmatism and field curvature are corrected. The result is superior optimum resolution even in peripheral areas.

Large maximum aperture of F1.4
In 2005, Sigma released a lens that has aperture value F1.4 designed for digital SLRs, “SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM”. Since then, we have produced high-performance lenses by incorporating the latest optical technique, such as the standard lens designed for a full size image sensor, the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM and the medium telephoto lens with large aperture, SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. This lens, SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, is our fourth lens that achieves extraordinary expressive power at the aperture value at F1.4. For wide angle photography, it ensures excellent brightness with the large F1.4 aperture and a beautiful bokeh effect.

Attractive blur effect
Correction of coma aberration enabled less blur on a point light source in peripheral areas, and the function is best used for astrophotography and illuminations. It is also possible to create an attractive blur to the out of focus areas. The aspheric lens elements used as the first lens have secured peripheral brightness while correcting distortion. The rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.

Floating inner focusing system
This system compensates for astigmatic aberration and spherical aberration and provides extremely high optical performance for close-up photos.

Flare and ghosting conscious design
In order to achieve high rendering on this flagship lens, flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured from an early stage to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incident light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions.

Hyper Sonic Motor
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved.

Brass made bayonet mount
This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.

Ease of use
The new product lines incorporate rubber for the attachment part of the provided lens hood. For better usability, the design of the lens cap and AF/MF changeover switch have been improved. In order to ensure high accuracy of the product, all metallic parts and the new compound material, TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which has high affinity to metal parts, are housed internally.

Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines
Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.

Evaluation with Sigma's own MTF measuring system “A1”
46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensor
We used to measure lens performance with MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we've now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.

 

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM distortion chart     

Distortion chart

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM vignetting chart

Vignetting chart

“Made in Japan”All Sigma's manufacturing ? right down to molds and parts ? is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely “made in Japan”. We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

Reviews

"After years of unadventurous, unexciting “slow” speed zooms “fast”, high-quality primes are experiencing a comeback thanks to the popularity of full-frame DSLRs and the merging of video capture. The moderately wide 35mm focal length has seen numerous new versions from most lens makers over the last two years or so, including this ultra-high speed offering from Sigma.

Post date: 21/03/2013 - 08:09

The Lens was tested by Chris Gampat using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II body:

Overall, not a bad thing can be said about Sigma's 35mm f1.4 EX. The company surely put a lot of time and effort into the design and it's worth every penny. The lens is sharp as a razor, a relative speed-demon when it comes to focusing, and has some beautiful image quality. It may even stay mated to your camera! If we really had to nitpick, we could talk about the lack of weather sealing; but then the $899.00 price point gets factored in. And that understandably keeps the price down. Personally, this is currently my favorite lens--I'm old school and was trained to shoot with all primes. If I were stuck on a desert island with only one lens and my camera, this would be it. Sigma's 35mm f1.4 EX wins my fullest

Post date: 17/01/2013 - 09:05

"Sigma's produced an excellent lens in the 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM, with comparatively great performance at the ƒ/1.4 aperture setting, where the lens will no doubt be used for the majority of the time. There's a lot to like here: great results for sharpness, low chromatic aberration, and low distortion. There is some significant corner shading when used wide open, but coupled with the corner softness at the same aperture settings this contributes to an interesting look and subject isolation. If you're looking for corner-to-corner image sharpness you'll need to stop down. The Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4 is definitely priced to compete, and designed to perform.

Post date: 16/01/2013 - 22:01

Mark Goldstein tested this lens on a Canon EOS 6D body and went 'to 11' with his rating of this lens, giving it the unique rating of 'Essential' I also wonder where he tested it, since the lens seems dirty :)

"If the new 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens is anything to go by, Sigma are definitely raising their game with the recent introduction of their three new lens ranges (Art, Sports and Contemporary). The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is a fast and tack-sharp lens that exhibits low chromatic aberrations and very little barrel distortion. Vignetting at wide-open apertures is the only real optical issue of note, something that other fast lenses also suffer from, and stopping down to F/4 solves the problem altogether.

Post date: 16/01/2013 - 19:55

"The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens, like all of Sigma's best lenses, uses HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) AF. Autofocusing is internal and very quiet, making a light shhhh sound with some clicks being audible to the photographer if shooting in a quiet environment. Autofocusing is quick, though my perception is that the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L Lens focuses slightly faster when using both side-by-side.

Autofocus accuracy is of course paramount when making use of the great f/1.4 image quality with its shallow

Post date: 08/01/2013 - 16:38

"With the first lens from the Art Series, Sigma actually sets a new standard. You notice in everything in the chain of design, production and quality assurance that perfection is sought. Not only the finishing is of a high level, but also the optical performance is top notch. We were very curious whether Sigma would indeed have succeeded to eliminate the color bokeh / longitudinal chromatic aberration. This is indeed the case. Nevertheless, the resolution, distortion, and absence of lateral chromatic aberration are of a very high standard.

Post date: 30/12/2012 - 19:01

"Sigma has produced some really fine lenses over the past few years, including the 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM (which we liked a lot when we reviewed it in 2008) and the 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. But the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM may possibly be its best yet. In fact it's one of those rare lenses for which finding any fault seems almost churlish, so good is its overall performance.

Let's start with the optics. It's remarkably sharp, even wide open, outperforming not only its Canon, Nikon and Sony

Post date: 21/12/2012 - 22:56

"Looking at the average (mean) for center, average, and corners shows a bit more about the lenses. The old 35mm f/2 does quite well in the center and mid-lens areas, but it’s pretty awful in the corners. The new 35mm f/2 IS and the classic 35mm f/1.4 L do much better in the corners, with the 35 L (stopped down to f/2) clearly better than the new f/2 IS. But the Sigma does better than any of them.

Post date: 15/12/2012 - 08:30

Welcome to the new Sigma, the one that no longer wants to be the underdog of lenses. They made a pledge to improve upon themselves, a pledge that among other points included the statement that every single Sigma lens will be hand-tested at the factory, a move intended to stamp out the persistent rumors facts about horrible quality control and huge lens to lens variations in optical performance.

Post date: 22/11/2012 - 14:45

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$900
Release Date: 
09/2012
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
23.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
1.7 TStop
Distortion: 
0.30%
Vignetting: 
-1.8 EV
Chr. aberration: 
6.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Nikon F mount
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
Pentax Kaf Mount
Sony A mount
Sigma SA mount
AF Motor type: 
HSM - Hyper-Sonic Motor
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
35mm
Angle of view: 
63.66°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
13 elements in 11 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
9 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.4
Minimum Aperture: 
f/16.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.30m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
77.0mm
Length: 
94.0mm
Weight: 
665.0 g
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing: 
No
Filter Diameter: 
67mm
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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