Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM 'Art" lens action is gearing up, first impressions are very, very positive.

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.

Now, the first of the new breed of Sigma's 'Art' lenses, the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM has begun to appear among users, and the initial verdict is a strongly positive one. (Url includes links to several photos snapped with this lens on a Canon mount)

Then, Roger Cicala of LensRentals haves a go, compares it to the likes of Canon and Nikon and he's pretty excited:

"As you can see, this copy of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 was a bit better in the center and clearly better in the corners than the best copy of the Canon 35mm f/1.4 I’ve ever tested. For the Nikonians amongst us, the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 tested on a D3x resolves almost identically to the Canon.

Finally, Sigma's own blog has posted a sort of hand-on that comes with many image samples, the ones shot with the lens wide open show some interesting boked details:

"In this variation, we are again focused just on the rim of the snifter, but this time, the glass is at waist-level, and notice how much more abstract the grass and leaves behind the focal plane are rendered here. 1/8000 at F1.4 ISO 100 on the Canon EOS 5D."

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