Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM Review | A (Art)

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Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM Review

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM Review

The Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM is a lens from the new 'Sigma Art' range. The letter 'A' on the lens barrel stands for 'Art' and this line is designed to create the highest quality artistic images. Sigma claims the Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A is one of their best products. Despite the loud statements, the lens turned out to be really worthy of attention, with really good indicators :)

Main technical characteristics of Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A:

Review Instance Name The lens barrel bears the following inscriptions 'SIGMA 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A ø67 MADE IN JAPAN 013'
Basic properties
  • DG - the lens is designed for full-frame DSLR digital cameras, in this case it's analog 'Nikon fx'
  • A (Art) - a line of modern Sigma lenses aimed at maximum optical quality
  • 013 (2013) - lens year marker
  • HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) - ultrasonic focusing motor, in this case it is analogous to 'Nikon SWM'.
  • AF / MF - simple focus mode switch
  • IF (Internal Focusing) - internal focus
  • Full-Time Mannual Focus - continuous manual focus control, analog Nikon 'M / A'
  • Super Multi-layer Coating - super multicoated optics
  • ASP (Aspenherical) - aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • SLD (Special Low Dispersion) - special low dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • FLD – (Fluorite-like Low Dispersion) - special low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme with characteristics close to fluorite
  • USB dock Compatibility - compatible with Dock Station for flashing and / or reprogramming (adjust focus, etc.)
  • MCS (Mount Conversion Service) - the lens supports service replacement of the mount for another system
  • TSC (Thermally Sbackgammon Composite Material) - thermally stable body material
  • Bayonet hood included
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use
Front Filter Diameter 67 mm
Focal length 35 mm, the EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 52.2 mm
Zoom ratio 1 x (this is a fixed lens)
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon FX,

There are also options for:

  • Canon EF
  • Sony / Minolta A
  • Sony E (important: the lens looks very different from its mirror options)
  • Lieca L (important: the lens looks very different from its mirror options)
  • Pentax K
  • Sigma sa
Number of aperture blades 9 rounded petals
Labels window with a focus distance scale in meters and feet, mark of bayonet mount and mount / fix hood
Diaphragm F / 1.4 to F / 16

The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control occurs through the camera menu (analog Nikon G - lens type)

MDF 0.3 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 5.2
The weight November 665, XNUMX
Optical design 13 elements in 11 groups:

  • 2 aspherical elements ASP (Aspherical, shown in pink on the optical diagram)
  • 4 low dispersion elements SLD (Special Low Dispersion, shown in blue on the optical diagram)
  • 1 FLD (Fluorite-like Low Dispersion) is a special low dispersion element that is close to fluorite in characteristics (shown in yellow on the optical diagram)

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG AImage of optical circuit clickable

Lens hood Plastic, bayonet type, LH730-03)
Manufacturer country MADE IN JAPAN (Lens made in Japan)
Production period
  • from November 7, 2012 for Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA
  • May 24, 2014 for Pentax K and Sony A
  • from September 7, 2016 Sigma Cine 35mm T1.5 FF variant under Caon EF, Sony E
  • from February 27, 2018 for Sony E
  • from July 11, 2019 for Leica L
  • from December 6, 2019 Sigma Cine 35mm T1.5 FF variant under PL

Further supplemented by a lens Sigma 35mm 1: 1.2 DG DN Art

Price View on E-katalog

The Sigma A (Sigma Art) lens range includes the following lenses:

For full-frame cameras (series DG) with mount Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA:

  1. Sigma 14 mm 1: 1.8 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + Cine
  2. Sigma 20 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + Cine
  3. Sigma 24 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + Cine
  4. Sigma 28 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + Cine
  5. Sigma 35 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + A, + Pentax, + Cine
  6. Sigma 40 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + Cine
  7. Sigma 50 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + A, + Cine
  8. Sigma 70 mm 1: 2.8 DG MACRO | | | A (Art), + L, + E
  9. Sigma 85 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + Cine, scheme 14/12
  10. Sigma 105 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + Cine
  11. Sigma 135 mm 1: 1.8 DG | A (Art), + L, + E, + Cine
  12. Sigma 12-24 mm 1: 4 DG | A (Art),
  13. Sigma 14-24 mm 1: 2.8 DG | A (Art)Scheme 16/11
  14. Sigma 24-35 mm 1: 2 DG | A (Art), + Cine
  15. Sigma 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 DG OS | A (Art)Scheme 19/14
  16. Sigma 24-105 mm 1: 4 DG OS | A (Art), + A

For full-frame mirrorless cameras (series DG DN) with Leica L mount and Sony E:

  1. Sigma 35 mm 1: 1.2 DG DN | A (Art)
  2. Sigma 85 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art)Scheme 15/11
  3. Sigma 105 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN MACRO | A (ART)
  4. Sigma 14-24 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN | A (Art)Scheme 17/11
  5. Sigma 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN | A (Art)Scheme 19/15

For cropped SLR cameras (series DC) with mount Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA:

  1. Sigma 30 mm 1: 1.4 DC | A (Art) + Pentax, + A
  2. Sigma 18-35 mm 1: 1.8 DC | A (Art) + Pentax, + A, + Cine
  3. Sigma 50-100 mm 1: 1.8 DC | A (Art) + Cine

For cropped mirrorless cameras (series DN) for Micro 4/3 and Sony E:

  1. Sigma 19 mm 1: 2.8 DN | A (Art), black / silver
  2. Sigma 30 mm 1: 2.8 DN | A (Art), black / silver
  3. Sigma 60 mm 1: 2.8 DN | A (Art), black / silver

Abbreviations:

  • +L means that there is a version of the lens adapted for working on mirrorless cameras with a Leica L mount
  • +E means that there is a version of the lens adapted to work on mirrorless cameras with Sony E mount
  • + Pentax means that there is a version of the lens with a Pentax K mount (rare)
  • +A means that there is a version of the lens with Sony A mount (rarity)
  • + Cine means that there is a version of the lens adapted for video shooting, usually the CINE versions are released simultaneously for ARRI PL, Canon EF and Sony E mounts

Additionally, you can look at all lenses SIGMA CONTEMPORARY (C) и all lenses SIGMA SPORT (S).

The Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM is suitable for full frame cameras (designation 'DG') and is available for Nikon, Pentax, Canon, Sony A, Sony E, Sigma, Leica L systems. This review presents a modification for Nikon cameras. On full-frame cameras, 35mm focal length is convenient for a very wide range of tasks. On Nikon DX cameras, the lens EGF will be 52,5 mm. For Nikon DX cameras, Sigma has two good alternatives: Sigma AF 30mm 1: 1.4 EX DC HSM  and Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DС Art HSM with a much lower price tag.

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM

All Art lenses are made exclusively in Japan, even all their accessories (caps, wardrobe trunks, etc.) are also made in Japan. Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 is a difficult lens, its optical scheme, consisting of 13 elements in 11 groups, has 2 aspherical elements, 4 SLD (low dispersion) elements and 1 FLD (low dispersion type 'F') element. The lens weighs almost 700 grams. The lens barrel is made from a new composite material that is less sensitive to temperature changes than conventional polycarbonate. The diameter of the front filter is 67 mm, I would not refuse the standard 77 mm, since I have several filters for this diameter.

In the hands of Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A feels like something holistic, well-made. True, the lens does not have dust or moisture protection, and the rubber on the focus ring consists of one tape stretched over the body, not glued to anything. Usually over time, the tape begins to peel off.

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM

Focus speed is above average, but I can’t call it fast. The focusing time from infinity to MDF and vice versa is slightly longer than the non-motor inexpensive Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm 1: 2D... Personally, I expected a faster response from the Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG. Since the lens has a built-in 'HSM' (Hyper Sonic Motor) ultrasonic focusing motor, the Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG will work on all the central control rooms Nikon.

The lens does not have a full implementation of the manual focus priority mode. Permanent manual focus control is only available. when using the AF-S focus method, or in the manual focus mode :(. Most often I shoot in AF-C modeso when using the Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM, a 'focus control fight' starts between me and the lens. This is a small thing, but rather unpleasant. With native lenses that support full mode M / A (manual focus priority auto mode), such troubles do not arise. Perhaps lens modifications for other systems such as Pentax, Canon, and Sigma lack such a flaw.

The lens has a 'AF / MF Focus' switch. The focusing ring is large and comfortable, and everything else is also rubberized. In the active position, the ring rotates 90 degrees, which is not very much, but given its large diameter, manual focusing is not difficult. The ring does not rotate during autofocus.

Internal focusing - the front lens remains stationary during focusing, but the rear lens moves. When using special light filters, for example polarizingshould not have any problems. MDF is 30 cm, which allows you to get maximum magnification when shooting close-up 1: 5.2. The lens uses a floating element system to correct image quality when focusing at close distances (the so-called Floating Focusing System, something similar to Nikon Close Range Correction).

Like most modern lenses, the Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG transmits focus distance into the camera. In the Nikon lens designation system, Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG is a type lens FX, AF-S (SWM), G, IF, Aspherical, ED.

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM

In the kit, the lens comes with a case, covers and a plastic hood. The hood can be installed back-to-front, while losing access to the focus ring. The lens supports the use of a special USB docking station, which, together with special software, can reprogram the lens, which will allow you to adjust the automatic focus (back / front focus).

Here link to the archive with the originals - 374 MB, 35 photos, photo parameters in the archive and in the gallery are indicated here.

UPDATE

Examples of photos on the Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A in the version for full-frame mirrorless cameras with E mount and camera Sony a7 III shared photographer Vladimir Shishov. Many of his works can be seen. on his personal website or on the page in Instagram..

The lens distortion is almost invisible, which is very, very good. The f / 1.4 aperture is already fully functional - you can get a sharp image without any problems. At closed apertures, the lens sharp to madness... Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A creates an image with good contrast and has nice bokeh... Due to the diaphragm, with 9 rounded blades, the circles in the out-of-focus area do not look like 'nuts'. The lens tolerates side and backlight well, and chromatic aberration well adjusted. There are no complaints about image quality.

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM

Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM

My experience

In actual shooting conditions, I was rather disappointed by the many focusing misses and not the fastest focusing in general. Therefore, I am very surprised by the actual performance of the lens and the accolades I have seen on the web about fast and consistent focusing. Of course, with good lighting and unhurried tasks, there are no problems with focusing. Otherwise, the lens is very good. Although in many tests the optical properties of the Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM outperform / can surpass those of native lenses, I would not rush to call it the 'best 35'.

Price

Lens prices in popular online stores can look at this link, or in the price block below.

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The Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG A HSM is an excellent lens, a really good alternative to the native 35 / 1.4 class lenses.

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Comments: 118, on the topic: Sigma 35mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM review | A (Art)

  • Olga

    It was a shock when I realized that having adjusted the lens with the docking station under artificial lighting (photo studio, apartment with a flash), I get a complete failure in autofocus in natural light - I had to introduce an intra-camera autofocus accuracy correction of +20, then the sharpness became normal at street photography. This means that it is necessary to introduce a very noticeable AF correction depending on the lighting. I wrote a reminder on the hood. As a result, I adjusted the lens for the street, I will use it there more often, and for the studio and baptisms in the church, I will have to introduce the camera AF adjustment every time. I have a Nikon D610, it is possible that the lens is not friendly with this particular model, but it's hard to believe. So, alas, it is not a universal lens, so that without looking at it I screwed on the camera and went to shoot everything, we must remember about its tricks ... There is also an idea to adjust to average values ​​between EO and IO, but then the sharpness is not ideal.

    • Bigmc

      This is my comment from three years ago. And today I had an insight. I also sinned on focusing the Sigma 35 1.4 on Nikon D610 and D750 through the viewfinder. I tried to calibrate with the docking station, and introduced an intra-camera correction - continuous confusion and wobbling, focusing every other time, moreover, with artificial light somehow, then with natural light - just tears and soap. As a result, I rolled back the firmware to the factory firmware through the docking station and left this Sigma alone. And today it precipitated, when I discovered that this infection with my Nikons focuses through the LP during face recognition, just as quickly, clearly and sharply as Nikkors do not focus, and in addition in any light! And with point focusing, it is also quite worthy. Reset all the corrections, try to read the manual into Nikonov's focusing modes for LP, select the desired mode and try to shoot, it suddenly works. I set AF-F (face), aperture 2.8 - it turns out ok. I shot the doll for now, later on a real model I will shoot with focusing on the LP. Now I like the quality of the photos much more than those of Nikon + Nikkor. Here is such a shock. %)))))

  • I disagree. Look at
    http://clickitupanotch.com/2012/04/50mm-1-8-vs-1-4/

  • Valery

    I bought this charm from my hands a few years ago on the D7000, it is exhausted. The adjustment in the carcass helped a little, but there was no pleasure, although the picture is really very good, so fortunately I did not immediately sell it. I bought a station, there was also little use. It's time to update the carcass, took the D500, and probably in the very first pictures the whole city heard my joyful screech. But portraits of women are better not to take pictures, for such sharpness it is possible to row with a rolling pin. Plus, with the Sigma 50-150 with the stabilizer there were not frail problems on the long end, now everything is fair.

  • Vladimir

    The entire line of Art is very good, the main drawback is their weight and size. I own Sigma 18-35mm 1: 1.8 DС HSM Art, its weight is just over 800 grams and its dimensions are not small. Honestly, I took it as a staffer on the Nikon D7100, but everywhere you go with it, you won’t especially take it.

    • Lydia

      Vladimir, tell me are you satisfied with your sigma 18-35? I can not decide to take it 7100 camera

      • Alexey

        Lydia, 18-35 years already with me 5. not removed from the carcass. True questanul with adjustment, but everything worked out. Rent a rental immediately or buy.

        • Sergei

          Greetings. how do you like your sigma lens 18-35 1,8? I plan to buy. But there are a lot of contradictions regarding AF, especially through the viewfinder. I have a Nikon D5600

  • Kate

    Who had the opportunity to compare the speed and “tenacity” of focusing sigma 35 1.4 and native Nikkor 35 1.4g? I have a d700 carcass and with dynamic shooting (running and flying kids))) sigma simply does not understand what to focus on and is terribly dull. The familiar d610 and in this bundle her sigma works very fast. On MK, the photographer suggested that this is due to the fact that the d700 has an outdated focusing system. But I don’t want to change the carcass for the sake of the lens, but changing the sigma to nikkor is quite, but does it make sense, will nikkor be faster? There is no possibility to conduct tests in my city, the lucky owners of Nikkor 35 1.4 are absent.

    • Nelia

      Katya, did you get an answer to your question? it interests me too)

  • Oleg

    https://vk.com/wall-104311299_190 I also really liked this lens)

  • Vlad

    Can you please tell me - maybe someone came across - does this lens (version for Kenon) work on EOS film carcasses (aperture and AF). thanks

  • Ivan

    Arkady, hello. Yesterday I ran into a problem on this sigma. I decided to try on a lens on a Nikon D750 camera. Everything is focused well, I really wanted to buy it. But I tried to take a photo in live view, but he does not focus at all! As a result, I had to refuse the purchase. ((((
    Have you encountered such a problem? Perhaps on Sigma 35mm you need to update the firmware through the dock?
    Now I think I can consider Tamron 35mm 1.8 as an alternative. What say on this lens compared to sigma?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Third party lenses are always a risk. Maybe the native 35 / 1.8G FX?

    • Alexander

      I had it on the D750. He suffered only a little more than 2 weeks, returned to the store. Even the docking station did not help, it was all exhausted. Now, in thought, how to replace your old Nikor 50d 1,8.

      • Savel2000

        As an option, the new Tamron

    • Arseniy

      He worked in a vibrant world, at 7100 a tamron of 17-50 vc was similarly stupid. Specific models lag, it makes sense to flash the camera / lens on the latest version of the software.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Always distrusted third party lenses. I bought it from a friend “for trial”. I am very pleased with the D800 lens. I can say that I use it wherever this focal length allows.
    an aperture of 1.4 is just a fairy tale - night photos without a flash under street lamps are simply magnificent.
    I think this lens is 100% worth the money

  • Yuri

    From the "arts" it does not pull on anything. I will not explain, so as not to confuse users. And, to think, why on Nikon thirty-five from Sigma, when there is Nikkor 35 / 1.8ED? For 1.4 versus 1.8?

  • anonym

    Good article, good comments. There was a question about buying 35mm. on the D610. I'll probably take Nikkor 35 / 1.8ED

    • Marina

      Have you taken what you planned? Now I choose Sigma 1.4 or Nikon 1.8.

  • Yana

    Good afternoon, I bought a lens and faced such a problem: with a camera flash, the lens gives back focus, you have to enter a correction of -16, but this is if the subject is at a distance of about 2 m, if it is farther or closer, then you will not get into focus. The lens was immediately aligned under the Nikon D750 camera, without a flash it works fine, apart from the focusing speed, and with a flash it’s just a disaster. Have not encountered such a problem, and what to do in this case?

  • Vladimir

    Briefly, about my experience with sigma Art 1.4: I got it on the secondary market for the Nikon system. The first shots seemed to me with an undershoot of focus (back focus), adjusted fine focusing and everything seemed to be normal. But then I had several commercial shootings, and it turned out that there was no focus overflight and turned off the fine-tuning of the autofocus at all. Yes, at aperture 1.4 it was very difficult to get into sharpness for a very small depth of field, but at aperture 2, it calmly took away the children's day and everything was in focus and sharpness. About the picture and color: glass, as on me, gives a cool picture and a very “correct” color, which practically does not need to be drawn in the editor. About focusing: in the dark, indeed, it is not very confident to focus, not even very confidently (but this may also depend on the professionalism of the photographer), when. normal lighting there are no problems with focusing. In general, I liked the lens, both with the build quality and the image quality at the output.

  • Vladimir

    Yes, and more: Nikon d600 camera. With the on-camera flash, there are no problems either.

  • Andrew Ch.

    I shot the graduation, my D750 + asked for 35 / 1,4 A.
    Sharp with an open, I shot mostly at 1,8. There was no problem with focusing and adjustment, I put on and immediately shoot. Light, excellent color reproduction. Before he made a couple of shots on his 24-120 / 4. Although the color is good, it doesn’t have that whiteness (luminosity) and contrast as on Sigma 35 / 1,4 A. I shot it all evening without a flash, in the evening I focused normally. There were no problems with this instance of Sigma. In general, I was satisfied.

  • Alexander

    Hello Arkady, are you preparing a review for the sigma 18-35 f1.8 art, it would be interesting to hear your opinion about this lens.

  • Anton

    Hello, I wanted to ask, I am facing a choice of 35mm for Nikon, I need for Nikon d800, z6. I wanted to ask which option will be sharp and fast for weddings?

  • Denis

    Good afternoon. I want to buy on Avito this sigma for Nikon D700, what should I pay attention to first of all? Who has experience using this bundle?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Pay attention to everything you can. From focus to appearance.

  • Jury

    What can you say about the work of this lens on the Canon R mirrorless?

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