Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART) review

According provided by Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A lens (for Sony E / FE cameras) many thanks the store ProFotoSale, where you can find many new and used ones. lenses for different systems, including nSigma approved lenses... For the camera Sony a7 III special thanks to Kievsky photographer Rozz Raven.

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART). increase... Appearance photos taken from the site bhphotovideo... A photo of the copy from the review can be viewed here or at me on Instagram here.

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  1. In short
  2. History
  3. Main Specifications
  4. Assembly
  5. Focusing
  6. Image quality
  7. Sample Photos
  8. My experience
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In the review, I will call the Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A lens for short - Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art.

This review shows the lens version for Sony cameras with mount Sony FE (Full Frame) and Sony E (APS-C). Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art also available for Canon EF / EFS-mount DSLRs, Nikon F-mounts, Sigma SA-mounts and Leica L-mount mirrorless cameras (cameras from alliance Leica, Sigma, Panasonic).

It's important: Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art versions for Canon EF / Nikon F / Sigma SA mirrorless mounts and Sony E / Leica L mirrorless mounts (Sigma L + Panasonic L) differ significantly in their size and appearance.

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

In short

The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is a remarkable medium wide angle (near standard) lens with high aperture... Optically and mechanically very good. Of the obvious shortcomings, I can only single out a large weight and gigantic dimensions.

Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art - very sharp, across the entire frame, already from F / 1.4.

Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art has a non-standard focal length of 40 mm and a huge aperture F / 1.4. Usually modern lenses with such a focal length are pancakes, of the type Canon 40 / 2.8 STM, Yongnuo 40 / 2.8 or Pentax-DA 40 / 2.8 Limited... But Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is something in between Sigma 35 / 1.4 ART и Sigma 50 / 1.4 ART... Among autofocus analogs, a close SLR Tamron 45 / 1.8 VC and mirrorless Zeiss ZEISS Distagon 2/40 CF T * (which the BATIS 2/40). Among manual lenses, Voigtlander Nokton 40 / 1.4 and rare old lenses like Zuiko 40 / 1.4 are the closest to the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art in terms of focal length / aperture ratio.

The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art for Sony E cameras can compete with the original lenses from Sony ZA: Zeiss Distagon FE 1.4 / 35 ZA T * (Sony SEL35F14Z) и Zeiss Planar FE 1.4 / 50 ZA T * (Sony SEL50F14Z).

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

History

25 September 2018 the development of the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art lens was announced. On the same day, the Sigma CINE 40 T1.5 lens for filming (for Arri PL mount) was presented. The official announcement took place November 22 2018 years, versions for mirror mounts were presented Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma sa and under a mirrorless mount Sony E.

February 26 2019 Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art lens with bayonet mount was announced Leica l for Sigma, Panasonic and Leica cameras from the Leica L. Alliance.

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Main technical characteristics of Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A:

Review Instance Name The lens barrel bears the following inscriptions 'Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A ø82 MADE IN JAPAN 018', the review shows the lens serial number 53725619
Basic properties
  • DG - Lens designed for DSLR cameras with full frame sensor
  • A (Art) - a line of modern Sigma lenses aimed at maximum optical quality
  • 018 (2018) - 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
  • Super Multi-layer Coating - super multicoated optics
  • SLD (Special Low Dispersion) - low dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • FLD (Fluorite like Low Dispersion) - low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme with properties close to fluorite
  • ASP (Aspherical) - aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • 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
  • Sigma A1 MTF - special quality control system
  • Protected enclosure
  • Additional protective coating of the front lens
  • Bayonet hood included
  • Important: lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use
Front Filter Diameter 82 mm
Focal length 40 mm, EGF for Sony E APS-C cameras is 60 mm
Zoom ratio 1 x (this is a fixed lens)
Designed by for Sony E digital cameras,

There are also options for:

  • Nikon F
  • Canon EF / EFS
  • Sigma sa
  • Leica l
  • option for filming Sigma Cine with Arri PL
Number of aperture blades 9 rounded petals
Labels
  • window with a scale of focusing distance in meters and feet
  • bayonet mount mark
  • hood attachment / fixing mark
  • depth of field scale for F / 8 and F / 16
Diaphragm F / 1.4 to F / 16
MDF 0.4 meters, maximum magnification ratio 1:6.5
The weight 1270 grams

According to my measurements:

  • 1261 grams lens itself (Sony E version)
  • 1351 gram lens with two caps and a lens hood
Optical design 16 elements in 12 groups:

  • 3 FLD (Fluorite-like Low Dispersion) - special low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme with characteristics close to fluorite (shown in yellow)
  • 3 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) - special low dispersion elements (shown in blue)
  • 1 ASP (Aspherical) - aspherical element (shown in red)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG AImage of optical circuit clickable

Lens hood Plastic, bayonet type, LH878-01 40mm 1: 1.4 DG ø82 SIGMA
Manufacturer country MADE IN JAPAN (Lens made in Japan)
Production period
  • From September 25, 2018 for Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA and Sony E and CINE version for PL
  • From 26 February 2019 for Leica L
Price

Sigma has a whole brood of high-aperture solutions with f / 1.4: 20, 24, 28, 35, 40 (from this review), 50, 85, 105 mm. You can choose the right focal length for almost any task. In the Sigma ART family of fixes there is still the widest 14/1.8 and the longest 135/1.8but less aperture.

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Assembly

Assembled only in Japan. The lens is pleasant and weighty to the touch, weighing almost 1300 grams. The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art uses a huge 82mm filter. The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is one of the largest lenses in the Sigma ART series. More than her only Sigma 85 / 1.4 Art и Sigma 105 / 1.4 Art (autumn 2020).

Partially enormous size the Sony E versions are associated with an elongated rear lens that compensates for the flange distance. The optical design of the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art was originally designed for SLR cameras with a long flange. The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art versions with Sony E and Leica L mounts are significantly longer than their versions for Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA mounts. For the dimensions of the Sigma ART series lenses, I have prepared small video on your Youtube channel.

The focusing ring is rubberized, very wide, the base of the focusing ring is metal. The lens barrel is made of a composite material - TSC - Thermally Stable Composite (Thermally Stable Composite), which is less sensitive to temperature changes than conventional polycarbonate. Such a composite avoids deformation of the case with a large change in ambient temperature. This material is used by Sigma to build its' A | ART ',' C | Contemporary 'and' S | Sport '. In addition, the lens has metal bayonet mount.

The lens barrel and hoods have matte and glossy parts that alternate. Glossy parts of the case get dirty easily.

There is a bayonet mount mark on the body and a mark for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses a sturdy plastic hood LH878-01, which locks into special slots located near the front lens of the lens. The hood is large enough, it has arrows labeled 'IN / OUT' to rotate in the desired direction. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. The hood has a grooved ring that makes it easier to manipulate. The lower part of the hood is rubberized.

It's important: The hood has a release button. The hood can only be removed by pressing this button.

The diaphragm consists of 9 blades; at all aperture values, a fairly round aperture is obtained.

Overall build quality is at a very high level.

Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is a protected lens... Its body has a number of special seals, including a seal on the bayonet side. The front lens has special protective coatingthat repels moisture and dirt, making it easy to clean.

Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art supports working with usb dock, and also theoretically supports replacing one mount with another (done exclusively at Sigma service centers).

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Focusing

To focus, the lens uses a special ultrasonic focusing motor 'HSM' (Hyper Sonic Motor) ring type.

The motor performs its work quietly during autofocus. The autofocus speed is fast (not lightning fast, but not closer to average, just fast). The focusing speed is sufficient for comfortable work in most photographic tasks.

With a camera Sony a7 III there were no problems with focusing. The lens worked quickly and accurately. Only in the most difficult situations the camera could not perform the correct focusing.

It's important: The focusing speed depends very much on the camera used. For example, with a budget camera Sony a3500 This lens focuses slowly and uncertainly due to the contrast-only focusing method.

You can fine-tune the focus using dock stations and utilities SIGMA Optimization Pro (there is support for the Russian language). In large cities, you can rent this station.

The focus ring is rubberized and rotates approximately 135 degrees in manual focus mode. When the extreme positions are reached, the ring does not abut, but continues to rotate freely. Manual aiming is convenient, but rubs a little. In auto focus mode, the focus ring does not rotate and you can hold the lens by it.

It's important: the range of distances is strongly 'knocked down' at infinity.

Lens has internal focus, the front lens remains fixed during focusing. The rear lens group moves during focusing. Optical design and focusing are designed to avoid loss of image quality at different focusing distances. Focus with floating elements is used. You can use different kinds of filters without any problems.

The lens has a window with a focusing distance scale in meters and feet. The number of values ​​on the scale is small, the scale itself is not very useful. There are only values ​​for 0.4, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2 meters and an infinity mark. There is a depth of field scale for F / 8 and F / 16.

The minimum focusing distance is 40 cm and the maximum zoom ratio is 1: 6.5, which is a very good indicator for such lenses.

There is a lens housing focus mode switch 'AF | MF Focus' (auto focus / manual focus). Lens supports continuous manual focus control (Full-Time Manual Focus). Auto focus is disabled when you start rotating the focus ring manually.

Focus Features:

  1. Important: The quality of focusing work of the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art strongly depends on the camera used and on the lens firmware, as well as on the system used for which the lens is made. For example, on the camera Sony a3500 focusing speed and tenacity are at an absolutely unsatisfactory level... At the same time on Sony a7 III the lens behaves very well.
  2. The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art has a slight 'Focus Breathing' effect (changing the angle of view while focusing). When focusing towards the MDF, the angle of view decreases.
  3. Focus Shift (focus shift, changing focus distance due to iris)
  4. Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art does not have a hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens to infinity under any external temperature conditions. For accurate aiming at infinity, you can’t just bring the focus ring to its extreme position
  5. Important: The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is a third party lens. It may happen that it will not work correctly with some cameras.
  6. Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art supports docking station, with which you can update the lens firmware, as well as adjust / fix the focus
Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Image quality

The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is a very sharp and contrasting lens with no distortion and very little vignetting. Chromatic aberrations are at a very low level, including those with a very small coma. Even at f / 1.4, there is good sharpness in the far corners and edges of the frame. In backlighting, it is difficult to catch flare and flare, but still in some situations you can get a small amount of glare (example). Bokeh is rather peculiar, not always pleasant.

The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art has a lens profile in popular RAW converters, which makes it easy to automatically correct some distortions.

The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art was released at the end of 2018, when 24 MP APS-C cameras and 50 MP Full Frame cameras were already on sale, and therefore, most likely, the lens was immediately designed to work on sensors with a high pixel density. 20 megapixels on a cropped camera (shot on Sony a3500) for Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art even at F / 1.4 it is not a problem.

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)


Sample photos on Sony a3500 (APS-C)

Camera used for examples Sony a3500 with EXMOR APS-C CMOS 20 MP sensor. All photos are on-camera JPEG. Sony a3500 cannot shoot exclusively in RAW format, but only in RAW + JPEG or JPEG. The focal length for Sony E cameras with APS-C sensor is 60mm, which is a common focal length. For example, there are many class 60 / 2.8 macro lenses.

While working with Sony a3500 and Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art you feel like the lens 'breathes' in the plastic camera mount.

Sample photos from Sony a7 III (Full Frame)

Sample photos on Sony a7 III (24 MP, CMOS Exmor R, Full Frame). Camera Sony a7 III shared a wonderful photographer Rozz Raven... You can see more of his photos. on his Instagram or on facebook.

RAW source files ('.ARW') can be download from this link (15 files, 400 MB). In total, during the review, I shot a little more on the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art 5000 frames.

My experience

The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art was originally developed as a film production version of the CINE. All press releases indicate that the image quality of the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is similar to a premium cinema lens, referencing the Sigma 40 T1.5 CINE version. Most likely, the regular version of the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art photo lens was released due to the successful development of the CINE version. I assume that the unusual focal length of the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is related to its cinematic nature, where sensors with different unusual aspect ratios are used or may be used. For example, when working with ARRI ALEXA in 4: 3 mode, the EGF of the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art will be about 58 mm.

Apparently, the gigantic dimensions of some Sigma ART lenses are due precisely to the fact that they are partly lenses with modern 'cinema' optics, which are not as critical to size and weight as optics for the mass consumer. My video about this available at this link.

Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is optically very good. When shooting, the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art feels like a 35mm prime. Personally, I would prefer to use something more classic to work, for example, Sigma 35 / 1.4 ART or Sigma 50 / 1.4 ART.

Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is unique in its kind, but still it didn't make any particular impression on me. Picture from Sigma 35 / 1.4 ART и Sigma 50 / 1.4 ART I liked it much more than with the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art. I would like to note that on Sigma 35 / 1.4, 40 / 1.4 and 50 / 1.4 I shot several thousand frames and looked at them for a long time in the editors (when preparing photos for clients for printing). Visually / psychologically (not technically!) Photos from Sigma 50 / 1.4 ART I liked the most. The picture from the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is too “technical”. Whether for filmmaking, or for applications where absolute perfection is truly required, such as astrophotography, the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is truly the perfect solution. Actually, the lens is especially praised by astrophotographers.

Perhaps a 40mm focal length will be in demand by those photographers who shoot at 35 / 1.4 and want a more correct reproduction of perspective in portrait shots, but they do not want to go too far from 35mm.

At first I even wanted to include the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art in my list from the “One lens to rule the world“, But later came out Sigma 35 / 1.2 DG DN ART and the focus of my attention was concentrated on him.

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

All Sigma ART Lenses

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). Here here there is a short video about the rulers and markings of Sigma lenses.

Price Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art

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Results

The Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is a lens with excellent image, build and focus quality. The lens has an unusual focal length, which makes it stand out among similar solutions. Optically, this is one of the best lenses of our time (at least in the fall of 2020).

10 main advantages:

  1. good resolution already with F / 1.4 over the entire field of the frame, low level of basic optical distortion (chromatic aberration, vignetting, distortion)
  2. the ability to work with a USB DOCK-station (firmware update, focus adjustment, etc.)
  3. fast and fairly quiet focusing with HSM motor
  4. internal focusing, fixed focus ring during auto focus
  5. continuous manual focus control, focus mode switch, focusing distance scale, depth of field scale
  6. good build quality: metal mount, sturdy TSC plastic case, durable hood included
  7. protected lens housing with a large number of seals, protective coating of the front lens
  8. nine aperture blades
  9. the optical design uses 3 SLD and 3 FLD and 1 aspherical element
  10. the lens belongs to the Sigma Art line with very high image quality and build criteria

10 main disadvantages:

  1. the optical scheme has not been redesigned for mirrorless cameras (the optical scheme and the focal length are used from the mirror version, which increases the already considerable overall length of the lens)
  2. large weight (almost 1300 grams for the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art versus 630 grams for SONY Zeiss Distagon FE 1.4 / 35 ZA T * )
  3. large diameter of light filters (82 mm for Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art versus 72 mm for SONY Zeiss Distagon FE 1.4 / 35 ZA T *)
  4. large size (Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is noticeably larger even Sigma 135 / 1.8 Art)
  5. no built-in image stabilizer (for example, it has Tamron 35 / 1.8 VC)
  6. unusual focal length, rare (closest similar lens Zeiss ZEISS Distagon 2/40 CF T *Which BATIS 2/40)
  7. hood with a lock, due to ignorance or forgetfulness, you can accidentally damage it
  8. rare flares when working in backlight
  9. the glossy part of the case gets dirty easily
  10. high price tag at $ 1400 (fall 2020, for example, Sigma 35 / 1.4 ART costs about 700 dollars)

According provided by Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art lens (for Sony E cameras) many thanks the store ProFotoSalewhere you can find many new and used lenses for different systems, including Similar Sigma Lenses.

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The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 18, on the topic: Review of Sigma 40mm 1: 1.4 DG A (ART)

  • UstasFritZZZ

    1400 bucks price .. thanks, goodbye ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This is a controversial matter, dear Sony FE 35mm F / 1.4 ZA 1600 dollars.

    • Lynx

      yes, the lens is not for rogue.

  • York

    Played for a week, returned.

    The glass is absolutely monstrous, on the A7 *** box the ergonomics, how to say, are negative - and neither a clamp is provided, nor the possibility of installing it.
    Well, maybe, on a heavy stamp it would be easier, but on the BZ everything is complicated.

    Due to the giant front lens it catches the counter at the moment, and even with a hood.
    Filters are also delivered to the car at a price, and you will not find more at once.

    Focusing on 7p2 in auto mode is casual, what it depends on - I still don't understand. Under the same light, on the same scene, now the entire series is in focus, now the entire series is past, now through the frame.
    Then he suddenly starts to dull and simply does not focus, crawls back and forth.
    Apparently, the whole point, as usual with sigma, is in a specific lens - look for two identical ones ...

    The bokeh is typically sigma, that is, as for me, nothing with a bias towards moderately rotten. Either cotton wool in porridge, or cotton wool porridge ...

    By the end of the working day, the body looks as if it was being rolled out with fat - hopelessly smeared with fingers.

    Well, the picture, how to put it, does not draw on the price and labor intensity in any way, in general, no charisma.

    Once again I am convinced that Sigma is a strange office.
    A family business with an alternative perspective on everything from multiplication tables to electronics.
    Sculpts "unique" lenses, the uniqueness of which is often in the fact that they are difficult to use - both in terms of weight and size, and in electronics, and in design ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thanks for the detailed comment. I played for 3 weeks with this lens to find all of its hidden things.

    • Maksim

      You won't please anyone like that. If they make it small, they will whine that the shit is dark and unsharp. They will make a really cool lens - how you will whine that little hands are tired, so shit.

      • Michael

        We need a balance. And this balance will be different for each system (camera). On a heavy, gripping DSLR such as D700, 800 or one kilogram lens is quite convenient. On a small BZ such as Olympus, even 400 gr. already cause negative, tk. there is nothing to hold the camera for.

  • Pavel Gorbunov

    Ivy is gorgeous, I didn't even know that it grows to such a height.

  • Roman

    Strange lens. If it is for cinema, then the point is in autofocus? And in fact, such a fool makes sense only on a tripod and hold. 35 is for street photography. Therefore, it's better to have some 2.0 - 2.8, if only smaller, that's why there are so many pancakes with this focal one. If weddings use 35 / 1.4, then at least it's not so bulky.

    This is the problem with near-normal lenses ... They repeat the view from the eyes, the usual perspective. If you can change the viewing angle with a wide-super-wide, macrik, telephoto camera, or grab what you don't see in ordinary life, or get somewhere, zoom in, zoom in, or separate from the background, then the normal needs plots. Awesome landscapes, some kind of everyday or genre scenes - a spy picture or artificially created. Without this, it turns out something dull-fresh and even the aperture ratio will not help much. To build - you need light, decorations, models. Run - well, run around the city with this lens. Either it’s hard, or seeing such glass all the plots will dissolve. And there remains a very narrow and complex genre of staged photos, where money is not a pity for the ultimate quality.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In the review - a photo lens, it needs autofocus. But there is a CINE version with the same optics.

      • Roman

        The CINE version is likely more expensive. But I'm talking about the fact that the photo version will not work out particularly well, except for shooting a video. It's hard to come up with a script. I took a walk today, a rather weighty 30 / 1.4 on the camera - what to keep idle. And how he imagined that for almost the same focal one more kilogram to add - oh well nafig. And the same story - for at least some interesting photo you need to get out of it - look for a location, some bald spot, light between branches, or lie down on the ground, add speakers by tilting - otherwise, pictures like “the same can be taken on the phone ”. Or put on 200 / 2.8, which immediately washes the background in the trash and allows you to "get" where the eye does not look.

  • Sergei

    Arkady, thanks for the detailed review, where there is not only advertising, but also a minus. I am interested in learning about new products, and very interested in reading comments / discussion.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I don’t practice advertising

  • Jankowsky

    Finally, the long-awaited review of the most monstrous normal fix!
    The office definitely made a deal with man-made Demons to create such a thing. Extremely technical rendering and neutral bokeh, and at the same time not furiously hard, like in 60 \ 2.8 Art, 16 \ 1.4 С, 50 \ 2.8 macro, which is not removable on my DP3 quattro.

    In short, we are waiting for 50-100 1.8 at D40 - he has a mechanical diaphragm and a focus ring, too, of the old school - at D40 he will tear everyone and everything

  • Pokemon

    “Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art was originally developed as a film production version of CINE. All press releases indicate that the image quality of the Sigma 40 / 1.4 Art is similar to a premium cinema lens, referencing the Sigma 40 T1.5 CINE version. "
    Yes, it is - I saw an interview with CEO of Sigma, in which he just talked about how the lens was originally developed for video shooting, but then they thought and decided to release after the CINE version, the “regular” ART version.

  • Oleg

    Great lens. I own this miracle for 18 months. Focal is very versatile. After Sigma 105 1.4 (my second lens for Sony 7R3), I can say easy :)

    • Oleg

      * miraculously :) 7 years in Poland :)

  • Oleg

    Processing is of course present. All photos taken 1.4

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