|DG||The lens is designed for full-frame SLR cameras but can be also used on APS-C SLR cameras.|
|HSM||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|| A||Art series lens designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power. Delivers high-level artistic expression.|
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|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||63.4° (35mm full frame)
51.9° (Canon APS-H)
42.5° (Canon APS-C)
44° (Nikon APS-C)
44° (Pentax APS-C)
39.1° (Sigma APS-C)
44° (Sony APS-C)
|Lens construction:||13 elements in 11 groups, including 2 ASPH, 1 FLD, 4 SLD|
|Closest focusing distance:||30 cm|
|Number of diaphragm blades:||9|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Ultrasonic (Canon EF)
Ultrasonic (Minolta/Sony A)
Ultrasonic (Nikon F)
Ultrasonic (Pentax K)
Ultrasonic (Sigma SA)
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Weight:||SA: 665 g|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||SA: Ø77 x 94 mm|
|Materials:||High-quality plastic barrel, metallic mount|
|Filter size:||67 mm|
Design and Features
Sigma is a comparatively small Japanese manufacturer of camera lenses for popular SLR and mirrorless mounts, with the philosophy “small office, big factory” (in other words: small administration team, big engineering team). All Sigma’s lenses are produced at company’s sole factory in Aizu (Japan) mostly from domestic materials. In 1980s and 90s the company was regarded as a third-party manufacturer of budget lenses which were usually considered as inferior substitutes to the models from the camera manufacturers. However, times change. Due to a weaker yen exchange rate the production costs in Japan are now higher compared to the countries like China, Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam, that’s why Sigma had to focus on the high-end products rather than high-volume products and in terms of quality the company now wants to be seen as a premium brand.
In 2012 Sigma reorganized all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines – “Art”, “Contemporary” and “Sports”. Each line has its own concept. “Art” lenses are developed for creative photography and with priority to performance over size, weight and cost. This category is comprised of large-aperture prime lenses and (ultra) wide-angle lenses and will be extended in the future by fishey lenses and macro lenses. “Contemporary” line consists of zoom lenses and, while not being a line of low-end products, is based on a compromise between size, weight, price and performance. Finally, “Sports” line is currently a set of telephoto zoom lenses and super telephoto prime lens with excellent optical performance designed for shooting primarily action sports. Telephoto and super telephoto prime lenses will extend this line in the future.
The “Art”, “Contemporary” and “Sports” lines make up Sigma’s concept called Global Vision. All Global Vision lenses are optimized for high-resolution DSLR cameras.
Sigma 35mm F/1.4 DG HSM | A is the first lens in the company’s “Art” line. The lens is designed as a high-quality but more affordable alternative to the models from the camera manufacturers. The obvious competitor of this lens in Canon’s lineup is EF 35mm F/1.4L USM (1998).
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, made of high-quality plastic (TSC). The lens mount is metallic. In terms of build quality and design Sigma Global Vision line is a new direction for the company: cosmetically the lens differs from the earlier models and looks attractive. The focusing ring is wide, rubberized and finely-ribbed in order to provide a good grip and to prevent slippage of the fingers.
The lens features AF/MF focus mode switch.
|AF||Autofocus mode with Full-Time Manual Focus.|
|MF||Manual focus mode.|
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 67 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor, the autofocus is virtually silent and fast.
The lens is compatible with Sigma USB dock, an optional accessory which allows to connect the lens to a computer and customize its operation via Sigma Optimization Pro software. The customization for this lens includes updates of firmware via the Internet and autofocus microadjustments for 4 shooting distances
Sigma also offers paid Mount Conversion Service (MCS) for this lens. With MCS, the mount of the lens can be converted to Canon EF, Minolta/Sony A, Nikon F, Pentax K or Sigma SA. Teleconverters, USB docks and other accessories for this lens are not eligible for MCS.
Aspherical elements (ASPH, XA) minimize spherical aberration, astigmatism, coma and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
Low dispersion elements (AD, ED, LD, HLD, SD, UD etc) and fluorite elements minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
The lens incorporates a floating system that provides correction of aberrations and ensures constantly high image quality at the entire range of focusing distances from infinity down to the closest focusing distance. Learn more
The sharpness is excellent at the center of the frame already wide open! The edges are very good wide open and excellent from F/2.8. The background blur is pretty smooth and pleasant at large apertures.
|Camera||Nikon D3X||Canon EOS 5D mark II||Canon EOS 1Ds mark III|
|Sensor size||35.9×24 mm||36×24 mm||36×24 mm|
|Distortion||-0.9 %||-0.9 %||-1.09 %|
|Vignetting at F/1.4||-2.05 EV||-2.65 EV||-3.16 EV|
Typical Application1) Full to mid-body portraits
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 2 MB|
|Prime lenses for Canon EOS DSLR cameras|
|Pentax lenses: compendium|
Alternatives (AF, 30..40 mm)
|Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II USM||2015||⊗|
|Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L USM||1998||⊗|
|Canon EF 35mm F/2||1990||⊗|
|Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM||2012||⊗|
|Canon EF 40mm F/2.8 STM||2012||⊗|
|HD Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 Limited||2013||⊗|
|Sigma 30mm F/1.4 DC HSM | A||2013||⊗|
|Sigma 30mm F/1.4 EX DC HSM||2005||⊗|
|smc Pentax-DA 35mm F/2.4 AL||2010||⊗|
|smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 Limited||2004||⊗|
|smc Pentax-DA 40mm F/2.8 XS||2012||⊗|
|Sony 35mm F/1.4 G (SAL35F14G)||2006||⊗|
|Sony DT 35mm F/1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)||2010||⊗|
|Tamron SP AF 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD F012||2015||⊗|