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Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens Review (and comparison vs Canon 35mm 1.4)
Now like the 24mm 1.4 that I reviewed a while back, the 35mm is part of Sigma’s new Art range which is meant to have much better built quality. And does it? Absolutely
The first thing that you notice when you pick up the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens is that it’s heavy. Especially if this is one of your first pro level primes, you’re really gonna notice a difference.
But that weight is a good thing, it really does feel very solid and very nicely manufactured.
For comparison sake here is the Sigma 35mm 1.4 and this lens to the right is the Sigma 30mm 1.4. Perhaps not a huge difference in size, but the weight difference is definitely there.
I really do like the way that these Art lenses are designed, theres no flashy colors and they have a very modern design.
Like you’d expect there is a metallic mount on the back of the the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens and over on the front here, we have one of the nicest focus rings I’ve seen on a lens. It’s large and it’s incredible smooth.
Again there is no weather sealing on these the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lenses but overall the build quality of this Sigma is absolutely incredible, top job.
Field of View:
Again like I tested on the Canon 35mm 1.4, I’ve been using this with a crop sensor body and again it’s proving to be an unusual but fun focal length to use.
At 56mm on a camera like the Canon 70d, it’s a focal length that’s very versatile. Great for a walk around video lens and can even be used for getting some lovely portraits.
And one of the other benefits of using this the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens on a crop body is that vignetting is greatly reduced, which is always good.
Let’s talk about Sharpness for a little bit because the Sigma 35mm 1.4 is actually one of the sharpest lenses I’ve ever tested.
As you can see in these shots, the centre of the image is incredibly sharp, even shooting at a very shallow depth of field at f1.4.
Knock it down to around f2, and the results get even better.
But the great thing about this lens is that you can shoot at f1.4, something that I wasn’t really able to do on the Canon so much because it wasn’t as sharp at it’s widest aperture.
Very impressive Sigma.
Chromatic Aberrations, Flaring & Vignetting:
Let’s just talk quickly about a few technicals now, flaring was prettyy much non existent on the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens which is always nice on days like today which was very sunny.
Chromatic aberation is there, but is actually handled a little bit better I’d say than the 35 1.4 from Canon.
And like I said before on a full frame camera it looks like this lens does vignette quite heavily at f1.4, but throw it on a crop body and it’s no where near as bad.
Now with 9 rounded aperture blades, you’d expect the bokeh of this Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens to be nice, and it is.
And with that f1.4 aperture, it’s actually very easy to get a very shallow depth of field and create that dreamy look in your photos.
As you can see here, the bokeh is really quite round and not too distracting, something that I’m growing to appreciate more and more with these Sigma lenses.