Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art A-mount lens review by Parker

reviewer#11194 date: Jun-16-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28-70 G
Minolta 28mm
price paid:
positive:Feels solid
Nice colors
Beautiful bokeh
negative:Does not benefit from the full a99 focusing capabilities
comment:I’ve had this lens on an a99 for two weeks now. My only grief is that it cannot make full use of the complete a99 autofocus capability. This being said, I don’t have buyer’s remorse.

I’ve been trying the lens with my young grand kids playing as models and with no flash. The results in good lighting are really good; external shots of kids playing (high speed, f between 8 and 16) are sharp and the colors full and deep. Bokeh at f 8 is soft and really nice.

Indoor shots with poor lighting (no flash) at f 1.4 to 2 and at 1/60th of kids playing (at a distance of a yard or so) was, at first, a disappointment; I have been getting a number of out of focus shots. I then realized that I was getting a higher average of good shots when compared to any of my old Minolta lenses under similar circumstances. Again the colors came out great; I shot in RAW, use Aperture and I didn’t have to make any corrections post edition.

This lens will most certainly become my favorite for street photography as it is much lighter than the ageing Minolta 28-70 G I’ve been (ab)using!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 18
  • sharpness: 4.81
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.78
  • distortion: 4.94
  • flare control: 4.94
  • overall: 4.86 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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