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

reviewer#12027 date: Nov-8-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Sony 16-50 f/2.8
Minolta 24mm f/2.8
Minolta 24-105
price paid:$900.00 USD
positive:Scary sharp from f/1.4! Very solid build and a joy to use. Shooting directly into Sun or other bright light gives only a tiny amount of flare.
negative:Heavy and expensive (for me). A bit big for street work, but I use it anyway! AF is ... deliberate. I've only used it on the A77II (purchased at the same time) so there may be a setting or two I need to adjust for quicker AF.
comment:This lens is spoiling me! It is a joy to use and the sharpness and detail in the image is amazing. It may actually be sharper than reality. The build is solid and smooth. The fit and finish is excellent. I have tried shooting into very bright light such as the Sun or reflections on water. There is a small amount of green flare in that situation, but not as much as you might expect. I've only had this lens for about a month and it can be a challenge to work at f/1.4. I did a small micro-adjust and it seems perfect on the A77II.

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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