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

reviewer#27585 date: May-22-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 FE 28-70
Sony FE 35 f2.8
Sony 35mm F1.8 SAM
price paid:€ 700
positive:Vey good sharpness from wide open
Good ergonomics
Excellent value for money
negative:Slowish AF
Slightly warmer color compared to Sony/Zeiss
No weather sealing
Bokeh depends on taste
comment:There's not a lot to add about this lens to what has already been said.
It is very sharp, and the focus ring is nice and wide; The AF speed is on the slower side, but accurate. The colors are different but not bad.
If you don't need f1.4, there are better (smaller and lighter) options such as the FE 35mm f2.8. For FF A-mount it is an affordable and good option especially for the wide aperture. I wouldn't recommend to adapt this lens on the A7 series if you want fast AF, but it is very accurate. In addition, I can't understand why this lens (and other ART primes) are not weather sealed; these are the easiest lenses to seal because there is only one focus ring and switch but no other external moving parts.
All in all, it is a very sharp and affordable option for the Sony system but it comes with a couple of compromises.

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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