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

reviewer#36793 date: Mar-23-2017
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 G 35mm 1.4
Sigma Art 50mm 1.4
price paid:600
positive:1) Like virtually every Sigma Art, sharpness, detail and micro-contrast are there to beat the band. Sharp even wide open, and very sharp stopped down just to f2.0. Excellent performance in the corners.
2) Excellent build quality
3) Superb value for the money, offering better performance than Sony G 35mm 1.4 for less money.
4) Good control over CA, pretty minimal distortion, moderate vignetting wide open, disappearing on stopping down.
5) Pretty good bokeh, particularly at anything under 2.0.
6) Very easy to MFA given USB dock.
negative:1) Weight– Relatively heavy for a 35mm lens, not unexpected given Sigma Art design priorities.
2) May not be available much longer for Alpha mount. Some indications that Sigma may stop manufacturing all lenses for A mount.
comment:This is another value homerun from Sigma. It's really the only first-rate 35mm prime currently available for Alpha mount at this point. Sony G 35 1.4 is a much older design (going back to the late 80's), really never gets terribly sharp in the corners, and has to be stopped down a full stop or more to be competitive with the Sigma Art 35. The Sony G does have some nice virtues including very smooth bokeh and great color and central sharpness. But for most street shooting, this is the better lens, and for less money.

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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