Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN Contemporary E-mount lens review by onsplekkie

reviewer#45654 date: Mar-3-2021
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:1.4/35 Sony Zeiss ZA
2/35mm Zeiss Loxia FE
2.8/35mm Sony FE
1.8/35 Sony FE
1.7/35mm Voigtlander Ultron VM
1.4/35mm Samyang UMC
1.4/35mm Nikon Ais
1.4/35mm Contax Zeiss
a few other vintage 35mm lenses
price paid:619 euro (new)
positive:Shaprness wide open in centre & middle of the frame. Few clicks on the aperture makes it very sharp even into the extreme corners.
Colours have plenty contrast, like my loxia 2.8/21.
Build of the lens is great, mix between Loxia & modern Voigtlander
Great fit for A7iii body
negative:In more difficult lighting conditions (backlit) the lens struggles a bit to keep colours neutral/pleasant, more so then my loxia & voigtlander lenses.
Sunhood a bit big & feels a bit awkward when using manual focus
Distortion should be 4,5 rating. Good for 35mm but it's noticeable (no lens profile for RAW yet)
comment:Somehow this lens takes the best part of all lenses above mentioned. Sharpness & redering like the Voigtlander 1.7/35 wide open, contrast & build like the Zeiss ZA, AF & size of the Sony 1.8/35. That is a lot for a smallish lens.

now sold; the 35GM has taken it's place in my bag. Still, for the money this lens almost equals the GM; par the f/1.4 speed.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.75 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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