Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art E-mount lens review by nixnutz

reviewer#46963 date: Oct-29-2023
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:Sigma 1.4/28
Sigma 1.4/35
Sigma 1.4/50
Sigma 1.4/105
price paid:600 EUR
positive:Between 35 and 50
CA control
Tuned for IQ
negative:Size and weight
comment:It is very, very heavy and bulky for a 40mm. That's the only issue.

IQ is great in all regards. I find the Bokeh OK. Sharpness and CA control is why I use it most of the time instead of the 35 and the 50, if I don't mind the weight. Yes, it is neither a 35 nor a 50 but that works fine with me since I can take a step back most of them time and if want to take a wide landscape view, I pick a different lens.

It is a monster like the 105. AF should get the job done most of the time.

The Sigma 1.2/35 is said to be in the same league but at a different price point.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.90 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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