Intro

The Sigma 35mm f2 DG DN is a compact prime lens designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and, on the time of testing, obtainable in Sony e and Leica L-mounts. The 35mm f2 DG DN was launched in December 2020 alongside a 24mm f3.5 DG DN and 65mm f2 DG DN as a part of Sigma’s new I collection, which additionally contains the present 45mm f2.Eight DG DN. These 4 lenses are additionally members of Sigma’s Modern collection, positioned beneath the flagship Artwork vary, however nonetheless able to glorious outcomes. What differentiates the I collection from different Modern fashions are their compact sizes and a few fascinating design concepts.

On this assessment I’ll take a look at the brand new 35mm which after all delivers gentle wide-angle protection, making it an ideal general-purpose lens. Huge sufficient to seize bigger views or simpler group pictures than an ordinary 50mm, however avoiding the distortion of shorter lenses. Some discover 35s boring, however others discover them massively versatile. I fall into the latter group and if I solely had one lens, it must be a 35, so the query then is which one to purchase? In my video beneath I’ll present you ways the 35mm f2 DG DN measures-up and the way you would possibly use it in follow. The video incorporates all my outcomes and comparisons, however for those who desire a written model of the highlights, hold scrolling!

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Above: The brand new Sigma 35mm f2 DG DN joins a crowded market, significantly for Sony e-mount homeowners. Sigma now has two actually native 35s for mirrorless cameras with the f2 and f1.2 DG DN fashions, plus an older f1.Four DSLR-design with a built-in adapter. Tamron has a comparatively low-cost 35mm f2.Eight with 1:2 closeups, Zeiss has the handbook focus f2 Loxia, whereas Samyang has three fashions, a compact 35 2.8, a quick 35 1.Four and a brand new 35 1.8; on the time of writing, Viltrox was additionally rumoured to be launching a 35 f1.Eight within the e-mount with autofocus. In the meantime Sony additionally has three full-frame 35s pictured above, from the tiny FE 35mm f2.Eight that helped launch the A7 collection to the high-end FE 35mm f1.4, each coincidentally collaborations with Zeiss. However the brand new Sigma 35 f2 is closest of all to the Sony FE 35mm f1.8, and whereas there are minor variations in light-gathering, dimensions and weight, the 2 are very comparable prospects with comparable worth tags too.

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Above: Within the L-mount, there’s far fewer choices as on the time of testing, neither Leica nor Panasonic had launched a 35mm prime. As such it’s right down to Sigma alone for now which, together with the tailored 35 f1.4, now affords two native fashions: the sooner 35mm f1.2 DG DN, and the newest 35mm f2 DG DN.

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Above: Sigma loaned me the L-mount model for this video, so I’ll evaluate it instantly in opposition to the f1.2 mannequin and for good measure I attempted them on each Sigma’s personal fp physique in addition to Panasonic’s Lumix S5.

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Above: When you’re a Sony proprietor, worry not, for all my optical outcomes right here equally apply to the e-mount model, and once more as a ultimate manufacturing mannequin, we’re going to be taking a detailed take a look at the standard.

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Above: However first the design which represents a departure from most trendy mirrorless lenses, particularly for the Sony and Leica mounts. For the I collection, Sigma’s opted for compact barrels with metallic development which are harking back to classic lenses from the surface, however with totally trendy optics inside. They remind me of a cross between a Zeiss Loxia and one in every of Leica’s basic lenses, which ought to definitely enhance the attraction to homeowners of Leica L-mount our bodies.

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Above: The Sigma 35mm f2 measures simply 70mm in diameter, 65mm lengthy and weighs 325g which can be 45g heavier than the Sony 35 f1.Eight however each stay small and light-weight lenses which are good matches for compact our bodies. I personally most popular the metallic development and retro styling of the Sigma, and just like the Sony it’s additionally mud and moisture resistant together with a rubber grommet on the mount. When it comes to controls there’s a chunky swap for handbook and autofocus, a clicky aperture ring that labored on my fp and S5, and a slim however very clean motor-assisted handbook focusing ring. In the meantime the filter thread measures 58mm. I must also point out focusing was primarily silent, and when taking pictures pictures it felt swift and correct.

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Above: Simply evaluate it to the heft of Sigma’s different native 35mm, the mighty f1.2 ART which measures 88x136mm, weighs 1090g and prices round 1500 {dollars} or kilos. I am keen on the potential of the 35 1.2, however it’s a big lens to accommodate, making the 35 f2 a way more sensible, to not point out extra reasonably priced walkaround possibility.

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Above: Sigma’s additionally had some enjoyable with the equipment, supplying the 35 f2 with a cultured metallic lens hood that continues the ribbed styling of the lens.

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Above: It additionally comes with not one however two lens caps, a conventional plastic one with the same old pinch spring mechanism and a brand new metallic cap which makes use of magnets to remain in place. It’ll maintain agency throughout transportation, though can’t be used with filters nor simply when the hood’s connected. It’s a enjoyable addition which provides to the persona of the I collection, however I principally caught with the hood and plastic cap for my time with the lens. 

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Above: Now let’s dive into the optical outcomes which once more apply to the Sony model. To check sharpness throughout the body I shot this distant scene with the 35 f2 on a Sigma fp with the scene angled in order that particulars ran proper into the corners the place lenses wrestle probably the most. 

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Above: Let’s take a better take a look at the centre of this picture taken with the aperture wide-open at f2 and as you’ll be able to see there’s plenty of positive element right here. 

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Above: Closing the aperture one cease to f2.Eight delivers a small increase in sharpness which doesn’t enhance any extra as you close-down additional, however general I’d be very pleased with the centre efficiency wide-open which you’ll see once more right here again to the utmost f2. 

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Above: Now transferring into the nook, you’ll see there’s no softness to complain about even at f2 and the largest distinction as I progressively shut the aperture is a discount in nook darkening on account of vignetting. As a sidenote, like most compact mirrorless lenses, the I collection exploits lens profiles to right geometric distortion and cut back vignetting, so you’ll want to have them enabled within the digicam or your RAW processing software program. I confirmed they had been engaged on my fp and S5 our bodies for in-camera JPEGs.

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Above: Let’s now evaluate it to the 35mm f1.2 at f1.2 and the very first thing you’ll discover is how the f1.2 lens is definitely delivering a barely tighter subject of view. It’s common to search out two lenses of the identical quoted focal size truly delivering barely totally different protection, and whereas it’s not that vital, I at all times like to incorporate it out of curiosity.

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Above: Now right here’s a detailed take a look at the centre of each lenses at their most apertures, and I’d say the 35mm f2 on the left is a tad sharper than the 1.2 on the fitting…

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Above: though for those who shut the f1.2 mannequin to f2, it takes a minor lead. In the end although not a lot to inform them aside right here until you’re pixel-peeping.

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Above: Now for the corners of each lenses once more at their most apertures, and I’ve cropped the identical space of each pictures which due to the marginally tighter view of the 1.2 lens is displaying a barely totally different part of the topic. As you’ll be able to see they’re each delivering an honest diploma of element within the nook and once more there’s little to decide on between them. Closing the 1.2 mannequin to f2 reduces the nook darkening on account of vignetting, however doesn’t carry any increase to element, so once more I’m calling it an approximate draw.

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Above: Subsequent right here’s a portrait shot to check them at a better distance and to see the potential for blurring within the background. First right here’s the 35mm f2 at f2.

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Above: Now for the 35 1.2 at 1.2 which was taken from the identical place the place once more you’ll be able to see the marginally tighter protection of this lens. Each had been taken with the Lumix S5 utilizing face and eye detection.

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Above: Putting them side-by-side and the good thing about the bigger aperture coupled with a barely greater magnification unsurprisingly provides the 35 1.2 on the fitting the shallowest depth-of-field. The standard of the blurring, or bokeh, of the 1.2 lens can be extra engaging to me, with softer edges and a much less busy impact, however the 35 f2 on the left is definitely able to first rate topic separation at this distance and each lenses are additionally delivering very crisp particulars on my eyes.

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Above: Closing the 1.2 lens on the fitting to f2 broadens the depth-of-field, bringing extra of my face into focus however after all decreasing the dimensions of the bokeh blobs. They’re nonetheless a bit of bigger than the f2 on the left on account of its barely larger magnification, however stay a bit of softer edged too. The 1.2 stays an incredible lens when shot wide-open, delivering shallower depth-of-field results than most large lenses. It actually brings one thing particular to occasions, however for me it’s too hefty as a common walkaround lens.

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Above: Because the greatest optical distinction between the 2 lenses regards potential for depth-of-field, my third and ultimate comparability considerations bokeh blobs for closeups and proper now you’re wanting on the 35mm f2 at f2. Each lenses gratifyingly permit first rate close-focusing, with the f2 mannequin getting as shut as 27cm, which whereas 5cm additional than the Sony 35 1.Eight remains to be very helpful.

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Above: Now for the Sigma 35 f2 on the left and 35 1.2 on the fitting, each from the identical distance the place once more the 1.2 reveals a barely larger magnification. However with each lenses set to their most apertures, there’s no contest for bokeh blob dimension with the 35 1.2 after all taking a big lead.

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Above: However as I shut the apertures on each, keep watch over the perimeters and shapes. First with the 1.2 closed to f1.4…

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Above: And now with them each at f2. As apertures shut, cats-eye formed blobs usually grow to be smaller and extra round, though can even reveal the geometric form of the aperture blade system within the lens. These shapes typically grow to be extra apparent the extra the aperture is closed from the utmost worth, which may give extra modest aperture lenses just like the f2 a bonus as at f2.Eight for instance, it’s solely closed by one cease in comparison with greater than two stops on the f1.2. In the end the Sigma 35 1.2 can after all ship the shallowest depth-of-field, however the worth you pay is heft and a actually greater price. Bokeh fanatics will discover it onerous to withstand however most of us can be very glad by the outcomes from the Sigma 35 f2.

Test costs on the Sigma 35mm f2 DG DN at B&H, AdoramaWEX or Calumet.de. Alternatively get your self a duplicate of my In Digital camera ebook or deal with me to a espresso! Thanks!

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