Introduction

The Sigma 35mm F1.Four DG DN Artwork is a designed-for-mirrorless companion to the corporate’s first International Imaginative and prescient lens, the 35mm F1.Four DG HSM Artwork from 2012. It is obtainable for each the L-mount shared by Leica, Panasonic and Sigma, in addition to for Sony E-mount and can work on each full-frame or APS-C cameras.

Its 35mm focal size and vivid aperture make it well-suited to weddings, occasions and avenue pictures, the place its smaller, lighter design relative to adapting the 2012 model to mirrorless cameras is a particular plus. And it has potential as a video lens as effectively, though with a caveat which we’ll focus on shortly.

Obtainable from mid-Could 2021, checklist pricing is ready at $899.

All photographs edited in Adobe Digital camera Uncooked 13 with changes restricted to white steadiness, publicity, highlights, shadows, white and black ranges. Sharpening and noise discount at ACR defaults.



Key specs:

  • Mount: Sony E-mount and Leica/Panasonic/Sigma L-mount
  • Focal size: 35mm (52.5mm with APS-C crop)
  • Aperture vary: F1.4 – F16
  • Stabilization: No
  • Filter thread: 67mm
  • Shut focus: 0.3m (11.8″)
  • Most magnification: 0.19x
  • Diaphragm blades: 11
  • Hood: Included
  • Weight: E-mount 640g (1.41 lb); L-mount 645g (1.42 lb)
  • Optical development: 15 components in 11 teams (2 SLD, 1 ELD, 1 FLD, 2 aspherical)
ISO 800 | 1/2000 sec | F1.4 | Sony a7R IV
Picture by Jordan Drake

The ‘unique’ 35mm F1.Four Artwork from 2012 was designed to be used with D/SLR cameras, whose gross sales at that time nonetheless dwarfed these of the fledgling mirrorless market. It was subsequently modified for compatibility with E-mount and L-mount mirrorless cameras as effectively, however this compatibility got here on the expense of elevated weight and barrel size, to account for the decreased flange-back distance of the mirrorless methods.

Against this, the brand new lens is designed particularly to make the most of the shorter flange-back distance of mirrorless cameras.

ISO 100 | 1/640 sec | F4 | Panasonic S1R
Picture by Dan Bracaglia

It is not fairly the night-and-day distinction we noticed with the current Sigma 85mm F1.Four DG DN Artwork, but it surely’s nonetheless fairly noticeable. In comparison with the sooner variations of the 35mm F1.Four Artwork lens, this new mannequin has shrunk by 8mm (0.3″) in size, and shed a not insignificant 110-115g (3.9-4.1 oz) in weight.

In addition to the sooner lens, which stays obtainable as of this writing for a reduced value of $799, the brand new 35mm F1.Four DG DN has a number of different direct opponents. The Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN and 35mm F1.2 DG DN for instance can be found for each E-mount and L-mount. And for Sony shooters, the superb Sony FE 35mm F1.Four G Grasp lens is certainly worthy of consideration.

ISO 100 | 1/1000 sec | F1.4 | Panasonic S1R
Picture by Dan Bracaglia

Sigma’s 35mm F2 is extra consumer-friendly, with a barely much less vivid aperture and weather-sealing solely on the lens mount, but it surely’s smaller, lighter and at $639, prices virtually a 3rd much less.

The Sigma 35mm F1.2, in the meantime, is rather a lot bigger, weighs practically twice as a lot and at $1499 prices round two-thirds greater than the F1.4. However you additionally get a good brighter aperture with shallower depth of area and a fast HSM autofocus drive.

ISO 100 | 1/2000 sec | F3.2 | Panasonic S1R
Picture by Dan Bracaglia

And for Sony E-mount shooters, the Gold Award-winning Sony FE 35mm F1.Four GM strikes us as near-perfect should you can stretch to its $1399 price-tag. Its focal size and most aperture are equivalent, but it surely’s virtually 20% lighter, 16mm (0.6″) shorter, focuses considerably sooner and matches or exceeds the Sigma’s picture high quality in all respects.

In comparison with…

Sigma 35mm F1.Four DG DN Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN Sony 35mm F1.Four GM

Worth (MSRP)

$899 $639 $1499 $1399
Mount(s) Sony E / Leica L Sony E / Leica L Sony E / Leica L Sony E solely
Optical development 15 components, 11 teams 10 components, 9 teams 17 components, 12 teams 14 components, 10 teams
Aperture blades 11 9 11 11
Climate sealed Sure Sure, mount-gasket solely Sure Sure
AF drive Stepping motor Stepping motor Hypersonic motor XD linear motor
Minimal focus distance / max magnification 0.30 m (11.8″) / 0.19x 0.27 m (10.6) / 0.18x 0.30 m (11.8″) / 0.20x 0.25 m (9.8) / 0.26x
Filter dimension 67mm 58mm 82mm 67mm
Diameter x Size
(no hood)

E-mount:
76mm x 112mm (3.0″ x 4.4″)

L-Mount:
76mm x 110mm (3.0″ x 4.3″)

E-mount:
70mm x 67mm (2.8″ x 2.7″)

L-Mount:
70mm x 65mm (2.8″ x 2.6″)

E-mount:
88mm x 138mm (3.5″ x 5.4″)

L-Mount:
88mm x 136mm (3.5″ x 5.4″)

76mm x 96mm (3.0″ x 3.8″)
Weight

E-mount:
640g (22.6oz)

L-mount:
645g (22.8oz)

Each mounts:
325g (11.5oz)

E-mount:
1080g (38.1oz)

L-mount:
1090g (38.4oz)

524g (18.5oz)

Dealing with

The Sigma 35mm F1.Four DG DN Artwork is not fairly as compact and light-weight as we’d have anticipated, on condition that it is designed particularly for mirrorless. In comparison with the unique DSLR-oriented 35mm F1.4, its barrel diameter is close to indistinguishable and its weight has solely dropped by round 20-25 grams (0.7-0.9 ounces). As famous within the earlier part, the scale and weight benefit versus the mirrorless variant of Sigma’s older design is slightly extra noticeable, nevertheless.

Steadiness of the E-mount model on our Sony a7R IV physique is pretty good. It is just a little bit front-heavy, largely as a result of whereas its weight hasn’t fallen a lot, mirrorless our bodies are usually a bit lighter than DSLRs. However regardless, we did not discover the pairing uncomfortable to shoot with. With that stated, it would show a bit ungainly with smaller, lighter our bodies like the unique Sony a7/R.

On bigger L-mount our bodies like Panasonic’s S1 and S1R, the Sigma 35mm balances actually properly: you might discover it a bit front-heavy on the extra petite S5, however basically, the well-sized grips on Panasonic’s cameras assist make this lens really feel a bit much less heavy than it’s.

Construct high quality is sweet, as we have come to count on from Sigma’s current prime lenses. The magnesium alloy-bodied 35mm F1.Four feels very rugged, with a well-constructed, premium really feel. Its bodily controls – and particularly the big, nicely-damped, buttery-smooth focus ring – reinforce that feeling.

In addition to the main focus ring, there are 5 different controls. An aperture ring lets you dial in your chosen aperture immediately, and an unlabeled swap on the suitable aspect of the lens barrel can be utilized both to lock the ring in its Auto place or, thoughtfully, to lock it out of the Auto place so you do not unintentionally stray past F16 into auto mode.

The ‘Auto’ place on the aperture ring will management aperture, effectively, routinely should you’re in Program Auto or Shutter Precedence modes, for instance, however will merely cross off aperture management to a digicam command dial should you’re in Aperture Precedence or full Guide management.

On the left aspect of the barrel, prime to backside, you will discover a focus mode swap, an autofocus lock button and a “Click on” swap. This final can be utilized to de-click the aperture ring for {smooth}, stepless aperture management. As for the AF lock button, it is customizable and may be modified to offer for numerous different features, though the exact choice on supply can be dependent upon your digicam physique.

There is not any in-lens picture stabilization, although this is not an particularly frequent function on 35mm primes (Canon and Tamron providing exceptions right here). The Sigma does embody complete sealing in opposition to mud and moisture. In all there are 11 seals, and these defend each swap, ring, button and be part of between elements, in addition to the interface between lens mount and digicam physique.

Up entrance, there is a 67mm filter thread. That is each the identical dimension used within the SLR-oriented lens from 2012, and likewise a standard dimension that ought to show simple to search out at an reasonably priced value.

It is also price noting that the L-mount variant of the Sigma 35mm F1.Four DG DN helps the corporate’s non-obligatory USB dock, which can be utilized each to replace firmware as needed, and to tune the velocity/sensitivity of the main focus ring to your tastes. As of this writing, no equal dock accent is accessible for Sigma’s E-mount lenses, however firmware may be additionally up to date through the digicam for each E and L-mounts.

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Autofocus and focus respiratory

The Sigma 35mm F1.4’s autofocus is pushed by a stepping motor, however because it has to maneuver solely a single focusing ingredient, focusing speeds are affordable and focus transitions in video are very {smooth}. Nevertheless, stills shooters used to sooner, extra fashionable linear motor speeds could also be disenchanted by acquisition and steady focusing speeds.

Macro focusing is feasible to a decent minimal distance of 30 cm (11.8″), which is ample to offer a most magnification of 0.19x (1:5.4).

ISO 100 | 1/8000 sec | F1.4 | Sony a7R IV
Picture by Chris Niccolls

If you happen to desire to make use of AF to get within the ballpark after which fine-tune focus manually, you will be happy to listen to that direct handbook focus is accessible always just by rotating the main focus ring, without having to flick switches first. After all, you may as well disable autofocus completely with the main focus mode swap if you wish to forego AF altogether.

The one vital unhealthy information on the focusing entrance can be of relevance to videographers, slightly than nonetheless shooters. Sadly, the 35mm F1.Four DG DN displays fairly heavy focus respiratory, which gives the look that you just’re zooming out and in as the main focus distance is adjusted. The excellent news for video shooters, at the least as long as you possibly can stay with the main focus respiratory situation, is that AF may be very quiet.

ISO 320 | 1/60 sec | F1.4 | Panasonic S5
Picture by Barney Britton

And in equity, Sigma’s strongest E-mount rival, the otherwise-superb (and way more costly) Sony 35mm F1.Four G Grasp additionally exhibits vital focus respiratory, albeit not fairly as strongly as on this lens. However it nonetheless appears like a little bit of a missed alternative for Sigma to distinguish itself from its rival, and is one thing of an Achilles’ heel on the video entrance.

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Picture high quality

For the reason that launch of its International Imaginative and prescient program in 2012, Sigma has constructed a status for nice picture high quality. Each International Imaginative and prescient lens is individually checked for optical defects on a custom-made, in-house testing rig, and that coupled with wonderful optical designs has seen a few of its lenses outperforming even first-party glass. In most respects, the Sigma 35mm F1.Four DG DN would not disappoint both, with solely a few minor issues and really spectacular sharpness even when capturing wide-open.

Sharpness

ISO 100 | 1/1600 sec | F4 | Panasonic S1R
Picture by Dan Bracaglia

When centered within the heart of the body, the Sigma 35mm F1.Four delivers nice element and even the corners are solely very barely softer extensive open. There is a slight haze to the picture, or lack of distinction, extensive open, however stopping down simply barely to F2.Eight is ample to get a fantastically sharp picture throughout the entire body. Peak sharpness is reached by F4.

Alternatively, focusing within the nook does assist barely if that is the place you most want sharpness and you like to shoot wide-open slightly than stopping down just a little. Put one other manner, any edge softness that you just see extensive open in brick wall pictures centered on the heart is probably going irrelevant should you use a contemporary mirrorless system and place your AF level on the exact location of your off-center topic.

Bokeh

The 35mm F1.Four DG DN’s 11-bladed aperture yields nicely-rounded bokeh not simply wide-open, however at the same time as you cease all the way down to F4. And that bokeh may be very clear, as effectively, with no seen onion ring or cleaning soap bubble results. Sigma has come a great distance in making certain that bokeh that doesn’t seem busy even on the macro degree in current designs, and it exhibits; viewing the picture in its entirety under, the out-of-focus background seems pleasingly {smooth}.

ISO 100 | 1/160 sec | F1.4 | Sony a7R IV
Picture by Jordan Drake

Cat’s eye impact is a matter, although, yielding football-shaped (or for non-Individuals, rugby ball-shaped) bokeh, and never simply within the corners however virtually to the middle of the body at F1.4.

Stopping down helps, however cat’s eye is all the time an element with this lens. Relying in your tastes and subject material, it could possibly both lend a dynamic look to your photographs or you might really feel that it is busy and distracting.

ISO 200 | 1/1600 sec | F1.4 | Sony a7R IV
Picture by Jordan Drake

Flare, ghosting and sunstars

Sigma consists of an upgraded plastic, petal-style lens hood within the bundle with its new 35mm F1.4, and it options each a really good, partly rubberized barrel and a safer button-locked bayonet attachment.

ISO 100 | 1/25 sec | F16 | Sony a7R IV
Picture by Chris Niccolls

Lens flare may be very effectively managed, however with the solar in or close to the body, you possibly can nonetheless get fairly a little bit of ghosting. Sunstars are fairly effectively outlined when stopped down, offering a pleasant impact as long as you possibly can stay with the ghosting that comes hand-in-hand with them.

Longitudinal chromatic aberration (fringing)

Click on or faucet by way of to see only a little bit of fringing on the chainlink fence on the center-left portion of the body. ISO 100 | 1/8000 sec | F1.4 | Sony a7R IV
Picture by Chris Niccolls

The 35mm F1.Four DG DN Artwork is susceptible to just a little little bit of longitudinal chromatic aberration, also referred to as LoCA, though that is frequent for many lenses of this kind (and its efficiency is much better than the unique 2012-era 35mm F1.Four Artwork lens for D/SLR). The place it seems, LoCA presents as magenta fringing in entrance of the main focus airplane, and inexperienced fringing behind it, and these coloured fringes may be difficult to eliminate in post-processing.

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Conclusion

What we like What we do not
  • Good construct high quality
  • Complete weather-sealing
  • Lockable, declickable aperture ring
  • Customizable AF Lock button
  • Very quiet autofocus
  • Actually sharp, even wide-open within the corners
  • Very clear, nicely-rounded bokeh, even stopped down
  • Good sunstars
  • Nice flare resistance
  • Rubberized, lockable lens hood
  • Not considerably smaller or lighter than its DSLR equal
  • Autofocus velocity is on the gradual aspect
  • Heavy focus respiratory
  • Slight lack of distinction extensive open
  • Susceptible to cat’s eye bokeh even in the direction of the middle and when stopped down
  • Some longitudinal CA seen as magenta / inexperienced fringing
  • Susceptible to ghosting

On condition that the Sigma 35mm F1.Four DG DN Artwork is accessible on two competing lens mounts, our closing ideas rely to some extent on which mount you are capturing with.

After all its picture high quality, AF efficiency, dealing with and construct are basically equivalent on each mounts, however the competitors on every mount differs, and E-mount shooters have entry to Sony’s actually wonderful 35mm F1.Four G Grasp lens, albeit at the next price-tag than Sigma’s rival.

ISO 100 | 1/160 sec | F2.8 | Panasonic S1R
Picture by Dan Bracaglia

Each E-mount and L-mount variations of the Sigma 35mm F1.Four are very sharp lenses, and in most respects can ship nice picture high quality even when capturing wide-open. Though there are points with ghosting and cat’s eye, in lots of conditions you’ll work round these.

And whereas it is maybe a tad front-heavy on smaller our bodies, dealing with is in any other case wonderful. We’re followers of the lockable aperture ring, silky-smooth focus ring and rubberized, lockable lens hood specifically.

ISO 100 | 1/160 sec | F8 | Panasonic S5
Picture by Barney Britton

An even bigger concern is the Sigma’s modest autofocus efficiency, particularly when in comparison with Sony’s very swift-focusing G Grasp lens should you’re an E-mount shooter. And videographers may even need to keep in mind its vital focus respiratory, though that is additionally a difficulty for the Sony lens to a considerably lesser extent.

If you happen to’re an L-mount shooter, the Sigma 35mm F1.Four represents a really good choice for reaching a shallow depth-of-field and total good picture high quality whereas staying on an affordable finances. The Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN can be worthy of consideration, however you will have to spend so much extra and work out your biceps for the advantages it could possibly convey.

ISO 100 | 1/4000 sec | F2 | Panasonic S1R
Picture by Dan Bracaglia

However for E-mount shooters, we predict the Sony 35mm F1.Four GM represents a good higher choice due to its smaller, lighter physique, sooner AF, lack of ghosting and lesser cat’s eye and fringing; should you can abdomen the considerably larger value.

If it is merely past your finances, although, there is definitely a lot to love within the crisp outcomes delivered by the Sigma, even when capturing wide-open.

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E-mount model with Sony a7R IV

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