Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Photo Examples
Today on the blog, I’d like to share some of my initial reactions as well as 10 photos taken with the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens.
I recently sold a telephoto lens to be able to purchase this, after seeing many reviews and forums suggesting that it is a better 35mm f/1.4 than both Canon and Nikon have to offer. I have to say, it really is quite remarkable. I’ve shot with several f/1.4 lenses, and none of them have been sharper wide open than this lens. I will say, I did have to apply some Micro-Focus Adjustment to the lens. This was one of the first lenses I’ve ever had to do that with, but after doing it, the lens is amazingly sharp.
I can rave about it for days and days, but the fact is, this lens isn’t for everyone. It is a fixed focal length, so while the 35mm length is rather versatile, it won’t be the same as using a zoom lens in many circumstances. Also, if you don’t want or need the insane shallow depth of field provided by the f/1.4 aperture, it probably also isn’t a lens for you.
But, if you are like me and enjoy prime lenses and shallow depth of field, this is definitely a lens to look into. It carries a 9 blade aperture, which makes for really nice out of focus areas, as you can see in many of these shots, all of which I believe were shot at f/1.4.
One issue I’ve run into with Sigma lenses is the ability to nail focus from different distances from your subject. But, as you can see in the Cinderella Castle shot above and the rest of the shots in this post, they seem to have found a way to correct that problem with this lens.
Another issue that is very common amongst f/1.4 lenses is large amount of chromatic aberration, or color fringing when shooting wide open. This lens displays less CA than any other bright prime I’ve shot with, which is great because it makes for one less thing to have to correct in Photoshop or Lightroom.
I just love the ‘look’ this lens gets. Certain lenses have a certain pop about them, and this one is no different. I’ve found that with this lens, I do not need to boost contrast or blacks as much as I do with some of my other lenses. It has a very artsy look to it even in the RAW files.
Have I mentioned that it is really, really sharp?
All things considered, I think this lens will serve me much better than my Canon 50mm f/1.4, which up until recently has been my standard “bring one lens only to the park with me” lens. The poor 50mm might be spending more time in the drawer back at home. With the 50mm, I would normally have to stop down to about f/2 to get the sharpness I wanted and also to lose a ‘nervous’ feeling bokeh. With the 35mm, I don’t have that issue. This lens will also be quite nice on a crop sensor body, as with the 1.5 or 1.6x conversion, it comes very close to rendering like a 50mm would on full frame.
This lens will also be quite nice on a crop sensor body, as with the 1.5 or 1.6x conversion, it comes very close to rendering like a 50mm would on full frame.
35mm is a very flexible focal length, and one that works really well as an all around lens, even if you need to zoom with your feet. Having super sharp images at f/1.4 certainly doesn’t hurt either. You can find the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens at Amazon, and it is available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Pentax mount. Thanks for looking!