- Editor's Rating
- Cost of Sigma lens vs. cost of Canon, Nikon or Zeiss lens
- Great image quality
- Optional USB dock to update firmware
- Fast autofocus speed
- Lack of weather sealing
Overall, not a bad thing can be said about Sigma's 35mm f1.4 EX. The company surely put a lot of time and effort into the design and it's worth every penny. The lens is sharp as a razor, a relative speed-demon when it comes to focusing, and has some beautiful image quality.
The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Canon lens is the final lens in a family of new lenses branded under Sigma’s “Art” line of lenses. The lens has initially been released for the Canon EF mount, but Nikon and all other DSLRs, excluding Pentax and Four Thirds, will, be supported in the near future. Priced at $899 at the time of the review, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens is far less expensive than the Canon, Nikon and Zeiss versions which can run $1,200-$1,800.
The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens is made out of a hard plastic, with a svette black exterior and smooth finish for a future-forward design. DigitalCameraReview noted the lens is built to a high quality standard. The lens has a large manual focus ring, but is not waterproof or dustproof, although when reviewed by DCR the lens survived a light drizzle with no problems. The Sigma lens also has an available USB dock that allows users to connect the lens to a computer and update firmware as needed. The price of the USB dock is unavailable at the time of the review.
DCR found the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 to produce “amazingly sharp” images when wide open and noted the lens reaches its pinnacle of sharpness at f5.6. DCR called the lens “one of the best primes we’ve seen for the Canon lineup.” The lens produces very little chromatic aberration, almost no distortion and DCR found the bokeh to be incredible, noting it is “creamier than Canon’s, Nikon’s, Rokinon’s and Sony’s.” DCR also found the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens to be responsive and quick with good autofocus. DCR noted the manual focusing barrel is easy to turn, but did note that experienced photographers may wish it was a little bit smoother. Compared to the Canon 35mm f/1.4, DCR noted Canon is “blown away” by the Sigma lens, which beats Canon in sharpness and bokeh quality and focuses just as fast.
Overall, DCR found that “not a bad thing can be said” about the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens and noted it is “worth every penny.” The lens’ sharpness and speedy focuses led DCR to give it its “fullest recommendation with no contest.”