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Sigma35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras
 
4.9

(based on 306 reviews)

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    (273)

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    (27)

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    (3)

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    (3)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (134)
  • Nice bokeh (131)
  • Strong construction (117)
  • Consistent output (97)
  • Durable (97)

Cons

  • Heavy (65)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Weight (4)
  • Not weather sealed (3)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (139)
  • Weddings (110)
  • Landscape/scenery (73)
  • Night photography (66)
  • Video (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (64), Semi-pro photographer (49), Photo enthusiast (45), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (205), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Stunning

This lens produces images that are absolutely stunning. Color, contrast, sharpness are all incredible. Bokeh is very good, and much better than some reports. I was a bit nervous in ordering this...Read complete review

This lens produces images that are absolutely stunning. Color, contrast, sharpness are all incredible. Bokeh is very good, and much better than some reports. I was a bit nervous in ordering this in that I went through three copies of the 50mm 1.4 lens from Sigma before giving up, each copy having miserable autofocus performance. Got a good copy of the 35mm 1.4 on the first try, autofocus is as accurate if not better as any of my canon lenses, if just a touch slower than a couple of them. The main downside to this lens is that it has made all of my others seem completely inadequate. I own 4 other lenses, and while none of them are top notch, they are generally well respected. Other than this I have a 35mm f2, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 and 24-105 f4, all by Canon. This lens is as sharp wide open as any of those other lenses are stopped down (really). None of those other lenses can touch this one for color or contrast. Images made with this just POP and have a great wow factor. Another downside to this lens is its heft. On my 6D it creates a nice balance between the lens and the body, but overall the two combined are heavy enough to be annoying after a long day of walking/shooting. The focal length and light gathering ability of this lens would make it great for street shooting, however the lens is rather large/long, an mounted to a DSLR, not the least be inconspicuous. If you have any need for this focal length whatsoever (and EVERYONE but bird/safari shooters should), you should strongly consider adding this lens to your arsenal as soon as humanly possible. It is literally so much better than my other lenses that I am selling my 35mm f2 (obviously), my 50mm and 85mm lenses. This obviously doesn't do the same things as an 85mm lens, but the pictures I get from this Sigma lens make the images I get from the 50 and 85mm lenses look incredibly dull and less compelling. I plan to keep the 24-105 for the wide and long ends, and eventually sell that when I stash away enough extra cash money to upgrade to the 24-70mm f2.8II lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Infinity focus issues -

Canon 5D MkIII, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 plus USB focus Dock - lens arrived with significant back-focus at Infinity, short distances good with the focus Dock initially set at 0,0,0,0. Camera body's lens...Read complete review

Canon 5D MkIII, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 plus USB focus Dock - lens arrived with significant back-focus at Infinity, short distances good with the focus Dock initially set at 0,0,0,0. Camera body's lens micro-adjust set to +10 acheived remarkably Excellent sharpness (1', 1.5') and tight zone field at f/1.4,f/2.8.
Other end of the scale is a totally different story: Dock adjusted to -5 at Infinity brings in the proper focus zone... but center sharpness is poor at f/1.4, f/2.8, doesn't clear up until f/5.6 and f/8
Using the MkIII's micro-adjust feature (+10 setting) delivers precise sharpness at 1' and 1.5' (with the Dock at "0, 0" first two zones). Trying to fix Infinity softness using the Dock, -5 focuses at the right distance but image is noticeably soft in the center, doesn't sharpen until f/5.6 or higher.
Has anyone experienced an Infinity sharpness issue with this lens using a Canon body that also micro-adjusts? I can't figure out the right combination. Crisp sharpness at Infinity is a mandate.

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5.0

AMAZING

By Bixby

from San Francisco, CA

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Photography

Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

I rented both the 50mm and 35mm before settling on the 35 and I'm so happy with it. It's a tremendous lens on the 6d. Picture quality is excellent, the lens is solid and a pleasure to use. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone. Great in low light and I love the vignette at f/1.4. Great Bokeh as well. (I tried to upload a picture but the loader was too slow :/ ).

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5.0

Amazing Lens

By photofiend

from Lousiana

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

This lens is near perfection in terms of image output. The best thing about it is how ridiculously sharp it is at f1.4. I bought thinking I would rarely shoot at such a wide aperture, but I shoot that way all the time and it works wonderfully.

The only downside to this lens is the weight. Altho it doesn't look much bigger than a Canon 85mm f1.8, it weighs probably 2 or 3 times as much. The weight alone has me wondering if a Canon 35mm f2 IS might not be a better option for some people overall. But if weight isn't an issue, this lens is perfection.

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5.0

Very nice so far

By Anne

from Nashville, TN

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

I just received this a couple of weeks ago, so I can't comment as to how well it holds up, but so far I am loving it. This lens hasn't come off my camera since it arrived.
It has a nice, substantial feel to it. The image sharpness is great. Overall I am very pleased and would invest in other Sigma products.

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5.0

My New Favorite Lens

By Charles

from Jacksonville, FL

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

    This lens now just lives on my camera as my main go-to lens. Beautiful images, incredible build quality, a lens with a lot of versatility.

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    5.0

    Perfect!

    By Yev

    from Las Vegas

    Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

    I don't know why I Wared so long to get this glass. I can't compare it to any other 35mm lens, but I will say that this lens is amazing. I've shoot 2 weddings and portrait session with this one. Yes, I said portrait. This lens producing very sharp quality images with very little lens distortion! It's relatively light in weight, pretty fast focusing in low light, although had issuer sometimes at 1.4. Yup I shoot at 1.4 sometimes. Over all is great lens, quality made!

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    5.0

    Excellent quality lens

    By amadcow

    from Nashville, TN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

    I mostly use my lens to shoot weddings. This lens is gorgeous...it gives me excellent wide shots, and allows for better close-up photos than my 50. It is a little heavy, but nothing unmanageable. Great lens...I highly recommend it!

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    5.0

    Expectations were exceeded!

    By Anatoliy

    from Reston, VA

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Great "artzy" Results
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Auto-focus Need Adjustmen
    • Heavy
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

    I wanted to have this lens for indoor shooting as a replacement for 50mm F1.4. When received it - I was surprised how "artfull" the lens is! It certainly was not a replacement for 50mm as I thought - it is completely separate and exciting experience for indoor shooting (when you have small space and need to take fairly wide angle without much distortion and Sigma 35mm does really good job there). I also tried it outside and it was perfect as well when you shoot something near you. Autofocus on my Canon 6D needed some micro-adjustments and overall I'd like if AF would be more accurate. Sharpness if great, but you need to be somewhat F2.8 or higher. Overall - I really like this lens!

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    5.0

    Great Lens!

    By Mike

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

        Thanks BandH for the lens! fast shipping, signature required when delivered puts a big relief on the delivery!

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        5.0

        SHARP

        By rdmarque

        from San Diego, CA

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

            Very sharp lens. It spot on with focus, it doesnt hunt as much as I've read others user experience. Construction is top notch, surprised that its not weather proof. Has good weight to it also, it feels balanced when mounted on my Canon 5d mkiii.

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            4.0

            Good Lens

            By LC

            from Michigan

            Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

            Sometimes misses focus but when it catches the product is BEAUTIFUL

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            5.0

            Amazingly Sharp and wide enough

            By Brian

            from Richmond, VA

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

            One of the sharpest lenses I've used. My copy has no focusing issue. Aperture wide open at 1.4 still produces reasonably sharp pictures.

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            5.0

            Yes, works with the Sony A7R II & Metabones.

            By Rocco

            from Oswego, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

              What can I say that already hasn't been said? For the price, this lens is stellar! I actually traded my beloved Zeiss 35mm, F/1.4 Distagon for this Sigma lens (yes, I got money back, this lens is $ more!)IMO, the Sigma Art 35 beats the Distagon, matching its IQ, and ultimately beating it...but the Sigma also giving all important autofocus. I won't lie, the Distagon is the better built lens, and manual focus is beyond a joy with it, but it never produced stellar images (but did produce stellar video.)Something about this particular lens that brings back the magic to photography. I commend Sigma for giving us such an excellent product that is also economical. (Take notice Canon, Zeiss, Nikon, etc.!) For those wondering, this lens works wonders on the Sony A7R II with Metabones IV adapter. Autofocus is as fast on the Sony as it is on my 5d Mark iii (I'm not kidding, just make sure you've updated your firmware on the Metabones IV) I'll put my money where my mouth is, and include a photograph I took with it :)

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              4.0

              Good lens

              By Shredhead

              from Earth

              Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

              Great lens highly highly recommend. Would be 5 stars if price was a little better

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              5.0

              Great Walkaround Lens for Crop

              By Stanley C.

              from Los Angeles, CA

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                I wanted a higher quality prime lens that would work better on the APS-C crop sensor camera that I have; this 35mm is an amazing option. The build quality is pretty good. It has quick autofocus that worked really well when I was doing some street photography (set focus to single-point center and have other settings set for lighting condition), such that I could see something and quickly pick up my camera and take a picture quickly and in focus.

                Naturally, it is a great lens for low light situations given that it is f/1.4 capable.

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                5.0

                Sharpest lens I've ever used

                By NeverBeenCaptured

                from Provo, UT

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Sharp Focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                Before buying this lens I rented one to use for an engagement shoot. The bokeh was gorgeous, the focus was fast, and the 35mm focal length on a crop sensor camera (Canon t3i) was perfect for couples portraits. But the real winner for me is the sharpness. Holy moly this lens is sharp!When I opened the photos on my computer and zoomed in as far as I could, it was like seeing the world through glasses for the first time. This was a major upgrade from any lens I've shot with, including some Canon L-series glass. Every pore and hair was clearly visible.The lens is big and heavy. It feels solid and well-built. The weight may deter some buyers, particularly those who are going to be carrying around multiple primes during the day. So bear that in mind. In the case of my first test shoot, I never traded lenses. I shot the whole session with the 35mm.Last note: the minimum focusing distance is surprisingly close. This isn't technically a macro lens, but it can get some fantastic detail at close range.

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                5.0

                Sigma steps up with Art series

                By shash

                from NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                This is my first Art series lens from Sigma. Always known for their affordability, it means it also came at a price vs the red stripe. The Art series certainly steps up Sigma's game to meet professional expectations at still, affordable pricing.

                Right off the bat, this is a solid lens in build quality, durability (I've knocked it around a few times already), and materials. No more lightweight plastic/rubber feel.

                Sharpness is there through most of the frame wide open and even better on up. You will pay way more for the slight bit extra sharpness from the big L. Same could be said about the focus speed and accuracy. I'm interested in trying the dock to give it a quick calibration but so far, I'm very satisfied.

                I'll use this as my walk around lens and though it's a bit on the heavier side, it's very easy to handle.

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                5.0

                A Perfect Lens

                By Ev

                from Rogers, Arkansas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                This lens is fantastic. I had been eyeing it for some time, and it truly lives up to all of the hype. I aim to have more of a dreamy, creative spin to my work, one with lots of bokeh and room to play with light. This lens delivered on all of those levels and really is an "art" lens. The auto focus is a wee bit slow in my opinion, and it seems to struggle mildly in low lighting, but honestly those are the only cons I can think of. But the pros far outweigh them, as I feel that a lot of lenses at a low f/stop have those characteristics. All in all this is my favorite lens now and I would for sure recommend it!

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                5.0

                Amazing

                By Facundo Luzardo

                from Montevideo, Uruguay

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                  hands down the best 35mm out there.

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                  5.0

                  Exceptional lens

                  By rachel

                  from St Paul, MN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                      I have shot with the Canon 35 1.4 before and this is definitely my favorite. Exceptional quality, sharp images and great quality lens. Love it.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing lens!

                      By Jasper2142

                      from Boston

                      Comments about Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras:

                      Love this lens, I only wish I had bought it sooner! I shoot with a Canon 6D and have been using the Canon 50mm 1.2. I was having trouble shooting in tight spaces and decided I needed a 35mm. I heard great things about the Sigma Art lenses, and rented the lens before I bought it. IN LOVE...fast, sharp, beautiful!

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