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

(based on 202 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (74)
  • Nice bokeh (73)
  • Strong construction (64)
  • Consistent output (48)
  • Durable (48)

Cons

  • Heavy (35)
  • Weight (4)
  • Not weather sealed (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (86)
  • Weddings (61)
  • Landscape/scenery (41)
  • Night photography (40)
  • Video (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (32), Photo enthusiast (25), Semi-pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (127), Yes (3)

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

Great Lens!

By DJ

from Boise, Idaho

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

So glad I decided to purchase this lens, 50mm is also great but a little tight for for some indoor shots. I do mostly portrait work so this 35mm 1.4 paired with my 85mm 1.8 make a great combo. It's also a great walk around lens it's on my camera 90% of the time. Lens is sharp and IQ is great, would highly recomend it to anyone looking for a 35mm focal length.

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5.0

Perfect for Portrait and Landscape

By Winnie

from Atlanta,Ga

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

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

    This lens is Better than canon L lens 35mm f1.4.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Lens!

    By Churro

    from Cudahy, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This lens is superb. Fast focusing, very sharp images, great low depth of field, and built for perfection. Sigma is coming up!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Amazing Lens

      By Jeramie

      from Reno, NV

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I love this thing. I sold my 24-70 Canon L ii. Simply amazing!

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          • No

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          5.0

          my 70D's best friend

          By raeheartsdesign

          from philadelphia, pa

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

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

          I love this lens. Tack sharp in every situation. Exceptional in low because of the 1.4. It is a little heavy, but not bothersome. I definitely recommend for portraits and family photos.

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          5.0

          Incredible Color + Contrast!

          By RSP Weddings

          from Pensacola, FL

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

          Beautiful lens that is tack sharp even wide open! Looking for the best but don't want to pay for L-Series glass? Look at this! Gorgeous lens!

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          5.0

          I really enjoy this lens

          By Inkidoo

          from Vero Beach, FL

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

          This is my first lens ever. Construction is very nice, solid, heavy in a good way, clean, good locking. Images are great, it is too much Lens for a beginner like me but I am finding no regrets after buying it. At F/1.4 I can see beautiful images. However, the best part is experimenting while learning and doing what you learn from the courses or even friends who know better than you. Really good purchase.

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          5.0

          Favoriate lens

          By szethanyin

          from Toronto

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

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

            Great lens, perfect for landscaping and portraits. I enjoy using this on my Canon 6D for all type of shots. Very sharp and

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            4.0

            It's still a Sigma!

            By njfantastico

            from Roanoke, Va

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

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

              It looks like Canon will release a newer, weather sealed, upgrade to is 35mm soon and when they do, i will dump this model. Much like ALL Sigma lens, this is similar to the rest. It feels cheap, BUT takes quality images. It is a tad sharper than its Canon counterpart, but it still feels cheap! I wish i could say better things about it, but its a cheap feeling lens.

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              5.0

              Tack sharp! Best purchase.

              By Slove77777

              from Iowa

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

              After borrowing a friends Sigma ART 35mm, I had to buy this lens. It's my first off-brand purchase for my Nikon D700 and I am swooning over the images it has created already. THANK YOU B&H for being so easy to work with! Purchasing this lens was a breeze!

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              5.0

              A melhor 35mm

              By Rafael Reis

              from Brasília-DF, Brasil

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

              A melhor 35mm hoje no mercado. Muito nítida já em abertura máximae muito bem construída, parece uma Zeiss! A única coisa que faltou nela foi o weather sealing! Nada a reclamar do foco, muito preciso, apenas não tão rápido quanto o da Canon 24-105. Irá fazer uma bela dupla com a minha Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II. Agora só falta a canon 135L e fecho essa bela tríade! Lentes primes são mto viciantes! RECOMENDO a lente e o belo serviço da BH! @rafaelreis1981

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              5.0

              I want all prodcuts of sigma

              By stevenvash

              from Doral, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Excellent, excellent, excellent. no have more words

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                • No

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                5.0

                I would recommend this to anyone!

                By Katie

                from Lancaster, Pennsylvania

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

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

                This is one of my main lenses. I mostly shoot lifestyle sessions and portraits. I love this lens because it feels like it takes the photo exactly how I see it. No cropping.. it is what I want it to be. I love the feel of it - nice and heavy which is what I like, it just feels right.

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                5.0

                Outstanding lens at a good price point

                By John H Wright Photo

                from San Ramon, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  I purchased this lens for use in my wedding photography business. I was previously using my 24-70 f2.8 a lot during receptions and this lets me shoot lower ISO and it's incredibly sharp. Highly recommended.

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                  5.0

                  Super sharp!

                  By Jonathan Yonkers

                  from Costa Rica

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  Super sharp, great image quality. Nuff said!

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Plum Jam

                  from San Luis Obispo, Ca.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This is my new go-to lens. It's sharp, and fast.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    My first Sigma

                    By Harvey

                    from Nashville, TN

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I use this product for Portrait work but it is in my bag anywhere I go!

                    I am a big fan of the design and build of this lens, provide a sleek black look, with a quiet autofocus, the sharpness is stellar as well!

                    I haven't been using it long enough to present any real issues, so please take this review with a grain of salt, I will be sure to update after using it on multiple shoots!

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                    5.0

                    Great lens

                    By Ddblakeslee

                    from Ohio

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

                    It was between the canon 35 L and the sigma for me. I ultimately went with the sigma because of the price. I am so happy I went with this lens because of the build quality, the sharpness, and the fast focus. you won't be disappointed.

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                    5.0

                    WOW What a lens!!!

                    By Speer Images

                    from NJ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This lens is a serious contender and has put Sigma in the conversation of high end quality glass. I was very hesitant to buy this lens at first but after talking with a colleague who shots with one I bit the bullet and ordered one. I can say without a doubt it is the sharpest lens at 1.4 I have had the pleasure of using. If you are considering a new prime 35mm look no further. Not only are the images fantastic the build is just as impressive.

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                      5.0

                      Heavy, Solid, and Sharp

                      By Rick

                      from California

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Astrophotography
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Panoramas
                      • Video

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

                      I vacillated between the Canon and Sigma versions of this lens, and, after extensive research, decided to throw off my non-canon snobbery and actually give this lens a try. Many reviews claimed it to be superior to Canon's lens, and I felt compelled to give it a try. I'm very glad I did. Having tried the Canon from BorrowLenses, I can tell you that the Sigma is all of the following: quieter, sharper (including center and edge to edge), better color, and (surprisingly) better bokeh. Yep. 'tis true. Better bokeh with the Sigma. (Now, if they could just improve the bokeh on that 50mm art lens they're making, I'd jump all over it too!) In terms of downsides, there are only two: First, the lens is rather heavy. This doesn't bother me, but it could bother some. The heaviness seems justified when you feel how solid and tightly constructed this lens is. Second... if you're like me, you're going to have to overcome your hesitation about being seen using a non-Canon lens on your 5D (or whichever model you use.) 35mm's are a great lens for street photography, so... you need to run through a pre-visualization of mounting this lens, walking through someplace like Pacific Heights, and having other photographers and hobbyists see you shooting with a Sigma. The thing is... the ones who are really current in their knowledge will probably give you a thumbs-up, if they know what's what. The others, well... the others are going to think you're shooting with a Sigma because you were too cheap to spring for an L lens, or too undisciplined to save up for one - their loss. Oh... and if you do any pan-stitching with astrophotography - this is THE lens (Not the Rokinon - the Sigma 35mm has even less coma and better color.) The thing is though... if you don't buy this lens, you won't have this lens... and believe me, you want this lens. Just think of it as dating Charlize Theron before she becomes famous.

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