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

(based on 191 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (69)
  • Nice bokeh (68)
  • Strong construction (60)
  • Consistent output (46)
  • Durable (45)

Cons

  • Heavy (33)
  • Weight (4)
  • Not weather sealed (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (83)
  • Weddings (57)
  • Night photography (39)
  • Landscape/scenery (38)
  • Video (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (30), Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (22), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (121), 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

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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    • No

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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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        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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          5.0

          Never taking this lens off my camera

          By Em the Photog

          from Greenville, SC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • 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:

          This lens is great in all situations. Great in low light, for close in and wide angle. Did an entire engagement shoot with just this lens.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Lens

          By BJop

          from Indianapolis, IN

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography

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

            Great lens. Very sharp even wide open. Using on Canon 5d MkIII. This lens hardly comes off my camera. Very well built

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            • No

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            5.0

            Must have Lens

            By KAR

            from Kalispell, MT

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            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:

              I was able to rent this lens prior to purchase and loved it. Very sharp and fast. Great in low light. not weather proof

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Not disappointed at all!

              By Mabel

              from Laredo, Texas

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

              I was a little hesitant at first because I've had two Sigma lenses in the past that I didn't like at all. This one even performs better than my Canon lenses! It is very crisp and sharp! The bokeh is pretty creamy and over all very nice!

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By cici's photos

              from Longmont, CO

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • 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:

                I have not done too many shots with this lens but I am really impressed with the ones that I have done. Very good quality lens and also a great price compare to the same model in other brands.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Love it

                By SMN

                from Lehigh Valley Pa

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  Weddings and other events. Focus is fast, feels like a solid lens. Would definitely recommend this product.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens

                  By Tom hol

                  from Utah

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

                  I am amazed by this lens. It's sharpness amazes me. Great value for cash.

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                  5.0

                  In love!

                  By mrsteach

                  from saint simons, ga

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I've only had this lens for a couple of weeks but haven't used my 50mm at all since receiving it. I only shoot newborns, babies and family sessions and this is just perfect! It's fast, accurate and the wide angle is a dream come true. There is a little bit of fall off on the edges but I usually edit that way so it's fine by me.

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                      5.0

                      I'm stunned

                      By KAZ

                      from Greenland

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I love this lens.
                        It is amazing and I like the weight of it.
                        The feel and the finish are both awesome. It is my first non-Canon lens with AF. It just makes me smile. I don't have any problems with AF, back focusing etc. I would recommend this anytime!

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                        5.0

                        The most amazing lens

                        By Xopher

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        This is the best lens I own. Hands down. The picture quality, even wide open is incredible. Stopped down to f/4 or f/5.6, it's sharp across the frame in a way that simply amazes me. The build quality is very good. It's heavy but it feels solid and durable. Weather sealing would be nice, but the performance and price beat out Canon's 35mm L by a significant margin. My only gripe is the focus scale, it's not terribly precise and a bit hard to read in lower light situations. That said, the focus ring is big, well damped and a pleasure to use.When I've got the money, I'll add sigma's 50mm Art Lens to my kit as well and frankly, any other primes that they may make in this series if this lens is any indication of their quality.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing Lens

                        By Meg

                        from Nashville,TN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • 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:

                          The Sigma 35 1.4 lens for canon is an amazing lens, with amazing color and quality, beats canon out of the water!

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