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Sigma35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
 
4.7

(based on 165 reviews)

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    (135)

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    (16)

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    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (97)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (95)
  • Strong construction (84)
  • Consistent output (71)
  • Durable (60)

Cons

  • Heavy (38)
  • Blurry focus (10)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (107)
  • Landscape/scenery (89)
  • Weddings (79)
  • Night photography (68)
  • Video (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (44), Semi-pro photographer (43), Photo enthusiast (41), Photography student (7), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (133)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply the best 35mm Lens Sigma ROCKS!!

I primarily shoot low light events and concerts including Nightclub and some sports.Got my Sigma 35mm/1.4 on my D700. It is spot on!!. No Fine Tune Focusing etc. No back or...Read complete review

I primarily shoot low light events and concerts including Nightclub and some sports.Got my Sigma 35mm/1.4 on my D700. It is spot on!!. No Fine Tune Focusing etc. No back or front focusing. This thing is FAST. Instantaneous lock on. Used it at a boxing match over the weekend and shot it like as if I was using my trusted 50mm 1.4 (Nikon). This lens is SOLID. Impeccably built. At half the price of the Nikon 35mm/1.4 it really is a no brainer. I also got it with a Heliopan UV filter (the expensive one) You cannot tell the difference in sharpness between f1.4 and f4.0. It is that good! Chromatic aberration? What is that. It is a thing of the past. Fairly close focusing too. I preordered from Bnh early. I got No.012. I am very confident knowing that Sigma made sure that they got the first batch of lenses right for Nikon. It is obvious that the quality control issues maybe a thing of the past for Sigma. Viva La Sigma!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sigma 35mm Art Lens: Excellent Optics, Unreliable Autofocus

After much research, I decided to purchase my first every Sigma lens, in this case, the 35mm Art lens, on Cyber Monday when the price dropped $[$]. The lens would be...Read complete review

After much research, I decided to purchase my first every Sigma lens, in this case, the 35mm Art lens, on Cyber Monday when the price dropped $[$]. The lens would be used on my Nikon D800E. The build quality appears to be on a very high level and in line with Nikon's current crop of pro level lenses. The optics IQ is on a very high level as well. Over the following two weeks, I took many pictures and was impreesed with the results. However, I did notice that at times my pictures weren't as sharp as they were at other times. So, I ordered the Sigma USB Dock to fine tune the focus. After using the Sigma Dock for about another week, I came full circle and ended up back at the original default values the lens was shipped with. It became very obvious that my lens copy had unreliable autofocus. Using the LensAlign system and taking many pictures at f1.4, under identicle conditions (distance, lighting, camera settings) it became painfully clear that the lens would sometimes focus perfectly, then back focus or front focus. The only pattern that I noticed was that when I'd let the camera sit for a few minutes while I reviewed the test images, the very first image of the next sequence of shots was in perfect focus, followed by random back focusing, front focusing and perfect focus. I had ordered the Nikon 85mm f1.8 lens at the same time and had no problems at all. The Nikon 85mm focused perfectly 99% of the time, as have all my other nikon lenses (14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, all f2.8 lenses). I debated whether to keep the Sigma and just live with the erratic focus, exchange it for another copy, or just return it and move on. Reluctantly, I decided to return the Sigma because I came to the conclusion that the lens was unuseable at f1.4, my primary reason for the purchase. From reading many reviews prior to my purchase, I knew that I was taking a bit of a chance, as numerous others have had similar experiences. If Sigma can fix their autofocus system, they'll have a home run, as the Art lens series optics IQ is phenomenal.As always, B&H Customer Service was outsatnding.

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5.0

Hands-Down Gorgeous Lens with Flexibility

By Scotty the Scotsman

from Chicago, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

I shoot primarily portraits, lifestyle, and street photography. I shoot a Nikon D750 using point autofocus and manual 95% of the time. I shoot half of my work at f/2.8 and wider.

While I had been far-and-away a long prime shooter (Nikon's 85mm getting most use), I wanted a 35mm for more flexibility. Sigma's 35mm f/1.4 fits my semi-pro budget better than Nikon's. I'd rented both before purchasing, and found that all things considered I actually slightly preferred the Sigma lens.

There are a few reason's for this. First, the lens "feels" more modern to me, with a slightly stiffer focus ring and tighter construction (though I will be the first to admit I was working with used rental gear to judge Nikon's 35). Not that big a deal. But I also tended to prefer the Bokeh I got from the 35mm art. It's more blended - very slightly so - but there was something in its quality I tended to like a lot. Finally, the autofocus seemed to be snappier than Nikon's 35, again only by a hair's breadth.

The Nikon 35mm is, however, a sharper lens. If you are a pixel peeper or heavy cropper the Nikon might be for you. But this lens is still very sharp, especially at f/2.8 or above. But even wide open I can still make out fine hair texture and eye patterns in a full-length portrait - and for me that's sharp enough. The Nikon also seems to produce a tad less distortion and less vignetting but with software correction these are non-factors for me personally.

I've found myself using the 35mm prime for a majority of my work at this point. Yes, even portraits. It's able to shoot interesting angles because you can get close-in to the subject.

In short, I find almost now glaring flaws with this lens and it has in fact become my favorite photography tool.

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5.0

Loving Sigma 35mm

By Danie

from Redondo Beach

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I use the Sigma Art 35mm for Nikon for my newborn shoots. I usually have to get on a step ladder above the babies, but with my new 35mm I can saftely stand above the baby without the step ladder and still get my shot.

    Images have been crisp and beautiful.

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    5.0

    Great lense

    By ohad

    from Tel Aviv, Israel

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Didn't have much chance to use it yet...but from waht i saw it is clear, sharp and gives you an interesting edge taking wide pictures in dark env. As it is quite wide take into acount that the blure effect of out-of-focus is a bit limited ...but still better than 2.8 lenses :)

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      4.0

      Great lens

      By Lauren

      from Richmond, VA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • 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 Art Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras:

      I use this product in my lifestyle portraits; it's wonderful for indoor shoots. It's very sharp and has great contrast. I only gave it 4 stars because its a bit heavy and because there's no weather sealing.

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      5.0

      Oh my!

      By Jupiter Bill

      from Jupiter, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Closeup Floral
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Street

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

        I bought this lens for street photography, a new skill I am working on after primarily shooting landscape and wildlife most of my life. I started by borrowing a Nikon 35mm f1.4 and like the range and versatility. When I went to price the lens, I found the Sigma. Given the reviews, price difference, and B&H's strong return policy, I took a chance and bought the Sigma. After reviewing a couple hundred shots from the first day, I was blown away by the sharpness! Contrast and freedom from distortion were outstanding as well. It also proved excellent at close ups, something I didn't expect. With a solid feeling build and great initial results, I expect it will be hard to get this lens off my D810!

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        5.0

        Perfect portrait lend for newborns

        By Ashley

        from Massachusetts

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

        This is my new go to lens for newborns and babies. High quality and amazing photos

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        4.0

        Good Lens but Can be better

        By Patrick

        from East Lansing MI

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Image Quality
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

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

        It is a very good lens at $. 1.4 performs amazingly well when in door, especially for me, because I don't have a flash. Great for both portrait and land view. The color is very good. It is one the best 35mm 1.4 you can get, with Zeiss's performance but at a much lower price. However, sigma still could not find a way to make the forces working perfectly. On my D810, it always force further than the object when is over 1m on the force meter. I have to correct it with a docking station, but I rather get a lens can force right at very beginning than correct it by myself for over 1 hr.

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        5.0

        Amazing lens, a little stubborn...

        By Bili

        from New Jersey

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

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

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

        This lens does not leave my camera, at all. It is stubborn, but I respect it and use it with love. The results are amazing.

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        5.0

        Love this

        By Jimmy Cheung

        from New York

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Weather Sealed

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Sharp, nice bokeh, fast AF. Awesome

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        4.0

        Sharp, Contrast excellent, Bokeh Fair

        By Chris

        from Atlanta, Ga

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

        Solid construction, excellent optics and once Autofocus is dialed in on my D810 takes great pix. Only caveat is with complex backgrounds the Bokeh can be a bit harsh and distracting. Overall, excellent value given the price.

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        5.0

        This shouldn't be this cheap

        By GoodasGold

        from Sussex, NJ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

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

        I use this for everything, 35mm is my favorite walkaround lense. This thing focuses fast, the bokeh is beautiful, and it's a great piece of glass for the money.

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        4.0

        Heavy

        By Niv

        from Virginia

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

        Love this lens, but it's so heavy compared to the 35mm Nikon lens. I can't lie though, it produces beautiful photos!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sharp!

        By Chris Z

        from Long Island NY

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

        Sharp! Sharp!
        It's been on my D610 for 9 months now. Built like tank, fast, and sharp.

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        5.0

        heavy piece of art

        By mrUwa

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

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

        fast, quiet, sharp, good price but heavy

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        (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Very sharp, no fun in low light

        By DCBoomer

        from San Francisco

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Exceptionally sharp lens when the light is right. That is, bright. However, in my experience, it must be shot virtually wide open or at very high ISO in other than bright light situations. This requires a tripod for a lot of work, making it almost useless for how I shoot - street photography - where lots of times my subject is in shadow. For example, I tried to get close-up shots of ornate metalwork on a fence, outside on a sunny day, but in shadow (not very deep shadow). Best exposure I could get was 1/40 at f/2, which without vibration control made it very hard to get a sharp shot. Very shallow DOF made it even harder as the metalwork was very much 3-dimensional. Shots of pedestrians in a shadowy alley also turned out almost too dark to see at any aperture above f/2. If you're shooting landscapes in bright light or using this lens on a tripod or in a studio you're probably going to love it. Shots like that that I took are fantastic. The sharpness really is remarkable. However, as a general-purpose, walking around the city lens, not so much. Does have really nice Bokeh, though. Autofocus is almost dead silent, too, and doesn't hunt as much as some of my more expensive Nikon lenses. Again, IMO, a great studio or landscape lens, but not a good general-purpose around town lens. I recommend it - just know what you're buying.

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        5.0

        Excellent lens

        By Zurdo

        from Ca

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

        Pro lens. Must have it

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Sigma 35mm Art Lens: Excellent Optics, Unreliable Autofocus

        By Joe

        from Southern MD

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast autofocus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Optics
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

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

          After much research, I decided to purchase my first every Sigma lens, in this case, the 35mm Art lens, on Cyber Monday when the price dropped $[$]. The lens would be used on my Nikon D800E. The build quality appears to be on a very high level and in line with Nikon's current crop of pro level lenses. The optics IQ is on a very high level as well. Over the following two weeks, I took many pictures and was impreesed with the results. However, I did notice that at times my pictures weren't as sharp as they were at other times. So, I ordered the Sigma USB Dock to fine tune the focus. After using the Sigma Dock for about another week, I came full circle and ended up back at the original default values the lens was shipped with. It became very obvious that my lens copy had unreliable autofocus. Using the LensAlign system and taking many pictures at f1.4, under identicle conditions (distance, lighting, camera settings) it became painfully clear that the lens would sometimes focus perfectly, then back focus or front focus. The only pattern that I noticed was that when I'd let the camera sit for a few minutes while I reviewed the test images, the very first image of the next sequence of shots was in perfect focus, followed by random back focusing, front focusing and perfect focus. I had ordered the Nikon 85mm f1.8 lens at the same time and had no problems at all. The Nikon 85mm focused perfectly 99% of the time, as have all my other nikon lenses (14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, all f2.8 lenses). I debated whether to keep the Sigma and just live with the erratic focus, exchange it for another copy, or just return it and move on. Reluctantly, I decided to return the Sigma because I came to the conclusion that the lens was unuseable at f1.4, my primary reason for the purchase. From reading many reviews prior to my purchase, I knew that I was taking a bit of a chance, as numerous others have had similar experiences. If Sigma can fix their autofocus system, they'll have a home run, as the Art lens series optics IQ is phenomenal.As always, B&H Customer Service was outsatnding.

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          5.0

          Great depth

          By Bethany

          from Illinois

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

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

          I am in love with this lens. I just wish I had bought it sooner. The depth is amazing in my images and it's tack sharp.

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          5.0

          Terrific lens!

          By CGB

          from Virginia

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

          Havent had a chance to use on my FX body yet but even on my DX it is incredible! It filters light beautifully and is tack sharp

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          5.0

          Nice lens

          By Sue

          from Mi

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

          The bokah is fabulous. So far happy with this lens

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