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Sigma35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
 
4.6

(based on 88 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (54)
  • Nice bokeh (54)
  • Strong construction (50)
  • Consistent output (38)
  • Durable (34)

Cons

  • Heavy (16)
  • Blurry focus (6)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (63)
  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Night photography (41)
  • Weddings (41)
  • Video (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (25), Photo enthusiast (24), Pro photographer (21), Photography student (6), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76)

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

 

Horrible experience with this lens

This is the second copied yet it delivered the same result as focus shift, inconsistency in focus.

The lens seems to "auto" focus on its own. I spent...Read complete review

This is the second copied yet it delivered the same result as focus shift, inconsistency in focus.

The lens seems to "auto" focus on its own. I spent more than 300 shots with this lens combined with several adjustments from Sigma USB Dock to get to +9/+9/+10/+10. With the above adjustment, the lens produced tack sharp image if it didn't shift focus on its own. Unfortunately, there was only 20% of the chance that it would focus on the focus point.

My works can't accept this kind of inconsistency. It may work perfectly on other cameras but definitely not on Nikon D810.

I love Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 (APS-C) while hate Sigma 35mm f1.4 at the same level.

Attached is couple images with 100% crop to show the inconsistency. Both shot at f1.4, 1/80 and focus at the right eye of the girl. One image, it focused at the leather chair (front focus.) I shot one after that and it focused on the girl t-shirt (back focus)

Sadly, I probably will not touch Sigma lenses until they prove to be better in QC.

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5.0

Awesome Art Lens.

By ZZ

from Boston, MA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I use it on my Nikon D800E and it's awesome. The weight of the focus control is fantastic. Wonderful for quick pulls on the occasional video or even precise manual focus usage. Quick focusing and quiet.

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    5.0

    Every single day on my d600

    By Rafael Cruz

    from São Paulo, Brazil

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

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

    for every day, job, situation! Street photography, stage, portraits, ...

    super solid, bokeh is f..ing creamy, sharpness unbelievable for the price!!

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    5.0

    Great Lense

    By Chad

    from LA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Tough To Attach

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Video

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

    Movie Makeing

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    5.0

    Great lense, great value.

    By Bitpimps

    from USA

    About Me Casual Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Flat Contrast
    • Poor AF in low light

    Best Uses

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

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

    Wonderful lense, the value is great. The focal length lends it a flexible walking around lense aspect to it. In studio I sometimes forgot that I was not using a longer focal length since that was my usual scenario and forgot to move closer.
    The Bokeh is not very strong and does not produce those pearly oval shaped Bokeh artifacts that some people seem to "Oooh!" and "Aaahh!" over but it produces very sharp images in all kinds of light. I've been shooting in various conditions including studio, and ambient light with it so far since it arrived from BH about 2 weeks ago. It's proven to be a very good lense overall, it does have a few AF problems at some aperture settings in poor light but I don't consider that to be a serious problem. I haven't needed to calibrate it yet, at 200 percent crop the details seem crisp enough for my own uses. It hit the mark more consistently than my non-premium 50mm 1.4 Nikkor (with the fake gold banding on it).
    I've had the aperture up to f14 with no signs of diffraction so far.

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    5.0

    Larry from Ossining

    By Larry the Yankee

    from Ossining NY

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

    One of the great lenses.. So sharp and beautiful. Immediately ordered the 50 1.4 art. Sigma has hit a home run with their art series. Load up and enjoy

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    5.0

    Great Lens so far

    By Vince

    from Wappingers Falls, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction
    • Very Sharp

    Cons

    • No Gasket At Lens Mount

    Best Uses

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

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

    I have only used the lens a few times so far, but I am quite impressed with it. I shoot mainly landscapes and do some wildlife photography. So far, I find the lens to be very sharp, fast autofocus, and built extremely well. My only wish is that the lens had a rubber gasket on the mount to seal it better, but I don't think that will be too big of a deal, since I don't shoot in wet, damp conditions very often, or in windy dusty conditions either. Bokeh is not quite as good as the Nikon 35 1.4G lens, but is okay.

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    5.0

    Like a Razor!!!!

    By Chuck Navarro

    from Harlingen, Tx

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Jealous Photog Friends
    • Jelous Photog Friends
    • None really

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I'm a full time wedding photographer and I've wanted this lens since it was released. I finally bit the bullet and was not disappointed. It is super sharp! Amazing. I've never used a lens this sharp. Even wide open it is great. If you're on the fence about it like I was, go ahead and jump off. It's worth it.

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    1.0

    Horrible experience with this lens

    By Dan

    from Frisco, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

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      Cons

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

          This is the second copied yet it delivered the same result as focus shift, inconsistency in focus.

          The lens seems to "auto" focus on its own. I spent more than 300 shots with this lens combined with several adjustments from Sigma USB Dock to get to +9/+9/+10/+10. With the above adjustment, the lens produced tack sharp image if it didn't shift focus on its own. Unfortunately, there was only 20% of the chance that it would focus on the focus point.

          My works can't accept this kind of inconsistency. It may work perfectly on other cameras but definitely not on Nikon D810.

          I love Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 (APS-C) while hate Sigma 35mm f1.4 at the same level.

          Attached is couple images with 100% crop to show the inconsistency. Both shot at f1.4, 1/80 and focus at the right eye of the girl. One image, it focused at the leather chair (front focus.) I shot one after that and it focused on the girl t-shirt (back focus)

          Sadly, I probably will not touch Sigma lenses until they prove to be better in QC.

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          2.0

          Not consitently sharp

          By Maryrose

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus

            Best Uses

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

              I really wanted to love this lens and keep it forever. I have rented it numerous times and it was amazing, so I decided to buy it from B&H. Used the first copy I got for a couple of sessions, which I should I have tested out before then, but oh well! Maybe 1 out of 6 shots was sharp, if that!! contacted B&H and they were awesome about exchaging it for another copy. Received my other copy, and same thing. Most shots would be out of focus, but the one that was sharp was SUPER sharp. I had to send it back, couldn't have that inconsitency with my focus...especially for weddings. Thanks for being awesome about my exchange and my return, B&H!! I'll definitely be back for more! :)

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              5.0

              Simply the Best

              By David-eye

              from Texas Hill Country

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Razor Sharp
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

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

              This lens is beautifully crafted, and the image quality and AF performance is stellar. For me, this is an excellent focal length for FX or DX and you can shoot at any f-stop that suits your needs and the image will be nicely rendered and sharp. If this lens is just too large and heavy for your needs, and you don't mind a cheaper build quality, the Nikon 35mm f1.8 FX lens is very close in image quality and does a fine job. This Sigma is just a little better in all of the technical aspects and it is just a joy to shoot with.

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              5.0

              A must have lens for anyone

              By SpringPatch

              from Springfield, IL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

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

              After a lot of agonizing and reading a zillion reviews for different 35mm 1.4 lenses I finally decided that id take the gamble and get the sigma art 35mm 1.4. I was blown away by the performance... did I say I was blown away by the performance of this lens!!... This is one truly spectacular piece of glass and any website who have posted reviews of this lens and has raved about the glory that is .. in short .. is right.
              The lens is heavy and I did find myself getting tired of holding my d800e with the sigma and found myself relaxing my wrists. I also tried to find focus issues (like some had insisted that it was present) .. sad part- I didn't find any. The lens was better with focusing than some Nikon lenses I have. If you want a 35mm and think f/1.8 is enough, this lens takes it to a whole another level. The bokeh is superb and sharpness is crisp..
              I think this is going to be one very used lens... and it sure lives to all the hype its created.

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              5.0

              Sharp!

              By Heather

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

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

              This lens is sharp! The bokeh is creamy & to die for. It's a heavy lens but you will not regret purchasing.

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              5.0

              Great lens!

              By AtomicPunk

              from Pittsburgh, PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

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

                This is a great lens. I am going to use it as an alternative to my Nikon 24-70 2.8. I plan on using this as a walk around lens for use inside and around the city. I selected this lens not only because of the price, but for the quality of pictures it can produce. I am very happy. So happy, I decided to purchase another Sigma lens. This is something I never thought I would do years ago.

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                5.0

                TACT SHARP!

                By Albert

                from Santa Barbara, CA

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  i bought this lens without ever using it. i just read all the reviews and took the plug and boy did it pay off. Paired with my Nikon D7000 it is tact share out of the box, focus is quick i assume fast one better bodes. i have used Nikons version of their 35mm F/1.4 and it comes now where close. Did i mention it is a beauty lens? BUY IT

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic

                  By CP

                  from Tennessee

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

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

                    I'm just thrilled. I LOVE the focal length on my D800 for capturing real, everyday moments both indoors and out. Our home is older, with smaller rooms and so frequently I just missed photos because I couldn't get back enough with the 50mm. The 35 is perfect. The Sigma is so beautiful - I love the color and clarity I get with it. I couldn't be more pleased. I'm even so pleased with the bokeh I'm getting, which I didn't think there would be much of at such a wide focal length!

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                    5.0

                    Doope!

                    By ImanArts

                    from Sugar Land, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I have Nikon D800 and I was thinking to buy a Nikkor 35mm 1.4 but that really kind of expensive, so after research on internet I decided to buy this Sigma and I'm not regret.Simply I love this lens.

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                    4.0

                    Sharp. After AF fine tuning

                    By yolaholga

                    from Nowhere zen nj

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      When I received this lens It was soft until about 2.8 but after AF fine tuning (it needed +11) It's sharp wide open. Yes, 1.4 is sharp. The lens is built like a tank and feels a bit out of balance on the d610 but i'm sure i'll get used to it in time.

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                      5.0

                      Sigma 35mm f/1.4

                      By Jwakaratt

                      from Virginia

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

                      Great lens and great service. Thank you B@H!

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                      5.0

                      IT WILL CUT YOUR EYES AND MAKE 'EM BLEED

                      By NM-Shotter

                      from Santa Fe, NM

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Autofocus
                      • Build quality
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Quiet
                      • Sharp
                      • Value

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • No Moisture Seal

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      ...it's that sharp!

                      I took this lens out and about New Mexico to try it out and I am amazed at the quality of the photographs. This is simply an astonishly sharp lens that produces excellent photographs with great color, to boot. Focus is very quick and quiet. It's a substantial lens, and not a light-weight, plasticy feeling lens.

                      I use this on my D800E and it's a great match for the quality photos that camera is capable of producing. To get past the fact that it doesn't have 'VR', which I miss on almost all Nikon primes, I shoot my D800E on a short burst of four or five images, and I get at least a couple with no motion blurr.

                      I'm looking forward to the purchase of other Sigma lenses in this series.

                      My other primes are:
                      Nikon 28mm 1.8G
                      Nikon 105mm micro with 'VR'
                      Nikon 50mm 1.8G
                      Nikon 85mm 1.8G

                      All wonderfully SHARP!

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                      1.0

                      Disappointment

                      By Nora

                      from Vienna, Austria

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            I read a lot of reviews before buying this lense. Tested some photos in the backyard, but not really in depth to discover the focusing problems. I bought this lense, because it is a tiny bit lighter than my permanently attached 24-70 f2.8. I thought it would be perfect for the upcoming Venice trip. I was confident that most of the photos will be good. I do not travel with a laptop, the focusing disasters were not discovered until we got home. I gasped, totally shocked, every other photo was ruined. Most of them out of focus in the wrong places. I always frame my shots carefully. I know where I focus especially with people. This lens just focuses somewhere else. The depth of field is so shallow, it is disturbing at 1.4. For example, there is a shot of my daughter sitting by the Bauer Hotel, instead of her beautiful face some random gondola and lamp post is in focus behind her. The image was f2 at 320 seconds, it should have been sharp. After cycling through the photos a very large number of them have this problem that the focus is not where it should be. Very disappointed, if it wasn't so expensive I would smash it.

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