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Sigma35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras
 
4.8

(based on 367 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (326)

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    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (135)
  • Nice bokeh (133)
  • Strong construction (118)
  • Durable (99)
  • Consistent output (98)

Cons

  • Heavy (66)
  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Weight (4)
  • Not weather sealed (3)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (140)
  • Weddings (112)
  • Landscape/scenery (74)
  • Night photography (67)
  • Video (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (65), Semi-pro photographer (49), Photo enthusiast (46), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (207), 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

Great lens!

By Tommy

from Undisclosed

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

Great lens! Very sharp and fast auto focus

 
5.0

Excelent Lens - State of the Art

By Fernando

from Undisclosed

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

I'm impressed with this lens, it provide so much quality being considerable cheaper than the Canon f1.4 and in my opinion, even a better performance.

 
5.0

I haven't taken this lens off my camera since I bought it

By Zaitography

from Miami, fl

Verified Buyer

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

I'm a wedding and portrait photographer, and my only regret is not getting this lens sooner. The quality, sharpness, and bokeh of the images are superb. It's not a heavy lens, and its focal length is perfect for wide and tight portraits, as well ceremonies in my case.

 
5.0

Beautiful lens

By Tiffany

from Undisclosed

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

I had been debating for weeks to keep saving for the canon 35mm L series lens, or purchase the Sigma 35mm 1.4 art now.... I chose the Sigma and it's been glorious! I love that I can get closer to my subjects, the bokeh is quite creamy for the wide focal length, it catches sun magnificently, and the sharpness is just superb. I've been using the Sigma 50mm 1.4 art and I think this may surpass my favoritism. There is a bit more distortion in subject matter around the edges if I'm too close, but that's to be expected with a wider angle lens and me being used to the 50 for so long. So far I have not had a focus issue thr had been a trouble for other photographers.

 
5.0

Worth Every Penny!

By Picturegirl

from Palm City, Fl

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted a fast walk around lens and the 50mm just isn't wide enough for my preference so I got the Sigma 35mm 1.4.HSM Art. I have been thrilled with the purchase. It's so sharp, I've been using to shoot jewelry. It also gets a very pleasing bokeh with portraits. Sigma has been making some amazing lenses lately including the 12-24 art (which I absolutely love!!!) Great job Sigma!

 
5.0

A dream come true!

By MMP

from Undisclosed

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

I have had my eye on this lens for such a long time! I have read review after review and searched time and time again for photos to show what this baby could do. I finally got it and it is all I hoped it would be! Beautiful, creamy backgrounds. Fast. PERFECT.

 
1.0

AF Broke after 5 months of use

By Jean-Baptiste

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I am a professional wedding photographer based in California and I have been using this lens for engagement sessions and weddings since I bought it. It worked well on my Canon 5D Mark IV and was pretty sharp when shooting rather close, while definitely not sharp for shots from afar (the "infinity focus" issue many have mentioned).

The real issue is that this lens just broke in the middle of shooting a wedding when I was about to get a key shot!! Thank goodness I had my other camera on my holster to get the shot! I think it's really a shame that Sigma made a lens that stops working after only a few months of use, my Canon lenses are 5 years old for some (70-200 and 85 and they are still working perfectly).

It looks good, is quite sharp in general and it's half the cost of the Canon one, but if I have to change every 5 months, then it gets a lot more expensive. I've had the Sigma 50mm Art for a few months too, hopefully this one will last longer...

 
5.0

My new favorite lens!

By Limey

from Pasco, WA

Verified Buyer

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

I already had the 24mm 1.4 Art lens, and I have a better focus hit ratio with the 35mm! I find the 35mm more useful than the 24mm, even though I currently use a crop sensor 70D. That's just personal preference, though!
I might have back focusing on far away subjects, but it hasn't been a problem, and I can easily fix it with the dock. Super sharp, and has less color fringing than the 24mm (for me!).
If you do video, the lens is loud with microfocusing, and can even be heard on a microphone attached to the hot shoe. So just keep the microphone a foot or further away and it's perfect. It does have nice, smooth focus for video, though!
Highly recommended!

 
5.0

Excellent Lens!

By Tom in Vegas

from Las Vegas, NV

Verified Buyer

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

I was a little uncertain at first because (in the past) Sigma had always been a second-tier lens, but no more! The Art series lenses are an incredible lens that are as good as, if not better than Canon's lenses. In the manual focus mode the lens has a smooth, firm movement that is very precise. In the auto-focus mode the lens is fast and responsive and very accurate. Can't wait to buy my next one!

 
5.0

I would buy this product again!

By Peter

from FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I just bought the 35mm and loving it. Its sharp and i prefer using this over the canon 50mm 1.2 This gets all the shot i needed. I would recommend this to all of my friend!

 
5.0

Found my do-it-all lens

By Erick

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Quickly -- a little about who is writing this review.  I am not a pro, simply a guy with a career in medicine who loves to shoot on the weekends.  Being a hobbyist, I definitely have a reasonably low photo-budget.  About a year ago I sold all of my crop sensor gear to purchase a Canon 6D, keeping only a 'nifty fifty'.  I've loved the minimalist setup of shooting only with a cheap prime lens, but have really been looking to upgrade to a wider, pro-level prime.

Cut-to, me finally having some savings towards a new lens.  I realized a fast 35mm is really what I wanted to live full-time on my 6D.  I loved the Canon's L version, but the price was just way too much for me to reason with.  That's how I landed here looking at this Sigma, with the ART series being praised for near equivalence to the L-series.  I'll go ahead and say that I am very happy at the choice I made.

I've only had it for two days now, so these are initial impressions, but it's amazingly sharp wide open at 1.4.  In fact, after some testing, I realized that sharpness doesn't really differ a noticeable amount as you change stops.  I also noticed that this lens produces much nicer color/contrast in my RAW images than my cheap 50 did.  Yes, there's a little vignetting of course wide open, which I like.  There's also a little color fringing in reflection highlights (greens/purples) as you zoom in a lot, but that's getting picky and is easily fixable.  Also, I've had zero AF issues out of the box.  It has really been able to lock on what I'm pointing at very well.  I haven't had to use the dock yet, but it was nice that it was included.

Definitely heavy though.  I was used to the 50mm 1.8 and have never had a 'pro' lens, so this is quite different for everyday shooting.  It does sort of feel good though, assuming that it's a testament to build quality.

Anyway, if you are looking for a fast prime lens that does portraits as well as nice landscapes and all the lifestyle shots found in between, as I was, check this thing out!

I added a couple shots that I took within an hour of getting the lens in the mail.  Wanted to upload more than two, but I'll hold back.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Wanted to love it but returned it for the Canon 35mm 1.4L ii

By Christi

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

As a professional wedding photographer, I wanted to love this lens. And for the price, they've done a great job with it. However, after shooting 3 sessions with it, I returned it and bought the Canon 35mm 1.4L ii. The purple fringing with the Sigma was more than I could put up with, and it had difficultly focusing in low-ish light that the Canon handles just fine. The Canon is also much sharper.

If you're just starting out or don't think you'd use it often, I think it's a great choice. But I'll most likely be spending 90% of a wedding day with this on one of my camera bodies. I've been shooting with the Canon now for a couple of weeks, and the price difference was worth it to me!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good lens

By Britt

from Undisclosed

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

The lens is sharp when shooting close up but not sharp at all when shooting from a ways away from your subject. Shipping was incredibly fast!!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly Recommend!

By David

from undisclosed

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

Love this sense. I spent a lot of time researching prime lenses to use with my FS7. For the price you can't beat the build or image quality.

 
5.0

Best lens for wedding photography

By Bruno

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I am a professional photographer in Brazil, I bought other lenses, but this one without doubt was the best buy, I use it 90% of the time in weddings and rehearsals, super recommend, quick and precise lens!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not my first Sigma Art lens, won't be my last

By Aaron

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Long time user of the 50mm f/1.4 Art, and I needed something wider with the comparable aperture. I was debating whether the 24mm, 20mm or the 35mm. After reading many reviews and watching many hands on videos I was sold by the sharpness I saw in the samples. It is the perfect walk about lens because it is tack sharp and is wide enough to capture the environment you're in.

I can't believe just how sharp this thing is! It blows the resolving power of the 50mm completely out of the water.Also, I can't wait for my next indoor event to really utilize the wide aperture!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The ultimate Instagram lens!!!

By Donere

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Maaaan I love my new Siggy! Great lens, if you wanna go for the classic depth of field look. My first piece of glass I invested in & I'm 100% confident behind it! Thanks a lot B&H!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Permanent Home on my DSLR

By Sung

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The Sigma 35 mm is easily one of my favorite lens! I was taken back by the incredible clarity of the lens and the ability to take tack sharp photos for my work, while melting the background away in a beautiful bokeh fade. I've integrated in both food and portrait work. There's a special and unique portraits captured by the 35 mm encompassing the surroundings with the main subject. In food photography, I've actually preferred some of the shots I was able to capture using the Sigma 35 mm over my Canon 100 mm f/2 L macro. It's a very versatile lens and for the price, I don't think you can do better! I use the 35mm with my Canon 5D Mk III and the 6D full frame bodies.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again.

By Ariadne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I like this lens very much. I've used it in the theater and it performs wonderfully. I also like it's charming design. I am saving money to buy more lenses of this branch and serie.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE

By Gilbert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I LOVE THIS LENS!!! all the reviews aren't wrong this lens is simply AMAZING!!!

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