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

(based on 352 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (314)

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    (30)

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    (3)

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    (3)

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    (2)

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)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (207), Yes (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (65), Semi-pro photographer (49), Photo enthusiast (46), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (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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(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!

 
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.

 
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!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very happy so far

By Craig

from Undisclosed

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

Took a trip to Chicago last weekend got to use this lens on some shots downtown. I didn't have time to calibrate it before I left so I gambled on how the images would turn out. Shot with Canon markiii and other than some slight vignetting it's everything I expected. Very sharp, feels great on the camera body and looks good. I'm definitely interested in more of the Sigma lenses now. I'm giving it 4 star because you have to buy calibration tool separately. Other than that A+

 
5.0

6 Stars

By Cory

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is probably the only lens I have where there's not even a hint of second-guessing. Just love it and it's the most used lens on my 70D.
Testing this side by side at a workshop with the 18-35 and found the zoom to actually be ever so slightly sharper, but both offer that similar "Sigma" color & contrast and my other lenses have 67mm filter threads so getting this was a natural even if the 18-35 is slightly "better". It's also a little smaller than the zoom which is nice.
Really one of those great items that I can enthusiastically recommend to anyone. Focus is spot on; maybe ever so slightly slow, but it doesn't matter at all for what I use it for. Now that you mention it - sometimes I use it for the start of running races and it's all good.

 
5.0

FANTASTIC!!!

By Adam

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This lens lives up to the hype.  Bokeh is gorgeous. Images are CRISP.

 
5.0

What a lens

By Dennis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Really a honey piece of glass. Can hand hold camera and lens with proper support or with high ISO. Can't give a professional rating as I don't have proper equipment bur IQ is great. I keep a Hoya No. 6 ND filter on the lens and have had no heartburn.

 
5.0

Love my 35 mm

By Eden

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I LOVE my new lens. I had been eying this baby for months, rented it a few times for specific shoots and am so glad I bought it. I am a family portrait and children's photographer. I use this lens when I want to capture my subjects in a setting and really show the setting as well as the person. I have the Sigma ART 50 mm and use it all the time, but felt like I needed to go a little wider sometimes andthis lets me do just that. It is crisp and clear, fast, and overall a great lens. A must for you camera bag!

 
4.0

Awesome lens!

By Jess Dilly

from Baltimore MD

Verified Buyer

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

I REALLY enjoy this lens. I've only had it about 2 weeks... it's just wide enough that its a perfect compliment to my other two primes (50mm, 85mm). It's great for indoors and out, however my only complaint is that I've struggled to get it to focus in low light situations (and have had to switch to manual, which is hard for me when I'm taking pictures of children moving around- which is my line of work, and for personal since I don't use flash). Otherwise, I would give it a 5/5!

 
5.0

Sigma Art

By Exo

from Undisclosed

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

...Took a lens with me to Martinique , the lens is awesome ! Coming here from Canon 24-105 mm L series. Images are super crisp and colors are vivid can not ask for more! BH staff was extremely helpfull taking in my old beloved lens as a trade up ! I think Sigma lens is the one to keep for a very long time now !

 
5.0

Superb

By Alex

from Boston

Verified Buyer

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

I love the whole line of Sigma art lenses. I currently own the 50 and 35. Both exhibit excellent color rendering and are incredibly sharp, even when shooting wide open. Unlike some of the l-lenses I've used, the sigma's tend to be broadly sharp across the entire range of the lens, including the corners. The focus ring is not quite as buttery as the l-lenses, but I shoot in auto focus most of the time so this is not and issue for me. Great, mouth-watering bokeh!

 
5.0

Best lens ever

By Tahiryhumrichphotography

from Undisclosed

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

Not gonna lie, I pushed this lens to perform like I wouldn't expect from my canons and it did not fail me!
Shot wide open into the sun and zero CA and it focused effortlessly. I was blind, but this lens did not struggle.
My new love and will never leave my camera!

 
5.0

My favorite lens

By Ashley

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for indoor shoots

By Lisa

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is great indoors, but really finicky in cold weather. AF is hit and miss, but may need to be calibrated.

 
5.0

Worth every penny.

By Sean

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

If you're on the fence about purchasing a Sigma over a Canon, don't be. This lense is worth every penny and you wont be disappointed. This thing feels as solid as any of my "L" lenses.
Its extremely sharp and has super smooth bokeh,

 
5.0

Great lens for weddings

By Juanmanuel

from undisclosed

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

Great lens for weddings.

 
5.0

Excellent glass, sharp as can be

By Sten

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is an excellent piece of glass to carry on your indoor, city walk, hike or camp for wide-angled shots. Especially good in the evening with that f/1.4 aperture.
It makes wonderful portraits with sharp subjects and nice bokeh. I've taken it to dance class, dinner parties, camping, hiking and walks in the park and it produces wonderful results.

Where it lacks is the somewhat slow focus speed and accuracy. On Canon 5DmkIV you'll need to turn off lens corrections to avoid weird circular effects.

 
5.0

PERFECTION

By Kurt

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

By far my favorite lens ever!

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