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

(based on 195 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (101)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (97)
  • Strong construction (87)
  • Consistent output (72)
  • Durable (63)

Cons

  • Heavy (38)
  • Blurry focus (12)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (109)
  • Landscape/scenery (91)
  • Weddings (81)
  • Night photography (68)
  • Video (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (45), Semi-pro photographer (45), Photo enthusiast (42), Photography student (7), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (137)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hands-Down Gorgeous Lens with Flexibility

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...Read complete review

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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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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3.0

Sharp, but inconsistent focus

By Paul

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is optically excellent but focuses inconsistently. The Sigma dock isn't helpful because the focus is sharp when it works properly. I particularly found focus challenges with moving objects - even with people walking. Also, the color seems warmer than my Nikon lenses. The image quality is worth addressing the focus issues through a lens exchange, in this case.

 
5.0

Amazing-ness personified!

By Shawn

from Undisclosed

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

Everything you've heard about this...it's all true.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Art Lens

By Alex

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

great lens

 
5.0

Best in test and now my favorite lens

By david

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Before buying this lens, I first rented it and tested it extensively against both Nikon 35mm lenses (f/1.4 and f/1.8) as well as the Zeiss f/1.4 ZF2 (what I used formerly). My camera is a Nikon D810. I shoot mainly architectural work and portraiture. The clear winner for sharpness across the entire image was the Sigma (shooting at f/5.6), and shooting wide open, the Sigma gives a tack sharp focus point with beautiful bokeh and a lovely subtle vignette. In this regard, none of the other lenses came even close. I used to use my Nikon 85mm f/1.4 much more for portraiture. I still use it, of course, but the beautiful image quality of the Sigma has me using it more and more. In addition to the Sigma 35mm and the Nikon 85mm, the lenses I use most frequently are a Nikon 24mm f/1.4, a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, and a Nikon 70-200mm VRII f/2.8, in that order. My Sigma 35mm f/1.4 HSM Art is my favorite lens in terms of picture quality: the combination of sharpness, contrast, bokeh and vignetting. The autofocus of the Sigma can be slow in low light and it seems that at least 10% of the images are not in focus properly, but for my type of work, that is not a problem. I shoot mostly in great light and often use strobes. My shots are composed, and I take lots of shots.

 
4.0

Great lens! Very sharp!

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens! Very sharp, solidly built. Its been a great addition to kit.

 
4.0

Insanely sharp. but....

By D

from Midwest

Verified Buyer

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

This is the sharpest lens in my lineup now. I used to think my 70-200 VRII was sharp until I go this puppy. That said, I have 2 major issues. 1) Focus seems to be inconsistent. Especially wide open. Sometimes no matter what I do I can't get focus at 1.4. 2) It overexposes when wide open. I have to to turn exposure down -1 stop wide open. I just recently got the dock, so maybe I can get the focus issues in check. But i'll have to live with the overexposure for now. But it's so insanely sharp I can't get myself to send it back.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Firing Issues??

By Justin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love the lens BUT it has firing issues on my D5300 for some reason. The lighting will be fine and I will go to take the picture and nothing. It can be frustrating, but when it does fire it takes amazing pictures!

Anyone else have similar issues?

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Still trying to love it.

By Maria

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I have a love hate relationship with this lens. I love that its wide angle and when it nails the focus its beautiful! Still trying to figure out its sweet spot. Works great indoors for portraits and newborn sessions. Its one of the reasons why I am keeping it!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love the 35 mm Sigma art!

By Kristin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

In Love with this lens. This is my first Sigma art and I am loving the images and control that it has.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Sigma 35 mm art lens

By Ashley

from Undisclosed

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

I'm sure it's an awesome lens but mine came in very out of focus so I'm trying to fix that now to make sure I don't have a dud.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Incredibly sharp. I love to throw this lens on my Nikon D750 and just roam around town. Also one of my favorite lenses for family portraits or other events.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid Performer

By Donald

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This 35mm f1.4 Art lens was the first in a series of highly regarded lenses from Sigma featuring solid construction and superior optics. Focus ring is wide and well dampened. I have been well pleased with the pictures from this lens, extremely sharp, accurate color rendition and good contrast.
The lens leads a double life, as a 35mm focal length on my Nikon D810 and as a 52mm on the cropped sensor Nikon D7200.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Sent it Back

By Ray

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Sent it back and kept the Tamron 35 .8VC. I can't be bothered with these focusing issues. When it nails focus it's great. But don't count on it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly Recommended

By Matei

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I have just ordered another Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART as a backup, I love it so much. Amazing sharpness, focusing and color, a true 'ART' lens. Highly recommended!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding lens

By MikeinHK

from Hong Kong

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent 35mm FX lens. Marginally sharper than my Zeiss 35 f2 at most apertures. The rave reviews seem to be justified. AF was slightly off on my D810 but a quick adjustment with the USB dock sorted that out. Now AF is spot on. I love the build quaility.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art - My new favorite lens

By Jessica

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Absolutely love this lens. Hasn't come off my camera. It is fast and sharp and unbelievably crystal clear! Love it! It has become my go to lens for shooting in studio!!

(3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Exposure Problems--Had to return it!

By Frederick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This was my first non-nikon lens purchase and I bought due to the excellent reviews. I did not experience the focus issues that have been the biggest problem reported with this lens however, the exposure was very inconsistent and most pictures were +2 to +3 stops overexposed. It was extremely sharp at 1.4 and I wanted to keep it but the exposure problem was unacceptable!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp!

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

What else is there to say except, this is a SHARP lens! Across the board, from about 1.8 on it's a great sharpness. Below 1.8 is still exceptional. Solidly built; a very good lens.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply the best there is.

By Reed

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Outstanding optic, great price, best lens I've ever used. If you want a 35mm prime, save your $$s and buy it.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fell in love with it

By PaliRandi

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Verified Buyer

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

Loved it! Excelent quality, super sharp image and beautiful bokeh.

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