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

(based on 184 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (149)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (4)

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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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.

 
2.0

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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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!!

 
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!

 
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.

(1 of 1 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.

(2 of 2 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.

 
4.0

Perfect lens!

By Alecappi

from São Paulo Brazil

Verified Buyer

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

It's a amazing lens. Glass of quality, a little bit heavy but ok. Excellent sharp and fast focus. In a few tests with low light the lens work was fantasitc with really good results.

 
5.0

Did very well!!

By Brian

from Undisclosed

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Site Member

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

So I'm a Nikon guy through and through. I prefer to even buy Nikkor lenses. I second shoot with a wedding photographer who loves Sigma. So I purchased this lens. WOW it does very well. The focus is spot on, the AF is fast ( Not as fast as Nikon ) but fast. I checked to see if I needed to do a little AF Fine Tune as most lenses need that. Again this one in particular was right on the money. If your looking to add primes to your lens bag and want to save a little cash, I highly recommend this lens to that collection.

Build quality overall is done very well. It has some weight to it which I like. Feels very good with a D810.

My only Con about this lens is the weather sealing. There is none. I can't imagine adding a weather seal would jack up the production cost of this lens or any Sigma lens for that matter. So if you plan on shoot in a dusty, wet, or any difficult weather, then you may want to take a second look on this lens just for that simple fact. Now to remedy that issue is a weather guard over the entire body and lens. Then you should be fine.

 
5.0

Great lens!

By emipeter

from Washington, DC

Verified Buyer

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

I upgraded to this from my 35mm 1.8, and I have to say I love it! The focus is tack sharp, and the images are crisp and clean. I couldn't be happier with this purchase!

 
5.0

Crisp quality, simple functionalities, NOTHING BETTER!

By Noah Willson

from Venice, CA

Verified Buyer

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

This lens has served me well over the last few weeks of using it as a portrait, real estate, and commercial photographer! The image is always very crisp with my Nikon D800, so I am able to zoom in a lot without it getting fuzzy or degrading its quality.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would recommend this lens to anyone!

By Ally

from Logan, WV

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    The Sigma 35mm art is now my go to lens. I bought it because I needed a wider angle, but didn't want to go too wide. This lens is so incredibly sharp! I used it at the last wedding I photographed and it was as absolute beast.

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    5.0

    Best lens EVER

    By Elsa

    from Reno

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

    I'm in love with it. Everything was delivered in time and good condition. Thank you!

    (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Meh!

    By Alex

    from Austin

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus

    Best Uses

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

      I was hesitant on getting this lens, and I should have passed from the beginning. This lens is sharp at close distances but past 8ft its so inconsistent. I used it with a Nikon D810 and I was getting 1/4 shots in focus. It has serious focusing issues; I could not take this lens to a wedding where every shot counts. Decided to return it and try the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 instead.

      Also, most reviews state to use the USB dock, I should not have to buy another accessory to make sure the lens works the way it should out of the box. Such a shame because the lens is sharp when it's​ in focus.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      excellant

      By Cosmo

      from midwest

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        A friend mentioned this line of art lens, I started reading the reviews, every comment so positive. This lens is great. i have several Nikon lens, and have been very happy with them, but this one is awesome...All of the positive reviews are right on. If I was limited to just one lens, this one would have to be it.

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        5.0

        Lives Up To Hype

        By Steve

        from Brooklyn

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

        This lens has easily become my favorite over the past few months. It's the sharpest and most versatile lens in my collection. The folks at Sigma have certainly earned my trust.

        (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        I really wanted to like it.....

        By Mark

        from Long Island

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

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

          I have found 35mm lens to be so versatile with my D750 and I already have the 2.0 and 1.8mm NIKKOR lenses. The 2.0 is surprisingly good but the 1.8 is sharper and more convincing. I ordered the Sigma 1.4 in the hopes for even better IQ, bokeh, and color. The Nikon 1.4 is simply overpriced and I could not justify the cost and weight for marginal benefits. So, I really wanted to like the Sigma and spent a full week shooting under a variety of conditions. I was alerted to problems with autofocus from other reviewers but assumed (hoped) it had been corrected by the manufacturer.

          Unfortunately, right from the outset I found the focus to be off with notable front focusing. So I tried to correct this using the fine tuning feature and took serial fotos at several adjustments, +3, +5, +7 and +10. In some circumstances this was helpful and the images were fairly sharp. The color, depth, and bokeh were seductive. But the focus was not consistent across different lighting and camera settings and the results were erratic. Finally, I went back to my Nikkor 1.8mm for comparison and was amazed at how consistently sharp the output is.

          So, reluctantly, I am returning the Sigma. I wanted to like it but there is something wrong with the focusing technology. It looks like a bargain but it is not a reliable lens. What a shame.

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          • No

          (19 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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          • No

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