At the recent Photokina, Sigma announced the arrival of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART for Nikon and Canon SLRs. This lens is available at the public price of 616 dollars. This newcomer inaugurates a Sigma Art series that is not lacking in interest and is positioned as a real challenger of the very expensive Nikon AF – S 35 mm f/1.4 G, the competition is sometimes good.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART
The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM inaugurates the Sigma Art range and complements the Sigma 50 mm and 85 mm series of large aperture fixed lenses.
These three lenses feature the same HSM Sigma auto-focus motorization system and the same 9-blade circular diaphragm block. The name DG at Sigma refers to the lens designed for full format and compatible APS-C, this 35 mm does not deviate from the rule and will optionally equip DX cases like FX Nikon.
The optical formula consists of 13 elements in 11 groups, including two aspheric lenses, one FLD glass lens and four SLD glass lenses.
The minimum opening is set to f/16. The field angle of this 35 mm is 63.4 (equivalent 24×36). The minimum focus distance is 30 cm. Lovers of close-up photography will have a reproduction ratio of 1:5.2.
The Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM remains impressive, it measures in fact 77 mm of diameter for a total length of 94 mm, in the straight line of the pro lenses with large aperture like the Nikon AFS 35 mm f/1.4 G. The filter diameter is fixed at 67 mm.
This Sigma 35 mm does not have demerit: it offers high performance, its manufacture makes it a robust lens and appreciated by the most demanding photographers, its price, finally, positions it as a real challenger of the very exclusive Nikon AF – S 35 mm f/1.4 G whose price of more than 1800 dollars (May 2020) is no longer justified to date.