This 35mm f/1.4 is from Sigma’s acclaimed Art range, and has been recognised by many as providing some of the best image quality currently available...
Packing in 13 elements in 11 groups – including one FLD and 4 SLD low-dispersion elements, as well as two aspherical elements – keeps the image quality amazingly high and reduces ghosting or flare. Shooting at the maximum f/1.4 produces excellent centre sharpness, with the corners being impressively sharp. When stopped down to f/4, the overall sharpness is nothing short of exceptional, with any vignetting also disappearing completely.
The lens is quite hefty, weighing in at 665g, and feels quite bulky in-hand, but it does balance well on larger cameras. The autofocus switch on the side allows you to change from manual to autofocus in an instant, and the 35mm focal length makes it a great walkabout lens that’s more than capable of capturing anything from landscapes to street portraits.
Versatile focal length
Fast f/1.4 aperture
A bit heavy
Hard to get out-of-focus backgrounds
Max aperture: f/1.4
Min aperture: f/16
Min focusing distance: 30cm