35mm F1.4 DG HSM

Design detail

One of Sigma's finest creations yet, this lens sets a new benchmark for performance, offering quality that exceeds expectations in every way

Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our new Art line delivers superior image quality for high-level artistic expression. This new lens embodies the concept of our new Art lenses.

Our Art line delivers high-level artistic quality

Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Developed with the maximum emphasis on artistic touch, our Art line lenses are designed to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome above compactness and multifunction. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, they’re perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes. The SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is the first lens from the Art line.

Compensate for color aberration to ensure unsurpassed expressive performance

Aberration is an important factor for the lens performance. To actualize a high-performance lens, one of the essential elements is aberration correction. When it comes to aberration, there are chromatic aberration of magnification and axial chromatic aberration. It is possible to correct the chromatic aberration of magnification in photo-editing software whereas axial chromatic aberration cannot be corrected afterwards. This lens incorporates FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, and SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, and by optimizing the power alignment of the lens, both types of aberration have been corrected. The lens achieves ultra-high image quality through the entire focusing range. Also, by appropriate alignment of aspheric lenses, astigmatism and field curvature are corrected. The result is superior optimum resolution even in peripheral areas.

Large maximum aperture of F1.4

In 2005, Sigma released a lens that has aperture value F1.4 designed for digital SLRs, “SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM”. Since then, we have produced high-performance lenses by incorporating the latest optical technique, such as the standard lens designed for a full size image sensor, the SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM and the medium telephoto lens with large aperture, SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM. This lens, SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, is our fourth lens that achieves extraordinary expressive power at the aperture value at F1.4. For wide angle photography, it ensures excellent brightness with the large F1.4 aperture and a beautiful bokeh effect.

Attractive blur effect

Correction of coma aberration enabled less blur on a point light source in peripheral areas, and the function is best used for astrophotography and illuminations. It is also possible to create an attractive blur to the out of focus areas. The aspheric lens elements used as the first lens have secured peripheral brightness while correcting distortion. The rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.

Floating inner focusing system

This system compensates for astigmatic aberration and spherical aberration and provides extremely high optical performance for close-up photos.

Flare and ghosting conscious design

In order to achieve high rendering on this flagship lens, flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured from an early stage to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incident light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions.

Hyper Sonic Motor

The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved.

Brass made bayonet mount

This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.

Ease of use

The new product lines incorporate rubber for the attachment part of the provided lens hood. For better usability, the design of the lens cap and AF/MF changeover switch have been improved. In order to ensure high accuracy of the product, all metallic parts and the new compound material, TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which has high affinity to metal parts, are housed internally.

Newly developed "USB DOCK" exclusively for new product lines

Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.

Evaluation with Sigma's own MTF measuring system “A1”

46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensor

We used to measure lens performance with MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.

Made in Japan

All Sigma’s manufacturing right down to moulds and parts is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely “made in Japan”. We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

One of Sigma's finest creations yet, this lens sets a new benchmark for performance, offering quality that exceeds expectations in every way

Lens construction

Specifications

AArt

35mm F1.4 DG HSM

Lens Construction 13 elements in 11 groups
Angle of View (for SD1) 63.4 degrees
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 Blades (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum Aperture F16
Minimum Focusing Distance 30cm / 11.8in.
Maximum Magnification 1:5.2
Filter Size Diameter 67mm
Dimensions Diameter 77mm x Length 94.0mm / 3.0in. x 3.7in.
Weight 665g / 23.5oz.

The appearance and specifications are subject to change without a notice.

Corresponding AF Mounts

Barcode No.

Sigma 00-85126-340568
Canon 00-85126-340544
Nikon 00-85126-340551
Sony 00-85126-340629
Pentax 00-85126-340612
Sony E-Mount 00-85126-340650

One of Sigma's finest creations yet, this lens sets a new benchmark for performance, offering quality that exceeds expectations in every way

MTF chart

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Distortion

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Vignetting

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One of Sigma's finest creations yet, this lens sets a new benchmark for performance, offering quality that exceeds expectations in every way

In the news

The new Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM Art lens has build quality and cosmetic finish designed to prime the highest expectations of optical performance. Although it’s modestly priced, every lens is destined to deliver peak performance. New electronics which can be reprogrammed through a USB interface which bayonets on to the mount, complete the package. Pixel for pixel it hs higher resolution than any sensor type.’

Let’s cut straight to the bottom line: this is simply one of the very best lenses currently available. In short, there is a lot to admire and absolutely nothing to dislike about this lens. Some people may want it even more cheaply than its current bargain price, but the truth is that it offers the perfect combination of quality and usability. I am literally in awe of this lens and simply wish I could shake the hand of the team that has designed such a fabulous piece of optical engineering.’

‘In your hand, the quality of the award-winning Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art is obvious – one of the early flag-bearers for Sigma’s new premium quality Global Vision range….It’s very sharp indeed, in fact sharper than rivals from Canon and Nikon.’

‘Lenses from the new ‘Art’ line in Sigma’s stable are intended to deliver premium quality in build, handling and imaging characteristics, along with high-level creative potential. This 35mm lens is exemplary in all these respects. It feels every inch a top-class professional lens, easing ahead of the Canon lenses in the group, which have a more run-of-the-mill, consumer-grade feel to them. Sharpness is outstanding, not only in the centre of the frame but right into the corners, even at very wide apertures… It’s more expensive than the other lenses tested, but a fabulous lens well worth the extra. Overall, it’s simply the best wide-angle lens in this group.’

‘Externally the standard of finish is impeccable. Like its newer, bigger brother, Sigma’s 50mm Art lens, the 35mm delivers superb sharpness and contrast even at its widest aperture. Especially impressive for a wide-angle optic, excellent sharpness is retained right into the corners of the frame when using wide apertures. Compared to the Samyang 35mm lens that’s on test, bokeh is rather smoother and more appealing.’

‘At £699 the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A provides not only the joint-widest aperture in test, but also the best image quality. Tack sharp in the centre at its widest aperture, this lens offers the best balance of performance, features and price, and wins Best In Test.’

‘As for image quality, it rivals the Zeiss for correction – maybe even surpasses it; there’s practically no spherical aberration or purple fringing and it is sharp wide open. In fact, it’s so good that it’ll take something really special to beat it, but don’t hold your breath. Optical quality does cost a lot of money, but this is more accessibly priced than most and with AF it’s arguably the more practical option. Resolution and contrast is amazingly consistent, just what professionals demand in a lens like this.’

‘It’s all wrapped up in a contemporary and sleekly styled package, beautifully finished, with smooth and moderately weighted manual focussing. Sharpness is outstanding in the centre and well into the excellent zone at f/1.4, rising to a peak of almost 90{a85d0d947998bd8b1b3f988fbc98eccd45f806e38d75dfa20c8c560f6f1da76e} at f/2.8. Distortion is well controlled with 0.6{a85d0d947998bd8b1b3f988fbc98eccd45f806e38d75dfa20c8c560f6f1da76e} barrelling to rate Very Good to Excellent. CA is decently held in check, too, contributing to the exceptional standard of sharpness.’

‘At maximum aperture, images are sharp centrally with a high micro-contrast and resolution on our Canon full-frame test camera, with only a slight drop in sharpness at the borders.  Stopping down to f2.8 improves this at the edges but it’s a phenomenally impressive performance.  Flare and ghosting are low thanks to Sigma’s excellent digital optimised coatings. It’s sure to upset the big-name offerings that can’t match the performance wide open, even though they’re close to twice the asking price.’

One of Sigma's finest creations yet, this lens sets a new benchmark for performance, offering quality that exceeds expectations in every way

Accessories

Padded Case for 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art – Sony E fitting only

Part No. CS0359

£20.99

Padded Case for 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

Part No. CS0330

£20.99

Lens Hood for 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

Part No. 3407Z4

£20.99