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In a model aware world, you should buy a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor’s for about $50, or you will get the Maison Martin Margiela model for $250. Distinction? Fairly negligible if you get all the way down to the nuts and bolts – the costlier model has slightly bit extra model cachet, and can fetch you extra on eBay. However on a day-to-day foundation, each present trendy footwear styling to whomever slips them on.

Such is the case with the Sigma Artwork lens collection, which had been initially introduced at Photokina 2012. Again then, Sigma described the Artwork line as such, “These lenses are developed with an emphasis on inventive contact and are designed to satisfy the expectations of customers who worth a inventive, dramatic end result. Together with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and informal snaps, these lenses are good for the type of images that unleashes the inside artist.”

If this seems like a bunch of promoting drivel, I might concur. However the truth is that these lenses have been impressing photographers, reviewers and technical benchmarking corporations ever since they beginning exhibiting up in shops final 12 months.

After I was rising up, Sigma didn’t have a lot of a status for top of the range optics. It was one of some alternate manufacturers that produced decrease priced, and normally inferior merchandise that appealed to the price range aware. However somebody over there determined to start out creating premium merchandise and the 35mm f/1.four HG DSM is the primary of the Artwork lenses to show their level.

The construct high quality of the lens is superb and the design aesthetic will attraction to even the snobbiest of critics with its matte black end and white sort. That is in distinction to the pink and gold design parts which might be indicative of Canon and Nikon respectively. Optically, the lens is implausible. It’s sharp and has a nice bokeh. The barrel distortion is restricted, and the fringing may be very contained.

Small variations emerged as I used to be testing. As I used to be swapping lenses from my DSLR physique, I discovered slightly design aspect that made life quite a bit simpler. On the Nikon lens, there’s a small white dot on the barrel the place you align the lens with the physique to connect it. On the Sigma, there’s a white dot on the barrel and a pink dot on the within of the aluminum ring. As you convey the lens in the direction of the physique, the presence of the pink dot makes it a lot simpler to align.

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Right here’s a quick spec comparability.

[table width=600px] ,Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM,Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4G,Canon 35mm f/1.4L USM

12 months Introduced,2012,2010,1998

Minimal Focusing Distance,30cm,29.87cm,30cm

Minimal Aperture,f/16,f/16,f/22

Filter Thread,67mm,67mm,72mm

Weight,665g,601g,580g

DxOMark Rating,39,28,27

Worth,$899,$1619,$1479

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In line with DxO, the Sigma 35mm outperforms each the Nikon and Canon counterparts by a reasonably important margin, and together with the Nikon D800, the Sigma offers the sharpest performing combo of their database. What does this imply in actual life, or extra particularly what does it imply for photographs that you just’re displaying on the net?

Given that folks apply lens profiles, apply changes, cut back the dimensions and sharpen the output, the DxOMark efficiency variations are most likely negligible when considered by the typical particular person. The evident distinction, subsequently, is worth. The Sigma presents a considerably higher worth, and if you happen to like studying MTF charts, it outperforms the Nikon and Canon glass as nicely. Let’s take a look at some footage taken with a Nikon D800, we could?

Folks

ISO 100, f/2.8 at 1/800s

ISO 100, f/2.eight at 1/800s

ISO 100, f/2 at 1/5000s

ISO 100, f/2 at 1/5000s

ISO 100, f/2.2 at 1/5000s

ISO 100, f/2.2 at 1/5000s

ISO 100, f/2 at 1/800s

ISO 100, f/2 at 1/800s

ISO 1600, f/3.2 at 1/160s

ISO 1600, f/three.2 at 1/160s

Locations & Issues

ISO 400, f/8 at 0.8s

ISO 400, f/eight at zero.8s

ISO 400, f/3.2 at 1/320s

ISO 400, f/three.2 at 1/320s

ISO 100, f/16 at 1/100s

ISO 100, f/16 at 1/100s

ISO 400, f/2 at 1/1600s

ISO 400, f/2 at 1/1600s

ISO 400, f/5 at 1/80s

ISO 400, f/5 at 1/80s

How is the barrel distortion on the Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM?

Right here is a photograph from the Sony RX-1, which has a really noticeable barrel distortion with its mounted Zeiss 35mm f/2.zero.

Sony RX-1

Sony RX-1

Right here is a photograph taken with the Sigma. Not fully devoid of the middle bulge, however a lot much less pronounced than the Sony.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM

And at last the Sigma with lens profile correction.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM corrected

Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM corrected

With correction utilized there isn’t a lot of a change. The strains are a bit extra parallel, notably within the middle of the body the place the barrel distortion tends to be the worst, however the lens with out correction is fairly nice.

Is the Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM sharp?

f/1.4 full crop at infinity

f/1.four full crop at infinity

f/16 full crop at infinity

f/16 full crop at infinity

Sure, it’s sharp. f/1.four vs f/16 has anticipated variations, however the lens may be very sharp at f/1.four.

How is the colour fringing on the Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM?

100% crop. Some purple fringing.

100% crop. Some purple fringing.

100% crop

100% crop

The colour fringing may be very contained. Within the hat picture, the perimeter may be very slender, and principally imperceptible when viewing your complete picture. Within the hair picture, there isn’t a seen fringing regardless of the excessive distinction fringe of the hair towards the blown out sky.

Does the Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM have good bokeh?

100% crop

100% crop

The bokeh is agreeable to my eye. Creamy transitions of tones with no discernible “signature” for this lens.

How is the vignetting on the Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM?

f/1.4

f/1.four

f/16

f/16

Huge open, the lens reveals noticeable, however common vignetting. When lens profile corrections are enabled in Lightroom, the vignetting is all however eradicated.

f/1.4 with lens profile correction

f/1.four with lens profile correction

How is the Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM in comparison with the Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4G?

There isn’t a lot distinction between the lenses optically when viewing photographs of the identical scene. The Nikon feels prefer it focuses virtually imperceptibly quicker in low gentle. The Sigma appears to have barely higher transmission (though the DxOMark signifies that each lenses have a T1.7). The Sigma has a a lot stiffer focusing ring, which I most popular. I’ve at all times discovered the Nikon AF-S lens rings to be unfastened, however then once more, how usually are you manually focusing these days?

Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4G

Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.4G

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Sigma 35mm f/1.four DG HSM

Professionals:

  • Sharp and optically superior
  • Quick focusing
  • Nice worth in comparison with Nikon and Canon equivalents

Cons:

  • Lens cap not tremendous safe
  • Focusing appears much less correct and barely slower in low gentle than Nikon (however that is strictly subjective)
  • No f/22

Conclusion:

ISO 6400, f/8 at 1/20s

ISO 6400, f/eight at 1/20s

If you’re compelled to listing the match of the lens cap in your “cons,” you’ve most likely discovered a fairly good lens. With the not too long ago launched Sigma 50mm f/1.four, it appears secure to say that the Artwork collection could have a pedigreed status that ought to assist these lenses preserve their resale worth, whereas offering unimaginable efficiency for you now. The Sigma outperforms its Canon and Nikon counterparts at a major low cost. When you’re out there for a 35mm f/1.four lens, that is the lens for you.