Great bang for the buck! Highly recommended, even over the Canon L lens!
3 weeks ago
Summary: This lens is part of Sigma's new selection of "art" lens. Sigma recently revamped their entire lens lineup production and quality standards. With this lens, it rivals the Canon L version which cost a ton more! Some say this lens is much sharper than the Canon lens. Although I do not own the L lens to compare to, I can say that this sigma lens is VERY SHARP. When zooming in 1:1 in to a subject's eyes, the eyes are very clear and sharp.
Summary: A couple of great experiences renting the 35L put me in the market for a good 35mm prime. The price point and promised performance of the Sigma was too hard to resist and I purchased the lens from Amazon together with the USB dock. Disclaimer: the rest of this review is based on my experience with the particular copy I purchased, and a similar experience with a rental unit. It is possible other copies/camera combinations will show different results.
Wanted to get some time on the lens before reviewing
James D. Legan, Amazon
28 October 2013
Summary: So I promised myself that I would put some miles on this lens before writing a review and now that I have I feel it deserves a few words written about it. For starters let me be completely up front and say before this lens I have never been a Sigma fan. I appreciate that some people have been buying Sigma for years but I have not had any "great" experiences with their lenses.
Summary: As a filmmaker/photographer I shoot most of my projects on my Canon 5D Mark III. While traditionally it is best go for lenses that offer full control (full time manual iris and focus) I personally find it best to search for lenses that can accommodate both cinematography and photography. I need manual focus for shooting video but I also want auto focus for photos. This lens does it all. The build quality is fantastic.
Summary: This is the third of the highest quality prime lenses that I have acquired, and the best. The clarity of the images are simply stunning. Especially if you are shooting with high megapixels (i.e. 16 mp and up), this lens will likely allow your camera deliver image clarity you have just not seen before. I have been especially amazed by depth of field aspects of this lens. Of course at the 1.4 end, you can get a shallow dof and with nice bokeh.
Summary: I have shot professionally with this lens for about 2 weeks with around 1000 low light captures. I love how it feels, the precision of every aspect, the machined metal body, the large focus ring, it's bohke, the speed, sharpness, and it just plain looks like a million bucks. Beautiful lens!
Summary: I have used this lens for both the Canon and Nikon mount, on the 5DmkII and D300 respectively. The lens focuses quickly and quietly (at least in some part due to what it's attached to). DOF is super narrow at 1.4, bokeh is reasonably soft and pleasing without looking harsh like cheaper lenses. Fit and finish is excellent and the lens is sharp in the corners and isn't susceptible to CA or other artifacts of less expensive lenses.
Summary: Upgraded to this lens from an older 35mm f/2 after looking at my photographs and realizing that the 35 f/2 was spending most of the time on the camera. I wanted a lens that would take advantage of the sensor and this lens works great. It's larger and heavier but faster and sharper, so the size isn't really an issue. I've been working with this lens a little longer now and I wanted to update this review.