It was just about a year ago that the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens was announced at Photokina 2012 as part of the Sigma Global Vision. And what a year it has been for this amazing wide, fast prime! This lens quickly won the hearts of both technical reviewers and creative photographers around the world for its amazing optical performance even wide open at F1.4, its design and build, and of course, its incredibly competitive street price.
Here’s a rundown of just some of the highlights of the first year of this lens
- DxOMark declared it “one of the sharpest lenses ever tested on a Canon camera.”
- Then they did it again, for Nikon, on the super-high resolution Nikon D800!
- It was awarded the TIPA award for Best Expert DSLR lens
- It was recognized by DPReview with its Gold Award
- Camera Grand Prix Japan 2013 Lens of the Year
- PCMag.com Editor’s Choice Award
- Our First Look blog posting, published at 4PM on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving had become our most popular blog posting of 2012 by the time the office reopened monday morning!
- LensRental.com raved and praised this lens for the performance in one of the very first published tests.
- Hundreds upon hundreds of 5-star reviews on retailer and fan sites from happy photographers.
More than anything else, this is a lens that inspires creativity. Wide open and close up for razor thin focus with gorgeously soft background feel and bokeh, or stopped down for serious depth of field with edge-to-edge sharpness, on full-frame and crop chip cameras, it simply delivers gorgeous imagery time and again.
Not a week goes without a fan sending us an email, or posting to our Facebook wall, just to let us know how happy they are with this lens and wanting to share a recent photo. For example, this great lead image of two girls on John Pennwarden’s portfolio site was made with the 35mm, and it was the only lens Mark Federighi used on a recent road trip from Chicago to Yellowstone. This is the sort of customer and fan feedback that makes us all smile! (See more great fan work links, and add your own links to this Facebook thread .)
This lens simply feels good in the hands and makes fantastic images and you could leave it at that. However, knowing that it comes with a four-year US warranty and offers four-zone microfocus adjustment and firmware updates with the USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro means that even at that fantastic street price, this one of a kind lens offers a great degree of purchase confidence plus Sigma’s exclusive user-updatable firmware and better-than-in-camera microfocus tweaks ensure this lens is a smart investment in your long-term photographic visions. And knowing that each and every 35mm F1.4–like every new lens in the Art, Sports, and Contemporary lines–is individually tested for sharpness and performance on the A1 MTF device means that every copy is a champion.
It’s the sort of lens, that no matter where I’m heading and whatever I’ve got in mind to find that day, almost always squeezes its way into a corner of whichever bag I’m hauling. Fast and wide on full-frame, or fast and standard on crop-sensor cameras–it really makes me happy to use this lens on my cameras.
In fact, it recently inspired me to get up well before dawn–at 3:30PM, in order to visit one of my favorite spots, Sandy Hook, NJ (part of Gateway National Recreation area), as soon as the park gates opened at 5AM , on a morning when the full moon would be setting in the west as the sun rose over the ocean to the east.
And last December, it was the primary lens I used for a creative time lapse video Christmas card to share with friends and family to wind down 2012.
It’s the sort of lens that just insists on being with you, and always delivers satisfying images, without compromise, wherever inspiration takes you. And that, more than anything, is what the best photo gear is meant to do.
Please feel free to share your own photos and video projects made with the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens–we love seeing what fans are making with this lens!