Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM ART Lens Review - shafimon Choolookkaran

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM ART

f1.4, Iso100, 1s - straight out from raw

f1.4, Iso100, 1s - straight out from raw

           When I find the 35mm focal length to be essential for landscape, portrait & candid shoots, especially when it is a prime and can capture subjects in dark situations and help them to pop with its wide aperture.

In a pinch with a cityscape in a couple days, I picked up the Sigma 35mm 1.4 DG HSM Art Lens from our local vendor & Sigma Authorised reseller - AAB World- KUWAIT.

            I have read really great reviews so I decided to give it a try.  I was instantly taken with the great, sleek look of the lens. I liked how it felt on my camera and to the touch. I can’t say I really missed the red ring that is synonymous with Canon’s professional “L” series lenses. The Sigma felt and looked like a really well made lens. With only a couple days, I needed to take some pictures to make sure the automatic focus ( AF ) working and that there weren’t any other issues with sharpness, etc.. The AF is blazing fast.. the lens is great in handling looks lovely. i suggest who all are reading this - just have it..!!! no need to think twice

The center of the image is extremely sharp only i felt there is a bit vignetting in the corners , which i dont mind that, because it can be easily correct in LR, while post process.

i mounted this with a crop frame Canon 600D to do a simple test, even in the crop frame cameras, its performance is great.


Parts of the lens tube are made from metal, including the focus ring (which also features the usual rubber ring to provide better grip). However, some parts also seem to be made from plastic, for example the body part containing the distant scale and also the lens hood, so there's a bit of material mixture. Nonetheless, the lens really feels like a premium product. The focus ring is nicely damped and operates smoothly.

Find below, some of the test shots

f1.4, Iso100, 1/8s - straight out from raw

f1.4, Iso100, 1/8s - straight out from raw

Got a super sharp and great image on f1.4 @ 1/8th of second in the pitch dark with street lights.


then i tried a city skyline,

f16, Iso100, 15s - straight out from raw

f16, Iso100, 15s - straight out from raw

city skyline came out well with nice star bust effect at its f16, which is the minimum aperture.


after a while the sun came out.. then i moved in to the sea front to capture that days beautiful sunrise...

f16, Iso100, 1/20s +  LR shadow control& Color correction

f16, Iso100, 1/20s + LR shadow control& Color correction

f5.6, Iso100, 4s - color corrected

f5.6, Iso100, 4s - color corrected

even i tried with the night shot with long exposure. got the beautiful movement of  peoples.

a flow themed frame... straight.. sharp.. and colorful....

f1.4, Iso100, 1/5s - straight out from raw

f1.4, Iso100, 1/5s - straight out from raw

f1.4, Iso100, 1/5s - straight out from raw

f1.4, Iso100, 1/5s - straight out from raw

In this review, i did not try to show up my editing skills.. what came out from the lens, with 5D mk III, is directly uploaded.

only the sunrise picture with the fishing pier legs are bit processed to gain the shadow.


Leave a valuable comment if you like my review

See you next time with another gear.... cheers...!!!

Thanks to AAB world for supporting with the gears..

Thanks to my FotografiaQ8 (FQ8) team for accompany with me.

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