A Lens I Want - the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM


DPReview has published their test results of the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 prime lens, and it has increased my desire for this glass.

They conclude: "The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is a truly excellent lens, that performs as well in the field as its superb lab test results suggest. With fast silent focusing and solid build, its lower price makes it a compelling alternative to the camera manufacturers' equivalents if you don't need weather-sealing."

The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is currently available for $899 for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, and Sigma lens mounts.

I have its older cousin, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, and I love it. If the fates someday shine on me, would like to add the 35mm f/1.4 to my kit.

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All three Sigma f/1.4 lenses - the 35, 50, and 85, are stellar bits of glass. I've been using the 35mm f/1.4 nonstop for almost a month, and it's a truly fantastic lens. On a D800E, it simply shines.

It seems that the 35mm prime is replacing the nifty fifty as the "standard" lens for DSLRs. I had thought this was due to the APS-C size sensors but folks using full frame cameras seems to be using the 35mm prime as their "standard" prime.