Hands on with the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art Head to head against Sony

Earlier today Sigma announced a new fast wide-angle prime lens – the 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art for mirrorless Sony e-mount and L mount cameras.

Above you can see a fairly long video Sigma published with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki who talks about the new lens and some of the innovations introduced into its design.

A new fast wide prime

The new 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art improves the image quality compared to the original 35mm F1.4 DG DN HSM lens (designed for DSLR and later released as an adapted mirrorless lens). The new lens is not just smaller and lighter it also exhibits better corner sharpness according to Sigma.

Other improvements in the new lens compared to the older generation include better handling of chromatic aberration and coma smearing which should make some astrophotographers happy.  Sigma also worked hard on reducing ghosting which should improve contrast even when shooting against bright light.

The new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN 

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN ArT Specs

  • 35mm f/1.4 lens with FF coverage.
  • Optical structure with 15 elements in 11 groups including 1 FLD, 1 ELD, 2 SLD, and 2 aspherical elements.
  • 11 aperture blades.
  • 30cm minimum focus distance (1:5.4 max macro magnification ratio).
  • 67mm filter thread.
  • 1.4 lb / 640 grams weight.
  • Dust and splash-proof structure.
  • Aperture ring lock.
  • Mounts – Sony E and Sigma/Panasonic/Leica L mounts.

Pricing and availability

The new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art will be priced at $900 starting in March 2021.

Hands-on and first reviews

Online there are already several hands-on reviews and previews of this lens and we collected a number of them for your viewing pleasure (above you can see B&H’s video on the lens).

Gerald Undone testing the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art 

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Our friends Chris and Jordan from DPR on the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art 

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Christopher Frost with a hands-on review of the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art 

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Manny Ortiz with some NY portrait shot with the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art 

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Dusting Abbott on the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN ART 

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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