Snappy, sharp and accurate would best describe this lens. I shot these photographs using my Canon 6D and the Sigma 35mm Art lens at f/1.8. It was one of those a spur-of-the-moment shoots; the light was perfect, so I literally grabbed my gear and ran for the hills. These are obviously not your formal test images with calibrated charts shot under controlled conditions, but it gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect.
Small and lightweight, this lens is perfect for street and travel photography and offers the perfect balance of tight and wide without being too bulky. Compared to some of the more expensive lenses I’ve used, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art is an above-average lens in terms of corner-to-corner sharpness, contrast, bokeh and light falloff.
A few features of the Sigma 35mm Art:
- At an aperture of f/1.4 there is an expected reduction in contrast.
- The edges have a slight image softness compared to the centre, but it still looks good for a fast prime lens.
- Mild vignetting is expected when shooting wide, but I feel it enhances the photograph’s wafer-thin depth-of-field.
If you’ve been saving up for a new wide-angle portrait lens, stop thinking about any other lens and buy the Sigma 35mm Art. This lens fits right into my style of shooting and I’m in love with the colour and smooth bokeh it gives. I was blown away from the first click of the shutter and could easily shoot an entire wedding with this one lens.