Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Review

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This lens is the first of Sigma's new 'Art' line of lenses that promise excellent optical quality and increased creative options thanks to a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture. Being one of Sigma's top of the range lenses, it sports a hypersonic focusing motor, brass lens mount and build quality normally reserved for their EX line of lenses.
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At Photokina 2012, Sigma announced a reorganization of its lens lineup into three categories - 'Contemporary' covering lightweight, flexible zooms, 'Sports' for larger telephoto lenses, and 'Art' for a wide range of optics aimed at serious photographers, including ultra-wideangles, macros and fast primes. At the same time the company announced three new lenses, one in each class, with the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM as the first release in the Art category. It's designed as a high-quality alternative to the camera manufacturers' equivalents at a substantially lower cost; even at its ca. £800 / $900 launch price, it's a tempting proposition compared to Canon, Nikon and Sony's offerings, which all sell for upwards of £1000 / $1300.
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The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens is the first result coming out of Sigma's recently announced lens lineup restructuring. This lens represents a completely new look and feel for Sigma - a very positive upgrade from a physical perspective and a big hit from an image quality perspective.
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So far the independent producers haven’t spoilt us with a big choice of classic fixed-focus lenses (apart from the manual Zeiss products). For example up to know neither Tamron nor Tokina nor Samyang have presented typical 1.8/50 or 1.4/50 devices; the Sigma has offered such a lens in its line-up only since 2008. The situation is similar for a full frame 1.4/35 model. Here the brand name lenses have always been the front runners, with independent producers trying to enter that segment only recently. First was Samyang, launching their device in 2011; now also Sigma joins in that club.
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