Sigma has reworked its first ever Art lens to create the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN for L-mount and Sony FE-mount cameras.
The original 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was introduced in 2012 and it was designed primarily for DSLRs. Now the F1.4 DG DN has been announced featuring redesigned optics and with mirrorless cameras in mind.
Like all Sigma lenses, the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is built in company’s factory at Aizu in Japan.
Measuring 109.5mm in length and 75.5mm in diameter, and weighing 645g, the 35mm F1.4 is significantly smaller and lighter than the original 35mm f/1,4 Art lens. Nevertheless, it’s said to have ‘an outstanding level of sharpness right to the edges of the frame at all apertures, as well as exceptionally smooth and attractive bokeh and remarkably well-controlled optical aberrations’. In fact, according to Sigma it is the ‘new gold standard in wide-aperture 35mm primes’.
It also features a de-clickable and lockable aperture ring, which is great news for videographers, and a customisable AFL button.
Inside the weather-sealed barrel the new lens is constructed from 15 elements in 11 groups, including two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) elements, an Extraordinary Low Dispersion (ELD) element, an ‘F’ Low Dispersion (FLD) element and two aspherical elements.
In addition, the 11-blade rounded iris ensures smooth, round bokeh, making the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art an attractive choice for portraits. Sigma’s anti-ghosting and anti-flare technology is also utilised to deliver excellent performance with backlit subjects while water and oil repellant coatings on the front element help to keep the image quality at its highest.
The 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art is also claimed to minimise all types of aberration including axial chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected in-camera.
Sigma has used a stepping motor for the focusing system which uses a single, lightweight element, helping to make the autofocusing fast and quiet.
As previously mentioned, there’s a declickable aperture ring to enable intuitive control over the aperture setting. This can also be locked to prevent accidentally changes in the setting.
In addition, the AFL button which sits within convenient reach of a thumb, can be customised via the camera menu.
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN price and availability date
The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG DN is set to go on sale in L-mount and Sony E-mount from 14th May for £749.99 / $899.
- Lens type: Full-frame wideangle prime
- Announced: 27th April 2021
- Available mounts: L-mount, Sony E-mount (FE)
- Focal length: 35mm
- Construction: 15 elements in 11 groups, with 1 FLD, 1 ELD, 2 SLD and 2 aspherical elements
- Coatings: Super Multi Layer, water and oil repellant (front element)
- Number of aperture blades: 11
- Angle of view: 63.4°
- Focus mechanism: Stepping motor
- Closest focusing distance: 30cm /11.8-inches
- Maximum magnification ratio: 1:5.4
- Maximum aperture: f/1.4
- Minimum aperture: f/16
- Filter size: 67mm
- Supplied accessory: Petal lens hood
- Dimensions (diameter x length): L-mount: 75.5 x 109.5mm, Sony E-mount: 75.5 x 111.5mm
- Weight: L-mount: 645g, Sony E-mount: 640g