Friday, 26 September 2014

Quick Look: Sigma 35mm F/1.4 Art Lens

Hello all, I am excited to tell you that I have purchased the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art! 

I haven't had the chance to do much portraits with it but here are some test shots that I have taken with it. All shots in this post are straight out of the camera, shot in JPEG.
Nice, minimalist packaging.  
I got this lens from digitalrev.com which offers free shipping and no hidden  fees at the door for Canadian customers. Mind you, it is a "Grey Market" lens, meaning that it is not covered by Sigma's warranty--however, it is exactly the same as a "USA" product in every other way. Digitalrev provides a "Worldwide Local Warranty" program to compensate for this.  
I trust the quality control of Sigma and I'm usually very careful--thus I am not worried about buying a grey market product. Grey market products are also cheaper for obvious reasons. I ordered this lens and it was shipped the same day and delivered to my door in about 3 days. Very, very quick shipping indeed. The price I paid for this lens covered all duties/import tax as I did not have to pay anything at the door.  
Gorgeous isn't it? It has a very solid feel. It is 665g so it can be pretty hard to shoot with one hand. 
Settings for the following shots: 1/320 @f/1.4, ISO 100, AWB, JPEG, AF centre-focus point only.
Creamy bokeh and sharp as tack!
The 9-bladed aperture really makes for amazing bokeh. Bokeh = out of focus elements in case you didn't know. Focusing is silent and very quick.
For this focal length, the minimum focus distance is 30cm. Max aperture is f/1.4, min aperture is f/16. No Image Stabilization or weather sealing--which is not an issue for me.  
At 100% crop: Very, very detailed. Nice colour rendition too. 
So far there is very minimal purple/green fringing.  
Overall, very good impressions of this lens so far. A lot of reviews say that it is a better performer than the aging, more expensive Canon version. The price? I paid $1049 CAD for it (all-inclusive)...yes...gasp...

I work two jobs and almost have no days off. I think it's understandable that I use some of my earnings for my own enjoyment :) Photography is my passion and I am willing to invest in it. I hope to keep building on my DSLR kit little by little and see where this passion will take me!

-e.m.

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