Finally, I've got a hold of this lens!
Sigma 35mm F 1.4 Art DG HSM, a very first prime lens from Sigma's Art line for full frame bodies, is now in my hand. I've been waiting for a while to get this bad boy, finally it's here.
I've been a big fan of Sigma for a while now. After I tried their soon-to-be-replaced 50mm 1.4, I've sold my Canon 50mm right away. However, it wasn't until the introduction of Sigma 35mm Art, Sigma was just known for their cost-effective products rather than their quality. I'm sure most photographers would prefer lenses from the same brand of their bodies, mainly because, they seem to believe it's better. However, Sigma didn't release this lens to meet the need of photographers who can't afford Canon or Nikon. Rather, it was released to steal those fanboys from them, and prove that not everything has to be expensive to be great.
Ok, now let's get into the review. I'm not a person that understands technical stuff when it comes to photography, so don't expect that from me. I will just share my experience with the lens as a wedding & street photographer.
First, this lens suffices my standard when it comes to choosing lenses, wide aperture and fast auto focus(AF). F 1.4 is pretty fast for me to shoot most of my work and shallow DOF to isolate subject from its background. In the past, I remember AF speed and accuracy of Sigma lenses were very inconsistent, people called it Sigma lottery, because really, you had to be lucky to get a good copy. I, too played that lottery, and was able to get a good one at my third try. However, I can assure you that Sigma has changed. This is my first copy of the lens, and it is tack sharp at wide open on both of my Canon bodies. I'm very pleased with performance of AF speed as well, it is very quiet and super fast. For now, I have to say this is a keeper.
I have to say, it is almost inspiring to see Sigma stepping up the game. They have accomplished to kill two birds with one stone, which are cost & quality. I strongly suggest to any serious photographer to try this lens, especially those Canon/Nikon fanboys.
Believe the hype.