|The Sigma 35mm Art series lens has a stylish, minimal look reminiscent of the new Zeiss Touit lenses, and with the a similar type of flat rubberized look to the finish.|
|The 35mm lens with and without its lens shade.|
|At its sweet spot of f/5.6 this lens is sharp everywhere and second to none.|
|The 9 blade aperture provides a circular diaphragm providing pleasing bokeh when used wide open.|
|Shot in close and wide open there is a pleasing contrast between the detailed focused area and the softness of the out of focus areas.|
|The lens is very flare resistant. Even with the bright sunlight reflection placed on the corner of the frame there is not extension of flare spots crossing to the other side of the image.|
This lens has the advantage of working with the Sigma USB lens dock for updating firmware and tweaking focus issues.
|The USB dock attaches to the back of the lens like a rear lens cap, and then connects to a computer for software control over the lens firmware.|
Off-brand lenses no longer carry the stigma they once had when compared to main line Nikon, and Canon optics. In fact, technology in optics has risen to a level where some of the off-brands now surpass their branded rivals. Sigma is one of the companies making inroads in this area, and lenses in their new Art lineup deserve serious consideration. On their own website, Sigma calls the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM a "true flagship" model. From what I have seen in my hands-on usage tests of this lens, it definitely gives them the bragging rights they now claim.