When it comes to lenses made by third parties do you feel a little skeptical? I always stay too, choosing the best investment in equipment, in my case Nikon, but everyone should go through this looking for the best way to get the best equipment of the brand without sacrificing the pocket.
But when you open the mind a little you may come across some good surprises like the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art.
Launched in 2012 as the first addition in the company’s ART category this lens debuts in a market where Canon, Nikon and Sony have dozens of options for all tastes, and sigma’s big advantage is that it puts its hand in your pocket , which is probably one of the best of its attributes.
Review Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art
This sigma 35mm prime lens features an HSM (Hypersonic Motor) focus motor that is very quiet. It has a maximum aperture of f / 16 and minimum of f /1.4, it is a very clear lens, great for working in environments with low illumination, besides having a minimum focal distance of 0.3 meters. One of the things he doesn’t have, but he won’t be missed much either, is an image stabilizer.
One of the great advantages of a third-party lens is the fact that they are sold with mounting to the biggest brands on the market, so if you own a Nikon, Sony, Canon or Pentax you can take advantage of this beauty.
This lens, for Nikon version, costs bristle of $899.00 new, is that it can be a bargain compare sum with the Nikon version itself that costs around $1300.00.
Sigma Pros 35mm f/1.4
On the technical side of the thing this lens also has impressive performance. Even when shooting at f/1.4 it is able to deliver images with very good sharpness.
The autofocus speed of the Sigma 35 f/1.4 is fairly fast, even as far as the subject is moving.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 cons
Although it has great construction and allow you to make great catches the construction of the Sigma 35mm f / 1.4 leaves the desired, because most of this beauty is made of plastic, when compared to the versions of Canon or Nikon that divide very well the amount of plastic and metal in their constructions, this is a big disadvantage especially in the long run, because the plastic will deteriorate much faster.
Another disadvantage compared to its competitors as is that even being made of plastic the Sigma is heavier, which can hinder some, it weighs about 700 kg while its rich cousins about 600 kg, at the end of the day these 100 kg more can make a difference.
The 35mm lenses are the lenses of photojournalism, a lens that will have to endure all kinds of work, and thinking about it the Sigma 35mm f / 1.4, fulfills its role to a certain point, because plastic construction can put everything to lose.
Maybe investing in a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens for Canon or Nikon can be a better deal in the long run, also due to the build quality. But if you are a careful person with your equipment and have the tight budget sigma is a good option, mainly for its image quality.