Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Review

9 November 2013

About This Video

James from Ted's talks about the Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM lens.


Hi! I’m James and welcome to Get Teducated, today I’m going to discuss the first addition into the Art category for Sigma.

This fantastic lens has a focal length of 35mm which is generally referred to as ‘normal’ or ‘standard’. What this effectively means, is that on your DSLR it gives you the same angle of view as the human eye, so the images look natural, just like what you’d expect to see with your own eyes. (example) The Sigma 35mm lens is designed specifically for the APS-C sized sensors found in most digital SLRs, so for those familiar with the old film cameras, this equates to what you’d expect to see through a 50mm lens.

Let’s take a look how this lens compares to other focal lengths (example)

This lens offers the excellent quality build we’ve come to expect from Sigma with a good solid feel, but the really impressive feature here is the f1.4 aperture (example)...aperture controls the amount of light that the lens allows into the camera and works similarly to the pupil of your own eye. Remember the lower the aperture, or f number – which in this case is 1.4, the bigger the aperture or maximum opening in the lens... This wider opening is not only handy for making the most of available lighting in low light situations, but it also creates a strong out focus background - as you can see here (example). This really separates your subject from the background and adds that professional touch to all of your shots, making this lens is ideal for portraits, still life photography, and your everyday casual snap shots.

The Sigma 35mm f1.4 also uses Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor for fast, quiet and accurate auto focusing. And not to mention for the more advanced users, it’s compatible with the Sigma USB dock which allows you to connect the lens directly to your computer for easy firmware updates and fine tuning of features such as the focusing.

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