Sample images from the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens


Sigma published several sample images taken with the SD1 and their new 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens ($899). The full size sample can be downloaded here.

Update: more Sigma 35mm f/1.4 sample images taken with a Canon 5D are available here, here and here (last set taken with Canon EOS M).

100% crop, f/6.3





All images by Kimio Yajima

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  • Alex

    Wide open looks pretty sharp to me.

    • etr brony


  • Fabien

    Judging by these pictures, this lens promises to be really good.

  • longzoom

    It is small sensor, do not forget… Let us wait for regular one, to make a final conclusion.

    • Yes*! With most lenses producing better** images on APS-C sensors, we’d never*** know how this would perform on FF.

      * sarcasm
      ** sarcasm
      *** sarcasm

  • It says “Full size”, those are not Full size they are 14.7MPX the SD1 is 46MPX

    • Err … not sure if this is a troll or not …

      • andre

        Or an idiot.

  • Crop sensor, though, I’d love to see some full frame shots with it.

    • Good point – those are a full frame lens samples from a cropped sensor camera.

      • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

        But from what others have been saying, the most demanding crop sensor camera ever.

        • bro

          Which is besides the point, its a crop sensor so you do not know how well its performing in the corners. Every Sigma prime released recently has excellent sharpness in the center of the frame, that’s pretty much a given. But how does it do in the corners on FF? Impossible to tell with APS-C.

          • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

            The D800 has less than half the pixel density of that sigma crop sensor. If it is that sharp in the center, I would expect it to be at least D800 sharp in the corners.

          • sharperer

            That’s not necessarily true at all — and there are plenty of lenses which prove it. Its why the 24-70, 70-200 VRII and 14-24 are so cherished. Yes, you can get lenses sharp in the center. The edges are what many users are looking for. Time after time lenses fail in this regard.

        • The SD1 is not the “most demanding crop sensor”… it’s the opposite. If we’re talking about resolution vs. “demand”, it’s the least demanding one.

  • Slaven

    Damn cheaters!
    SD1 – the most sharp camera at pixel level ever 🙂

    • No… not sure if you know how to use something like Google but there are digital cameras that can produce far more detail than the SD1… but they’re very expensive. So you should have instead said SD1 gives the most resolution bang for the buck out of the common DSLRs.

      If you’re going to include film cameras then digital has nothing in the next 10 years to match what film can do now.

      • bidou


        Who bloody cares if a leaf back or whatever 8×10 analog camera is better ? Does this sigma lens fits in ?

        Breathe a bit, SD1 is the sharpest aps-c body today

        • Who cares? People who use them and I bet there’s more of them than Sigma DSLR users.

          Also, the original comment was about the SD1… not the lens.

          • bidou

            I know you work hard on posting everywhere all your science about cameras, but the original comment is about “testing this lens on a sd 1 body is cheating because foveon sensor are damn sharp at 100% crop”

            Ho, and i forget to mention how off topic it is to mention medium & large format cameras on a dslr lens post.

          • ROFL you’re still following dpreview’s 100% crop-comparing cr*p from the dark ages

            And forget off-topic… it’s downright wrong to say “SD1 – the most sharp camera at pixel level ever” when this lens can be put on higher resolution cameras… wait, I know what you fanboys think when they hear that… but before you hit reply, go learn how resolution is measured and come back when/if you do.

  • mtknot

    It looks sharp, with bokeh CA not as well controlled as the Samyang when wide open.

    A much needed lens for Sigma though; they really don’t have any lenses like this yet.

  • Slow Gin

    Yet another home run for Sigma.

  • MJr

    These are from a crop sensor. 🙁
    Here’s some actual fullframe samples:

  • RamesesThe2nd

    I would totally buy it, if I didn’t have 50mm f/1.4. Looks like a really good lens.

    • I found 50mm sometimes too long for street photography – like in markets. Besides that, I’m missing a ‘standard’ lens for my backup crop body. That’s my motivation.

      • RamesesThe2nd

        On crop sensor, why not just buy Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX and save over $600? I had it on my D90 and I loved it.

        • Because I shoot FX mainly. Otherwise, yeah.

  • lena

    The bokeh looks bad. Very sharp wide open, though.

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