When SIGMA first introduced the Art line of prime lenses in 2013, there was no question about which focal length would arrive first. While 50’s are classic and 85’s are perfect for portraits, there’s only one lens that could push the entire company to a new level — the 35mm Art would be that lens.
Of course, technology continues to move forward, and mirrorless camera bodies have now begun to take over the camera industry. Thus, a new 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art — designed exclusively for mirrorless — has been developed to bring the incredible image quality and versatility that DSLR shooters have enjoyed for years to E-mount and L-mount systems.
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art Highlights:
Introduced in April 2021, the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art offers a more lightweight, compact form, premium construction, and outstanding optical quality.
- Improved optical performance and more compact size compared to conventional model.
- Minimal flare, ghosting and aberrations, plus exceptional sharpness across the entire image area, even wide open at F1.4.
- 11 rounded diaphragm blades for exceptionally smooth, appealing bokeh.
- Stepping-type focus motor with single focusing element for speed, smoothness and accuracy.
- Superb build quality with both aluminum and Thermally Stable Composite components.
- Dust and splash-proof structure with a water and oil-repellent front coating.
- On-lens controls including manual aperture ring with click switch, lock switch, AFL button, and a smooth manual focusing ring (focus by wire).
- Petal-type, locking lens hood with rubber grip to protect the lens and reduce flare.
Astrophotographer Jack Fusco was among the first people to try the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art outside the confines of the SIGMA factory, and he immediately put it to good use, taking advantage of the lens’ fast maximum aperture and ability to produce sharp imagery across the entire frame. With this lens, he was able to produce spectacular nighttime photographs like the two shots above… both illuminated entirely by the moon, by the way!
“A fast aperture is a crucial part of picking up faint detail in the sky. The quality of this lens when shooting wide open, filling the corner of your frame with bright stars, is extremely impressive. Having a lens that performs this well whether I’m taking single frames, tracked exposures, or shooting time-lapse, starts me off at a huge advantage.”
– Jack Fusco
Updated for the Latest Mirrorless Camera Systems
Compared to conventional models, the new 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art offers improved optical performance, with minimal aberrations and exceptional sharpness from edge to edge, even at F1.4. A streamlined focusing system, featuring a stepping-type motor and a single focusing element, provide quick, smooth, accurate autofocus response while reducing the overall size and weight of the lens.
The 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art also offers a variety of convenient, practical features for demanding users. On-lens controls include a focus mode switch, AFL button, aperture ring, aperture ring click switch, and an aperture ring lock. Most notable, however, is probably its slimmed-down overall design, which brings the uncompromising image quality of the 35mm Art to smaller camera systems, a real benefit for photographers on the go.
“Escaping light pollution to capture the night sky often means traveling to remote locations. This makes the decision of what gear to bring even more critical. Pair the lightweight with its fast aperture and incredible corner sharpness and this lens will easily earn a spot for the most demanding astrophotography shoots.”
– Jack Fusco
Built for Professional Use No Matter Where You Shoot
Like other SIGMA Art lenses, the entire lens body of the 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art incorporates a dust and splash-proof structure for peace of mind in inclement conditions, not to mention a water and oil-repellent front coating. For outdoor photographers like Jack, these are extremely valuable features, especially when perfect photo opportunities are few and quite literally far between.
“Having gear that I can rely on in all conditions in extremely important. The build quality of this lens doesn’t make any sacrifices while still being delivered in a compact and lightweight package. Pair this with the versatility of the 35mm focal length and this makes keeping it in my bag for short or long hikes under the stars a no brainer.”
– Jack Fusco
An Essential Prime for Any Full-Frame Mirrorless Shooter
From weddings to landscapes, newborns to night skies, a 35mm full-frame lens is a truly versatile piece of gear that is likely to find a place in almost every photographer’s camera bag. For Sony E-mount and L-mount (Panasonic, Leica & SIGMA) shooters, the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN | Art brings seriously pro-level performance to these platforms in a compact size at an affordable price. And with a 4-year US warranty, it’s a lens you can rely on for the long term, too.