The Best Sigma Lens Ever Created?

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Hmmm, when we talk about a lens being “best” do we always refer to sharpness? Take a look at a couple of the test shots in this review. Yeah, this lens sure is sharp – but you can see every imperfection in glaring detail.

I'm glad to be behind and not in front of the camera – no way I'm going to show the world all the wrinkles and imperfections I've picked up along the way.

On the other hand, that's why they make a) softening filters, and b) several flavors of blur filters in image editing software. The trick is to soften without it showing. Smoothing without loss of detail – that's the trick.

From Ron Martinsen from a post on his blog, REVIEW: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Series Lens–The Best Sigma I’ve Ever Tested.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Series Lens Review

Taken using a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A Lens for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, & Sigma DSLR's Image Copyright Ron Martinsen – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Model: Adriana Cristina

Taken using a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A Lens for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, & Sigma DSLR's
Image Copyright Ron Martinsen – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Model: Adriana Cristina

From Ron Martinsen:

The shot above was post-processed for impact, but you can click it to see the full unedited in-camera original.

Excluding the shot above, all of the images below and in the gallery are all in-camera JPEG’s take using a Canon 1D X. Zero post-processing has been done on these photos beyond what Canon does for its internal in-camera RAW processing, so what you see below is what you can expect to get with this camera and lens combo. 6D users should get nearly identical results under identical conditions, and 5D Mark III users can expect results that are almost as good.

I did not test this lens with any other cameras, so I can’t comment on their quality – however I’d expect similarly excellent results with other camera bodies as well. The only variants would be the performance of the sensor and in-camera processing results.



Sample Images

Canon EOS-1D X, f/4 @ 35 mm, 1/60, ISO 3200, No Flash. Handheld

Canon EOS-1D X, f/4 @ 35 mm, 1/60, ISO 3200, No Flash. Handheld

 

Canon EOS-1D X, f/8 @ 35 mm, 1/160, ISO 100, No Flash Not my best shot of Adriana, but I wanted to capture black feathers on the shadow side and this model’s gorgeous blue eyes in the light to show that f/8 is definitely great!

Canon EOS-1D X, f/8 @ 35 mm, 1/160, ISO 100, No Flash
Not my best shot of Adriana, but I wanted to capture black feathers on the shadow side
and this model’s gorgeous blue eyes in the light to show that f/8 is definitely great!

See all sample images and full review on Ron Martinsen's blog post: REVIEW: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Series Lens–The Best Sigma I’ve Ever Tested

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