NEW Sigma Lens Now Available!

The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is now available for Pre-Order! 

Sigma has just released the pricing of the highly anticipated 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, something we have all been curious about since we first heard about this lens. It’s available “immediately” for $900 MAP. Given the popularity of the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G and the newly announced Canon 35mm f/2, it will be interesting to see how it stacks up. I've been waiting a long time for this lens and was close to purchasing the Nikon version until I caught wind of this Sigma version coming out. I have chosen Sigma's version of both the 50mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.4 over the Nikon's and couldn't be happier with them. There is the benefit of being cheaper in price when going with Sigma, but with price aside, I would still choose the Sigma versions of both. I now have the need for a wider lens and have been using the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 a lot recently, so up until the Sigma's announcement of their version, I had no other option but to go with the NIkon.

Sigma gave no date of when this lens would become available for order, so I was getting a little antsy and almost had no choice but to purchase the Nikon...until today. I knew this lens would end up being cheaper than Nikon's version, but I was unsure how much, especially with their new design, but I was pleasantly surprised when I seen $899. Im looking forward to seeing the reviews of this lens, but I will most likely be taking a chance on Sigma once again and put my order in within a week or two. With Sigma touting this lens’ speed and “stunning bokeh background effect”, Im looking forward to getting this puppy on my D800. 

The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is the first of three known (with more likely on the way) lenses that will be organized into Sigma’s three defined categories of lenses. This lens is categorized under their “Art” line. When comparing to the new Canon lens, it is important to note that there is no optical stabilization on the Sigma 35mm f/1.4.

  • One “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass lens and four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass lenses to ensure exceptional correction of lateral and axial chromatic aberration, the latter of which cannot be corrected in post production
  • A floating inner focus system to provide extremely high optical performance for close-up photos
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting and provide sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions
  • A HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) that ensures high speed, accurate and quiet AF
  • Rubber incorporated into the attachment part of the lens hood, and an improved redesign of the lens cap and AF / MF changeover switch have been improved
  • Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), which has high affinity to metal parts, that are housed internally, increases overall functionality, lifespan, and quality of the lens
  • A rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image
  • A newly developed USB dock, which will be sold separately and exclusively for new product lines, can be paired with new Sigma Optimization Pro software to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters, such as micro focus adjustment

  • Transient

    I really love Nikon's 35mm f/1.4 and have really enjoyed using it as much as I have over the past couple months. I had always loved my 50mm focal length and was shocked to see how much I loved the 35mm even more. When the 35mm is in my bag...its on my D800.  It took my 50mm focal length that I have loved for so long and added a little more to the frame, keeping the DOF nice and shallow. I would be more than thrilled to keep the Nikon version strapped on my camera, but with a price difference like you see below, it would take a real botch up job by Sigma to make me not go with them. Since this lens will without a doubt be used during the majority of the time on Cass Imaging shoots, I need the best. Nikon has proven itself with its lenses as the best, and the 35mm f/1.4 is no different. But, if I am unable to tell the difference between the two in IQ and bokeh, once again Sigma will get my business. I will be sure to let everyone know when mine arrives. If I am unhappy with it, I will have no problem sending it back and spending the extra money on the Nikon.


    Jay Cassario

    Twisted Oaks Studio