Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens

Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens

Having been on the market for a fast prime lens , I decided to go with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens. I went to my local dealer who unfortunately did not have it in stock, but could get one the next day.

Good enough I thought and ordered it.

Let me say straight of the bat this lens is seriously well built and heavy, it seems to ooze quality and has a good heft mounted on the camera.

Below are the specs :

SpecificationsOptical construction 13 elements in 11 groups including SLD and FLD elements

Number of aperture blades 9 (rounded)

min. focus distance 0.3 m (max. magnification ratio 1:5.2)Dimensions 77 x 94 mm

Weight 665 g

Filter size 67 mm (non-rotating)

Hoodpetal-shaped (bayonet mount, supplied)

When my lens arrived needless to say I was eager to try it out and test the focus accuracy of  my new toy.

Disappointed is the only word to describe what I saw when I tried to use it.

The lens severely front focused and the +20 AFMA on my camera’s  adjustment was not enough to bring it into line.

I have read various reviews around the internet some saying it is the best thing since sliced bread and I still hope it is when I either get a new copy or this one calibrated.

I think this just goes to show that Sigma still have quality control problems whether these are worse than other manufacturers I do not know not having dealt with Sigma before.

On getting in touch with Sigma UK they told me either send it in to them or buy a USB dock..

They did also say they would exchange it and that they send lenses out on a next day service to their dealers.

I have not yet decided on either exchanging the lens or buying a USB dock which will also give me access to firmware updates.

I plan on updating this review when I decide which way to go.

No images are in this review as I can not calibrate this particular lens as of yet..

Images hopefully coming soon.

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