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.