Sigma has just announced its new 35mm f/2 lens for Sony and L-mount lenses. Is it a better choice when compared to similar lenses from Sony and Samyang? This detailed review should help you make a decision.
The Sigma 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary is available from mid-January for $639, making it marginally cheaper than the Sony 35mm f/1.8 (currently $698 down from $748), but still significantly more expensive than the Samyang/Rokinon equivalent which is a mere $399.
In this detailed review, Dustin Abbott is clearly impressed by the build quality but it doesn’t prompt the question: why doesn’t the Sigma lens have weather sealing throughout? It has a gasket around the bayonet but no further protection, unlike the plastic-bodied Samyang that has additional gaskets elsewhere in the lens. Given that Sigma will be trading heavily on the refined quality of its lenses, this is a slightly odd omission.
Another question is whether the Sigma lens is cheap enough to nudge potential customers away from Sony. Something closer to $550 would have positioned it nicely in between the Sony and Samyang glass, though notably, Abbott’s conclusion suggests that it might be worth all of the money — especially for those who like the tactility of a dedicated aperture ring.
What are your thoughts? Will you be picking one up in the new year? Let us know in the comments below.