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 release of the Canon 35mm f/2 less than 48 hours ago, it is going to be hard to not to compare these two lenses. Sigma is touting this lens' speed and "stunning bokeh background effect" as well as the hyper sonic motor when compared to other lenses on the market.
This 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.
Primary features of the new 35mm F1.4 DG HSM include:
- 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
The lens is available for pre-order now from B&H and is expected to ship November 15.
So we want to know, what do you think? If you could ask Sigma anything about this lens, what would you ask? Post those questions in the comments below.