Sigma’s 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Redesigned for Mirrorless

April 27, 2021

By Theano Nikitas

© Kazuyuki Hagiwara/Courtesy Sigma Corporation

Edge-to-edge sharpness and soft bokeh are among the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens’ expected attributes.

Following the long-term success of its 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens released 12 years ago, Sigma has just announced the new and totally redesigned 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens for mirrorless cameras. Available in L-mount and Sony E-mount, the new lens is more compact and, at 22.8 ounces, it’s almost 4 ounces lighter than the older model.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens for E-Mount and L-Mount.
The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art has an 11-bladed diaphragm for smooth, round bokeh.

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A fast 35mm lens is a great addition to any wedding and portrait photographer’s gear bag, and this Sigma lens promises exceptional optical performance thanks to its redesign. With 15 elements in 11 groups, Sigma has paid special attention to minimizing aberrations, ghosting and flare that can result from different scenarios such as high contrast lighting. These include CA (chromatic aberration) as well as sagittal coma flare—where pinpoints of light flare out near the edges of the frame, which is especially critical for astrophotographers. (Astrophotography has been gaining in popularity so you may have tried your hand at night sky photography and find this feature helpful.) And, of course, edge-to-edge sharpness and soft bokeh are among the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens’ expected attributes.

Sigma Art lens has improved autofocus.
Autofocus has also been improved and is quiet, too. © Kazuyuki Hagiwara/Photo courtesy Sigma Corporation

Autofocus speed has been improved as well and thanks to the lens’ stepping motor, AF is quiet, too. You won’t have to worry about unwanted AF noise during a wedding ceremony or when capturing video. Naturally, you can switch to manual focus by using the switch on the lens barrel if/when you prefer MF to AF.

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The lens is equipped with an aperture ring that can be de-clicked for smooth and silent operation, again, ideal for videographers. Set the aperture ring to A if you’d rather adjust exposure via the camera. Look for a customizable AFL button within easy reach of your thumb when holding the camera.

Dust- and splash-proof, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG DN Art lens comes with a petal hood that locks and is compatible with Sigma’s USB Dock UD-11 (for L-mount). The lens is slated to ship mid-May for $899.

For more details, visit sigmaphoto.com or watch the presentation below announcing the new lens.