The Sigma 35mm ART - a truly remarkable lens, but is it for you?
The Sigma 35mm Art lens, like all lenses in the Sigma Art range, is an exceptionally good lens. This is a tough and durable lens that is exceptionally well made. The action of this lens is super smooth and not at all clunky. The image quality is superb and images are sharp, crisp and vivid. There’s no doubt that the Sigma 35mm Art lens is awesome but this does come at a cost, and a very high cost at that.
The image quality of the Sigma 35mm Art lens is awesome, but is this level of detail really needed? Put an image taken with the Sigma Art lens on a photo editing program and go pixel peeping and it will be flawless. Put an image taken with the Sigma Art lens under a microscope and it will be perfect. This is all great stuff, but in the real world no paying client is going to scrutinise a photo to this extent. Other photographers may critique an image by going pixel peeping, but you should ignore these OTT and overly critical photographers with nothing better to do than nit-pick over things you can barely see with the human eye. At the end of the day it is the paying customer who determines whether an image is good enough or not, and I can assure you that images captured with the Sigma 35mm Art lens are simply too detailed.
If you want the kudos of owning the best 35mm lens the Sigma 35mm Art lens is for you. If you want to impress your photography buddies or attempt to make them jealous the Sigma 35mm Art lens is for you. If you want to brag on the photography forums the Sigma 35mm Art lens is for you. The thing is, you are going to have to pay through the nose for this.
If you want a 35mm lens to capture photos that are more than good enough for commercial use and will keep the paying customers happy there are alternatives to the Sigma 35mm Art lens. These lenses may not be as bullet proof as the Sigma 35mm Art lens but they are tough and sturdy lenses that plenty tough enough. These lenses may not have the same minute levels of detail as the Sigma 35mm Art lens but the image quality is plenty good enough to impress paying customers. The alternative 35mm lenses will not only impress but also save you a whole heap of cash too.
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Alternative (and cheap) 35mm lenses
CANON EF 35MM F2 IS
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 35mm/ 42mm/ Aperture:- 2 - 22/ Min focus:- 9.4"/ Dimensions:- 3.07" x 2.46"/ Weight:- 11.8oz/ Image stabilization:- Yes/ Price (approx.) $USD/£GBP:-$550.00/£445.00
YONGNUO 35MM F2
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 35mm/56mm/ Aperture:- 2 - 22 /Min focus:- 9.8”/ Dimensions:- 2.9” X 2.3”/ Weight:- 5.4oz / Image stabilization:- No / Price (approx.) $USD/£GBP:- $90.00/£85.00
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