Check out Sigma’s new L-mount and E-mount 35mm F1.4 art lens.
Sigma announced a new one 35 mm F1.4 DG DN Art lens for video and still image shooters alike. Lens refresh improves the 35mm F1.4-DG-HSM with a lighter and more compact design. However, what video shooters like best is a dedicated manual aperture ring that allows you to adjust the aperture without having to change the camera settings.
As part of the Art series, the 35mm F1.4-DG-DN is Sigma’s best for optical performance and build quality. It is made up of 15 elements in 11 groups, with two aspherical elements and a single one FLD and ELD elements to reduce aberrations and improve overall sharpness. The 11-blade bezel will create some amazing bokeh and blurred elements, and the 67mm front filter thread will allow you to attach popular filters.
The lens barrel has a de-clickable Opening, and the aperture ring is lockable. So by adding a follow focus setup you can prevent it from accidentally setting up. Sigma also included a focus mode switch that allows you to easily switch between manual and auto focus. The lens supports the AF functionality of camera bodies of the L-mount series (Panasonic, Sigma, Leica) and Sony’s hybrid AF of mirrorless alpha cameras. The autofocus is powered by a single stepper motor for smooth and quiet operation.
There is also an AFL (Autofocus Lock) button that allows you to lock the focus or adjust it in the menu. Suppose you want to use it to switch from full screen mode to crop mode. You can do that with the AFL button.
Lens sizes differ slightly when it comes to L-mount or E-mount, but both get lighter and smaller than the HSM version. The 35mm F1.4 DG DN is 4.3 inches long and weighs 645 grams. It’s not the lightest or smallest 35mm on the market so some adjustments need to be made to a gimbal. However, the construction is solid and has Sigma’s weather-resistant design.
The 35 mm F1.4 DG DN is available for $ 899.