In this Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens Review courtesy of Jared Polin we learn once again just how awesome Sigma is at making lenses these days. Furthermore, for the money you just can’t go wrong…
Jared tested the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens on both the Sony A9 and Sony A7r IV. The Sony A9 was used for higher speed testing and and subject tracking with a small child in particular. Then some super high resolution testing with the Sony A7r IV for maximum resolving power testing.
Sony’s awesome Eye-AF technology was nailing the focus shot after shot with this lens even with moving subjects which is super impressive! Eye-Af really is a game changer and as the photographer it takes way less effort to nail those critical shots. It’s great to know the Sigma lenses can not only utilize the technology, but consistently nail the focus even at f/1.2 and close range.
One negative Jared pointed out was the fact that the aperture ring does not offer a lock and it can therefore be accidently turned when mounting the lens and so fourth. Several of the higher end Sony lenses also have this feature and I totally agree they should really have a lock on that aperture ring for those that want it.
Based on this excellent review by Jared, the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens is absolutely killer and highly recommended for those in the market. The portraits and other sample photos he took looked incredible from where I am sitting, and I can tell you for sure I would absolutely love to have a lens like this!
It is certainly heavy at just over 2 pounds, a bit bulky as well with an 82mm front filter thread, but with f/1.2 speed and full frame coverage that is just part of the deal. Price point wise it is up there, but considering the slower Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens normally retails for more, the Sigma is really a fantastic option for the money.