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    Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma

    Sigma's new 35mm f/1.4 seems to be a real winner. Roger Cicala pretty much raved about it citing harsh bokeh as the only drawback and finding the AF to be as reliable as the AF on Canon and Nikon versions.

    Link: LensRentals.com - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Arrives. Announces New World Order.

    I trust him on the sharpness tests, but I disagree with him about the bokeh. Doesn't look harsh to me at all compared to Canon and Nikon equivalent lenses. Sigma is marketing this as a lens with minimal axial CA, and the samples I've seen so far bear that out as well. None of the usual purple fringing and very little of the bokeh fringing so common with fast 35s.

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    So what we seem to have is a 35mm f/1.4 lens for 35mm format with:
    -Superior build (taken apart by Roger to verify not just skin deep)
    -AF reliability and performance matching Canon/Nikon 35mm f/1.4 lenses
    -Sharpness (both edge and center) exceeding that of Canon and Nikon 35/1.4 lenses
    -Less axial CA than Canon and Nikon 35/1.4 lenses
    -Attractive bokeh rendering (to me)
    -Lower price than Canon and Nikon 35/1.4 lenses

    This is a lens that makes me want to pick up a D600 or maybe D800. The only thing holding me back is the combined size and weight of such a combo. It's a really big and heavy lens (similar to Nikon and Canon 35/1.4 size/weight) from my standpoint.
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    Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma

    I think my F6 can look forward to a very rewarding Christmas this year. It will probably work very well as a "normal" lens on my DX format Nikon cameras as well.

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    Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma

    Thanks Amin for posting this . Lens has caught my eye for sure. Like to see how it does on the D800e . I have a Zeiss 35mm F2 that I love so not sure I would give it up but you never know.
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    Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma

    Here's a comparison to the Canon 35L and Nikon 35G: Sigma35.4 vs Canon35.4 vs Ais35.4 vs Nikon35G - Canon

    Another comparison with 35L: http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-...non-35mm-f14-L

    To my eye, the Sigma is sharper, has more pleasing bokeh, less CA. Total win.
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    Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma

    I will have a look tomorrow. Unfortunately, the shop only has it in EF-mount

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    Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma

    B&H has the Nikon version listed as expected tomorrow.

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