Released in 2012, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM was the first ever SIGMA Art lens, and since then has gained widespread acclaim among professional photographers for its exceptional image quality and attractive out-of-focus rendering. It offers a very fast maximum aperture of F1.4, which allows for excellent low-light performance, shallow depth-of-field effects and beautiful bokeh. The lens construction comprises 13 elements in 11 groups, including one FLD (F Low Dispersion) element and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements, which help to minimise chromatic aberration and distortion.
The versatile wide-standard focal length is very well-suited to a range of photographic applications, from portraits and weddings to street and travel photography. It is an excellent companion lens to the 24mm, 50mm and 85mm Art primes, which also offer F1.4 apertures.
The superb build quality of the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is exactly as you’d expect from an Art-line lens, both in its intuitive ergonomics and in the quality of craftsmanship.
The exterior barrel is made of a polycarbonate called Thermally Stable Composite (TSC). Not only is this very strong and light, but it has a similar thermal expansion rate to aluminium. This ensures that the interior aluminium parts and the exterior TSC parts behave uniformly as temperatures change.
The focus ring is rubberised for easier operation, and focusing is internal, meaning the lens never changes length. This makes it ideal for use on a gimbal as the centre of gravity remains fairly constant.
To reduce flare and ghosting in bright sun, and to help protect the front element from damage if dropped, the lens has a robust petal-type lens hood.
The durable brass mount is surrounded by a rubber seal to help keep out dust and moisture.
Precision brass mount with seal
Protects against dust and moisture.
Made from a strong and light polycarbonate that behaves in a similar way to aluminium.
The 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for DSLRs boasts outstanding optical quality, with excellent rendering of detail right into the corners even wide open at F1.4.
The lens has an advanced optical design made up of 13 elements in 11 groups, including 2 aspherical elements, 4 SLD elements and 1 FLD element. This ensures razor-sharp results with very minimal chromatic aberration, flare, distortion and vignetting.
Advanced Super Multi-Layer Coatings reduce flare and ghosting when working in bright direct sunlight, creating high-contrast images with rich colours and strong blacks.
At F1.4, the lens is able to collect four times more light than an F2.8 optic, making it well-suited to low-light photography such as astro and other nightscapes. The lens can render exceptional star detail within short exposure times, and saggital coma flare is very minimal, meaning that stars remain as sharp, bright points of light even towards the corners of the frame.
SIGMA’s 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art is the go-to wide-standard prime for many professional photographers and film-makers, delivering sharp results with a fast aperture. Another option to consider is the 24-35mm F2, also a full-frame Art lens, which is often referred to as two primes in one owing to its bright aperture and sharp optics.
All Sigma cameras and lenses are designed, manufactured and assembled at our sole factory at Aizu in Japan. This domestic production model is unusual in today’s industry, with most imaging companies opting to outsource to other countries to reduce costs. But SIGMA believes that keeping virtually all manufacturing, processing and assembly in Aizu is essential for creating innovative, carefully thought-out and impeccably constructed products that meet the high standards demanded by professional photographers and film-makers around the world.
Sigma chose Aizu as its main production base in the early 1970s. Situated at the base of Mount Bandai in the Fukushima Prefecture, about four hours’ drive north of Tokyo, Aizu has an abundance of very clean water from mountain streams, which is essential for grinding and polishing lenses. Sigma’s founder, Michihiro Yamaki, was also drawn to this area for its workforce, who have a reputation for their craftsmanship, work ethic and attention to detail. Mr Yamaki’s son, Kazuto Yamaki, now the owner and CEO of SIGMA Corporation, has the same unwavering commitment to keeping production in Japan.
Today Sigma’s factory is more than 50,000 square feet in size, and packed full of some of the most advanced optical manufacturing technology in existence. So when you buy a Sigma camera or lens you can be sure that virtually every single component part has been manufactured and assembled by SIGMA, in Japan, with the greatest level of care and attention. We hope you enjoy using our products.
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13 elements in 11 groups
Angle of view
Number of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded diaphragm)
Minimum focusing distance
Maximum magnification ratio
Dimensions (diameter x length)
ø77mm × 94.0mm
Corresponding AF mounts
Canon EF | Nikon F | Sigma SA
Canon EF barcode
Nikon F barcode
Sigma SA barcode
Specifications are for Sigma SA mount
A special coating applied to the front element to help repel water and oil.
This suppresses flare and ghosting by minimising reflections within the lens, ensuring punchy, high-contrast results. All lenses in the current Sigma range feature this technology.
Internal focus or an inner focus system means the lens configuration uses movable internal lens elements that adjust focus without changing the length of the lens barrel. This helps keep the centre of gravity of the lens more constant when changing focus.
Sigma’s Hypersonic Motor (HSM) uses ultrasonic waves to drive the autofocus mechanism. It is extremely quiet, fast and accurate, so is well suited to a wide range of photo and video applications.
The lens has an image circle large enough to be used on a full-frame camera. It can also be used on cameras with a smaller ‘crop’ sensor, provided the mount is compatible.
The lens has a filter thread around the front element onto which filters and filter holders can be attached.
The mount is the part of the lens that attaches to the camera body. A coated brass mount is used for strength, and is surrounded by a rubber seal to keep out dust and moisture.
This switch toggles between autofocus and manual focus.
The diaphragm is constructed of nine rounded blades for a circular aperture opening and round out-of-focus highlights.