Inspiration, Nikon, Nikon D810, Portrait, Q&A, Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART, Teaching point

There’s something about the way the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART renders… photos from it just sparkle, for lack of a better word.

At this point, I think I may even prefer it over the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART, but I haven’t shot enough with either to draw any definite conclusions (though the fact that I might be favouring a 35 over a 50 is saying something, given I’ve traditionally been a 50 shooter).

Either way, both of these Sigma ART lenses are phenomenal.  I can’t wait until springtime to get outside in good light and really play with them.



9 thoughts on “Sparkle.

  1. Great capture, lovely expression, wonderful framing and great use of shallow dof. Rendering is grand and does indeed sparkle. I feel the same way about my Nikon 35mm 1.4G, which also lends a sparkle to my photographs, that really are special and sets it apart from most lenses. Especially for people photography it is just fantastic.

  2. Peter, I also prefer the 35mm Sigma Art over the 50, while also being of the view the 50 is the technically higher performing lens. The key differences are a little less emphasis in the 35 on global contrast but a little more emphasis on micro contrast, a little more emphasis in the 35 on excellent quality bokeh over pure resolution. The overall result is more appealing in many cases. That said, if you want to drop jaws with pure resolution at ISO 64, use the Sigma Art 50…

  3. Beautiful capture, Peter. I love the way this lens renders, with excellent micro-contrast and sharpness. I recently purchased for my D810 the Sigma Art 35 1.4. Many shots had pleasing bokeh and were wonderful. What I found with outdoor pictures of my active kids, however, is that with complex backgrounds the bokeh at times became harsh and somewhat dizzying, almost as if I was wearing someone else’s prescription glasses. This effect was hard to predict, and at times ruined an otherwise great shot. I returned the Sigma Art 35 to try the Nikon 35 1.4. The subject rendering as you say is a bit more neutral, which can be adjusted in Lightroom. The bokeh, however, is much more pleasing and less distracting. My rationale is that no amount of post-processing can help bad bokeh. I am glad to see you continuing to explore digital as well as film, and no matter the tools, the images you achieve continue to inspire.

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