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No matter what job I am on, I always have a fast 35mm lens with me. If I have two bodies, one wears a 35mm all the time. For around eight years I used a Canon 35/1.4L, but it was nearing the end of it’s natural lifespan and I dropped it again, so it needed to be replaced. (It literally had Crazy Glue holding parts on, but it worked fine.)
A couple of days before I had been out with a Reuters news photographer who was raving about the Sigma 50/1.4 ART. I checked out the reviews for the Sigma 35/1.4 and bought it the same day.
This lens is at least as good as the Canon, and maybe better. The corners are pretty much perfect wide open, as long as there is sufficient exposure. Color, contrast, everything. It’s an amazing lens at two thirds the cost of the Canon.
The only downside is that the lens hood sticks and it seems permanently welded to my lens until I can take it in for service.
Sigma is doing an amazing job of picking off the Canon Holy-Grail lenses. Once they release an 85/1.2 they will grab a big chunk of the fast glass market.
I now use this lens, with the Canon 85L and 135L for about 80% of my commissioned kids work. The 24L and 70-200 2.8 IS gets the rest.
More samples from this lens here and here.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens

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