Quick Informal Lens Comparison: Canon 35mm f1.4 L vs Sigma 35mm f1.4

I recently wrote about selling all of my Canon glass and going all Sigma. One of the biggest reasons: Canon has been letting me down as of late and one of the best and most affordable ways to take advantage of what my 5D Mk II can do is to use newer glass. As it is, Sigma’s 50mm f1.4 is better than the Canon 50mm f1.4 and Canon’s 85mm f1.2 L USM II is only a bit better than Sigma’s 85mm f1.4, but the latter beats Canon’s 85mm f1.8 USM.

That left one lens in the bag: the 35mm f1.4. Initial tests have come out testing the lens. Here’s a super quick and very informal comparison of the two; and this will be the first of a couple.

Test Procedure

The Canon 5D Mk II was set down on a tripod with the Sigma 35mm f1.4 attached. The shutter speed was set to 1/160th of a second. The camera/lens was then set to focus on the words, “Bessa R” then set the lens to manual focus mode to lock the focusing in place. Photos were shot at f1.4, f2, f2.8, f4 and f5.6. While the shutter speed remained the same, I needed to use a manual light meter to adjust my Paul C Buff Einstein E640. The lights were set off by PocketWizard Plus III units.

When the time came, I switched to the Canon L lens.

No post-product at all were done to these photos except for sizing them down for the web. The images are set to 72 PPI and set to 1.7MB large for ease of download and load speeds.

Image Samples


Sigma f1.4

Canon f1.4


Sigma f2

Canon f2


Sigma f2.8

Canon f2.8


Sigma f4

Canon F4


Sigma f5.6

Canon f5.6

So What Do You Think?

Leave us a comment below and lets hear your thoughts! Full review of the new Sigma is yet to come.

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Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.