Sigma C 35 mm f/2 DG DN - first impressions

1 December 2020
Maciej Latałło

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I've mentioned time and again in many places that I do hope one day Sigma line-up will feature a series of shapely, sensibly priced primes designed for full frame and as fast as f/1.8-2.0. Until recently big and heavy Art series f/1.2-1.4 lenses seemed to be a priority of this Japanese producer. The newest launches, though, show that the situation has changed a bit.

Sigma C 35 mm f/2 DG DN - first impressions - Summary

I admit the lens came as a kind of surprise. It's obvious that neither the price nor physical dimensions were a priority here – as a result you deal with lenses produced in Japan, very solid, completely made of metal, and with quite complex optics inside. Such an approach is understandable – after all Sigma own just one factory and they have to manage wisely its production capabilities. They simply can't afford to produce hundreds of thousands of cheap, plastic lenses to appease the widest audience. The new models, presented lately, have every chance to become bestsellers but they won't exhaust Sigma's production capacities.

The Sigma's approach also means we get lenses that are a tad cheaper than brand name instruments but mechanically better, and optically the same or even better as well. It is a very sensible strategy and has every chance to be successful. Still, everything depends on optical properties. I'm looking forward to getting final versions of newest products, announced by this company – I will start testing them immediately and, of course, I will share the results with my Readers.