The Joy of the 35mm Lens

Chris Wright Photo Trips, Technical

When I was using my Nikon F3 (film), my favourite lens was the Nikon 35mm. I found the focal length to be the perfect blend between including enough details while excluding extraneous details.  Recently I upgraded to a full frame DSLR and the old Nikkor 35mm was noticeably soft outside of the centre on that camera. After researching lens options including Nikon, Zeiss, and Sigma, I decided to purchase the Sigma Art 35mm 1.4. According to several review sites, it was the sharpest lens available. I headed out to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park on Sunday to test out the lens. It didn’t take long to appreciate the joy of the 35mm focal length and the quality of the Sigma lens. The lens auto focuses quickly and with very little noise, allows quick setting for manual and auto focus, and appears very solid. The initial tests indicates that the lens is very sharp, edge to edge.

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