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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art vs. Nikkor AF-S 35 f/1.8G ED (FX) on a D800

Update!  This comparison was far from conclusive, so I did a two-day real-world test with (in my opinion) much better photography and a solid conclusion.  Check it out here.

I’ve been on the quest for the lightest FX kit I could find.  As I see the world in 35mm framing, I decided to give the new FX 35mm f/1.8G ED a try and see how it stacks up to the much heavier Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens.

I’ve been publicly critical of the new Nikkor, calling it “uninspiring” after some preliminary shots, but do I have to eat my words?  Was my first reaction because I’ve been under the weather with the flu.

I decided to test and find out.

Here is the Nikkor at f/1.8:

Nikkor 35mm f1.8G ED (FX)
Nikkor at f/1.8

and the Sigma at f/1.8:

Sigma at f/1.8

At f/2


Again at f2.8:


Closeup and Bokeh:

Nikkor Closeup and Bokeh Test at f/1.8
Sigma Closeup and Bokeh at f/1.8

I think the Sigma pulls away at close distances and has nicer bokeh. Do you see any other noticeable difference, other than the Sigma goes to f/1.4?  Maybe at the edges of the frame, the Sigma has some advantages, but I may have to eat my words – the Nikkor is a good performer!  I’ll be shooting it a lot over the new few weeks and I’ll keep this space updated with my findings.