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:
and the Sigma at f/1.8:
Again at f2.8:
Closeup and Bokeh:
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.