On a full-camera the 35mm is a moderate wide-angle lens but if you’re new to digital photography it’s worth noting that the 35mm lenses have an equivalent field of view as a 50mm on a DX format body like the D5200.
|Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Nikon||899||30||13|
|Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G||195||24||10|
|Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A Nikon||499||24||12|
|Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon||1005||23||11|
|Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Nikon||599||23||9|
|Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon||1843||23||11|
|Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G||1797||23||11|
|Carl Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon||1283||22||12|
|Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM Nikon||440||21||8|
|Sigma 28mm F1.8 EX DG ASP Macro Nikon||449||21||12|
|Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G||280||20||12|
|Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G||699||20||10|
|Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D||365||19||11|
|Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX AF 35mm f/2.8 Macro Nikon||599||18||11|
|Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D||280||18||9|
As we noted earlier, the Sigma 35mm f1.4 HSM A is the best performer overall with a convincing DxOMark score of 30 points, and the highest Sharpness score of 13P-Mpix. The $1,797 Nikon AF-S 35mm f1.4G, while very good, isn’t as sharp overall. And, don’t forget on a DX format body all of the full frame 35mm f1.4 lenses are big and heavy (as they project a larger image circle to cover the FX sensor).
Sigma’s revamped DX format 30mm f/1.4 HSM A is a very good performer but Nikon’s DX 35mm f/1.8 is cheaper and lighter, even if it’s not quite as sharp. At $195, it’s accessibly priced and the best value overall.