I bought my 35Art last October, and it had, I believe, the third generation of firmware. It did need AFMA on my 5DIII, nothing extreme, but it is super accurate with AF and produces spectacular landscapes stopped down, and lovely close-up stuff with better bokeh than the ef 35mm 1.4 L that I sold. Very little CA even wide open, solid build. I love it.
But I'm no Sigma fan after being teased by the awesome IQ of the 50Art, only to be let down by erratic AF beyond five feet.
The 35Art spoiled me, and I'm in a hectic time now, so I did not want to pay another $60 for the USB dock, spend a lot of time working with it, and possibly find that the AF was still erratic (not just in need of calibration).
So...Before I got the 50Art, I would have gushed about Sigma. Now I just scratch my head.
Funny, Viggo, you mention the 85L, because I was just telling a friend that the 50Art had the best bokeh under 100mm I've seen on any lens EXCEPT the 85L II. I know, the 85 has clunky AF, but for portrait stuff, it truly excels. Also, I've had minimal issues with CA, and I'm usually shooting between f/1.2 and f/2.2. But I do control my backgrounds for portraits, don't play much with lens flare or include metallic surfaces or reflections on water with the portraits.) Not good for much else, but I still think it is the best at what it does. (But I did give up fast on the 50Art.)