Sigma 24mm Art lens

Drool-worthy & Economical, Too? New Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 Coming Soon

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I haven’t been this excited by a piece of glass in a long time, but after attaching the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II to my little Sony a6000 and using it wide open, the idea of the Sigma Art 24mm — something that may be as sharp wide open as the Canon for half the price — has my motor running.

I loved the Voigtländer Nokton trio (17.5mm f/0.95, 25mm f/0.95 and 42.5mm f/0.95) on the Panasonic GH4. I was surprised by how well Canon’s little EF-S 18-55mm IS STM held up against their own 24mm Cine Prime.

But I got the hots for Canon’s tack-sharp EF 24mm f/1.4L II after attaching it to my favorite camera body of the moment, the Sony a6000 (i.e., for which I’m personally willing to shell out money).

Courtesy of a Metabones adapter, of course.

But you don’t think I’ve been reading about the Sigma Art series lenses? Are you KIDDING ME???

So when B&H sent over notice that a new Sigma Art lens will be available in March – a 24mm f/1.4 – I got a jones for one.

Doesn’t mean I’m going to get it – to be determined — but MAN do I want to see what it can do on the a6000. [bctt tweet=”Got a jones for the Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 lens”]

Because if their 24mm Art lens is as sharp and well-built relative to the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II as their other primes are (say, for example, their 50mm f/1.4) compared to other Canon glass – nay, even to Zeiss Otus glass – this just may become my new favorite lens of all time.

Will keep you posted and let you know as soon as I get my hands on one.

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF

Via B&H:

A wide and fast Canon EF-mount prime, the 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens is a member of the highly regarded Art line of Sigma's Global Vision Series and is characterized by its advanced optical construction and robust physical design. The combination of three “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) elements and four Special Low Dispersion elements help to achieve a marked reduction in chromatic aberrations, while a pair of aspherical elements, with one positioned in the rear of the lens, minimize a variety of additional distortions and aberrations. The 15-element-in-11-group optical design is poised to deliver consistent peripheral brightness and sharpness, even when working at the bright f/1.4 maximum aperture. A Super Multi Coating has been applied to lens elements, too, to reduce flare and ghosting for higher contrast and color fidelity.

Sigma Art 24mm


Complementing the optical performance is an equally adept Hyper Sonic Motor, which provides fast, smooth, and near-silent autofocus performance. This focusing motor also enables full-time manual focus override at any time just by rotating the focus ring for refined manual control. Nine rounded diaphragm blades contribute to pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques, and the lens is also compatible with the optional Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuned control over focusing parameters and other lens characteristics.

Sigma 24mm f 1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF image 2

  • As part of the Art line within Sigma's Global Vision series, this lens' is designed to achieve truly notable optical performance and is ideally suited for creative and artistic applications.
  • The prime 24mm focal length offers a versatile wide-angle perspective when used on full-frame sensors, making it ideal for landscape, nature, interior, and architectural photography. When used with a APS-C-format sensor, the lens offers a 38.4mm equivalent focal length.
  • Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is well-suited for working in low-light conditions and also provides greater control over the focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
  • This lens has been designed using an advanced optical structure to achieve both high resolution and sharpness, along with consistent edge-to-edge illumination. A pair of aspherical elements, with one in the rear of the optical design, correct for sagittal coma flare, distortion, and axial chromatic aberration, while also enabling full use of the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture with maintained peripheral brightness and sharpness.
  • Three FLD and four SLD glass elements have been incorporated within the lens design to correct for chromatic aberrations throughout the entire focusing range and help to ensure high image sharpness, clarity, and contrast regardless of focus point or aperture setting.
  • A Super Multi-Layer Coating has been applied to lens elements in order to minimize lens flare and ghosting and contribute to producing contrast-rich and color-neutral imagery, even in backlit conditions.
  • The integrated HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) realizes quick and quiet autofocusing, which is further complemented by an optimized AF algorithm to produce smoother focusing performance. The HSM also permits full-time manual focus control simply by rotating the focus ring at any time.
  • A rounded nine-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus quality.
  • The lens is constructed using a Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material, along with traditional metals, for greater precision and use in wide temperature variations. The outside of the lens barrel is also engraved with the year of production.
  • The bayonet mount is constructed from brass for ensured accuracy and durability.
  • The included lens hood is fitted with a rubber connection for a secure fit.
  • This lens is compatible with the optional Sigma USB Dock for fine-tuning different lens characteristics and updating its firmware.

Get more info about Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon EF

(cover photo credit: snap from B&H)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
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