Sigma has grown to become one of the most formidable manufacturers in the camera industry. With their Art series, they’ve given the world an affordable, incredibly professional and sharp alternative to the Canon L Series and Nikon Brand lenses. But what they’ve also done is shown the world that the traditional camera manufacturers aren’t the only ones that can produce high quality glass.
For the longest time, traditional companies and ideologies ran the camera industry. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this is a bad thing, but it’s good to see that when a new guy sprouts up, that they can do so well.
In fact, new camera gear companies seem to be sprouting up each week, providing the world with the answers to the production questions that they’ve been asking. While Sigma isn’t one of those new companies, their Art Series has challenged the big guys’ dominance in the field.
And if you think that I’m wrong, Canon, has made it vitally clear that they’re aware of Sigma’s up and coming power. Just recently, it was released that Canon attempted to purchase Sigma. Sigma, in a move that I can’t help but love, rejected the offer.
I’m not trying to say that I think that Canon is bad, because I love Canon, it’s just great that we have a bit of competition in the industry to keep things moving.
A perfect example of Sigma’s innovation in lenses and one of the reasons Canon wanted to buy the company is the new 20mm f/1.4 – The widest, large aperture Art lens to date.
What I find so interesting about this lens is that Sigma is simply just beefing up their wide focal length library again. It's marketed as a world's first, but they're continually just refining and pushing the standards in the 35mm-18mm range. I am more of a 24mm kind of guy, but Sigma can easily and confidently tell the world now that they are that much closer to having a complete an arsenal to go toe to toe with the big guys. And the big guys know it.
Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | A
The Sigma 20mm 1.4 DG HSM Art is a state of the art wide-angle prime lens designed for Full Frame cameras but will work with APS-C sensors as well. Using over 50 years of lens making experience, particularly the knowledge gained from the 35mm 1.4 Art and the 24mm 1.4 Art, the 20mm 1.4 Art is the widest large aperture Art lens to date. The latest optical design allows for the utmost in image quality with careful attention paid to edge to edge performance. Through decades of experience in lens design and Sigma Global Vision lens manufacturing, the 20mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass, and five Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups.
The combination of advanced optics and optimized lens power distribution minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature, producing outstanding image quality. With class leading performance, this lens is ideal for landscape photography, videography, astrophotography, lowlight/indoor photography and event photography. As with all Global Vision lines, the 20mm will be tested using the proprietary “A1” measuring system ensuring the highest standard of operation. The Sigma 20mm Art is compatible with the USB dock to update and customize and is also compatible with the Mount Conversion Service. A staple procedure for the Global Vision lines, every lens will be tested using the proprietary “A1” measuring system.
Learn more about the Sigma 20mm 1.4 DG HSM Art lens.
(cover photo credit: snap from Sigma)