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Sigma 14mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical HSM : Specifications and Opinions


Sigma 14mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical HSM

The Sigma 14mm f/2.8 EX Aspherical HSM is a wide-angle lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1998 to 2007 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 400 €; 8 users have given it an average vote of 9.1 out of 10.

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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   14 mm
 Angle of view   114.2°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2.8
 Aperture blades   7
 Lenses/Groups   14 elements in 10 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.18 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.20x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters  
 Lens hood   Built-in
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   630 g
 Dimensions   91 x 82 mm
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avatarsupporter
sent on May 09, 2014

Pros: Build quality, performance when stopped down, decent lens cap, HSM A/F

Cons: Discontinued, Front element very vulnerable, prone to flare and blobs

Opinion: This old discontinued Sigma is now overshadowed by the new and widely available Samyang, which is supposed to be excellent quality. I had one of these Sigma 14mm superwide's back in my 35mm film days, 10 years ago. Then, there was nothing of reasonable cost to even compare with its huge angle of view. My first, bought new, was of excellent sharpness, from wide open and had very impressive, fully correctable distortion. That lens got damaged and replaced with a secondhand one. This had worse distortion characteristics and had to be stopped down to f4.5 before it was good sharpness. I still use this lens now on full frame FX D700. A heavy and bulky lens, the huge, goldfish bowl front element and tiny lenshood make it very prone to flare and ghosting and no filters can be added. At usual mid apertures, f5.6 - f11, for landscapes, detail and sharpness is excellent from edge to edge. The HSM A/F is fast and quiet. Recommended? A while back, the only real competition for full frame was the Nikkor 14mm f2.8, but that's more than 3 or 4 times the price. Professionals will go for the superlative Nikkor 14-24mm, which sets new standards for a lens of this type. But if I was buying now, considering that my current version of this lens is of lesser quality, then I'd try the Samyang. My score, which includes value and build 8/10

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avatarjunior
sent on May 19, 2017

Pros: Constructive quality, AF, sharpness, color fidelity, distortion control. Already good at 2.8.

Cons: Unfortunately no longer in production, one of the best sigma-built lenses

Opinion: Although the AF is not essential for this focus, it is very comfortable, hsm is lightning-fast and accurate. Good sharpness (at least my specimen ...) both on DX and FX. I've been able to test the d800's 36 MP lens with a positive impression; The slight drop to the extreme edges was far less noticeable than expected. It has quite a few details: The wide opening and the minimum focusing distance of just a few inches make it interesting for interior and still life applications. Frontal element is a large light collector. With light source in the vicinity of the frame creates flare. Too hard lights easily increase the contrast. On the other hand, when the light is widespread, with sunshine only partly covered by clouds, fogs, or in the morning or evening, it gives the best of itself by creating splendid images of sublime quality, inaccessible to zoom, even professional. RnIt finds affordable prices given the features but proof before purchase & egrave; More than ever. It is a pity that Sigma, who knows why, has soon abandoned production.

avatarsenior
sent on April 17, 2017

Pros: Sharpness, colors, compactness (well over Samyang), low distortion and construction, all matched to a highly performing autofocus in terms of speed and precision. At corners it is better than the Sigma 12-24 I and II version, which had in the past.

Cons: Flare and ghost are always at risk with the sun in the vicinity of the frame, often need to be hand-painted. There is no SLR correction profile on the ACR, you have to use the one of the Nikon 14mm 2.8 by slightly modifying it. Like all the old Sigma EX you have to hope you understand the good copy.

Opinion: Strange that Sigma has stopped producing this great lens, the new Art weighs / doubles twice and costs at least three times. I was looking for it for about a year for Nikon, always preferred at Samyang for compactness and presence of AF. I did not expect an optical quality of this level! They run very few specimens in the used, finally found at an excellent price and under the same condition as the new one (but without box and case). They are even ENTUSIASTA. The perfect complement for the Nikon 18-35G which is currently the lens I use most.

avatarsupporter
sent on July 04, 2015

Pros: build quality, light output, distortion control, Aperture 2.8

Cons: weight lens, the front little protected, can only use gelatin filter

Opinion: Use this view by three years of Canon ff for more nightlife, street and in some cerimonie.Ottica discontinued perhaps a little heavy but definitely versatile, my copy is fine, some say that not everyone is the same, but I think the engraving of my optic is really excellent, more than Samyang very modern cheaper but difficult to use manual. The cap is definitely not a show but I saw also having 8-15 canon fish is definitely not better, when I have to go away with two optical port 14 and 24/70 and my bag is pronta.Il flare is often lurking just control it during the shot and easily corrected in post. rnNon I understand why sigma has abandoned the production of a 14 fixed. S can check some of my shots on the site.

avatarsenior
sent on June 29, 2013

Pros: AF, angle of field, construction, quality, distortion control, 7-blade diaphragm ....

Cons: Flare, weight, front lens, fixed hood little protective filters only to jelly ... (Discontinued)

Opinion: Great lens for FF or APS-C (which grow to about 22mm) if you have a good specimen as my otimo is already f/2.8 chudendo even remote corners recover the gap with the center. Beware of the Flare always lurking, AC is present but manageable in PP Sigma has stopped producing it (who knows why?) Definitely a good alternative to the Canon EF 14/2.8L II. You can find it at a reasonable cost.

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