The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a wide-angle lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2015. 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 839 €;
57 users have given it an average vote of 9.6 out of 10.
This lens is available with the following mounts:
Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.
Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Nikon.
Sony E: this lens is compatible with mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sony.
L-Mount: this lens is compatible with mirrorless fullframe and APS-C L-Mount.
Sigma SA: this lens is compatible with reflex and mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sigma SA-mount.
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Opinion: Dimensions and mass perfectly adapted to the eos 70 d, a quality construction in the line "Art", an incredible brightness, a very silky bokeh and a formidable sharpness : the Sigma Art 24 mm f / 1.4 (equivalent 38 mm mounted on the 70 d) is an optical that I had the pleasure to discover through various subjects, from the inevitable sunset on the ocean to the reportage, by way of the portrait in interior.
Contrary to what I feared, the lack of stabilization is not penalizing. In addition, the manual focus ring is nice and there was no need to make autofocus adjustments. In short : a very beautiful optics !
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Pros:Sharpness, elegant blurry, three-dimensionality of images, price
Cons:Hard manual focus/autofocus button.
Opinion:It costs relatively little. It weighs, but because it's worth the quality. Great focus dial. High quality images. Beautiful blur. Obviously at f 1.4 on fx if you make mistakes do not forgive but it would be strange the opposite. I found it a bit soft at the top of the opening but that's what I wanted. Great and recommended for 24mm lovers with excellent value for money.
Opinion:Perceptible sharpness is also too good and for this reason the contrast is too violent. I have had this for at least three years and i refrained from writing a review first because I wanted the certainty of some of my impressions. From the first shots I was amazed by the really good sharpness, but... there was something that didn't convince me in depth. Let me explain: when you have been photographing for decades and you have become accustomed to unimpeachable optics, you quickly realize if what you are using is the right optics in all respects. Sometimes, the beauty of a lens leaps to the eye already looking in the sights of the Reflex. Probably because the eye knows nothing about MTF but has been developed with millions of years of 'research'. This is not the case with the Sigma 24mm f/1.4, which returns very sharp images with a blurred f1.4 that admirably separates the planes, and yet has always left me with some doubts. Something was missing. Only recently I ran comparative tests with a very old Olympus 24 f2.8 on Nikon D850 and saw what's missing: the contrast. The optics are very sharp and it is appreciated for this, unfortunately it is a perceived sharpness that constitutes only half of the image. Comparing it to the old lens you can see how the microcontrast is excessive. I mean that the optics are engraved but the tonal variation of colors, the micro shades, are much less rich than the optics of comparison, which at the opening seems veiled but in detail returns, already all open, a greater wealth of tones. From the comparison, it also shows that the field framed by Sigma is smaller, probably not really a 24 but more realistically a 25-26 (which is not a problem). The rating is positive (a 9) but I think I'll change it for something more plastic.
Cons:Weight/size (but it is a compromise to accept for the final rendering of optics)
Opinion:I state that I use the version for Canon and I bought my new lens in the store. I had to calibrate to-3 in my case, the optics but then it always remained in focus even at full aperture. However, I will evaluate the purchase of the USB dock for various calibrations and update firmware. I tried the optics a bit in different situations and at various openings from 1.4 to closed diaphragms.. The sharpness and contrast it produces in the images is absurd.. Really I hit this lens and I'm really happy, I always wanted the Canon 24 1.4 L II But the price is prohibitive on the new and anyway it stays high even in the used market, I tried with the new Sigma 24 (found in super offer) and I'm really happy with it. Two negative things are the weight and the clutter that you make feel, but you know that the glass weighs and the cap of the lens that is obscene.. Replaced with an original canon and I would say it is definitely better. Would I buy it back? Absolutely! I will probably evaluate other Sigma Art to match the other lenses I own:
Cons:AF not perfect in some situations (need for calibration to be budgeted), made with artificial lights, starry "anonymous"
Opinion:Spectacular optics. I was looking for a fixed wide angle, sharp and bright to replace the Canon 24-105 L series that I had deeply disappointed. On the advice of a friend and curious to try a Sigma Art (of which I always read wonders and admired beautiful photos), I decided to throw myself on the 24 f1.4. Having both the 50l and the 135l I had initially rated the Canon 24l II. After a bit of various arrovellamentations I preferred to bet on the new Sigma compared to the Canon used since the tests found on the net the Sigma had less vignetting and I felt sharper at closed diaphragms, aspect that convinced me to throw myself on the sigma. Fearful of having problems with the AF I chose to buy it new on Amazon, so that I can replace it in case of any problems. Once mounted on my 6d are enough photos to leave me open-mouthed. This optics has an exceptional sharpness, much more than the 135l I possess. The blur is clear, without transitions and highlights the subject framed... provided to place it in the center where it is not the object of distortion and where the lens has the sharpest part. Shooting with a 24 F 1.4 was a real challenge for me..... you have to approach the subject but, composing with the subject at the center, where the distortions are reduced, you create a really amazing wow effect... I can say that some of the most beautiful photos I made I got my daughter with this lens. Recently I took a trip to Bosnia and Croatia where I took it as the only optics, satisfying myself in full and giving me some shots of which I am very satisfied. Coming to the cons I have to report that the rendition of Art is particular and coming from the Canon L series at the beginning I was puzzled. Specifically I found a flare rather pronounced when you frame a subject in backlight, positioning the sun in one of the four corners, which from origin to colored panes impossible to remove in PP, for the rest the optics seemed to me free from Flare on other less extreme occasions. Another defect I found is in the form of starry in the long night exposures in urban environments; The optics tends to keep the point lights even at closed diaphragms, presenting only a minimum hint of starry around the point light. Chapter AF: I state that I use it on Canon 6d and use the center point and then recompose using the AF-on button. As I said, not to risk I took it on Amazon, mine is almost perfect at all distances, I say almost because at full aperture, if I focus something at infinity, ends up to focus at random. Closing the diaphragm This problem does not occur. This problem is even more pronounced if you use slow times close to the safety time... it is not micro-moved, it is right out of focus. As soon as I can still I will calibrate it with the Sigma Dock. Even the 50l I did calibrate from Canon and after it went much better. Another thing I noticed is the yield in the white balance in the presence of artificial lights. This is a contrasting lens and with strong differences of light I happened that the photo was too contraed and difficult to recover in PP... Much better to exploit it with natural light where from the best of itself. I then make one last consideration on the SIGMA ART lenses: At the beginning even I was skeptical, I had pretty much just and always used Canon L series lenses... With these sigma I found a different rendition, very sharp and correct... I struggled to get used to it, then, Knowing the lens and familiarising myself with the same I figured out how to exploit it... and I really like it. It should be taken into account when evaluating the purchase. Would I buy it back? Sure. Once it happens it's a super lens!
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