Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review
When i fell in love with prime lenses, i was always wondering, which is that one lens, which can be used for day to day shoots, something between a wide angle and an ultra-wide.
A typical wide-angle lens has a focal length of 24-35mm. Ultra-wide-angle lenses, are far more wider and have shorter focal lengths of 24mm or lesser. An ultra-wide angle lens is basically a far zoomed out lens. It can capture more area than a normal human eye can see.
After a lot of research, I got to find out 24 mm is the great choice for the above needs. And voila, Sigma announced its 24mm 1.4 ART lens.
Thanks to my local vendor AAB World, i happen to be given the lens for a test ride.
I was really astonished on the compact size of the lens, other features it had, was an inch wide focus ring, et all the ART series works (aluminum body, art symbol, wide aperture - etc.).
The first thing that crossed my mind was to shoot cityscape. I spent a few hours in the evening to get a great image of the masjid in the roundabout. Yes, this picture is unique... Around the world, there are not many masjids in a roundabout. This was a great opportunity to shoot the masjid with the roads leading to the city at blue hour.
BTS of this photo, has been posted on Facebook and Instagram.
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I did try this lens at night for cooler effects with smaller objects that you’re much closer to. For example, in the below picture, photographing an antique lamp with a wide-angle lens will highlight the lamp in the foreground by making it seem larger than the objects in the background while capturing the overall effect of the entire frame. I was also able to get comfortably close, thanks to the near-macro capabilities of this lens, further enhancing its artistic capabilities.
Low light test with wide and narrow aperture. Framed the dhows at night. To my luck, it had rained on the previous day due to which i got the excellent reflection of the dhow's.
The first image was with f1.4, took 1.3 seconds and the second one with f16, and took 120 seconds.
The more I got to work around with the lens, the more I got to know the advantages of the lens, that’s when I shot myself in the frame. As the distortion on these lenses are very minimal, I ended up having some beautiful frames with me in the foreground.
The above photo was taken at one of the beaches during sunset. Used a long exposure of 30 seconds.
Below photo, On shoot - F1.4, 1/2 seconds.
The Sigma f/1.4 is armored with a rugged metal body and mount with plastic filter threads and detachable petal hood. It can fit our common 77mm filters, so that shooting with filters are easy.
Sharpness is fantastic, especially at its wide apertures, which is essential for a lens of this stature. Little bit of chromatic aberration was found in long exposures, but in a single click on lightroom lens correction option, its dis appeared.
Distortion also was very minimal and it can be cleared easily. The view of my city Kuwait, came out well in 24 mm. It was super sharp, and straight.
The 24mm f/1.4 offers ample grip for handling and wider focus ring will help to grab anytime to manually focus. Shot several images from this location, loved the power of the 24mm prime.
One more early morning shoot done near the old boats dock. Test gave excellent results with beautiful reflection and crisp details.
The overall performance is great. I have not yet got a change to do any events and festivals, but am pretty sure this lens will outperform.
If you are travelling, this would be a great choice to have in your camera bag, for low light, streets, markets, festivals, etc.
Many thanks to AAB World & SIGMA Kuwait for providing me with the lens.
Thanks FQ8 team for the all-time support
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The overall performance is great with this lens. i dint go enough to soot events and festivals so far, im shure this lens will perform great in street and events, because most of my friends who is doing events, they are using 24mm focal length for indoor shoots.
If you are travelling, this is a great choice to add in your bag, to shoot low light streets, markets, festivals, etc. look around the photos attached from different locations, long exposures, & night photos.
Thanks many AAB World & SIGMA Kuwait for arranging the lens for me.
Thanks FQ8 team for the support
Another time, another gear...