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Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art: First Look Hands-On Review

THe Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens is $1,299 through Authorized US retailers.

The Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens is an outstanding fast-aperture, constant aperture ultra wide to wide angle full-frame zoom lens. Designed for today’s super-high resolution megapixel DSLRs, this new 1.7x zoom ratio Art lens is designed for edge to edge sharpness for 8K monitors, and large-format prints.

A horse in a paddock as seen through the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens at 24mm. 1/500 F8.0 ISO 100 on the Canon EOS 6D.

This is simply a fantastic lens. It is razor-sharp on the focal plane at all focal lengths, and from edge to edge. And the rectilinear correction is simply outstanding—straight lines stay straight—from 14mm to 24mm, from sweeping fields of view covering 114.2º to 84.1º, the lens exemplifies pro-caliber wide angle imaging.

In the hands, it certainly has heft at two and half pounds, but it is well balanced and the zoom and focusing ring is well damped—it is an Art lens, and we have talked about this line’s build quality so many times before. It wears this badge well. And it adds a level of splash proofing and weather sealing comparable to the Sports line, which should make photographers who work in the harsher elements very, very happy.

A sundial at East Jersey Old Towne, wide open at F2.8 at 14mm. 1/2500 F2.8 ISO 100.
Framed tighter at 24mm, same camera settings as above. It can close-focus to a few inches in front of the front element with a maximum 1:5.4 magnification to showcase foreground elements in their environment.

Another first for this lens is the compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Peripheral Illumination Correction settings, however, in my test images, I did not enable this in the Canon ESOS 6D, and quite honestly, based on my tests, I’m super-impressed with the edge-to-edge illumination results at all apertures and focal lengths, even without this at-capture tweak.

This lens is impressively sharp wide open for an ultrawide! We are at 18mm here, 1/2500 @ F2.8 ISO 100, and focused on the corner of the stone cottage.

The photos posted in this article are captured in RAW mode, and are toned in Adobe Camera RAW 9.1.1. I have made some Basic Adjustments for exposure, Shadows, Highlights, and such. No Lens Profile has been assigned (this lens is so new that Adobe doesn’t have it in the database yet); and no Lens Correction actions have been taken on any of the images posted here. The edge-to-edge performance you see in terms of rectilinearity, sharpness, and illumination speak to the strengths of this lens.

Available light interior shot of a restored historical church at 14mm, focused on the pulpit at center of frame. 1/320 F2.8 ISO 320. I’m standing just inside the doorway to take in this sweeping view at 14mm.
This is straight out of camera. No adjustments have been made in Raw conversion except for sizing to 2000 pixel wide for web display. 1/80 F2.8 ISO 320 at 21mm.
Stopping down to F8 at 24mm gives unlimited depth of field and fantastic edge to edge performance! 1/320 F8 ISO 100.
As soon as I heard about this lens, I wanted to experiment with the Pixelstick on the local pedestrian mall that offers a great one-point perspective. Using a tripod and a timer, I set the exposure to 8 seconds, the aperture to F14 and the ISO to 100, which is the basic exposure for the buildings. I then shot a ton on frames on interval shooting with the Pixelstick with a variety of patterns. The bright blue and green swirls and curves are a nice counterpoint to the straight lines of the buildings converging on the single-point perspective at the center of the frame.
Another Pixelstick experiment. This time I “painted” Van Gogh’s Starry Night into the center of the frame, flanked by lamplight starbursts and the facade of Yestercades, a vintage arcade on the pedestrian mall. 4 seconds F11 ISO 100 at 14mm. The overall imaging performance of this lens makes it fantastic for long-exposure nightscape work! I cropped to a 2:1 aspect ratio for presentation here.

This is, quite simply, an outstanding ultra wide to wide angle fast-aperture, constant aperture zoom lens. I had the lens for a week, and begrudgingly shipped it off to Sigma Ambassador Jack Fusco this afternoon—who is hoping to catch the Milky Way rising over the Pacific this weekend with this lens! Stay tuned for his photos and much more team coverage in the coming weeks.

The interior of this blacksmith shot is a natural sepiatone! This is available light, 1/25 F2.8 ISO 320 at 24mm. I am super-impressed with the edge to edge performance of this lens, at all apertures, at all focal lengths, in every situation I experimented with it.

The Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens will arrive on store shelves in Mid-March, and has a retail price of $1,299. Learn more/Where to Buy

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