My fellow SIGMA UK camera ambassador Paul Monaghan, SIGMA Italy camera ambassador Marco Dadone and myself spent a few days in Assynt located in the North West Highlands of Scotland. We were also joined by Andrea Burla who is a very talented Italian landscape photographer and brand ambassador for both NiSi and FLM.
We were fortunate to have a couple of fantastic new SIGMA Art lenses to try out courtesy of Sigma-Imaging UK during our stay at Stoer Lighthouse. However since I’m a landscape photographer I naturally gravitated towards the new SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens which I was very eager to try for the first time. This article therefore is all about my first experience, my thoughts on this lens and how it performed for me.
As a landscape photographer its vital that my choice of lenses suit my needs and deliver the performance that I require. In the case of the SIGMA 14-24mm | Art; all of my high demands have been met without any compromise.
This wide angle and fast, constant F2.8 aperture lens gives virtually distortion free results with superb build quality and handling. Weighing in at 1,150g and dimensions of 94mm x 135mm it’s not a small lightweight lens however if your image quality and build quality demands are high and you require super sharp results even wide open then look no further.
Another factor I have always considered when choosing a lens is the build quality and if the lens will hold up to day to day use in sometimes pretty harsh conditions. The SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens is extremely well engineered with a wonderfully smooth focusing ring that has a very solid feel when operating it. The HSM motor incorporated inside the lens is also very quiet and the auto focusing is snappy and quick as you would expect from a bright lens.
One more feature that Sigma has introduced with this particular Art lens and in my opinion could be a game changer for many photographers is the introduction of weather sealing on the lens. This is a welcomed feature that I have wanted to see incorporated in Sigma’s wide angle lenses and a step in the right direction in my opinion.
Chromatic aberration is almost none existent even in high contrast situations. Colour fringing and chromatic aberration is often noticeable in high contrast scenes especially around edges but I was unable to notice virtually any.
Probably the single most important factor that we all look for in a lens is sharpness and this is where this lens really does shine. I found the sharpness to be outstanding all the way to the corners on the images that I had taken at f11. I also found that the lens would yield very good sharpness and wonderful contrast even wide open.
More good news which is of utmost importance to Seascape photographers is the lack of distortion for such a wide angle lens. I found the distortion to be very minimal indeed with only very little correction required on a few images that I have processed.
So to sum things up I would say if you are looking for a lens that will deliver the most amazingly sharp images time and time again with wonderful contrast and build quality that surpasses its price then this is the lens for you without hesitation. I would recommend this
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