I have had a passion for shooting architecture ever since I first picked up a camera, and living in London I am more than spoiled for choice with the number of locations I can explore and subjects to shoot. I tend to
spend a lot of my time shooting in and around the city, mainly using a 16-35mm F4 lens, but I was really excited by the wider focal length and faster aperture that my SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art lens had to offer in comparison. So, on the same day my SIGMA lens arrived I headed into the city to test out it’s capabilities
Coupled on my Sony A7R2, I was really impressed with the optical quality of this lens. After some basic lens corrections, there’s practically no distortion or vignetting at the wider end of this lens, and it is also pin-sharp from F8 and above.
But one of the things that I really love about my SIGMA 14-24mm DG DN | Art is how wide it is! Similar to a fish-eye focal length, this lens allows you to fit so much into the frame but without heavy barrel-like distortions in the image that most fish-eye lenses produce. This makes it a perfect lens for interior photography or capturing as much of a scene as possible in tight space.
The SIGMA 14-24mm DG DN | Art also performs very well in low-light situations, which was particularly useful when shooting handheld once the sun had gone down. However, one downside to this lens for me is the convexed front element of the lens. You cannot easily attach filters to this lens unless you buy a separate adapter in order to do so. I tend to use UV and ND filters quite a lot when taking stills so not having this option with this lens means I constantly feel like putting the lens cap back over the fixed-hood of the lens. This can be annoying as it results in missing certain shots now and again. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s something to consider.
Overall, this is an absolutely superb wide-angle zoom lens and SIGMA have once again smashed it with producing another zoom lens which with extremely high-quality optics at more affordable prices and I’m sure it won’t be my last purchase from SIGMA’s catalog of lenses.