Sigma 14mm F2.8
Launched August 1998
SIGMA’S EX RANGE IS WIDENED CONSIDERABLY
Sigma announce the arrival of a brand new 14mm F2.8 EX HSM lens. This hyper wide-angle is a rectilinear lens which contains aspherical lens elements which effectively correct the distortion usually found in ultra wide-angle lenses. The lens also boasts special low-dispersion glass which eliminates chromatic aberration, boosts peripheral brightness and dramatically improves edge to edge image quality.
The F2.8 maximum aperture provides the bright image expected from such a fast lens. As news of this launch leaks out much interest has been shown from the professional news gathering agencies as the Sigma 14mm F2.8 EX HSM. makes a perfect wideangle lens for SLR cameras with digital backs.
Sigma have incorporated a rear focusing system plus their revolutionary new HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) in the Sigma, Canon and Nikon versions to ensure super-fast and silent auto focusing.
The large convex front element does not rotate when it focuses down to its minimum focusing distance of just 18 cms (7.1 inches)!
Finished in Sigma’s stylish and durable gold flecked EX livery, the 14mm F2.8 EX HSM lens comes complete with lens hood, gel filter holder at rear of the lens, padded lens pouch and 3 Year UK Warranty.
There are few lenses on the market with which to compare the Sigma (see attached comparison table). At £799.95 the Sigma massively undercuts the nearest competitor, Canon’s 14mm F2.8 USM at £2,500!
|Construction||14 Elements in 10 Groups|
|Field of View||114.1°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||18cm|
|Number of blades||6|
|Filter Size||Rear Gelatin Type|
|SRP at launch:||£799.95|
|Available Mounts:||Sigma, Minolta, Nikon, Canon, Pentax AF|
Doug Harman – Amateur Photographer – March 1999
‘In short this is a corker of a lens which is fun to use and which opens up a cornucopia of compositions for the user.’
Dr. Stewart Bell – Amateur Photographer, March 1999
‘There is no doubting that of its kind it is one of the best around. You can’t challenge its value for money compared with camera makers offerings. The final element which is beyond question is that super wide-angles are enormous fun to use. If you’ve a big kitbag, and a broad shoulder strap, I’d recommend getting a corner set aside for this belter.’
Practical Photography – March 2002
‘…great for dramatic compositions and getting in close to a subject, while still showing plenty of background.’