Review of the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG Art


The company’s well-regarded 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for SLR systems is replaced by the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art ($799) for mirrorless systems. The lens, which is available for both L-Mount Alliance and Sony cameras, is somewhat portable, provides exterior weather protection, a wide aperture for background blur and low-light shooting, and features reliable on-barrel controls. The best part is that it costs substantially less than Sony’s top-of-the-line FE 24mm F1.4 GM ($1,399). Simply told, this most current Art entry might be the best wide standard prime for your bag if you’re after the F1.4 aesthetic. Even though the smaller Sigma 24mm F2 DG DN Contemporary ($639) is also a great alternative for traveling light, it wins our Editors’ Choice award.

A COMMON LENS FOR WIDE-ANGLE IMAGES In the days of manual focus, the majority of entry-level cameras came with a 50mm lens, which many at the time regarded as the industry standard. But tastes have evolved, and today practically all ILC kit lenses are zooms. Standard focal lengths for full-frame systems are 24-70mm or 24-105mm. And because the primary camera on the majority of smartphones tends to twirl about the 24mm focal length, many producers now prefer the broad end of such zooms.

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(Credit: Jim Fisher) The availability of 24mm primes on the market is therefore not surprising. However, the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG DN Art stands out from other sub-$1,000 alternatives due to its intricate optical design and completely weather-sealed construction. Compared to the Sigma 24mm F3.5 Contemporary ($549.99) or 24mm F2 Contemporary, for instance, it captures more light and is better suited for usage outdoors in inclement weather.

As previously indicated, the 24mm F1.4 Art is offered for Sony’s E-mount mirrorless system as well as L-Mount Alliance cameras from Leica, Panasonic, and Sigma. The latter was sent to us for review. It supports 72mm front filters and is 3.8 by 3.0 inches (HD) in size and weight. It is somewhat larger than Sony’s FE 24mm F1.4 GM and lighter than the previous 24mm HSM Art for SLRs (3.6 by 3.3 inches, 1.5 pounds) (3.6 by 3.0 inches, 15.7 ounces).


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