CEIF 2016 Product Spotlight—Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

 
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

Touted as the fastest 20mm lens in the world, the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens features 15 elements in 11 groups and is designed for full frame cameras. The lens includes two FLD and five SLD glass elements to minimise transverse chromatic aberration, and features a rounded 9 blade diaphragm, thus allowing the user to create a blur in the out of focus areas of the photograph. It has a minimum focusing distance of 27.6cm and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:7.1. The lens will be available in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma camera models.

Raj Lalwani from the Better Photography team recently reviewed the lens and gave it an overall 91% rating. This is what he had to say about it. “There is no doubt that the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art is an astonishing piece of optics. Unfortunately, it alienates a chunk of its otherwise potential audience because of its inability to use filters. So if you are a landscape photographer, or shoot a lot of daytime video that necessitates ND filters, you may want to look at the Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G and the Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8. The Milvus, also tested in this issue, is a different beast, and is a clear winner in terms of build quality and on-field handling. But low light shooters would crave AF, and thus remain two significant reasons to buy the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art. One, if you really need that extra two-thirds stop over the Nikkor 20mm f/1.8… wedding photographers may look at this keenly. Two, if you can forgo filters in order to use the pinnacle of ultrawide optics amongst autofocus lenses.”

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