Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HS M | A £600/$850

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What’s good: Ex­cel­lent build qual­ity, su­perb im­age qual­ity, fast f/1.4 aper­ture. What’s bad: The Sigma lenses lack weather seals, and the 20mm is quite big and heavy. Our ver­dict: The Sigma 24mm is the out­right top per­former in the group.

Com­bin­ing im­pec­ca­ble build qual­ity and han­dling with the ease of aut­o­fo­cus and stun­ning im­age qual­ity, both Sigma lenses on test are sim­ply su­perb, and great value. The fast f/1.4 aper­ture rat­ing is good to have, es­pe­cially as both lenses con­tinue to de­liver great im­age qual­ity when shoot­ing wide-open. Go for the 20mm lens if you want to max­imise your view­ing an­gle, though the smaller 24mm is more man­age­able, boasts less bar­rel dis­tor­tion and fea­tures a fil­ter at­tach­ment thread.

The Zeiss 18mm is the king of the man­ual fo­cus op­tions, but the Irix 15mm is a close sec­ond, and is about a quar­ter of the price. Samyang’s man­ual lenses aren’t built to such a high stan­dard, but are still ro­bust and de­liver good im­age qual­ity, with the 14mm of­fer­ing bet­ter value.

The Nikon 20mm and 24mm f/1.8 aut­o­fo­cus lenses are re­fresh­ingly com­pact and light­weight, but they lose out to the Sigma lenses for over­all im­age qual­ity, aper­ture speed and value for money.

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