Sigma 24 mmf/1.4DGHS MI A £600/$850

A Heavy­weight LENS that re­ally de­liv­ers

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Sigma’s Art lenses are de­signed to in­spire cre­ative ex­pres­sion, and a key el­e­ment is their wide aper­tures to en­able a tight depth of field. An added bonus is that you can freeze ac­tion with fast shut­ter speeds, even in dull light­ing con­di­tions.

Not much big­ger than the Nikon 24mm f/1.8 lens, the Sigma is nev­er­the­less nearly twice as heavy and feels ro­bust and sturdy. It’s cer­tainly more af­ford­able than Nikon’s di­rectly com­pet­ing AF-S 24mm f/1.4G lens, at £1790/$2000.

The bar­rel and other parts are made from TSC (Ther­mally Sta­ble Com­pos­ite), while the mount­ing plate is brass, and it’s com­pat­i­ble with Sigma’s USB Dock for up­dat­ing firmware and cus­tomis­ing set­tings. Per­for­mance Per­for­mance is ex­em­plary. The ring-type aut­o­fo­cus is fast, near-silent and un­err­ingly ac­cu­rate, while im­age qual­ity is ex­cel­lent. Sharp­ness is su­perb across the whole im­age frame, only drop­ping a lit­tle in the cor­ners at the ex­tra-large f/1.4 aper­ture, where vi­gnetting is also quite no­tice­able.

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