Once again, a new prime lens has made its way into my photo bag. 🙂 This time it’s a Sigma 24mm f./1.4 Art lens which on a camera with an APS-C sensor is the equivalent of the 35mm focal length on FF, which is quite well suited for general shooting. I immediately attached it onto my SD1 Merrill and took it along on a photo tour. As it was cloudy and the colors turned out rather pale, I converted all of the images into black and white.
24mm on a crop sensor or 35mm on FF, respectively, aren’t exactly the focal lengths you think of when it comes to close-ups. However, with a 24/1.4 Art you’re getting surprisingly close, thanks to its 25cm closest focusing distance. One definitely can’t shoot macro, but one or the other close-up should work out fine. As expected, such short subject distances make very nice bokeh. We shall see if it will stay that creamy with a greater camera-to-subject distance.
As with bokeh, one can’t complain about the sharpness in the close focus range. Below the following picture, which was taken at f/1.4, I’ve added its 100% crop. One has to look twice to notice that it’s a crop and not a large-aperture macro. 😉