Today I want to present you a new lens from my collection. Like the 35mm and the 50mm lenses, the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM is also part of Sigma’s “Art” series.
Launched in 2012 at the Photokina, this product series excels with particularly high quality fixed focal lengths. The light-intense wide angle lens comes with mounts for Canon, Nikon and Sigma DSLR cameras and will even meet the highest requirements.
I’d like to start with some technical information.
With a 24mm focal length, this lens is a classical wide-angle lens. Therefore the image angle has a value of 84.1 degrees. The lens weighs about 665 grams while the diameter of the filter is 77mm. The lens has a light intensity of 1.4. In this range it is comparable to a 35mm and 50mm lens of the Art series.
It has a close focus limit of 25cm and comes with a lens hood. When you hold the lens in your hands, you will immediately notice its top build quality.
I was very positively surprised by its close-focus limit as the lens is not only perfect for classical landscape and architecture photography but also for travel, nature as well as indoor and event photography. The focal length, which is rather unusual for such purposes, can even be used for taking portraits.
I tested the lens today on a small stroll through Vienna in autumn, so I’d like to say some things about its operation.
As with almost every lens this one also has an autofocus switch. However, what’s missing is VR (image stabilization). This feature isn’t required for 24mm lenses though. The autofocus works very noiselessly, fast and reliably. The image quality of this lens really speaks for itself! It reproduces excellent colors and contrast and there’s nothing negative to say about sharpness, either. However, I need to say that in these fields it still can’t keep up with its mates (the 35mm and 50mm lenses).
When you buy an f/1.4, of course you want to configure freely and get some nice natural bokeh. I’ve also attached some photos where I tested the lens with an open aperture. In the pictures you can very well notice the convincing outcome.
Like with every other wide-angle lens, the 24mm has some minor distortion and vignetting. However, both flaws can be removed with just few clicks in post-editing programs like Lightroom.
By and large, the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM is a high-quality, light-intense wide-angle lens for full-frame compatible cameras. For about 900€ it’s definitely cheaper than any other comparable lens of another company. Optical errors have been reduced almost entirely. I was particularly impressed by the bokeh and the high levels of contrast are even very convincing when shooting at backlight.
So those among you who love experimenting with wide-angle lenses and who aren’t satisfied with the 35mm Art are certainly going to enjoy this lens! Speaking for myself, I’m also convinced by this lens although I should admit that I’m a big fan of normal focal lengths.