CP+ 2015: Hands on the New Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

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The new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens was on display and available for use at the Sigma booth at this year’s CP Plus Camera and Photo Imaging Show, in Japan. Flanked by other Art Series lenses, the 24mm with an f/1.4 maximum aperture is sharp and contrasty, earning its chrome “A” badge on the side of the lens. Images shot with this lens looked distortion free, with excellent contrast yet a natural color saturation that makes it equally well suited for landscapes and people pics.

From this year’s CP Plus Expo, the photo of the gentleman checking out the lens in its Nikon-mount version was taken with the lens in question, albeit on a crop sensor. (Canon 7D, 800 ISO, f/2.8 and 1/80 second). It’s large and weighty, but very comfortable in the hand. Well marked with the stark black-and-white design of the new Sigma lenses, making it easy to find the reference mark so mounting lenses is quick and easy, the design extends to their solid lens hoods with aesthetically pleasing dashes and arrows that serve as guides to mounting the hood, both extended “out” and reversed “in” for transport.

Overall, the lens design and quality instills confidence that it will stand up to rigorous professional use. If you already have the other Sigma fixed focal length Art lenses, the 35mm and the 50mm, this 24mm will add to the set a true wide-angle lens. If this is your first Sigma Art lens, it will get you thinking that you should complete the set with the other two. One caveat though, seen side-by-side here with the 50mm, you can see the design aesthetic is so well matched that telling them apart in your camera bag might be an issue, and who would want ruin the matte and polished black and chrome with a piece of P-Touch label tape?

Follow all of the exclusive coverage from B&H of the CP+2015 Show in Japan at this link.