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Sigma Announces Much-Anticipated 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

By Matthew Saville on February 10th 2015

Well, the highly-debated question of whether Sigma’s next full-frame Art prime would be 24mm or 85mm has been answered!  Just in time for the CP+ tradeshow in Japan, Sigma has revealed details about its next Art lens.

We don’t have a price yet, or an availability date, but as soon as that information is released, you’ll be able to order or pre-order it here on B&H.

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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Press Release

The much anticipated 24mm F1.4 Art wide angle lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The lens is ideal for capturing a variety of photography subjects, including cityscapes, mountain ranges, astrophotography and weddings and is great for videography work as well. The 24mm also excels at indoor photography in low illumination thanks to the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness, and gorgeous bokeh rendered by nine rounded aperture blades.

The lens achieves a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches. The 24mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification especially in the edge of the image field. Moreover, the optimized power layout includes aspherical elements that are positioned in the rear of the lens for improved wide open performance. This helps to ensure minimal distortion through the correction of axial chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare. The new lens element design also delivers excellent peripheral brightness.

The Sigma Art lenses are recognized by photographers for world-class performance, and the new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM will be a significant contribution to our selection of fast aperture prime lenses which is quickly becoming a strong force in the industry” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma is redefining the expectations of fast-aperture full-frame prime lens performance, especially wide-open, and the results the 24mm F1.4 will deliver will be up to the exacting standards set by the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM .”

Other updates to this lens include a new full-time manual focusing mechanism that switches to manual focusing, simply by rotating the focus ring, even when AF is being used, first introduced on the 50mm Art. This allows the photographer to make focus adjustments quickly and easily. As with all new lenses under the Global Vision categories, every 24mm will be tested using Sigma’s own MTF measuring system, “A1,” in the company’s factory in Japan.

Lens Construction 15 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View 84.1º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 25 cm / 9.8 in
Filter Size (mm) 77mm
Maximum Magnifications 1:5.3
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
85mmx90.2mm/ 3.3inx3.6 in
Weight 665g / 23.5oz.
Corresponding Mounts Sigma, Canon, Nikon

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Initial Thoughts & Predictions

From the press release, it sounds like Sigma is paying attention to everything that previous versions of 24mm f/1.4 lenses have missed or fallen short on.  They (Sigma) specifically mention coma and vignetting, two of the main issues that most casual photographers don’t care very much about, but are extremely important to nightscape & astrophotography.

However, the MTF charts they’ve published do tell an interesting story, potentially:

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This could indicate that the lens is extremely sharp throughout most of the frame, but the specific line separations could be an indication of severe coma.

As always, I try not to count my chickens before they hatch, and I’m also very optimistic.

There is a very good chance that this lens is at least as good as the Nikon and Canon 24mm f/1.4’s, and depending on which aspects of image quality concern you, there is a good chance that this lens is also as good as or better than the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4. (Unfortunately, both the Canon and Nikon 24’s fall a little bit short when it it comes to landscape astrophotography.)

By now I’m probably beginning to bore anyone who isn’t keenly interested in those things, so I’ll wrap it up there. Suffice it to say that this has been a highly anticipated lens by many.

Let’s talk about something that everybody is interested in:  When will this little gem hit the shelves, and what will it cost?  My best guess is, it’ll be at least a month or two before it becomes available, and if the cost of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art and 50mm f/1.4 Art are any indication, I’d place this lens at a minimum of $800, and hopefully a cap of $1100.  We’ll see!

Should anybody else be excited about this lens, other than nocturnal star photographers?  I’m sure there are plenty of wedding photographers out there, news/war photographers, and casual street photojournalists who know the value of a fast, wide-angle prime.

What are your thoughts?  Will you buy one of these?  Or were you hoping for an 85mm Art instead?

Again, we don’t have any availability or pricing information yet, but when it does become available, you’ll be able to order or pre-order it here on B&H!

Happy clicking,
=Matt=

Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

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9 Comments

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  1. Aku Pöllänen

    Amazing news! I already own Nikon 24mm f/1.4G but I’m still glad that Sigma added this to their lineup. I was never so fond to wide angle lenses but after getting my 24mm I feel like that’s the only lens I would want to shoot with. It’s definitely wide enough to get really interesting shots but still not too wide and for that reason not distorting too much.

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  2. Basit Zargar

    awesome

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  3. Brandon Dewey

    Finally!!!! I hope it come out before the summer!!!

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  4. Jason Boa

    A very nice looking lens

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  5. Mads Helmer Petersen

    I´ve been waiting for this leens for a very very very looooooong time ! Finally can´t wait to buy and receive this leens ! Defiantly a must for me !

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  6. Kyle Stauffer

    I’m with Steve. I think an 85 1.4 Art will be flying off the shelves… Wish it wouldn’t take them so long… I’ve made my 85 decision and purchase already.

    Now if they could unveil a new 70-200 2.8 Art before I take that plunge, it would be much appreciated!!

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    • Steve VanSickle

      I’d like to think that the 85 is taking so long because they want it to be perfect. Admittedly, I’d be a bit sad if they made a 70-200 f/2.8 as I just picked up the new Tamron version and it’s fantastic, but I’m sure a Sigma Art lens would be stellar.

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  7. Steve VanSickle

    While I’m excited for this lens, I did just get the Rokinon f/2.8 fisheye, so I should be okay for astrophotography for now. On the other hand, if they announce an 85 f/1.4 Art- SOLD.

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  8. Kim Farrelly

    WOOHOO!!! Aaaa, I mean, very good timing from Sigma, if it’s available pre summer. Might add this to my 35&50 Art

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