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Hands-On With the Sigma 23mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm: Is It Any Good?

There are so many lenses on the market it today we're spoiled for choice. However, this is a real positive for affordability and Sigma has positioned themselves well in that regard. One of their popular APS-C lenses is soon to be available for Fujifilm, but is it any good?

As Benj Haisch had a chance to extensively test the lens, I'll let him go through the pros and cons of this Sigma 23mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for the Fujifilm X mount. Instead, I'll offer you some reasons why this lens is so appealing.

23mm might seem like a strange focal length to choose and yet there are lots of options. Well, 23mm on an APS-C crop sensor is equivalent to 35mm on a full frame camera, which will go a way to explaining why it's 23mm. But that moves the question to "why 35mm?" A fast (by which I mean a wide maximum aperture like f/1.4) 35mm prime lens ticks a lot of boxes. It is a versatile focal length as it's wide enough to capture a scene, but long enough to separate the subject from the background if you choose. They are typically compact which makes them easy to sling into a camera bag. The speed makes them useful for low-light performance and creative decisions. Finally, if they are manufactured by a brand different from the camera (or Zeiss), they can be affordable.

At $549, this Sigma certainly ticks a lot of those boxes, although it is a little bigger than I expected. What do you make of it?

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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