Putting the New Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens Through Its Paces

Hot on the heels of his first look at Sigma 135mm f/1.8 lens, Manny Ortiz offers his first impressions of the recently released Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E mount.

Sigma has done Sony a huge favor in the last year by adding dramatically to the range of lenses available for Sony's full-frame cameras, and their reputation for producing pin-sharp results at huge apertures is well known. The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens doesn't seem to disappoint, and Ortiz is not shy in taking it out in some pretty harsh lighting conditions: hard sunlight and a backlit model — what he describes as a "nightmare scenario." Watch the video to its conclusion to grab some bonus tips on how to manage the brightness of the background with the shadow in the foreground.

And another bonus tip for you: Ortiz draws out some great tones from the surrounding skyscrapers, but if he'd wanted to find some nice colors in the muddy, gray water, he could have chosen to paint in a different color temperature using the adjustment tool in Lightroom. Having stood in a few lakes in my time, it's a simple trick to inject some blues, aquas, and greens to make the water look way more appealing.

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William Howell's picture

Boy, Sigma seems to be killing, although Manny did mention chromatic color fringing. But still though.

On a personal note, I know that area well, one of my favorite shots was taken from a swing stage on the Sun-Times building, (I have it posted to my profile), that’s where he is, on the Chicago river. Also lots of weddings are shot there.

Robert Nurse's picture

I see these locations and drool. Did you ever have to get municipal permission to shoot in these places? In DC, it seems you have to get permits for the slightest setup.

Jason Hughes's picture

In Chicago you can get away with a lot before anyone ever thinks to ask you about permits or anything like that.

Bill Larkin's picture

in Chicago, law enforcement's too busy with murders to bother a photographer, LOL

William Howell's picture

I never shot professional in Chi-town, but its a pretty relaxed town. So, I would reckon if you have just one light on a stick, no one would say anything.

Mike Yamin's picture

Watching the autofocus track her eye is amazing to me... as I Nikon DSLR user, I really wish they would've put that in the Z cameras. Oh and sweet lens!