Wide angle zooms are incredibly popular and a staple of most photographers' kit bags, whatever their genre. But with brands like Sigma offering alternatives to the camera manufacturer's option for significantly less money, it's not an obvious decision.
When I moved across to Sony (no, I'm not going to get into why) I needed a a wide angle zoom lens. However, unlike most people, I have one specific requirement for my wide angle zoom lenses: minimum focus distance. Due to a niche type of photograph I often create for some clients, the closer the minimum focus distance, the better for me. As a result, the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art for Sony E mount and the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master both didn't end up getting a look-in (I went with the Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD.) However, I spent a fair amount of time looking into the Sony in particular, so this video is pertinent for me too.
Yes, Sony's offering has better reach and superb optics, but as is often the case with these comparisons, the off-brand is significantly cheaper — $800 cheaper in this case. "Off-brand" might have been a slight once upon a time, but never has that been further from true as it is right now. Sigma Art lenses have earned themselves quite the reputation for quality and their 14-24mm appears to not deviate from that trend. So which is better? Where would you put your money?