...And speaking of Sigma, as we were in the last post, the lensmaker has just introduced the latest in its lineup of full-frame statement "Art" lenses. The 24mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art lens will soon be joining the existing 50mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art for Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Sony, and the 35mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art, which is available in Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, and Pentax mounts.
The flagship Art series lenses have been popular among photographers who want less expensive alternatives to the major brands' own premium lenses without sacrificing state-of-the-art performance.
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Jim Richardson: "You really to have to commend Sigma for these lenses. I got the 35mm ƒ/1.4 last year for an assignment and it replaced my OEM lens after a couple of weeks comparison. Has a larger critically sharp area wide open and one stop down. I also tested it against the Zeiss, which is a nice lens, but a little less sharp than the Sigma. I also found the Zeiss very difficult to get in critical focus in any type of real world field work. They both have very good bokeh."
[Our friend Jim is a National Geographic photographer. —Ed.]
MarkB: "Kazuto Yamaki is truly making Sigma his own company. Unlike his father's Sigma, the focus is quality over quantity, which is commendable, as it still keeps his staff in Aizu gainfully employed because we consumers want as many of their new designs as we can get!"
Larry Gephardt: "I've been using the 35mm Art and I bought it over the Nikon version for the image quality, not the price. Though the price is less for initial purchase I'm not sure about the long term. I've usually made money selling my used Nikon lenses (I try to buy when the rebates are in place and sell when they are not). I'm not sure what to expect if I were to sell the Sigma, but I suspect it won't hold its value like the genuine Nikons. But as I said, I bought it for the image quality. I simply like it more than the Nikon 35mm ƒ/1.4. I'm hoping the 24mm lives up to the 35mm's quality. If it does I may add one to the bag."