Get Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art at B&H Photo.
As readers may have deduced by my recent coverage of the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon, I like a 20/21mm a LOT, so I’m going gaga over this Sigma 20mm f/1.4—I know good stuff when I see it and I’d say the Leica 21/1.4 Summilux is not nearly so nice (and the Leica is 8X the price).
Put another way—I just love lenses that give me new versatility, gorgeous bokeh, high performance, and the Sigma 20/1.4 DG HSM Art scores on all points.
Don’t wait, get one now—it’s that simple. I’ve been feeling bored to meh with the Sony RX1R II, but I got my 'fix' today with the Sigma 20mm f/1.4. It’s that kind of visceral reaction that’s hard to explain, but never wrong (in my experience).
This aperture series studies the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art at very close range:
Includes images up to 24 megapixels as well as UltraHD crops, all from f/1.4 through f/13, so a thorough look at the lens behavior is great fun on a high-res screen (see Get a Gorgeous 5K Display—with a Free Computer Included!).
For those with a late 2015 iMac 5K, the up to 24-megapixel images are eye-popping. Still, few displays other than the NEC PA302W can handle the intense red-magenta of these pomegranates—I expect that few readers will be able to view the images as they actually are. Because even the AdobeRGB color space flattens the color in an ugly way— I am forced to present the images in the ProPhotoRGB color space. The iMac 5K just (barely) manages it however and it is a viewing pleasure for its 14.2MP display as well.
Also in my review:
- Overview of Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- MTF for Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Vignetting for Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- Distortion for Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art