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Here we compare the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art to three excellent Canon lenses.
The demands of making an f/1.4 lens are considerably higher than an f/2.8 prime or even an f/4 zoom. Thus an f/1.4 lens that outperforms those primes is superb. But we also have Canon’s own 24mm f/1.4L II prime lens for a head to head.
A top notch performer would establish its dominance regardless of lens speed:
- Flatness of field (field curvature), e.g., placing sharpness where desired.
- Corner to corner sharpness.
- Freedom from veiling haze.
- Distortion and vignetting.
- Correction for color aberrations.
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