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A fast Sigma lens for wide-angle fans

The company adds a 24mm f1.4 to its excellent lens portfolio.


We bid an enthusiastic welcome to the latest member of Sigma's excellent line of fast prime lenses, the 24mm f1.4 DG HSM. Designed for full-frame cameras -- Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, at least to start -- and with an effective focal length of about 38mm on APS-C bodies, this lens looks like it might just be a must-have for the wide-angle lover in you.

Of course, price significantly impacts the appeal of a lens; Sigma plans to charge $850 when it ships next month for Canon and Sigma mounts, followed by Nikon in April. That's pretty reasonable. Not only is Canon's 24mm f1.4L $1,650 and Nikon's $2,200 -- those are both weather-sealed, though -- but it's right in line with the 35mm f1.4 at $900 and the 50mm f1.4 at $950.

The lens shares the same build quality as the other Art series models, including a 9-rounded-blade aperture. It will be able to focus as close as 9.8 in/24.9 cm. It has 15 elements in 11 groups, with rear aspherical elements, and two types of low-dispersion glass. Bottom line: Sigma claims excellent wide-open performance and little distortion, aberration and flare.

Editors' note, February 11, 2051: Updated with US pricing and availability. Both are still unknown for the UK and Australia.

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