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The New Champion Of Astro-Landscape Lenses | Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DN for Sony FE Mirrorless

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN FE Art, Sony A7III | Photo by Sean Goebel, sgphotos.com

Ladies and gentlemen, we have more witchcraft at 14mm. And also at 24mm. The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 FE (not the DSLR version, the new Sony FE mirrorless-only version) …is basically flawless.

OK, we’ll wait to call it “flawless” until we can put it on a ridiculously high-res sensor like the 61-megapixel Sony A7Riv, but for now, let’s just leave it at this: It disproves at least two “impossibilities” that have been assumed about zooms…

Not only does it defeat one of the existing 14mm prime lens champions, the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art, it also performs astonishingly well at both ends of its focal range. In fact, it actually matches the current 24mm champion, the Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM.

Achieving just one of these feats is extremely rare, but achieving both at once is quite unprecedented. The “conventional wisdom” is absolutely that primes are always sharper than zooms, and that zooms areĀ always noticeably softer at one end of the range or the other, or in the middle.

Of course, this isn’t an in-depth, extensive review. We’ll wait for Roger Cicala at LensRentals.com to put 10 copies of this lens on OLAF, and see how that goes. And, of course, more actual nightscape adventures with 40-60 megapixel cameras would be nice, too.

TLDR: if you’re an astro-landscape or nightscape etc. photographer of any kind, this is going to be a REALLY tempting lens. In fact, it’s even a reason to switch to Sony completely, which is a third rarity for a lens. Although there are now adapters to use Sony FE mount lenses on Nikon Z mirrorless and Canon RF mirrorless. It’s a good time to be a nightscape photographer!

But, enough talk. Here’s the proof:

24mm Test (Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN FE Art | Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art | Click the image to view it full size!

24mm Test (Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN FE Art | Sony 24mm f/1.4 GM | Click the image to view it full size!

 


These test images and the beautiful sample nightscape photo were provided by Sean Goebel. To see more of Sean’s work, visit sgphotos.com or follow him on Flickr.