Happy new year! I’ve been having a wonderful holiday season, largely thanks to Adorama for lending me this beaut of a lens. The Sigma Art 20mm f/1.4 is the widest, f/1.4 full frame lens, and is the newest addition to the much vaunted line of f/1.4 Sigma Art Primes available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Leica L and Sigma mounts. In this article, we’ll explore a bit of the more measurable aspects as well as the more touchy, feely parts of interacting with this lens. I shot this lens on both the Canon EOS 5D mkII and the Sony a7II via the EF>FE Metabones MkIV smart adapter, and it performed equally as solid on both cameras. Is this a viable option for full frame system shooters for fast, ultra wide applications? Well, seeing as there has never been a full frame compatible lens this wide, this fast, it’s forging new ground for many shooters, and that is pretty rare in this day and age. C’mon in to see some example images and read my rambling thoughts…
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Few systems can boast multiple, high quality portrait prime lenses. Here I’m looking at three, very good lenses all in their own, respective rights. Each, have their upside and for a given shooter, a very justifiable argument in favor of, over the others.
While there are two more proprietary portrait prime, focal length lenses with a micro 4/3 badge printed on them (the Leica 45mm f/2.8 macro and the new Lumix 42.5mm f/1.7) I have been able to justify buying all three of these for one reason or another over the last few years. I must cull my quiver to make room (and provide budget) for new, fun things to review, so I need to decide which I’m going to hold onto.
C’mon in for some shots, and my thoughts…
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different tools for different applications
I like to spend time on flickr. It is an amazingly diverse community of photographers ranging from absolute novices to consummate professionals. One of the questions that come up in the gear groups there and in conversation with other photographers quite often is, “which lens should I purchase?” With interchangeable lens system cameras coming down in price by the day it seems, it is becoming much more accessible to acquire high quality photographic tools. One of the main benefits to an interchangeable lens camera, is just that, lenses! Which to choose and why? C’mon in and we shall discuss. Before the end of this article, you too will know which lenses will provide you with the best bang for you buck, depending on which buck you choose to bang… Continue reading →