Sigma 14mm F2.8…Farewell

January 8, 2013



The significance of this picture? Other than being of the hotel from “Pretty Woman”, it will most likely be the last image that I took with my trusty Sigma 14mm. In this post I will discuss a little about the lens, why I will no longer be using it and show some of my favorite images taken with it.

Sigma AF 14mm F2.8 EX HSM
When I first started photography several years ago I picked up a Nikon 24mm f2.8 for my wide angle. I soon found that I wanted something a little bit more wider. I considered the Nikon 20mm f2.8, but I felt that was too close to the 24mm. I soon started looking into what was the widest angle lens I could purchase for a full frame body.

The first option was the coveted Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 which was arguably one of the best ultra wide angle lens available of any brand. This was simply too expensive (retails for about $1,999). The second and third options was a Nikon 14mm f2.8 and a Sigma 14mm f2.8. Both lenses were discontinued at the time. The Nikon 14mm went for about $800 and the reviews were just average. The Sigma on the other hand was a little more common on the used market and went for about $500. I choose Sigma 14mm.

Over the years this lens has been a workhorse for me. It was one of my main lenses. I’ll quickly go thru some of the pros and cons of this lens.

Pros:
* Focus: This lens has one of the closest focusing points of all my lenses. As you can see from the toy shot below it will allow me to get as close as 2 inches from the subject.
* Size: Although a big lens, it’s a small compared to the Nikon 14-24mm.
* Rectilinear: It’s not a fisheye!
* Internal Motor so it can be used with lower end bodies without a focus motor.

Cons:
* Flares & Glares: Its almost impossible not to get flares from light sources that is in the area
* Filters: ND filters can be expensive and you would have to modify something to attach it. I never used one
* Metal Lens Cap. After the first year the metal lens cap wore so it never fit snug. It always fell off when pulling the camera out of my bag.

Why am I ditching the Sigma?
The simple answer…the Nikon 14-24mm. We got a good deal on a used one from a friend. Over the last year or so I have been doing more portfolio photos of our Environmental Design work here at the studio which justified the addition cost. It remains to be seen how much better the new lens will be. I will keep you posted.

Below are some of my favorite images taken with the Sigma in the last several years.

Li River

5th Avenue

Scooter

Chronicle

Lauren Randolph

Optimus Prime

Viewfinder

Jellyfish

Los Angeles

Alley

Speed Racer

Ferry Building

Hollywood

LACMA

Wharf DCA

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  • Mehdi Bouhalassa

    Awesome!!!

  • Andito Wasi

    nice images! Makes me want to purchase an ultra wide lens even more. :)

  • Dasmaddin

    You’ll love the 14-24! My best lens.

  • elizabeth pellette

    wow.. these images are seriously awesome.. I normally dont care for sigma lenses but wow.. I am impressed.. cant wait to see what you with the Nikon 14-24mm

  • http://twitter.com/mattbrown6x6 Matthew Brown

    Interesting timing seeing this. I was considering the Rokinon 14mm to go with my 28 1.8 but this looks really good too and has AF. 14-24 is too spendy for me and I couldn’t deal with the f/4 on the 16-35.

  • Anthony

    Great set of images. glad to see your back to blogging. I came across your site a few months ago and fell in love with your work. looking forward to seeing some great stuff from you this year

  • http://www.angiemuldowney.co.uk angie

    When I had a cropped-sensor camera my favourite lens in the world was my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 – there was just something magical about it, it wasn’t technically perfect and was a bugger to focus but it had ‘je ne sais quoi’. It wasn’t compatible with my full-frame 5D though and we had to part company.

    Your photos here are amazing and I’m now thoroughly intrigued by the 14mm Sigma – I don’t have loads of money for lenses but I may have to investigate this one further (and also research selling kidneys on ebay).

  • Michael C.

    Your new ultrawide zoom lens can’t be rectilinear, can it? It seems like that’s a bit part of the magic of the images above. Do you think you’ll miss it?

  • http://twitter.com/DutyFreeCentral DutyFreeCentral

    I have been to li river, but didn’t take any photo, little pity

  • http://twitter.com/brankocovic Branko Čović

    I tried one time 14-24. It’s better than the sigma, but not that how much more expensive is.
    Good luck with the Nikkor, I’m staying with my sigma :)

  • http://www.product-shot.co.uk/ Product Photographer

    Really amazing post. thx for post! Nice Photo collection

  • http://www.clippingpathindia.com/image-masking.html Image Masking

    Wow i just love the reflection in water.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking about the 14mm Rokinon also.

  • http://english.spk.ac.th/eddy Eddy SPK

    Great shooter !! Wonderful !!

  • Olga Celle

    The 14mm is fine provided your camera is not a full-frame. The 14mm Rokinon is not an actual FX format lens and you will get a great deal of distortion in the sides, which I did not like.

  • http://noahstephens.com Noah Stephens

    I ended up getting the Rokinon. I love it. There is mustache distortion, but it is easily corrected used a Lens Profile for the Samyung 14mm len.