Sigma 24mm 1.4 Art Lens Review (it’s basically perfect)

Sigma 24mm 1.4 Art Lens Review (it’s basically perfect)


– Over the past few months, I’ve gotten more comments than usual asking which camera lens
I use to record my videos and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that that’s also the same
timeframe that I’ve been using the Sigma 24 milliliter
1.4 Art Series lens. So here’s my review for
the Sigma 24 milliliter 1.4 and why I think it’s one of the best prime lenses you can get. This video is not sponsored in any way but some of you might know that I’m a high school
digital media teacher and so about a year ago I
ordered one of these lenses for my program at school
and like immediately my students and I were really blown away by the image quality we were getting when using the Sigma lens. We also got the 18 to 35
which is also an amazing lens for crop sensor cameras. And I did a comparison video last year of the Canon 70 to 200 and
Sigma 70 to 200 2.8 lenses. So even though I really like Canon lenses, Sigma is one of the few
third-party manufacturers that I actually trust and
so after being impressed with this lens at work last December, I found a holiday sale
where it was available for a pretty good price and I
decided to get one for myself and since that time last December, it pretty much hasn’t left my camera which is the Canon 6D Mark II, my favorite camera of all time. I found that 24 millimeters
is a really great useful focal length. For a long time I was stuck at 35 which I do still really love because it just looks
so visually appealing and it is you know, for
lack of a better term, very cinematic, but for
the kind of videos I make and stuff like this where
I’m framed sitting at a desk or showing something
and talking about things or you know going outside and
doing like a vlog style video, 24 millimeters is a great focal length, it’s not too fisheye but
it’s not too zoomed in. When deciding whether or not I wanted to get this lens for myself, a good question was that I
already have the Canon 24 to 105 which I really do feel is
one of the best all-around general-purpose lenses that you can get, it just does a lot and
it’s super versatile. So if this lens, 24 to
105, covers 24 millimeters, why do I need a separate
24 millimeter lens when it makes sense just to
set this at its widest setting and get the same results? The difference is that this is an f/4 lens while the Sigma has a
maximum aperture of 1.4 and that makes a world of difference. And so just for reference, here is a side-by-side comparison with the Canon 24 to 105
and the Sigma 24 millimeter, both lenses at 24 millimeters. And what you should
notice right off the bat is that the shot, the framing
is pretty much the same but the image quality is
gonna change quite a bit. Right now each lens is at f/4 which is the 24 to 105’s maximum aperture. In order to maintain this exposure, I have to increase my ISO to 1,600 which is much higher than I
would normally like to shoot and even though the shots in
terms of framing look the same, what you’ll notice is that as I adjust the aperture on the
Sigma, I can lower the ISO which reduces noise, I can usually shoot at
about 200 ISO in this room but you’re also gonna
notice the depth of field becoming much more shallow. My face should stay clear,
I should stay in focus and the background should
get a lot blurrier. And as I open up the Sigma
lens all the way to f/1.4, you should notice a
little bit of a difference in exposure and image quality. I’m now at 200 ISO and the background should be much more blurred
than the Canon 24 to 105 at f/4 and that’s really a look
that I like to go for. And obviously there’s nothing
wrong with using an f/4 lens, they’re terrific, I have several of them but when filming indoors, personally a look that I really like is that very shallow depth
of field at a low ISO and having a lens with
a very wide aperture helps me to make that happen. When I film videos in this room, my camera is usually mounted on a tripod that’s about like three feet,
three-ish feet away from me and at f/1.4, it does a great job of giving a nice blurry background
while keeping me in focus but f/1.4 is a really
shallow depth of field so it can actually sometimes be difficult to keep your subject in focus
especially when filming video. But that’s why I personally
do prefer Canon cameras because their Dual Pixel
Autofocus is so good and so reliable. It’s not perfect, but wow,
it’s really, really good and so if I set face
tracking on with my camera, it can usually just lock onto me and then whatever I’m doing and as I’m moving further
and away from the camera, it can just keep me in focus and maintain that super
shallow depth of field which I just love the look of and it also really helps
because having a wider aperture makes it easier to shoot
in lower light conditions. And even though I do have a few
video lights set up in here, it’s actually not crazy bright but more importantly what I really like is knowing when I take this
lens and go out of the room and into the world that
I’m gonna be more able to deal with low-light situations which you really do encounter all the time when you’re filming outside
of a controlled environment. One of the other reasons that
I chose this lens specifically is that it has a
77-millimeter filter diameter which means since I do have the 24 to 105 and I have the f/4 16 to 35 Canon lens, that all of my existing
filters will work on this lens. So it’s very easy to take an ND filter and put it on this lens
and put it on this lens and I don’t have to have all
these different filter sizes and things happening. And having an ND filter is
really important for this lens. I made a whole video about how ND filters can help save your footage and really give you some cool options that you don’t have otherwise. One of my favorite things
to do with this lens is to put an ND filter on
it and then go film outside at a really shallow depth of field. So I live in the California desert where it’s bright and hot most of the time so being able to go outside
in the middle of the day and film with the shutter speed of 50 at an aperture of 1.4 is amazing. You can get this super
shallow depth of field and really pull your
subject from the background even in the brightest conditions. I honestly don’t have any
real negative criticism about this lens, I think it’s fantastic. The price seems a little bit high, it usually retails for about $800 although sometimes like
I mentioned earlier, you can get it on sale
depending on the time of year but that’s a really good
investment for a lens that you can keep for years and years and you know I’ve had mine
for several months now and it works great, I’ve
taken it all over the place but I’ve also had the one at
work which is stood up to use and well use from high school
students for over a year. So whenever I have gear
that can hold up to that and still work great then I know that it’s a really high
quality piece of equipment that’s worth your time. Teaching a high school
digital media program was like the perfect way
to test which gear is good and which gear is not good, another reason why I
do like Canon cameras. One feature that I would
love for this lens to have is image stabilization but
even though it doesn’t, 24 millimeters is a
pretty wide focal length and so it’s easy to keep it stable if you’re using like a telephoto
lens or a really long lens, then everything just gets super shaky but this is a pretty wide lens and so it’s not too hard to keep stable and fortunately since
Sigma does make this lens for Canon, Nikon, and Sony, some cameras actually have
in-body image stabilization like a lot of the Sony’s do and so if you get the
Sony version of this lens then you do end up with
some stabilization. So it is possible to kind of
have the best of both worlds and I also know that
if it were stabilized, it would probably raise the price and that might make it way too
unaffordable for some people. The one issue that I did have
with this lens right away was that it was front focusing and luckily since I’d
done a bit of research and I had actually been
looking at it for a while, I knew that this was a
problem and Sigma lenses seemed to have an issue where
they front or back focus, so if I locked on here, it might actually be here
that was clear and in focus, and that can obviously
be a little bit tough. And so while the lens
looked great out of the box, it didn’t seem super sharp
because it was front focusing so the stuff I was trying to focus on wasn’t actually coming out clearly. Luckily, the version that I got just came with the Sigma Dock which is a really awesome tool. It’s a little USB dock that
you connect to your computer and then you just connect
the lens to the dock and you can go into a Sigma
app and fine-tune the lens to your specific camera,
your specific preferences, there’s a ton of different
settings that you can adjust. And since I’ve done that, the image quality for
both photos and videos has just been phenomenal,
like the clarity, the sharpness, the colors,
this lens is magic, I absolutely love it. And like I said, this video
is not sponsored in any way, I don’t always make videos for every single piece of gear I own, just every once in a while
you come across something that is an amazing tool
and this specifically since I’ve started using this lens, the amount of comments that I’ve gotten asking what lens, what camera, have just like whoosh,
gone through the roof. Well I mean like okay instead of none, it’s like four but it’s
more than it used to be and to really attribute that
to how great this lens looks and how wonderful it is. So I know that this wasn’t
the most scientific review, I didn’t have my color and my focus charts but to be honest there are people who do that so much better than I could that there’s no reason
for me to even do it and more importantly I’m
not so much interested in how a focus chart or a
color chart looks on a lens, I’m interested in what it’s like to put that lens on your camera and actually use it to make stuff and I love using this lens to make stuff. So I highly recommend it,
I’m gonna continue using it, I’m very interested to see how it holds up compared to a Canon L Series lens, I have no reason to think that this isn’t going
to hold up just as well and I’ll definitely let you know if there’s anything
interesting that I find or pros and cons that
emerge along the way. If you’re looking to get this lens, even though it seems expensive at $800, it’s really a good price
for a high-quality lens that’s gonna last for a very long time. I would however recommend
waiting until you either find it on sale or find
it as part of a kit that comes with the Sigma Dock. On its own I think this
dock retails for about $70 and I wouldn’t want to pay $70 separately on top of a really expensive lens so if you’re worried at
all about front focusing or back focusing, keep
an eye out for a deal that includes this because I think that that’s going to make
your life a lot easier and give you some really
good peace of mind when you buy this lens. But as I mentioned at the
very start of this video, I’m a big fan of Canon original products, Canon cameras, Canon lenses, and so it’s very rare that I
will go outside of that world and Sigma and this lens
are one of the few things that I really do enjoy and
I just, they’re great tools and so if you’re looking for one, I think you’ll love it too. Let me know if you have any questions, thanks so much for watching,
I hope that this was helpful and I’ll see you in the next video. (upbeat music)

31 thoughts on “Sigma 24mm 1.4 Art Lens Review (it’s basically perfect)

  1. Hey man, absolutely love your videos. They are very well made and informative. I also love your visual style. After this video I may have to get one of these for my c100. Do you have any idea how this lens looks on a cropped sensor?

  2. I love my Canon 6D ii with a Sigma 50mm, 85mm, and 35mm. I did wonder about getting the 24mm but I decided that I don't need to go that wide as I mainly shoot portraits. Love your style of videos and content. Please upload more : )

  3. I didn’t understand a lot of what you were talking about (photo lingo 😅) but gosh I can literally watch you all day. 😘😘 Your enthusiasm really came through on this one. I want to go make something now!

  4. Also this is extremely informative and well done. I’m impressed. Keep it going. And we all love that shallow field depth. How can you not

  5. Good real review of the lens, it looks really nice and I can see why you use it especially for indoors. I too am all Canon at this moment with one exception – I use the Sigma 150-600mm lens for wildlife and it performs very well.

  6. Watching this makes me want to purchase the lens. but, I should probably get a camera body first lol

    Love the split screen talking point when you’re switching back and forth! So creative!

  7. On my Sony a7ii today I've shot some vlog; the lens keep hunting, keep loosing focus and then gain it back, hence the video is ugly and not usable. What's your idea? Why? Sigma 24mm f1.4 new, two days old

  8. I only have 1 lens at f1.4, the Canon 85mm. But it really really rocks for portraits. It's just a portrait monster lens, my favorite lens, so I know how wonderful f1.4 is. And it has Image stabilization too.

  9. I been doing videos and photography for 55 years and hate these blurry backgrounds all the time, it’s ok occasionally in a video and portrait photography,but otherwise this obsession with a very shallow depth of field is totally ridiculous.Im sure most people who are not YouTube people would not even notice..

  10. I really love the optics of the Art lenses by Sigma. But a combination of diabetes and age has made image stabilization mandatory for me. I already have Canon equipment. Why can't Canon put IS in their camera bodies like Sony for still images?

  11. Awesome video. Is the auto focus motor noise or quite? Nikon F lens are very loud that comes through the mic. Thanks

  12. Very impressive. Makes my canon 24mm 2.8 pancake lens look like a toy Haha. I definitely need to save up for it.

  13. A B&H expert spoke highly of this lens for landscape photography! It'll replace my 14mm Rokinon lens 👌🏻

  14. great review and I will probably get one to use with my Canon RP. I believe with mirroless you do not have the front focusing or back focusing issue since the focusing is not via the mirror. So dual pixel mirroless focusing should make the focus work I believe.

  15. I found this video really interesting as I'm really liking Canon lenses and looking to take the leap for a Sigma lens.. I have a crop sensor camera (200D) and I'm looking for a wide angled prime lens.. Would this lens fit my camera and would u recommend any other wide angle good quality lenses for crop sensor cameras?

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