I finally got my first Sigma Art Lens!
After visiting the Sigma factory in the historic samurai town of Aizu, nestled in the picturesque hills of Bandai-Asahi National Park in Japan's Fukushima prefecture, I was honestly very impressed at the painstaking process that the Sigma factory technicians go through to build each lens, from the barrels to the optics to the packaging. Even though I was shooting stills at the factory, I didn't actually have the opportunity to try out the lenses myself (the factory tour took a long time - or maybe I just took a long time shooting the different areas of the factory). That being said, I decided to take the shinkansen (bullet train) back to Tokyo so I could go shopping at my favorite camera shops.
I started off by looking at the new 20mm, 50mm, and 85mm Sigma Art Lenses, but actually found a used 20mm copy at a discount that was still in pretty much perfect condition. Even though I looked into the Art Series 50mm and 85mm initially, I was really intrigued by the 20mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art because most of the lenses I use often tend to be telephoto lenses or zooms, and I didn't have a wide prime in my collection yet. (I used to own the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L, but ended up selling it because I didn't use it much.)
However, when I tried out the 20mm Sigma Art Lens, I was so shocked at the sharpness and bokeh it produced at such a wide focal length! In fact, from my research, I think this Sigma Art Lens is the highest quality, widest aperture lens available in 20mm. I just had to have it!
I'm not going to get all technical on this writeup - instead, I figured I'd just show some of the images I shot with this lens thus far! Read More