Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art review

Wide and fast, the mighty Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art shoots for the stars

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art
(Image: © Sigma Imaging)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Designed primarily for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, the Sigma 14mm is also available in Sony E and Leica L mount options for mirrorless cameras. Full-frame compatible, it launched back in 2017 as the world’s first lens to combine such a wide viewing angle with a bright f/1.8 aperture. We use the word ‘launched’ advisedly, as Sigma markets the lens as being ideal for astrophotography. It’s actually great as a general-purpose ultra-wide prime but, when shooting at f/1.8, noticeable coma and astigmatism toward the corners of the image frame put a slight dent in its otherwise excellent performance.


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    High-quality construction

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    Image quality is mostly impressive

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    Refined handling


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    Quite big and heavy

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    Typical integrated hood

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    Coma and astigmatism at f/1.8

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As a ‘DG’ rather than ‘DC’ lens, the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art was originally designed for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLRs, rather than mirrorless cameras. Like a few other lenses from Sigma’s ‘Global Vision’ line-up, it has subsequently been made available in Sony E and Leica L mount options, making it natively compatible with mirrorless cameras including Sony Alpha and Panasonic S system models, although unlike DC lenses, it wasn’t designed from the ground up for mirrorless bodies.

The combination of a short 14mm focal length and bright f/1.8 aperture made the Sigma a world-first when it hit the market back in 2017. Sony followed suit a few years down the line, launching a directly competing FE 14mm F1.8 G Master lens in 2021. The Sony is the same price as the Sigma but an inch shorter, half and inch narrower and less than half the weight, at 460g compared with the Sigma’s 1,170g. Naturally, that’s a moot point if you’re shooting with anything other than a Sony mirrorless camera.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.

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