Sigma Announces New Astrophotographer-focused f/1.4 Lens
Sigma’s new 14mm f/1.4 lens is specifically designed with unique photographic needs in mind, it’s also the first of its kind to emerge.
The new lens is claimed by the brand to be the world’s fastest 14mm optic for Sony FE Mount and Leica L Mount camera designs.
Previous to this new model, most 14mm lenses ranged between f/1.8 and f/2.8. With this edition’s f/1.4 specs, Sigma has built something particularly well suited for astrophotography and anything else that needs an extensive angle of view.
Sigma’s new lens is now retailing with authorized US and other dealers as of June 2023 and is available for $1,599.
This isn’t a half-bad price either considering the retail cost of similar products like Sigma’s existing 14mm f/1.8 at $1,600 and Sony’s own FE 14mm f/1.8 GM model, which costs $1,600 or in some cases $1,498.
The particular focus on astrophotography that this lens is built around comes with features like a removable Arca-Swiss tripod socket, an Manual Focus Lock function switch, a lens heater retainer and a rear filter holder.
The lens also comes with a uniquely designed front cap with a locking mechanism and filter storage slots.
Sigma also claims that the lens offers chromatic aberration correction controls for a uniquely excellent level of astrophotography functionality.
The lens’s 14mm ultra-wide field of view is also obviously designed with extremely panoramic photos of the sky in mind.
This lets astrophotographers capture the full breadth of celestial phenomena with corner-to-corner crispness.
These same ultra-wide angle aspects of the lens also make it ideal for outdoor landscape photography and for taking photos of architecture in full splendor.
One minor negative detail of the lens we noticed right off the bat is its fixed hood, which makes the optic incompatible with attachable front filters. The filter holder we mentioned above does however let users work with light pollution and ND filters.
The Sigma 14mm f/1.4 comes built with 19 elements in 15 groups and offers a 114.2-degree angle of view. It also has 11 internal diaphragm blades and a minimum aperture of f/16.
In terms of size, it’s reasonably compact at 101.4 x 149.9mm / 4.0 x 5.9 inches. It does however weight a fair bit at 1.17 kg, or 41.3 ounces.
Sigma is now retailing the 14mm f/1.4 lens through authorized dealers for its suggested retail price of $1,599.