Created with Sigma: The 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens

I have been using the 24mm for the past few months and it is by far the highest quality wide angle I’ve had the fortune of using. 

Photographing through the aperture range vignetting remains low, and the sharpness at f/5.6-f/8 is incredible. Pairing this with the Canon 5D Mark II really takes advantage of the full frame sensor and produces truly incredibly resolution.

Build quality is the same as the other Art range lenses, I’ve been using and that is superb. The all black design keeps the lens very discreet. It is however quite large and heavy, so all together it does mean lugging around 1.5kg.

Being a prime, quality does come at a trade of with convenience. I do enjoy having a zoom for quickly changing composition, like the 24-70mm f/2.8, but that has a much lower image quality and overall sharpness.

I can’t recommend this lens enough, if your a landscape photographer this is a serious lens to consider.

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Photographed by Frederick Ardley


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When Photographing Tall

To capture the Burj Khalifa in a non distorted and vertical aspect, it helped immensely to take three photographs at different angles to accommodate the entire structure in the resulting photograph.

This gave enough room to correctly straighten it, and ensure it looks normal and how the architect would have wanted it to look. 

The three images were stitched together in Photoshop using the very intelligent built in panorama tool and then reimported back into Lightroom to do my usual tonal and lighting changes. 

A good tip when doing any photo stitching in Photoshop, is to apply lens corrections before stitching the images together, this will ensure all vignetting is gone.

By Freddie Ardley Photography

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