Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon F-mount to start shipping on July 28th


Sigma Japan announced the shipping date for their new 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon F-mount: July 28th. The lens seems to be already in stock in Europe (Amazon UK and Amazon DE). Additional information:

  • US price: $1,599
  • Pre-order links: B&H | Adorama
  • World’s first and only full-frame f/1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens
  • Minimum focus distance of 10.6 inches
  • The largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry
  • Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
  • Dust/splash-proof
  • Electromagnetic aperture control (for Nikon)
  • "Handcrafted in Japan"
  • Additional technical information is available here
  • Sample photos: Sigma | Dpreview
  • Reviews: LensrentalsDpreview
  • Videos:

NiSi has a new 150mm filter holder for the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens:

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens design, MTF, charts and technical specifications:



Lens Construction 16 Elements in 11 Groups
Angle of View 114.2º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f16
Minimum Focusing Distance 27 cm / 10.6 in
Filter Size (mm) N/A
Maximum Magnifications 1: 9.8
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
3.8in. x 5.0in.
Weight  1,170g/41.3 oz
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  • Mista

    Sigma just released a lens specifically deigned for me. I can’t wait.

    • TheInfinityPoint

      Me too lol!

  • Wrenched

    I have a 50mm and 24-105mm Sigma Art. I really like them. This 14mm looks great. I wonder how it compares to my Samyang 14mm,…

    • cBBp

      Coma is alittle worst, but only in the corners. Center and APS-C range has identical coma wide open which is great. Coma isn’t even a bad coma. Mild Sparrow wings. Easy to spot erase the wings off the brighter stars.

      It’s Sharper, faster, and has less glow and color offset than the samyang brands.

      Tl;dr, the con of mild extreme corner coma is out weighted by the many other benefits

  • Aldo

    Sexy glass. I’ll wait for the 1.4… bigger front element to impress the ladies and look MORE pro!

    • Proto

      “bigger front element to impress the ladies” — xxx

    • angelo di candia

      you kiddin’ lol

  • James Michael

    Another lens to add to my wish list.

  • DBrim

    I very badly want a DX equivalent of this lens

    • Spy Black

      Unless you need the aperture, Sigma has an 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom for about $700.

      • I had that once, never appreciated it at the time, nice lens

      • Eric Duminil

        AFAICT, this lens is perfect for astrophotography. So yes, aperture is badly needed.

        • Spy Black

          Actually, investment in a tracker is money better spent for astro work. You can use pretty much any lens, and you can stop them down to an optimum aperture if you like. This is especially so for wideangle lenses.

          • DBrim

            The aperture is what I’m after, specifically for aurora photography. Shorter shutter speed is better for active displays.

      • Amir

        f/4.5-5.6?No,thank you!I have learnt that not to look after Sigma lenses made befroe 2011!They did great after 9/11,I believe!

        • Spy Black

          Depends if you need the more open aperture or not.

      • Use 8-16 on a D7200 but not the easiest combo to get composition the way I want it. Have a lot more success with D810 and Sigma 12-24 Art.

    • MB

      Well … AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR is very close in terms of focal length equivalency (15mm-30mm) …
      Although to be equivalent of this FX Sigma DX lens should be something like 9mm f/1.2 … slim chance for that to happen 🙂

      • Amir

        One of the crappy lenses that I had.So soft at almost every mm.The only usable ones were almost 11&12mm.

        • MB

          When was that?

    • Bob Thane

      A 9mm f1.2 would be insane…

      • Spy Black

        A 9mm f/2 would be more practical and possible.

        • Bob Thane

          Yeah, I don’t think a 9mm f1.2 is possible right now. Despite being a crop sensor lens, those are still crazy numbers, and making a (good) 9mm f1.2 isn’t quite as easy as sticking a speed booster on a 14mm f1.8. 9mm f2 would still be insane, but I agree it would at least be doable today.

  • Whilst I will not be getting this because I have the 14-24 Nikkor, I do like the 14mm and wonder how it will compare

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d953a3fc8f1c24ef3948f1e85d62d12bdcddab22948cd49cd8a88534c50c62dd.jpg

  • A. F.O.

    amazon.de: 1645,47 €
    amazon.uk: 1679,99 GBP
    1679,99-1474,51 = 205,48 pounds…
    (only 3 days for a new cool Tshirt?)

  • Seems to be a hit with Astro photogs assuming distortion and other unwanted effects are minimal. Seems niche though, can’t see many people wanting this lens, 1.8 at 14mm is hardly that useful for most things except stars surely?A lot users would be using a tri pod for a lens this wide and probably using F5-8 range for larger depth if field, I cant think of landscape situations where I want fast glass. Maybe I’m wrong, please correct me if i am.

    • RC Jenkins

      It’s not all astro & landscapes.

      Sometimes, the best use of ultra-wide glass is in perspective distortion–get up really close to a subject. Not a bad idea to open it up and add some bokeh in these situations sometimes.

      Or simply capture a large field of view well in lower light situations. This could be a great lens to take to a museum, capture night-time events, or do low-light indoor or real-estate photography.

      A lot of possibilities. I don’t have this Sigma lens, but that’s how I use my fast 14mm F/2.8.

  • HKer

    seems like a great quality lens. I wish the video “field view” video showed more shots at F1.4, so we can see the subject isolation. It seems like it is pretty heavy lens. I don’t think it would replace my Nikon 14-24 f2.8 / tamron 15-30 for event work, and Canon 11-24 f4 for architectural work, wonder what kind of photographers would use this lens? Also with the advert of Sony’s relatively lightweight 12-24 full frame lens. This lens is a beast in comparison, so I guess buyers would want the f2.8-f1.4 range. I don’t shoot astro – but do you astro photogs shoot at f2.8-1.4? Plus would you want wider than 14mm? just curious. BTW I do have the sigma art 50 in both canon and Nikon mount – great lenses.

    • MB

      For night skyscapes (or any other night shooting) you would want the fastest lens you can get to avoid long exposure dark current noise, sky rotation, shaking … but you also need the lens to perform well and have corner blur (comma) as low as possible, low chromatic aberrations … distortion is hardly relevant for skyscapes and DOF is no issue at infinity …
      But skyscapes are hardly the only astrophotography … people do use longer lenses and even telescopes, but also fisheye lenses so 14mm is just one more lens in the kit … and I really dont see why it would be astrophotography specific …

      • HKer

        Thanks MB for your reply.

  • ToastyFlake

    All the pictures with these sigma art lenses look flat and boring. I was about to pull the trigger on the 35MM Art, until I went to the Flicker page and started looking at all the pictures. I just found the results unpleasing.

    • RC Jenkins

      What characteristics are you looking for in a 14mm F/1.8 lens?

      • ToastyFlake

        I would like to get a good sense of depth when I look at the images. The opposite of the image looking like all the individual elements were cut out and pasted to the screen. Of course I’d like that in any lens, maybe that’s more difficult in a 14mm, 1.8.

        • RC Jenkins

          You want a good ‘sense of depth’ from a 14mm Full-Frame lens?

          I think you’ve been reading too many micro-contrast blogs. Or you may not understand the field of view of 14mm on full frame.

          Are you suggesting you’d rather have a poorly corrected, poor-corner ultra-wide lens with fewer elements on a fast 14mm lens…?

          This is not a portrait lens.

          • ToastyFlake

            I’m saying what I said, all the Sigma Art lenses seem to have images look flat or sterile to me. Im not saying anything about a 14mm lens specifically other than I got that same impression when I looked at the sample images here. I glad you told me about these “micro-contrast blogs”, they sound like a fun place to visit! (not really)

            • Patrick

              ToastyFlake: I agree with you but I don’t think the problem is limited just to Sigma. The type of rendering you’re talking about—flat and sterile—is a problem with many modern lenses. Modern being defined as a lens that’s been designed to be used on a digital camera.

              You should take a look at some of the essays here:

              http://yannickkhong.com/lens-articles/

              Especially the one titled The Problem with Modern Optics.

            • RC Jenkins

              Pseudoscience.

              Do you believe that the Nikkor 20mm F/1.8 lens (13 elements/2 ED/2 aspherical/nano crystal coat) is opposite of the Nikkor 24mm F/1.8 lens (12 elements/2 ED/2 aspherical/nano crystal coat)? Just because of the 1 extra element? Not because the extra element is needed for a lens that’s roughly 20% wider…?

              Yes, different lenses render differently. There are many things that affect this, including material, element count, coatings, optical design, aperture blades, barrel material, scene lighting, etc.

              What that blog is saying is complete pseudoscience. Look at the top comment here (by the same author):
              https://petapixel.com/2016/03/14/problem-modern-lenses/
              Or, see here:
              https://petapixel.com/2016/04/28/11-stupidest-things-photographers-say-gear/

              Use science. Perhaps try doing blind tests between lenses shot & processed identically.

              And that’s not even getting to the fact (once again) that this is a 14mm F/1.8 full-frame lens. It requires many optical elements, unless you want it to look like you’re shooting through a glass jar.

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