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Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images

8 August 2022
Maciej Lata≥≥o

2. Build quality

The following chart†presents a comparison between basic parameters of the new Sigma 1.4/24, its DSLR camera predecessor, and other models with similar angles of view and aperture fastness but designed for mirrorless systems.

Compared to the previous Sigma A 1.4/24, the optics is even more complex but the weight decreased and filter diameter is smaller. The new Sigma is longer than its predecessor but they should watch out for the Sony 1.4/24 G, a physically lighter and smaller construction, offering you also a shorter minimum focusing distance.

In the photo below both new Sigmas are positioned next to the older, DSLR Sigma A 35 mm f/1.4 DG HSM.


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Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images - Build quality

The new lens starts with a metal mount that surrounds contacts and an immobile rear element, 26 mm in diameter. The element is hidden inside an inner tube less than 1 cm deep, and is surrounded by a 29x23 mm frame for special, dedicated rear filters.

Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images - Build quality

A black, immobile ring made of metal that increases its diameter very quickly is the first part of the proper barrel. The ring features a white dot, making an alignment with a camera easier, and the model year of the instrument, in this case 022, information that the lens was made in Japan, and an inscription with the minimum focusing distance :”0.25M/0.82FEET– ∞”.

Further on you see an aperture ring, 12 mm wide, mostly covered by ribbing; it features aperture marks ranging from f/16 to f/1.4 and an A value (meaning automatic settings). The ring moves every 1/3 EV stop but you can also make it clickless. Its performance is very comfortable and smooth, simply beyond reproach.

Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images - Build quality

Then you see an immobile part of the lens covered by plastics with the logotype of the company, the name and parameters of the lens, its serial number, some fine ribbing, an 'A' letter that means the instrument is qualitifed as an Art line lens, and a whole array of switches. The first of them – AF/MF FOCUS – allows you to control the focusing mechanism working mode. The second one – AFL/MFL – recalls a specific autofocus position but you can allot it other functions too. Below you see a LOCK switch that locks the focus at a chosen point. The last switch, CLICK OFF/ON, controls the aperture ring mode. On the other side you can also find the aperture ring lock switch that can be set either on the A position or at any other point ranging from f/1.4 to f/16.

A manual focus ring, as wide as 30 mm and mostly covered by ribbing, is another part of the barrel of the lens. It is a focus-by-wire mechanism; you won't find any distance or DOF scale on it. Its performance we found very smooth and the ring remains properly damped at the same time. Its focus throw depends on the speed of your turning. When you move the ring faster it amounts to 180 degrees, when you turn it slower you can reach even over 300 degrees. Both these are values allow you very precise settings.

Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images - Build quality

The barrel ends with a short, immobile ring that turns into a hood mount (a hood is added in the box with the lens). The front element is 50 mm in diameter, slightly convex, immobile, and surrounded by a non-rotated filter thread, 72 mm in diameter.

The lens is weather sealed – splash proof, and dust proof. The front element is also protected against dirt, grease, and moisture retention by hydrophobic coating.

Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images - Build quality

When it comes to optical construction the lens features 17 elements positioned in 14 optical groups. Among them you can find two low-dispersion FLD glass elements, an SLD glass one, and as many as four aspherical elements. Inside there's also a round aperture with 11 blades that can be closed down to a value of f/16.

Buyers get in the box with the lens: two caps, a petal-type hood, and a solid, practical case with a strap.

Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG DN – first impressions and sample images - Build quality