Sigma 14mm ƒ/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens Sample Images

I’ve been testing out the Sigma 14mm ƒ/1.8 DG HSM ultra-wide lens. Here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with it.

Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art
Text & Photos By David Coleman
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The Sigma 14mm ƒ/1.8 DG HSM Art lens is an ultra-wide, fast, prime lens for full-frame DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Sigma claims it is the “World’s first and only full-frame F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens.”

It comes in versions for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA mounts, Sony E, and Leica L mounts, and Sigma has set the MSRP at $1599.

I’ve recently been putting it through its paces, and here’s a selection of sample images to go along with the hands-on review I’ve posted separately.

Sigma 14mm F/1.8 Art DG HSM Lens (for Nikon Cameras)
  • Large diameter delivering f/1.8 brightness
  • Beautiful bokeh effect, and outstanding control of light streaking
Sigma 14mm F/1.8 Art DG HSM Lens (for Canon EOS Cameras)
  • Large diameter delivering f/1.8 brightness
  • Beautiful bokeh effect, and outstanding control of light streaking

High-Resolution Sample Images

Here are some photos I’ve taken with this lens. I’ve been using the Nikon F-mount version on a Nikon D850. It will also work on a Nikon Z-mount body when used with an FTZ adapter.

These photos were all originally shot in RAW and have been lightly processed in Lightroom. But I’ve not applied any of the usual optical corrections to these, and haven’t run the images through anything like PureRAW.

You can click on each image to open a full-size version for a closer look.

Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 2.8. This is a scene I often shoot with wide-angle lenses because it gives a good sense of sharpness throughout the frame and also in a scene with a lot of depth.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. There are multiple spotlights pointing directly at the lens here, but there’s no real problem with lens flare.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. While this isn’t a macro lens, the ultra-wide focal length naturally offers fairly close focusing. IN this case, the scene is actually a miniaturized diorama in a cylinder-shaped case. The circular background in the middle is a glass portal looking out to the exhibit space behind it.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 2.8.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 16. There is some lens flare here in the bottom left–it looks like a comet. But that doesn’t come as a surprise since the sun is itself in the frame in the top right.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. Lots of things that can go wrong in this scene: detail in the corners, bright contrast near the edges of the frame to provoke chromatic aberration (purple fringing), and straight lines near the edges and corners. Of those potential problems, the softness in the corners is probably the most evident.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. The aspherical elements are working well here to minimize any optical distortion you’d normally get at such a wide focal length. There is some chromatic aberration along each of the outside high-contrast edges. But that could be easily fixed with Lightroom’s chromatic aberration tool or an equivalent in DXO or Capture One.
Sigma 12-24mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Zoom Lens Sample Image
Taken with a Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art wide-angle zoom lens on a Nikon D850. Zoomed to 19 mm and at an aperture of ƒ / 2.8.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. The fast maximum aperture is very useful for low-light shooting.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. The ultra-wide-angle focal length inherently has a deep depth of field. But it’s still possible to get some bokeh (blurring), which you can see here on the close end one the snout and on the back in the background.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/8. The contrasting lines in the skylight are normally a prime magnet for chromatic aberration (purple fringing), but it’s not much of an issue here.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8. I took this to check for lens flare, with the sun directly in the bottom left surrounded by shadow areas.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ / 1.8.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/5.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/1.8.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/1.8.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/2.2. There’s motion blur in this photo–I was hand-holding it and not being as careful as I should have been. But I’m leaving it here as an illustration of the aspherical elements at work.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/2.2.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/1.8.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/3.2.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/2.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/16.
Sigma 14mm f1.8 Wide-Angle Lens
I took this photo with a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ultra-wide-angle lens on a Nikon D850 with an aperture of ƒ/2.8. At certain times of the year, around the spring and fall equinox, if you get a clear sunrise, the sun can shine in directly onto the statue of the Lincoln Memorial. The statue is deep inside the memorial and usually sits in shade.

Optical Correction Tools

I deliberately haven’t applied extensive corrections to these images. And the general rule of thumb in photography is that it’s better to get the shot right at the time of capture rather than trying to fix it after. That’s a great aspiration, but it’s not always possible to do if you’re bumping up against limitations or flaws in gear, conditions, or technique.

But it’s worth mentioning that there are some excellent tools available to help address common issues with lenses, such as distortion, chromatic aberration, and lens vignetting when editing the images. All-round image processing apps like Lightroom Classic and Capture One have solid tools built in already that often cater to specific lens profiles (or you can make your own).

Some more specialized tools can take it even further. DxO, in particular, sets the gold standard. Their software is built on the foundation of their incredibly deep archive of data from their extensive lab testing of the optical performance of lenses and cameras. But there are some other excellent specialized tools available. These are well worth a look (and have free trials):

  • DxO Pure RAW (for a suite of automatic RAW file corrections enhancement)
  • DxO ViewPoint (correcting for distortion and geometry)
  • Topaz Labs Sharpen AI (in addition to standard unsharp tools, includes focus correction and shake reduction)
  • On1 NoNoise (includes Tack Sharp AI, which applies sharpening)

Price & Availability

The Sigma 14mm ƒ/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens is available versions for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sigma SA DSLR mounts, and Sony E and Leica L mirrorless mounts. The MSRP is $1599.

Check the current price and availability at:

Sigma 14mm F/1.8 Art DG HSM Lens (for Nikon Cameras)
  • Large diameter delivering f/1.8 brightness
  • Beautiful bokeh effect, and outstanding control of light streaking
Sigma 14mm F/1.8 Art DG HSM Lens (for Canon EOS Cameras)
  • Large diameter delivering f/1.8 brightness
  • Beautiful bokeh effect, and outstanding control of light streaking

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