Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary

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Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary
– Featuring Guest Reviewer Trisha Lim 
– Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary in Sony E-Mount.
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Image: Trisha with the NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens mounted to her Sony a7.  

  

 

31st December 2017, Singapore – Sigma Singapore delivered 2 new lenses to our office recently and when we open the package, we found 02 units of Sigma’s latest mirrorless lenses – the Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens – one in Sony E-mount and the other in Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount.

Before we proceed, as usual we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Sigma’s  websites. We are more interested in what the lens can produce and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.

The new 16mm F1.4 is the latest prime lens from Sigma that was designed & developed with no back reference from any previous Sigma mirrorless lenses. On a Sony APSC E-mount camera, the 16mm has the FF equivalent of 24mm while the MFT mount will give Olympus, Panasonic users 32mm with large aperture of F1.4. Designated as a “C” lens aka the Contemporary line, the new 16mm F1.4 features build-quality & ergonomics that’s on par with Sigma’s Pro ART (A) series lenses. The lens is Dust & Splash-Proof and it uses the same TSC compound for the lens barrel, the lens feels solid and purposeful and many will love the focusing ring too – smooth as cream.

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Image: The NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens mounted to Trisha’s Sony a7.  

 

Measuring 72.2mm×92.3mm, the new Sigma 16mm look averagely small and weights about 400gm which is a good weight to balance most mirrorless camera bodies giving it a balanced weight distribution. The front of the lens accepts 67mm screw-in filters and like all Sigma lenses, it comes with a dedicated petal-type lens hood in the retail box.

IMG_6214.jpgImage: The NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens mounted to Trisha’s Sony a7. 

 

Inside the lens, the elements are arranged into 16 elements in 13 groups – including 03 x FLD elements, 02 x SLD elements & 02 aspherical elements for corrections of optical faults giving photographers photos that are sharp, full of details and with all the optical mambos sorted out properly. Well, pretty much of Sigma’s style as a 3rd party lens manufacturer that rolls out quality lenses with a friendly price tag. For those who are still living in another world, all Sigma lenses are still being put together in their Aiyu’s plant in Japan till today and staying true to their proudly printed “Made In Japan”.

The 16mm starts focusing from a distance of about 25cm and the 9 rounded blades aperture opens from F1.4 & stops down at F16 while giving users a magnification ratio of 1:9.9 which is pretty awesome and highly suitable as a walkabout or travel lens.

IMG_6217.jpgImage: The NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens mounted to Trisha’s Sony a7.   

 

And so, I decided to review the new Sigma 16mm F1.4 at one of Ourshutterjourney.com’s event and use it with my Sony a7. We went to Singapore’s National Gallery which there are many exhibitions running within the same complex and the interior are of mixed lighting conditions which will allow me to put the new Sigma 16mm through its paces among all the lighting inconsistency.

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The angel of view is well suited for many subjects including building interiors to exhibition pieces of art. the colors are rendered correctly and easy to manage. The amount of details captured are amazing!

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The focusing speed of the new Sigma 16mm F1.4 is super fast and quiet from the company’s new hybrid focus motor with a high level of accuracy even when I am focusing in badly lighted area.

 

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The good magnification ratio allows me to shoot small little toy figurines (like above) without losing details and the wide angle allows me to compose my image creatively.
The light weight and small size makes my session a breeze and I got my shots really easily.

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens with Sony a7.   
07844.jpgImage: Shot by Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens with Sony a7.  

 

 

I had never enjoyed a prime lens for a long time since the Sigma 19mm F2.8 & the 30mm F1.4 – this means Sigma’s new 16mm F1.4 seems like a good addition to all mirrorless system users. The wide angel, the large aperture, light & small, fast & accurate focusing simply adds up to a great lens that will be enjoyed by users! Looks very much like the lens that I will buy next, what about you?
– Trisha Lim.

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Editor’s Note:
Thanks Trisha for the review!

OK Guys, Buy your NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens here!  

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