If you look at the existing selection of Sony
APS-C lenses, the Sigma 16mm 1.4 clearly stands out. It is considered to be one of the highest
quality lenses for the Sony A6000 series. So I bought this lens a few months ago and
and tested it extensively since then. Is it really as good as all the reviews suggest? Is it the lens that every owner of a Sony
A6000, A6100, 6400 or 6600 should buy and is it exactly the lens that everyone would
want for their Sony? Let’s find out together in the next few minutes. My focus is on filmmaking rather than photography. That’s why I’ll judge the lens mainly from
the point of view of a filmmaker. Before I go into details, I’d like to show
you some of the shots I’ve taken over the past few weeks to give you a first impression. My name is Werner, I live in the Italian Alps
and I make filmmaking tutorials and reviews. Have fun with this video! I have been using a Sony APS-C camera for
several years now and have a relatively clear idea of what I want from a lens. But that doesn’t mean that my needs are exactly
yours. A lens that is perfect for me can be unsuitable
for you and vice versa. Please keep this in mind. If I am to judge a lens, then the build quality
and features are important to me, the image quality, the bokeh and of course the special
look you can create with the lens. These are the factors I will cover in the
next few minutes. The build quality of this lens is excellent. You’ll notice it immediately when you pick
it up. Compared to the other Sony APS-C lenses I
own, it feels very high quality. For an APS-C fixed focal length it’s relatively
large and heavy, which is also a disadvantage, but contributes to the positive overall impression. It’s almost the same size as the 18-105 zoom
lens and weighs almost the same. Of course, you can now say that it wouldn’t
matter how good a lens feels. What matters are the results that can be achieved
with it. The fact is, however, that I simply like to
attach this lens to my camera and always have the impression of holding a high-quality tool
in my hand. While with the 18-105 I always had the impression
that this lens wouldn’t fit perfectly to my Sony due to its size, this thought never occurred
to me with the Sigma. This is probably due to the fact that the
Sigma is a bit thinner, which makes a big difference. My gimbal is still easy to use, even though
I use the relatively small Moza Aircross. According to Sigma, the lens is also dust
and splash-proof. Due to the high aperture of 1.4, the lens
is very suitable for low-light situations, and of course also for astrophotography. It has an autofocus that works very well. I compared the autofocus to that of the KIT
lens and felt that the Sigma was even more reliable and smoother. While this situation seems to have caused
difficulties to the KIT lens, the Sigma easily focused correctly. The autofocus is also relatively quiet. So there are hardly any annoying noises that
could have a negative effect on your shot. Manual focusing isn’t a problem either. The focus ring is smooth and comfortable to
use. However, it is a focus by wire mechanism,
that means an electronic system. You can work well with it, but for professional
shots it can sometimes be difficult to repeat exactly the same shot. What I also think is great is the very short
minimum focusing distance. You can get very close to objects and take
interesting shots. Even though Sigma indicates a value of 25cm,
I personally had the impression that you can focus even closer in practice. What the Sigma doesn’t have is a built-in
image stabilisation . Depending on which camera you own and which needs you have, this can
be a problem when filming or not. If your camera doesn’t have IBIS, that means
if you have the A6100, 6300 or 6400, shooting handheld can be difficult. Also because of the problematic rolling shutter
of these cameras, even small camera shake can quickly lead to unpleasant results, which
you can’t always correct optimally in post. You should therefore be prepared to use the
lens on a gimbal or tripod for shooting video. I personally used the lens on an A6300 and
since I shoot mainly for fun and mostly handheld, I definitely missed the image stabilisation. When it comes to image quality, you immediately
notice that the sigma is exceptionally sharp. I’d say it’s clearly the sharpest APS-C lens
I own. Here’s a brief comparison to the Sony KIT
lens. The difference is of course particularly noticeable
at the edges and with the aperture wide open. Sharpness is a feature that is especially
important in photography and although other features are more important for filmmaking,
the sharpness of the lens is also noticeable when shooting video. With a wide-angle lens, I also want to know
how it reacts to sun’s rays. Is it possible to create beautiful sun stars
with it and how flare-resistant is the lens? As you can see here, the Sigma has the sun
stars very well under control. Since it has 9 blades, the result is a sunburst
with 18 rays. The lens is also relatively flare-resistant. As you can see here in comparison to the KIT
lens, there are less lens flares, and unlike the KIT lens, the flares don’t stand out negatively. What I noticed negatively, however, are the
chromatic aberrations that occur when the aperture is wide open. With photos, you can correct these relatively
easily in post. With videos, on the other hand, this is not
so easy. Depending on the situation, they can be annoying. With a wide angle, you will also have some
barrel distortion. The Sigma is no exception. Here I made a short comparison to the KIT
lens. The comparison is anything but scientific,
but you can see that the KIT lens has less distortion, probably because of the digital
correction by the camera. The Sigma 16 1.4 is also so popular because
it simply creates a very beautiful look. The image looks very contrasty and cinematic. It also convinces as mentioned by its sharpness
and richness of detail. Due to the high aperture and also the short
minimum focusing distance, you can take very beautiful and creative shots. The Bokeh looks very pleasant, creamy and
smooth. All in all, the lens produces beautiful cinematic
shots. Finally you should answer the question if
you really need a 16mm lens. Especially for photography, 16mm is not the
most versatile of all focal lengths. For close-ups of people it is rather unsuitable
due to the resulting distortions. Although it is a good focal length for landscape
photography, I wouldn’t call it the best possible solution for landscape photography. Most of the time you don’t need such a high
aperture and sometimes you’d probably want an even wider angle. On the other hand you can take very creative
images with 16mm and the high aperture. The lens is of course a good solution for
astrophotography and other low light situations. For video on the other hand I think 16mm on
APS-C are a great focal length. You can capture action, and because of the
short minimum focusing distance you can also create cinematic close-ups for B-Roll. In the end, however, only you can decide for
yourself whether 16mm is the focal length you need. Let’s recap:
What are the strengths of the Sigma 16 1.4? the image quality of the lens is very good,
it is very sharp and the images are rich in contrast,
the high aperture allows very cinematic shots the short minimum focusing distance allows
creative shots for example for B-Roll the good autofocus, which is in no way inferior
to a Sony lens the price of about $400 is very interesting. You get a lot of value for your money. For the latest offers, check out the links
in the video description. What are the weaknesses of the lens:
the lack of image stabilisation is a weakness for me, because my camera doesn’t have IBIS
and I like to shoot handheld, but this can be different for you
I would also like to mention the chromatic aberrations, which can be quite noticable. Further weaknesses are hardly to be noticed. In the end you have to decide for yourself
if 16mm is the right focal length for you. If yes, then you can do little wrong with
this lens. I hope the video was interesting for you,
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