Shooting Portraits with the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC Dn Contemporary lens

When I decided to purchase a wide-angle prime lens, I knew the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC Dn Contemporary lens was the perfect choice. I realized right away it was the perfect lens for photographers who use Sony APS-C cameras ( I use a Sony a6500). It has incredible autofocus (seems almost like its a native lens), it has wide aperture of 1.4, which allows you to shoot in low light situations, and it is still a very small, lightweight lens that we have to come to love about e-mount lenses.

I am a sucker for wide angle portraits, so I immediately set out to test this little lens and shot some portraits. 

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Image Quality

I decided to shoot indoors with only natural light and test the dynamic range of this Sigma 16mm f1.4 C DN lens. The two images above I purposely over-exposed, in order to see how much of the highlight detail I could recover and I was blown away. The image quality this lens produces is easily its strong point. It is by far one of the sharpest APS-C lenses I've used, and being a wide angle lens there was very little distortion, as I even the edges are pretty sharp. 

 
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Sharpness

The sharpness of this Sigma 16mm f1.4 lens is by far one of the best in the e-mount system I have used. The image still maintains its sharpness in high ISO settings. These two images above were shot at 1,000 ISO.

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Autofocus

The Sigma lens makes it easy for photographers who are lazy and don't mind using autofocus. I used the eye af feature on my Sony a6500 and I barely missed any shots. The lens was able to focus every time on my model's eye and produce flattering portraits.

 
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Conclusion

I love the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC Dn Contemporary lens. I believe it could've easily been marketed as a Sigma Art series lens. This is a no brainer for photographers who are in the market for a wide angle prime lens. It produces sharp, high quality images and its autofocus is so good you can use it for videos as well. This is the perfect wide-angle prime lens for a Sony a6500 or Sony a6400.

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