Lensrentals compares the best ultra wide zoom lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sigma and Sony
posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 10:30 AM EST
When looking for a full-frame ultra wide angle zoom lens, there are more options than ever before, thanks to recent offerings from Sigma and Sony. Over at Lensrentals, the team compared and contrasted four ultra wide zoom lenses: the stalwarts, the Canon 11-24mm f/4 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, plus newer Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art and Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 zooms.
Before getting into comparison shots, Lensrentals breaks down various specifications between the lenses. The Nikon and Sigma zooms are unsurprisingly very similar on paper, both offering 14-24mm zoom ranges at a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8. They share a general shape and form factor, which I noted also in my Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Field Test. The Canon offers the widest focal length and weighs the most, whereas the Sony is an impressively lightweight ultra wide zoom, weighing 1.4 pounds less than the Canon. Lensrentals also discussed the build quality and overall feel of the four competing zooms, which you can read more about here.
Moving onto the image quality, we see a variety of comparison shots at various focal lengths and apertures. You can download full resolution files for all the test shots by clicking here. Ultimately, each lens offers advantages over the competition, meaning that choosing the "best" one is a very difficult task. Of course, if you're shooting on a specific camera system, that limits your options. For example, if you're shooting on a Nikon full-frame DSLR, you have two options and the Nikon 14-24mm is the best optically, but the Sigma 14-24mm is more affordable. Head to Lensrentals for the full breakdown on which lens is best for different shooters and situations. You can read our own review coverage of each of the four ultra wide zoom lenses by clicking the links in the first paragraph.