10 out of 10 points and recommendedfast, sharp wide open, excellent bokeh, value for moneynone
Excellent build quality, fast auto focus, and its fast.reviewed October 26th, 2005
But for me, the reason to get this lens is the Bokeh and DOF control.
Be careful with the focus. I've missed shots at wide apertures because the DOF is so extremely thin.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp wide open. Great Bokeh. Fast AF. L QualityNone
THE fastest lens at 24 mm.reviewed November 23rd, 2006 (purchased for $1,000)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedFast and lightweight. Very sharp from F2.0A little soft wide open.
AF not very fast. I wish Canon would consider an update with Ring USM.reviewed November 23rd, 2006 (purchased for $480)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp wide open. Fast AF. L Quality. Great focal range. ISStill a bit big considering it' s aperture 4.0
Great all-round lens for 1D2.reviewed November 23rd, 2006 (purchased for $1,000)
6 out of 10 points and not recommendedgod focal range, lightweightsoft, soft, soft
Bought as alllround lens for Canon 350D. I delivered it back to the shop after only a week because it was ununacceptable soft even if stopped down to aperture 8 or 11!reviewed November 26th, 2006 (purchased for $350)
8 out of 10 points and recommendedgood allround lens, 2.8 at wide end, relatively sharp, good 'macro' performanceslow and noisy AF
Very good all-rounder for the price.reviewed November 26th, 2006 (purchased for $490)
Images are sharp and contrasty.
7 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat image-quality, great bokeh, acceptable fast AF, very sharpunreliable AF
Bought it as a 'normal' for Canon 350D.reviewed November 26th, 2006
I love the image-quality, but AF performance is very frustrating.
A lot (30-50%) of the shots are out of focus. Even in sunshine aperture 8 or 11!
9 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp wide open. Fast AF. Build quality. Fast apertureLens cap system annoying. Flare
This is a very special lens - focal lenght 14mm! And as such it has very special characteristics.reviewed December 6th, 2006 (purchased for $315)
My copy of the Sigma 14mm f/2.8 Aspheric lens is great! It's built beautifully and focuses fast. On 1dMkII I've found this lens' image quality outstanding from it's F/2.8 full aperture till the diffraction limitation of it's smallest apertures which is an inherent flaw in practically any lens. But my Sigma 14mm f/2.8 Aspheric is very good at full aperture and with a unique Bokeh when focused on (very) closeup subjects.
This is clearly one of Sigma's success's. If you need or desire a 14mm superwide for Canon mount then this gets my best recommandations!
NB: Bought it used!
7 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp wide open. Very good IQBuild quality not very good. Very old design. Slow AF
See pros and cons ...reviewed January 6th, 2007 (purchased for $440)
The lens is actually not a real 1:1 macro but a 1:2 macro. You would need a converter. Therefore the Sigma 50mm macro might be a better buy.
I think this lens severely need an update. It's build quality is not up to modern standard.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedVery good IQ. CheapNone
I use it to extend my Canon EF 135mm F2 L to an 189mm F2.8, which means that I (almost) have 200 mm length without noticeable loss of AF speed or IQ.reviewed January 6th, 2007 (purchased for $140)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedsharp and lightweight, very resistant to flareAF noisy
My copy of this excellent lens is sharp wide open in center and sharp from corner to corner at 5.6.reviewed December 23rd, 2007 (purchased for $616)
The only con is a very noisy AF when compared to USM.