On an assignment in Iceland this spring, I had the opportunity to test drive Sigma’s newest lens in the Art series, the 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM. The trip was primarily ski and snowboard action, but I knew that if the weather cooperated I might have a chance to photograph the northern lights.
I was shocked at just how sharp the lens was, straight from 1.4. Mounted on my Nikon D810, focusing was fast and accurate, allowing me to run-and-gun to catch action and candids, even in challenging light. I was expecting the 20mm Art to be a niche piece in my kit, but I soon found myself choosing the 20mm in almost every situation where I would normally reach for my workhorse 28mm f/1.8.
When I finally did have a shot at the aurora, I was able to keep my shutter speed low without compromising image quality with high ISOs. When the northern lights really start dancing, you want to limit the exposure time in order to capture the fine details of the aurora.
Here's a selection of images shot using the 20mm f/1.4 Art. Enjoy!