The three sharpest Sigma prime lenses under £1,000

Want to improve your image quality? Our experts delve into the features and benefits of the three best Sigma prime lenses

The best Sigma prime lenses

by Kirk Schwarz |

Sharpness is always the key component we look for in a lens. Sure, build quality, autofocus and handling are important too, but what we really want is fantastic image quality.

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So we challenged ourselves to find the ultimate affordable Sigma DSLR glass on the market, asking the independent lens manufacturer to send us its three sharpest lenses with a street price of under £1,000. We asked for primes only (ie no zoom), as the optical design of fixed focal length lenses generally results in the best image quality. Here's what we found:

The Sigma Corporation was founded over 50 years ago by lens pioneer Michihiro Yamaki. His son, Kazuto Yamaki, now leads the family-run company, with lens production remaining in Japan. Sigma Imaging UK is a subsidiary of this Japanese firm. Photographers love choice, and Sigma has built its business around providing consumers with alternative lenses to the own-brand ones.

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Third-party optics were sometimes seen as a way of saving money, with many models boasting a more attractive price-tag. But the company oversaw a huge rebranding in 2013 with the new line of Global Vision Lenses. Divided into Art, Contemporary and Sport categories, these optics have an exceptionally high-end, top quality feel to them. It’s clear that Sigma is totally focused on producing glass that competes, if not beats the own-brand models. So it’s no surprise the price is now more in-line with the own-brand optics too.

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Kirk Schwarz is one of our resident tech experts. A tech-addicted photographer with more than a decade's experience, Kirk's used to putting new gear through extreme field-testing.

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