Sigma has been killing it lately with their Art line of primes such as the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art, 35mm f/1.4 Art, and the 50mm f/1.4 Art lens in addition to the already highly respected 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for APS-C crop sensor cameras. The latter of which has been among many Panasonic GH4 shooters’ favourite zoom lens and despite the $800 price tag, offers incredible price to performance benefits and has hardly any competition in the segment.
And just this past week, Sigma announced their latest addition to the Art lens family – the mighty Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 DG HSM Art, which is the fastest full frame zoom lens – a big statement and a testament to Sigma’s commitment to optical innovation and challenging the status quo of the lens world. The new wide angle zoom from Sigma basically is 3 prime lenses into 1 zoom – covering standard focal lengths of 24mm, 28mm and 35mm at constant maximum aperture of f/2.0, which was unheard of up until now in a full-frame zoom.
Sigma designed the new 24-35mm zoom for prime performance but with the versatility of a zoom lens. The brand spanking new Sigma wide anlge zoom sports premium FLD glass, with performance equal to fluorite, and seven SLD glass elements for state-of-the-art image quality. A large diameter aspherical lens, a complicated element to manufacture, allows for a stunning level of brightness.
This complicated optical formula creates outstanding image quality throughout the focal range, and even at the widest of apertures. An updated AF algorithm makes for smooth, accurate and fast autofocusing while multi layer coating control flare and ghosting. The Sigma 24-35mm f/2.o is expected to be available in a variety of mounts including Canon EF, Nikon, and Sigma.
Sadly, Sony’s A-mount is missing, however, especially for the new E-mount Sony A7R II (which is now available to pre-order from B&H) the Metabones EF to E Smart Adapter Mark IV will enable a7R II shooters to take full advantage of the awesomeness of the remarkable Sigma zoom.
Features & Specs
- Aperture Range: f/2 to 16
- FLD & Special Low Dispersion Elements
- Two Aspherical Elements
- Super Multi-Layer Coating
- Hyper Sonic AF Motor
- Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
- Thermally Stable Composite Material
- Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
|Lens Construction||18 Elements in 13 Groups|
|Angle of View||84.1º-63.4º|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9 (rounded diaphragm)|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||28 cm / 11 in|
|Filter Size (mm)||82mm|
(Diameter x Length)
|87.6×122.7 mm/3.4×4.8 in|
Pricing has not been yet announced, however judging by the pricing of the 18-35mm and Sigma Art lenses in general, it should be on par with them and cost below $1,000 (fingers crossed). The lens is expected to start shipping sometime in July.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Nikon – $899
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