This is only a rumor, but people are taking Sigma seriously these days after their recent release of several highly-rated lenses. Ultra-wide lenses are sometimes dismissed as novelties, but I'm seeing more and more images and videos with the signature big, wide, deep-focus point-of-view. Perhaps as image consumers we've grown comfortable with the inherent distortions in wide-angled lenses. Think how often you've seen a dog's nose filling half the frame and the body tapering off into the distance.
Personally, I have the Tokina 11-16 f2.8 for my Nikons (both FF and crop). Happily, the 16mm end doesn't vignette on the FF. It's surprising how often I reach for that lens and am always amazed how sharp that lens is – I can read the titles of books on shelves fifty feet away.
We'll have to wait and see if this rumor comes to pass and if a Sigma 16-20 f/2 performs as well as its new siblings.
Sigma 16-20mm f/2 Rumor
Sigma is on a tear when it comes to releasing amazing glass. From the groundbreaking 18-35mm f/1.8 for APS-C cameras to the 24-105mm f/4 that had people pretty excited, Sigma glass is quickly becoming synonymous with phenomenal quality and affordability.
And now, the newest murmurings to come down the rumor pipeline have another exciting Sigma lens in the works, this one a 16-20mm f/2.
Check out Petapixel's scope on this rumor: “Rumor: Sigma to Announce a 16-20mm f/2 DG Art Lens for Full-Frame DSLRs in 2014”
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