Sigma has just released their latest in the Art series of lenses, and it’s touting the title of, “fastest zoom lens ever made.” The Sigma 24-35 f/2 Art Lens is indeed the fastest zoom lens ever made to cover a full-frame body. Their previous lens, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 had people impressed, but it was only made to cover APS-C sized sensors. Unfortunately, that leaves out a wide swath of shooters that would otherwise be using Sigma lenses.
Now that they’ve released a lens of such a caliber, I have a question: Who is this lens for?
The follow-up to that is, are there that many prime shooters out there that are willing to transition to a zoom? I would love to believe so. Often I have found that prime shooters are rather set in their ways. If Sigma is to be believed, this 24-35 f/2 matches the sharpness and quality of their primes. Could this be the straw that breaks the prime shooting lifer’s back?
The weight is at 2lbs, making it slightly heavier than its APS-C sized brother. I love good solid build and weight on a lens, but considering the length, this could sometimes be difficult to handle. I'm still left wondering when lens manufacturers will start making E-Mount glass.
Those small critiques aside, Sigma’s quality record over the past few years has been stellar, and many of their customers (me included) trust their word. If they say it’s sharp, it’s gotta be sharp. Right?
We’ll know plenty more once we see tests when it’s released. On paper this looks like a fantastic lens, with the capability of replacing two or more lenses in your bag.
No word yet on price, however you can expect this to be in the $750 to $1,250 range. Availability slated for July 2015. Hope you’ve been saving your pennies.
Sigma's New 24-35mm f/2 is the Fastest Full-Frame Zoom Lens Ever Made
Via No Film School:
Sigma is once again proving that even smaller lens companies can innovate.
Adding to their impressive lineup of zooms and primes, they've announced the 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens, the very first zoom capable of covering full-frame sensors and maintaining a constant f/2 aperture. This zoom is the newest in their Art series of lenses, which aim to give tremendous performance at affordable prices. Though they've already got a full-frame lens in the Art series that covers this range (the 24-105mm), that lens is an f/4 throughout — a full two stops slower. It's certainly nothing to scoff at, but it does put the speed of the 24-35mm into perspective. Essentially, Sigma has set out to create a zoom that can replace primes in the 24 to 35mm range, with image quality that's just as good and an aperture that's nearly as fast.
Here are the specs:
- Focal Length: 24 – 35mm (Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 38.4 – 56 mm)
- Aperture: f/2-f/16
- Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sigma
- Angle of View: 84.1° 63.4′
- Minimum Focus Distance: 11″ (27.94 cm)
- Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:4.4
- Elements/Groups: 18/13
- Diaphragm Blades: 9, Rounded
- Image Stabilization: No
- Autofocus: Yes
- Tripod Collar: No
- Filter Thread: 82 mm
- Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.8″ (8.64 x 12.19 cm)
- Weight: 2.075 lbs. (941 g)
- Availability: July 2015
- Price: TBA
(cover photo credit: snap from No Film School)