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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art

The team at LensRentals.com has put the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art on the optical bench for a resolution test.

The law of physics are what they are and one can’t expect prime-like performance across the frame and zoom range, yet Roger Cicala applauds the existence of such a lens.

But the glass here is definitely way more than half full. We have, for the first time, a modern zoom lens that reaches f/2.0 aperture and is wickedly sharp. That’s an amazing thing all by itself and this is a unique optic. What is really amazing to me is that it sells for $1,000.

The Canon-mount version is in stock at B&H Photo.


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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art on Canon EOS 5Ds R (simulated)

As of mid-2015, there’s no better lens testing platform than the EOS 5DS R. Just published, both on the 50MP Canon camera:

  • Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art sample photos at DPReview here. 45 full-size shots, most wide open.
  • Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art review at Photozone here. Excellent sharpness in central areas, but the lens struggles elsewhere at wide apertures, which is not terribly surprising. At least the performance is assessed in the proper context.

While the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A is certainly not a bad lens, it is still the weakest prime of the Art series that we have tested so far. To be fair – an ultra-large aperture 24mm lens is simply more difficult to design than a 35mm or 50mm lens. This also applies to the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II. While we have tested the Canon on 20mp only so far, it already struggled with the image corners at large apertures here so it’s very unlikely to be better on the EOS 5Ds R. Thus if you struggle to decide between the two, we’d actually recommend to have a closer look at the Sigma.


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Sigma has published performance data for its 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art (pre-order). Check it out below.

I also included an MTF comparison between the f/2 zoom lens and the 24mm and 35mm f/1.4 Art.

Diffraction MTF Charts

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art: Diffraction MTF Chart

Geometrical MTF Charts

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art: Geometrical MTF Chart

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art

Sigma has announced pricing and availability for the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art. The lens will retail at $999 in the US, and we should start seeing the Canon EF-mount version populate the shelves in late July.

As usual with those Art lenses, initial availability may be low, so be sure to pre-order.

[Source: Sigma Japan and Sigma Corporation of America via Business Wire]


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Large-aperture wide-angle zoom lens from Sigma

The folks at SLR Gear have posted their technical conclusions on the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art.

  • Wide open, the lens is impressively sharp across the frame and over the zoom range on its native platform (full frame), although there’s an unavoidable drop-off near the corners.
  • Minor amounts of CA were noticed.
  • Vignetting is moderate wide open, at all focal lengths.
  • Distortion goes from slight barrel (-0.8%) at 24mm to minor pincushion (+0.4%) at 35mm.
  • AF is very quick.

What stands out from this review is the consistent behavior of the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art. The lens showed an even and high-grade performance throughout its range.

As a complement, check out Sigma’s own sample photos — lots of close-ups, so you can see if the bokeh is to your liking.

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