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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art

Full-size sample photos from the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art are available over at D-pixx (English translation). The images were made on the 22-megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

The world’s first f/2 zoom lens for 35mm DSLRs is due for release in late July or early August.

Lens Construction 18 elements in 13 groups
Special Glass 1 FLD element, 7 SLD elements, aspherical elements
Angle of View 84.1°-63.4°
Minimum Aperture f/16
Minimum Focusing Distance 28cm / 11.0in.
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:4.4
Filter Size 82mm
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Size (Diameter x Length) 87.6mm x 122.7mm / 3.4in. x 4.8in.
Weight 940g / 33.2oz.

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Zoom and fast aperture in a single lens

Unlike its sibling for smaller sensors, the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art got a lukewarm reception.

This is mainly because it comes in an incomplete lens lineup (before anything exotic, we expected a new 24-70mm f/2.8, a 135mm f/2…) and because that lineup already contains a 24mm f/1.4 and a 35mm f/1.4.

On the plus side, the 24-35mm f/2 offers a couple of key focal lengths in a single lens, with little compromise on brightness. On the minus side, the range is short, the lens is 50 percent heavier than f/1.4 primes in this range, and of course it can’t open up as wide as said primes do.

Still, not everyone wants to shoot several fixed-focal-length lenses, and not everyone wants a rather slow zoom, so here is a lens that comes close to get the best of both worlds.

Market reaction should be positive. Image quality remains to be seen, but the likely sweet price tag, as well as the uniqueness and fun factor (wide f/2 zoom lens with good close-up capabilities) are incentives.

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f/2 full-frame wide-angle zoom lens

According to a reliable source, the just-announced Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art will retail for €849 in Europe. This is equivalent to approximately $960, but the actual USD price will probably be either $849 or $899.

Although this is in line with Sigma’s other full-frame Art lenses, most expected a four-digit price tag, based on the specs and uniqueness of the product.


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The world's first large-aperture full-frame wide-angle zoom lens offering f/2 brightness throughout the zoom range

Sigma’s new addition to its Art series is an as-exciting-as-unexpected 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM — the first ever f/2 full-frame zoom lens, and most likely the “very unique lens” hinted by Sigma’s CEO last year.

It should be available in late July 2015. The price has not been disclosed yet.

Specifications

Lens Construction 18 elements in 13 groups
Special Glass 1 FLD element, 7 SLD elements, aspherical elements
Angle of View 84.1°-63.4°
Minimum Aperture f/16
Minimum Focusing Distance 28cm / 11.0in.
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:4.4
Filter Size 82mm
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Size (Diameter x Length) 87.6mm x 122.7mm / 3.4in. x 4.8in.
Weight 940g / 33.2oz.

Press Release

While offering the premier optics of the Art line, this lens covers 24mm, 28mm and 35mm focal lengths. Incredible performance overturns the conventional perception of a zoom lens.

SIGMA was determined to create a zoom lens that offers the same brightness and resolution as a fixed focal length lens: in other words, the highest level of optical performance. The result of this challenge was the SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art, the world’s first zoom to offer a fast F1.8 aperture value throughout the zoom range. Building on this concept, SIGMA has developed the new SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art for 35mm full frame sensor. It allows photographers to carry one lens to do the work of three fixed focal length lenses, a 24mm, 28mm and 35mm — with F2 brightness and top optical performance. One package delivers flexible functionality and high convenience. In particular, at the 24mm and 35mm focal lengths, this lens offers the performance that is equivalent to that of two prime lenses in the Art line. Instead of changing one high-performance fixed focal length lens for another, simply zoom. This is a new zoom lens for 35mm full frame sensor SLRs that offers the quality of a fixed focal length lens at various angles of view.

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art with hood

Sigma is going to announce a 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens with 82mm filter thread.

Needless to say, this one is a huge surprise, although a hint to a lens of this kind was given by a Sigma rep at Photokina 2014. It may also be the very unique lens Sigma’s CEO was talking about.

We’re probably heading towards a nice zoom trinity:

  • Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art (rumored)
  • Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art

Stay tuned for more details!

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