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.
Where does Sigma go from here?
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