First Hands On Review Of The Sigma 24-35 F/2 DG HSM Art Lens

This is the first zoom lens with an f/2 aperture that covers full frame sensors!

This is the first zoom lens with an f/2 aperture that covers full frame sensors!

Sigma has recently announced another groundbreaking lens in their acclaimed Global Vision line of Art series lenses. This is the world’s first full frame zoom lens with an f/2 aperture. You heard that right. Prime lens speed, with the ability to change the focal length of the lens. Wow.

Note: Be warned, some of the files are shot on a Canon 5Ds and are huge! All files were only lightly edited in Lightroom CC. Only minor exposure adjustments or minor cropping. No sharpening added. Copyright held by author.

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First Images From The Sigma 24-35mm F/2 Art Zoom Lens

Sigma was nice enough to send Midwest Photo a rare advance copy of the ground-breaking Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art Zoom Lens. We have some of the first test photos from this lens and we will continue to update you with the latest images for the next couple of days! Needless to say, we are super-psyched.

This is the first zoom lens on the market with an f/2 aperture- and it covers full frame sensors!

This is the first zoom lens on the market with an f/2 aperture- and it covers full frame sensors

Sigma has been doing extraordinary things with their Art, Sport, and Contemporary lenses as of late, and things just got a whole lot more interesting for Sigma. Anyone looking to have the image quality and light-gathering abilities of a prime lens with the convenience of a zoom, should be taking a look at this lens. Here are the specs from Sigma’s website:

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens Will Only Be $1,000 US

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It was pretty exciting when Sigma announced that they are releasing the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens. While the focal change between 24mm to 35mm may seem small it equates to quite a big diffidence in field of view (73 degrees vs 54 degrees for a full frame and 53 vs 37 degrees on a 1.5 crop lens).

Photorumors just shared that the price of the lens will be $999 which makes it a pretty good deal if you don’t mind the size of the lens. The other two options are getting a 35mm, f/1.8 prime and a 24, .1.4 prime. That would be extremely expensive. Or you can buy the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art for a total price of $1750.

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Meet the Sigma 24-35mm DG HSM; The World’s First f/2 Full Frame Zoom Lens

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Sigma’s Art lens lineup continues to impress with the introduction of the 24-35mm f/2; the world’s fastest constant aperture full frame zoom lens.

The focal length struck some people as odd, others were disappointed it wasn’t the rumored 24-70mm f/2 lens, but if this lens is as good as Sigma says it is it could easily replace 24mm, 28mm and 35mm prime lenses for those who do not need the f/1.4 aperture.

The company calls this lens “another notch on Sigma’s belt for pure photographic innovation”, and I couldn’t agree more.

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Leaked Images Reveal a Full Frame Sigma 24-35mm f/2 ART Lens; Coming “Soon”

sigma_24-35f2_001Sigma has hit it off big time with the ART series of lenses and if these leaked images are real it seems the company has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

For years now there has been talk about a rumored 24-70 f/2 lens coming from Sigma, and this might be the lens behind all the chatter.

While disappointing that the focal length doesn’t go all the way to 70mm, Sigma has done an amazing job lately with its lenses and I don’t expect this one to be an exception.

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Sigma Expands Art Line – Adds 24mm f/1.4 + New dp0 Quattro Camera

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When Sigma introduced the 50mm Art lens photographer were pretty happy to get an almost Zeiss quality lens for under a $1000 price tag. (You can see some comparisons and tests here, here and here). We’ve heard many rumors on an upcoming 24mm art lens and today Sigma broadens the art line with a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, and if it compares to the 50mm art, there is much reason to rejoice.

The 20 art (A.K.A Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens) will be available for all three mounts when it starts shipping: Nikon, Canon and Sigma. I assume we will see Sony coming soon. Well, there are no prices or dates yet, so those will probably have to come first :)

One nice update to the line is the ability to switch from Auto focus to manual focus simply by engaging the focus ring (similar to Nikon and Canon lenses).

Here are the dry specs:

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Canon’s 11-24mm f/4 Confirmed. Will It Outdo Nikon’s Famed 14-24mm?

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An illustration of the Canon 11-24mm f/4

Canon Rumors reports that the existence of the EF 11-24 f/4L has been confirmed and several retailers have been provided with info about the lens.

Expected to set you back $2899 ($3100 in Canada), Canon’s new ultra wide angle will be the widest rectilinear lens ever produced for DSLRs.

Despite a maximum aperture of f/4, will this lens put an end to Canon shooters jumping ship in favor of Nikon’s legendary 14-24?

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Sigma Further Pushes Quattro Format With New DP1 And Three New Lenses

Expanding on it’s Quattro line, Sigma has just announced the dp1 Quattro. The dp1 is similar in almost every way to it’s sibling, the dp2, with the only exception being the focal lengths. At 19mm, the dp1 is the widest lens currently available in the dp Quattro series.

Along with the dp1 announcement, Sigma also introduced us to 3 new lenses; a 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens, a 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens, and 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Lens.

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Sigma Gearing to Aim at Tamron With New Massive Telephoto Lens

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It’s that time of the year again, and with Photokina back in session comes the inevitable new gear announcements, as well as the rumors leading up to them. This time, the rumors are about a new and upcoming telephoto lens from Sigma. Made for their Sports line, the 150-600mm F/5.6-6.3 lens seems to be a direct competitor to Tamron’s own recently released 150-600mm model.

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Sigma 50 Art Lens Compared With The Canon 50mm F1.2L

s50a-50l-01Up until recently the question of getting an original branded lens (e.g. Canon, Nikon) vs a 3rd Party lens (e.g. Sigma, Tamron) was not really a question. If you could afford the original brand lens, the answer was, go for the original.

However, with Sigma’s recent ART lenses things may have changed. Photographer Will Chao took both the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens for a head to head battle and the results are not as conclusive anymore.

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