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

Jul 18, 2015

TJ Hansen

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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

Jul 18, 2015

TJ Hansen

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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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 has put a ton of engineering into this lens and it shows. Sigma describes on their site some of the features of this lens, and some of the technology they used to get it to the performance standards that shooters are accustomed to from the Sigma Art series.

“The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art is the worlds first full frame F2 zoom lens. Covering a common prime lens lineup, the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM was designed for prime performance with the versatility of a zoom lens. Premium FLD glass, with performance equal to flourite, and seven SLD glass elements allow for outstanding image quality. A large diameter aspherical lens, a complicated element to manufacture, allows for a stunning level of brightness. This complicated optical formula creates outstanding image quality throughout the focal range, and even at the widest of apertures. An updated AF algorithm makes for smooth, accurate and fast autofocusing while multi layer coating control flare and ghosting. The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art is another notch on Sigma’s belt for pure photographic innovation.”

Click on any of the images to see full res versions!

My first impressions of this lens wide open at f/2 is that it is nearly flawless.
My first impressions of this lens wide open at f/2 is that it is nearly flawless.

 

At the very least, Sigma has proven that you can make a high quality zoom lens with a faster-than-f/2.8 aperture. The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens surprised everyone with the announcement, and, subsequently, with its overall image quality. We are now in an age where zoom lenses are not only approaching primes in image quality, but also in aperture speed!

I think everyone that carries around a bag full of lenses has had the idea of a fast zoom lens that could replace their bag of primes. Up to now, that was just a dream. Personally, I love prime lenses and I am curious to see if this lens could make me consider a zoom lens replacement for some of my prime lenses.

1-2000 sec at f – 11, ISO 800.
1-2000 sec at f – 1, ISO 800.

I will give a full review of this lens after a little more time with it, but I will share test images every day this weekend, so stay tuned and subscribe for updates to see how this innovative new lens holds up to all sorts of shooting situations.

1-800 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 100.
1-800 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 100.
1-800 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 100. 1 to 1 crop of previous image. Wide open.
1-800 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 100.
1 to 1 crop of previous image. Wide open.

 

So far the images are super sharp, with stunning color and great contrast. All the images below are minimally edited in Lightroom CC, from Canon RAW files from a 5D Mark III with just basic processing. Let us know what you think!

1-2500 sec at f – 11, ISO 800.
1-2500 sec at f – 11, ISO 800.

Thanks, Sigma!!!

1-250 sec at f – 7.1, ISO 100.
1-250 sec at f – 7.1, ISO 100.
1-4000 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 200.
1-4000 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 200.
25.0 sec at f – 5.6, ISO 800.
25.0 sec at f – 5.6, ISO 800.
1-1250 sec at f – 11, ISO 800
1-1250 sec at f – 11, ISO 800
1-1250 sec at f – 11, ISO 100
1-1250 sec at f – 11, ISO 100
1-1250 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 100
1-1250 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 100
1-800 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 100
1-800 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 100
1-400 sec at f – 8.0, ISO 100
1-400 sec at f – 8.0, ISO 100
1-400 sec at f – 8.0, ISO 100
1-400 sec at f – 8.0, ISO 100
1-320 sec at f – 11, ISO 800
1-320 sec at f – 11, ISO 800
1-250 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 200
1-250 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 200
1-200 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 800
1-200 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 800
1-160 sec at f – 11, ISO 800
1-160 sec at f – 11, ISO 800

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TJ Hansen is a videographer from Columbus, Ohio who also works at Midwest Photo Exchange. You can see more of his work at gingerattack. This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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4 responses to “First Images From The Sigma 24-35mm F/2 Art Zoom Lens”

  1. Jason Starr Avatar
    Jason Starr

    Try some astro!

  2. David Morton Avatar
    David Morton

    Not really a great test of this lens, does not really show what it might be capable of sadly.

  3. Logan S. Avatar
    Logan S.

    Why are there so many sky and telephone pole images? … =/

  4. Shifty303 Avatar
    Shifty303

    I am really interested in seeing more “bokeh” examples. I own the 50mm 1.4 ART and LOVE IT! I was thinking about buying the 24mm or 35mm when the news of this lens broke.