Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens Cheaper Than Expected, Available for Pre-Order

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens Cheaper Than Expected, Available for Pre-Order

Sigma's previously announced high-quality, fast, wide-angle 14-24mm f/2.8 Art-series zoom lens is now available for pre-order and will deliver mid-March. The best part, though, is the price.

At $1,299, the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art lens is about $600 cheaper than the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G and $700 cheaper than Canon's similar 16-35mm f/2.8L III. Meanwhile, it's also specifically designed for high-resolution, 50-megapixel cameras and features similar professional weather-proofing features as its competitors' high-end, wide-angle zooms. Both the Nikon and Canon versions feature the latest lens technologies respectively supported by each brand, such as Nikon's electromagnetic diaphragm and Canon's Lens Aberration Correction function. Additionally, the new Sigma lens will be available in the Sigma SA mount.

The new Sigma lens also focuses a full inch closer than its competitors' lenses at a minimum focusing distance of 10.2 inches compared to 11 inches. However, it is also 10- to 30-percent heavier than its counterparts with more elements than either, including three fluorite low dispersion, three special low dispersion, and three aspherical elements in its design. All of these lenses feature nine-bladed, rounded apertures.

The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM should ship mid-March and is available for pre-order now for $1,299.

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Kyle Medina's picture

WOW! (slow clap)

Hugh Dom's picture

Cause the Chinese and Korean offers will likely be even less.

Sean Molin's picture

Unless there was a mid-cycle refresh I wasn’t aware of, the Nikon 14-24 does not have an electromagnetic diaphragm. Are you mixing that up with ED which is the designation for low-dispersion glass? N is nano coating. G is electronic aperture control.

Adam Ottke's picture

I'm not saying the Nikon 14-24mm features this, but only that it's a new Nikon feature of its latest lenses that this Sigma version now supports/features. But that's also an interesting point: in some ways, that makes this Sigma more advanced than Nikon's current equivalent.

Pawel Witkowski's picture

It seems it's gonna be exciting year <3 :)

Spy Black's picture

Let's hope they don't blow it like they did with the 24-70, which is not worthy of it's ART moniker. We'll see I suppose.

Simon Patterson's picture

That is a steal. Incredible.

Tim Schwan's picture

Just putting his out there...

“focuses a FULL inch closer...10.2 inches compared to 11 inches.”

Adam Ottke's picture

Hm. I read 10.2 and 11.2 somewhere. I will look into this, of course. But it's close ;-)

Tim Schwan's picture

And that could be correct; I have no clue what the specs are. I just thought the word choice was odd given the numbers in the article.

Alex Armitage's picture

Biggest drawback for this is filtering it

Adam Ottke's picture

Although to be fair, that's pretty much par for the course...

Alex Armitage's picture

Maybe in comparison to the nikon, but not the canon.

Adam Ottke's picture

True, although that's a slightly different lens anyway.

Ryan Mense's picture

Holy shit.

Ariel Martini's picture

Sold my nikon 14-24 for the 16-35. it's f/4, but half the weight and half the price, and have awesome VR that compensates for the smaller aperture, i can shoot 1/10s handheld easily. It's my go to all purpose wide lens, always on my bag. Also sold my 14 2.8 prime.

Ariel Martini's picture

Ah, and you can fit a filter.

Rick Burgett's picture

Yes, but this one goes to 14. :-)
Do you have distortion issues with your 16-35? How much image do you lose when correcting for it?

Ariel Martini's picture

i apply lens correction by default, and i believe there is quality loss but i never really noticed it

Digby Shaw's picture

It frustrates me that the suggestion that VR compensates for a slower lens is so often thrown around. As a adventure sports shooter I'm often shooting in the trees with subjects moving faster than 30kph (mountain biking). f4 and VR are useless to me. there is no compensation for fast lenses.

Adam Ottke's picture

Completely understand, but of course it still helps landscape and still life photographers quite a bit...

Ariel Martini's picture

compensates for the smaller aperture "in most cases"

Rafal Hyps's picture

- It is really heavy.
- What about the filter adapter? When will it be released? Nisi?