Sigma has just announced its new full-frame lens: the 24-70mm f/2.8 Art for Sony E-mount and L-mount cameras.
The 24-70mm joins the 14-24mm f/2.8 as one of Sigma’s “Art” zooms for mirrorless cameras and the manufacturer claims that it is the “ultimate large-aperture standard zoom lens,” offering “best-in-class optical performance.”
As you’d expect from an Art lens, Sigma has packed this with lots of low-dispersion glass and aspherical lenses, aspects of the design which subdue aberrations and maintain optical performance through the zoom range. The lens is dust and splash-proof and has a zoom-locking mechanism in order to stop the barrel from extending unnecessarily.
Other nice features include a customizable AFL button alongside the AF/MF switch and the fact that the minimum focusing distance is just 7 "(18 mm) when the lens is at its widest. For the full list of specifications, click here.
The 14-24mm f/2.8 has proven a popular choice with many photographers (it’s currently backordered on B&H Photo, so sit tight), as well as costing slightly less than was initially anticipated. Strangely, there’s no word on the price just yet on the 24-70mm, but somewhere around $1,399 seems most likely, making it an appealing alternative to the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, which weighs in at a meaty $2,198. For Sony shooters, this is also a viable option in place of the much-lauded Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, which offers a very slightly compromised focal range but is significantly lighter and notably more affordable.
Both Sony shooters and L-mount camera owners should be delighted with this news. Will you be placing an order? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.