Announced late tonight is the latest in the beloved Sigma Art series with the 24-35mm f/2 designed for full frame sensors. This lens is the fastest zoom lens ever built for full frame sensors, and promises optical sharpness comparable to the Sigma 24mm Art Series and Sigma 35mm Art Series - considered the sharpest in their classes. So will this be a new lens for those who use 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm lenses and are looking for a one lens solution?
Certainly over the last couple years, the photography world has been incredibly impressed with the moves Sigma has made on their lens lineup - particularly with the Art series. With sharpness rivaling the more expensive Canon and Nikon lenses, and even giving premium brands like Zeiss a run for their money, the Sigma Art series lenses have converted many photographers to third parties. Only time will tell if this new zoom lens will steal our hearts yet again.
The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens Will Feature:
· Large-diameter, aspherical lens elements, which require advanced technologies to produce, one “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass, and seven Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements with two aspherical lenses. The advanced optics and optimized lens power distribution minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature, resulting in outstanding optical performance
- A video-friendly, inner focusing system that eliminates front-lens rotation, enhancing the lens' stability and allowing use of circular polarizing filters
- A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures a silent, high-speed AF function. Smoother AF is achieved when the this AF algorithm is optimized
- Full-time MF by rotating the focus ring of the lens while auto focusing
- A nine-blade, rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image
- Specifications: Lens construction containing 18 elements in 13 groups; a weight of 33.2 ounces; a diameter and length of 3.4 inches by 4.8 inches, respectively; a minimum aperture of F16; and angle of view (35mm) of 84.1° to 63.4°; minimum focusing distance of 11 inches; and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.4
The Sigma 24-35mm lens is the fastest lens ever built in a zoom system for full frame, with the previous record being held at f/2.8. This convenience will likely come at a nice price, but no news yet on its availability or price point. For more information about this lens, feel free to look at Sigma's official announcement of the lens on their website.