Sigma Announces World's Fastest Zoom Lens for Full Frames with the 24-35mm F/2 Art Series

Sigma Announces World's Fastest Zoom Lens for Full Frames with the 24-35mm F/2 Art Series

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

 

 

Sigma also states that this lens is compatible with the Sigma USB dock, allowing you to adjust focusing, and the optimization of the lens. At this time, this lens will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.
 

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.

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20 Comments

Spy Black's picture

I dunno, at that limited zoom range, you can just get a 24 or a 35 and move in and out as needed, or crop if you just use a 24, and call it a day. Cheaper and lighter.

fred lefeuvre's picture

that seems pretty exciting ! sigma break the rules and the limit of aprture. few more lenses (85mm, 135, come on guys) and they are gonna the be the best lens brand...
ps : my 50mm is not as good as Nikon, it is amazingly better !

Justin Haugen's picture

Too bad this isn't the 24-70 f2 that people were hoping for

Michael Kormos's picture

There's this thing called... physics, that gets in the way of manufacturing a full-frame 24-70mm f/2 lens without having it weigh a ton :-/

Justin Haugen's picture

My body is ready. I've been lifting.

Oddly enough a 24-70 f/2 probably isn't that far in the future, but you're right about one thing, with curved lens tech the thing would be massive. Maybe this new flat lens tech from Harvard school of engineering will improve and take off in the near future.

http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/this-new-flat-lens-may-revolutionize-the...

Chris Adval's picture

*shakes head* Where is the 85 1.4 ART...!? I want Sigma to just take my money now in advance to speed up the production! Oh Kickstarter idea for them too! ;-) But I doubt they need it lol... but yea where is my 85 1.4 ART?!

Jason Vinson's picture

agree! i think a lot of people are waiting for sigma to make a new lens higher then 50mm...

Bert McLendon's picture

It came out right before they started labeling their lenses. Their latest 85mm is the same build quality as the 35mm without the "Art" badge. If they release a "new" one, it'll just have the "Art" badge added to it, maybe some fancy coatings but I highly doubt anything about the glass formula will be changed at all. I've used their latest 85mm from a friend and it's awesome!

Chris Adval's picture

yea considering it, but if I buy it and then they announce the ART soon after I would hate myself and would lose resale value to the lens...

Feuza Reis's picture

I heard they are doing one but not much difference to current one it seems,

Maarten Deckx's picture

I was hoping for a 135 f2...
I am looking to the 135 f2 DC from nikon for quite a while already, but all the rumors that nikon and sigma are developing a new one are holding me off.
Not that i NEED need the lens, as i have a 70-200 wich is ok i guess, but you know...
:)

In this lens is see a trend of F2 zoom lenses starting. And lets be honest: we all hope on lens improvements from time to time :-)

Chuck Eggen's picture

I too am waiting for Sigma to make a 135mm f2.

Mac MacDonald's picture

This lens is as useful as a being given a fork to eat soup with.

Carlos Teixeira's picture

"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" Are we sure about that? The Angenieux 28-70mm 2.6 comes to mind...

Michael Comeau's picture

This lens looks like a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.

Who carries a 24, 28, and 35 at the same time?

This lens is also pretty freaking heavy at 33 ounces.

You might as well just go for a 24-70mm f/2.8. Less weight, less stuff to carry, and a much more useful zoom range.

Or, in place of this lens, a 28mm prime. Less money, less weight, just as useful.

Michael Kormos's picture

Whoa, 24-35? I don't know Sigma. I might prefer to just keep my 35 1.4 and take two steps back when I want to zoom out, y'know? Don't get me wrong, the constant f/2 throughout the zoom range is nice, I'm just not entirely sold on the very limited range.

Agreed. Obviously there are design constraints to deal with, but something like a 35-70 f/2 would be much more useful.

Feuza Reis's picture

exactly my thinking too

they might sell a few but i wanna know who the guy was who signed off on this lens in the first place. to me it seems like a useless combo. i'll take a step up or back and get the same results. i'm not a lens rocket scientist but that's the best you could come up with ?