The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art is the world’s first full-frame zoom lens with a constant F2 maximum aperture, and its 1.45x zoom range manages to bridge three of the most popular wide angle fixed focal lengths for lenses: 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. The zoom range is subtle, but the compositional effects are noticeable as the smooth zoom ring shifts the field of view from 24mm through to 35mm. The lens is now shipping with a $999 street price.
It is an Art lens—it is designed first and foremost with an eye and intention on total image quality. The build, heft, and hand feel is completely in line with the others in the Art stable. At 33.2 ounces with a 3.4 inch diameter barrel that’s 4.8 inches long without lens hood, it is slightly larger than the 18-35 F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens, due to the larger, full-frame imaging circle.
And it weighs ten ounces more, and is an inch and a quarter longer than the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens. The design intention of the Art line is focused on total imaging performance, and these lenses do have a presence when mounted to a camera. It has some weight, but it is well balanced and feels great matched with a full-frame DSLR.
Through the lens, it feels more like a big fast prime, than a zoom. The F2 maximum aperture shows shallow depth of field, especially when close-focused, and is very sharp and contrasty on the focal plane. And then with a twist of the zoom ring, the scene shifts and the feel of the background blur tells you you’re not at 24mm any more, but instead glided smoothly to 28mm, 30mm, and then to 35mm.
True, this lens is a stop slower than the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art prime lenses it matches at the wide and long end of the focal range, and is a third of a stop faster than the classic Sigma 28mm F1.8 prime at the middle; but for photographers who crave the convenience of a zoom lens, that is a very fair trade-off to make. And looking at the first batch of images I’ve made, the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens delivers the legendary wide-open sharpness that is one of the defining characteristics of this line.
We are doing in-store demos with the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens at camera stores across the country on July 30th, 31st and August 1st.
Jack Howard is a lifelong photographer and author of two editions of the how-to book, Practical HDRI. Based in Central Jersey, Jack's go-to photography spots are backroads and beaches of his home state. He loves to travel far and wide with his wife and daughter, visiting national parks, museums, tropical islands and more along the way.
Quite interesting, I wanna see some more results of this lens !!!
Yes, yes, yes !!!
It looks very interesting. Anyone know what the price point will be? I also hope it won’t be as hard to get as the 150-600 Sport! I was on backlog for months with that one
looks great! would love one
Will you be producing a Pentax k mount version?
Seems nice if coma is well controlled at full aperture AND IF it is distortion free! Want it but also want something like a 40-60mm f 1/1.4.
Really excited! Sigma user here! 🙂
I always use canon’s lens; This may be my first Sigma. Love the results I’ve seen thus far
Contrary to popular belief, this zoom range could be good for APS-C Pentax cameras if used as a replacement for normal angle of view primes. Would love to see it in Pentax K-mount. There is a dearth of f/2 lenses for this mount (still in production!) except for the 31mm Limited that have pleasing bokeh/3D effect but also usable corners.
Love Sigma! BUT… Where in the world are the FE mount versions? a7 series is re-writing the playbook and Sigma is happy with A-mount versions or EF through an adaptor?! Rubbish! Please give us native full frame E-mount versions of your incredible Art lens.