Sigma Rumor: 16-20mm f/2 DG Lens Set To Come Soon?

Sigma Rumor

Sigma’s latest lens, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM

We have been told (thanks) that Sigma will announce a 16-20mm f/2 DG lens for full-frame DSLRs in 2014, most probably before Summer 2014. The lens will be part of the “Art” line-up. For the time being I do not know if the lens will have image stabilization (optical stabilization, OS, in the Sigma world), but I guess it will not. The source that told me about the lens is known to me and I give this rumor a 50-60% chance (at least) to be true.

There have been rumors about Sigma lenses in the past, but a 16-20mm f/2 was never mentioned. Exiting news, I think, and I really hope Sigma will continue to deliver the outstanding optical performance seen on the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM , 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM and 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lenses.

Go on Sigma!

  • Brassty

    16-20mm? It would call it a prime 😀

    • DtEW

      It sounds like a lot of people commenting don’t have any actual experience with a FF UWA at those focal lengths.

      • Chalermpol Punjatep

        I’m using Sigma 12-24 and I would call it (16-20) a prime too.

        • Veldask Krofkomanov

          It doesn’t matter to anyone what it’s called. The facts are, it’s a 16-20mm lens. Naming it this or that won’t change what the lens can do.

  • Sky

    How about 49-51mm f/1.4? They’ll be the first one to build f/1.4 Full Frame zoom lens!

    • Brassty

      Youre right! Sigma will break aperture records, again!
      Some lensese shift focal length by +-2mm when focussing, for free! 😀

  • Admin

    What about a 10-11mm f/0.95? 🙂

    • Chalermpol Punjatep

      With current technologies ? I bet you don’t want to see the final images 😉

  • Mike

    This is an ultra wide lens which by default is a sepciality and not meant for everyone.

    I think it’s actually quite nice. You’ve got three classic focal lenghts (16mm, 18mm, 20mm) covered, at a speed that’s hard to come by even in reasonably inexpensive (sub $1,000) UWA-primes. If it will be more less the size of Nikon’s 14-24mm, take filters and most of all deliver decent IQ I don’t see anything bad about it. Well, maybe the price, but we’ll see about that.

  • AG

    This will compete with Canon 16-35 f/2.8 II, which is a high bar, but not going to at least 24mm is a mistake. Many Canon users have 24-105 and this lens would leave a gap in the sweet zone. I’m sure same is true of Nikon brothers.

    • Sky

      Of course it wont’t. Canon is UWA to Standard zoom, this is UWA to WA zoom. Completly different category.

  • Roger

    4mm zoom range doesn’t sound like much, but it does make a difference at these short focal lengths.

    I’d still prefer a smaller lighter 18mm f2 though.

  • Mikey

    If it can accept screw on filters or at least the normal drop in filter kits then it is definitely a great choice. If not, then I say widen up the range. Nightscape photographers would probably love this lens although 2.8 is already pretty fast for a UWA on these modern day cameras that can handle high ISO very well.

  • guy

    Got to be a typo. Useless compared to 2.8 lenses that cover a reasonable range.

    • DtEW

      Useless?

      You do realize f/2 is an entire stop faster than f/2.8, right? In fact, it would be the fastest UWA, zoom or prime, in that entire FL range. It would be as novel and exciting as the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8.

      So perhaps “useless” for a person who only has a couple of lenses and requires one UWA to cover a huge angle-of-view range. In other words, the kind of person only one-step-removed from that camera noob who swears his superzoom is the best thing since sliced bread.

      Assuming good resolution across-the-field, well-controlled CA and coma… this lens would utterly kill for astrophotography and low-light interiors. It would rip the money out my wallet.

  • peevee

    Not bad. Nightscape monster. Obviously it is a zooming prime, no separate zoom group. 16-24 is unnecessary, there is 24mm on plenty of lenses. But with 16-20, the gap between 20 and 24mm is significant, about 20% of AoV. Should have been 16-22, even for the cost of being a little worse at the extremes.

  • David

    It’s competition for the Leica 16-18-21 WATE.

  • If this lens out,I am getting it for sure!

  • Admin

    Well, as Mike pointed out: you have three classic focal lengths at a very good speed. I hope the rumor is true since this could be an interesting lens.