Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART review

Sigma 24-35mm F/2 DG HSM ART Review

Wedding photographer and CW reader Chris Giles shared another review with us (after having felt the pulse of the EOS 5Ds R). This time Chris posted his impression and thoughts on Sigma’s new 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM “Art” lens, the world’s first zoom lens for full-frame DSLRs with a constant aperture. And a lens that sells at a very competitive price ($999).

I like Chris’ reviews because they are truly “real-world”. I am much more interested to know how a given camera or lens performs for a professional photographer than to know how it scores at purely engineering-oriented benchmarks. What makes this review even more interesting is that it was done using a Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon’s new full-frame megapixel champion.

As we all expected, the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART lens is another masterpiece by Sigma:

At f/2 this is a sexy lens, I am totally made up with the micro contrast, colour rendition and lens falloff I’m getting. Some of the Canon glass does suffer a little on the 50.6 mp sensor of the 5DSr. Even the 24-70mkii tends to get a kicking (albeit slight) at the outer edges of the frame but this isn’t so apparent on the Sigma 24-35 Art.

About the Canon EOS 5Ds R coupled with Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Chris says:

[the Sigma] just renders so beautifully and I love love love the colours. The Canon 5DSr has a beautiful way of representing colour but that sensor is also totally unforgiving to poor glass when you put an image under scrutiny.

Finally:

I’ve not been so impressed with a lens since the Canon 24-70 mkII and that statement alone says a lot. Even if Canon were to release something with a similar range I’d find it hard to justify the purchase because I can’t see how a lens can be better. Not right now anyway.

If you are on the fence for this lens, you’ll find a lot of helpful information. To some people the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 may look strange. It has a very reduced zoom range and might be better seen as a “bag of primes”. However, you may also say that the “bag of primes” paradigm doesn’t really work since you can get excellent primes that have f/1.4. Chris’ experience turned out to be different:

I didn’t think this lens would suit me. Yet, for medium to close combat scenarios (weddings are a battlefield, soldier), then absolutely this is a lens to use. Looking back I’ve found it hard to accept I was using it just as much as I did.

Chris made all sample pics he shot for his review available for download (64 files, 400MB, a donation is required), just scroll to the end of part 2 of the review. You’ll find many sample pics, shadow recovery examples, and more.

Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM ART is in stock in the USA at $999: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo

Sigma 24-35mm f/2

  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to 16
  • FLD & Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma 24-35mm DG HSM ART price check for your country: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

[via Chris Giles Photography]

Canon deals of the day: EOS 7D Mark II ($1,150), EOS 5D Mark III ($1,999), Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART ($740)

Canon Deals Of The Day: EOS 7D Mark II ($1,150), EOS 5D Mark III ($1,999), Sigma 24mm F/1.4 DG HSM ART ($740)

I found some very good deals on eBay.

Top Rated Plus seller GetItDigital on eBay (99.7% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II on sale at $1,149.99. Compare at $1,499. Free shipping in the USA. Please note: this is likely a grey import item.

Same seller also has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $1,999. Compare at $2,499. Here too: most likely a grey import item, free shipping in the USA.

Authorised Canon dealer Camera Land on eBay (100% positive ratings) has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART lens on sale for $739.99. Compare at $849. Free shipping in the US. This is an in store demo unit.

More Canon deals on eBay.

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM

 

Premium deal for our readers: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART at $849 (reg. $949, deal over)

Premium Deal For Our Readers: Sigma 50mm F/1.4 DG HSM ART At $849 (reg. $949, Deal Over)

Edit: the deal is over.

I am very happy to offer an exclusive deal to all Canon Watch readers, kindly sponsored by authorised Canon dealer Adorama.

Get the awesome Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM ART lens with a $100 discount. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 is yours at $849 by clicking this link and entering coupon code CWWEEKEND at checkout. Regular price is $949. The offer ends Sunday, 8/2/15, 11.59 PM EST.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens got only excellent reviews. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 competes handily with Zeiss’ Otus 55mm f/1.4, a lens that sells for $4000! Among all the masterpieces Sigma’s optical engineers delivered in the last years, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 might be the best. And, yes, the lens hood is included.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM

Short Sigma 50mm f/1.4 overview after the break.

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM price announced, available for pre-order ($999, coming late July)

Sigma 24-35mm f/2

  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to 16
  • FLD & Special Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Thermally Stable Composite Material
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock

Sigma announced price and availability of the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM lens, the world’s fastest full-frame zoom lens, and the first with constant f/2. The price is $999, availability expected for late July.

You can already pre-order the Sigma 24-35mm f/2: Adorama and B&H Photo.

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, today announced that the new Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens will become available in late July for the street price of $999.

The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens is the market’s first full-frame zoom that allows photographers to carry one fast aperture lens that can do the work of three popular fixed focal length lenses – the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. It includes an optimized autofocus (AF) algorithm for smooth, fast, and accurate focusing, a manual focus (MF) override functionality, and is made of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) reducing its size and weight.

Built upon the impressive versatility offered by Sigma’s 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the new 24-35mm continues the Art line tradition of top optical performance that’s comparable to Sigma’s 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art and 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art. It offers optimized lens power distribution, and minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature. The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens also features a video-friendly, inner focusing system that eliminates front-lens rotation, enhancing the lens’ stability as well as a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures a silent, high-speed AF function.

“The combination of fast, constant aperture and zoom versatility will make this lens exceptionally popular for photographers who crave the convenience of wide angle zooms, paired with the performance of fast, wide primes,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The Art lenses have raised the bar for total imaging performance, and this lens is going to make a lot of photographers very happy.”

As with all new lenses under the Global Vision categories, every 24-35mm will be tested using Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) measuring system, “A1,” in the company’s factory in Japan. It is compatible with Sigma’s USB DOCK, which allows photographers to update the lens’ firmware, adjust focus points and customize full-time MF function settings by using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. Sigma’s exclusive Mount Conversion Service, which enables users to easily convert the lens’ camera mount between supported versions, is also available for a fee. The lens will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.

The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens will also 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

For information about Sigma, go to www.sigmaphoto.com or follow the company on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Pre-order the Sigma 24-35mm f/2: Adorama and B&H Photo.

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