First Images from the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art Zoom Lens

Sigma was nice enough to send Midwest Photo a rare advance copy of the ground-breaking Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art Zoom Lens. We have some of the first test photos from this lens and we will continue to update you with the latest images for the next couple of days! Needless to say, we are super-psyched.

This is the first zoom lens with an f/2 aperture that covers full frame sensors!
This is the first zoom lens on the market with an f/2 aperture- and it covers full frame sensors!

Sigma has been doing extraordinary things with their Art, Sport, and Contemporary lenses as of late, and things just got a whole lot more interesting for Sigma. Anyone looking to have the image quality and light-gathering abilities of a prime lens with the convenience of a zoom, should be taking a look at this lens. Here are the specs from Sigma’s website:

screenshot-www.sigmaphoto.com 2015-07-17 13-01-55Sigma has put a ton of engineering into this lens and it shows. Sigma describes on their site some of the features of this lens, and some of the technology they used to get it to the performance standards that shooters are accustomed to from the Sigma Art series.

“The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art is the worlds first full frame F2 zoom lens. Covering a common prime lens lineup, the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM was designed for prime performance with the versatility of a zoom lens. Premium FLD glass, with performance equal to flourite, and seven SLD glass elements allow for outstanding image quality. A large diameter aspherical lens, a complicated element to manufacture, allows for a stunning level of brightness. This complicated optical formula creates outstanding image quality throughout the focal range, and even at the widest of apertures. An updated AF algorithm makes for smooth, accurate and fast autofocusing while multi layer coating control flare and ghosting. The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art is another notch on Sigma’s belt for pure photographic innovation.”

Click images to see full res versions!
1-4000 sec at f - 2.0ISO 2001
This is the first zoom lens on the market with an f/2 aperture- and it covers full frame sensors!

At the very least, Sigma has proven that you can make a high quality zoom lens with a faster-than-f/2.8 aperture. The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens surprised everyone with the announcement, and, subsequently, with its overall image quality. We are now in an age where  zoom lenses are not only approaching primes in image quality, but also in aperture speed!

I think everyone that carries around a bag full of lenses has had the idea of a fast zoom lens that could replace their bag of primes. Up to now, that was just a dream. Personally, I love prime lenses and I am curious to see if this lens could make me consider a zoom lens replacement for some of my prime lenses.

1-2000 sec at f - 1, ISO 800.
1-2000 sec at f – 1, ISO 800.

I will give a full review of this lens after a little more time with it, but I will share test images every day this weekend, so stay tuned and subscribe for updates to see how this innovative new lens holds up to all sorts of shooting situations.

1-800 sec at f - 2.0, ISO 100.
This is the first zoom lens on the market with an f/2 aperture- and it covers full frame sensors!
1-800 sec at f - 2.0, ISO 100. 1 to 1 crop of previous image. Wide open.
1-800 sec at f – 2.0, ISO 100.
1 to 1 crop of previous image. Wide open.

So far the images are super sharp, with stunning color and great contrast. All the images below are minimally edited in Lightroom CC, from Canon RAW files from a 5D Mark III with just basic  processing.  Let us know what you think!

1-2500 sec at f - 1, ISO 800.
1-2500 sec at f – 11, ISO 800.

Thanks, Sigma!!!

1-250 sec at f - 7.1, ISO 100.
1-250 sec at f – 7.1, ISO 100.
TJ Hansen

Photographer at MPEX.com

6 thoughts on “First Images from the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art Zoom Lens

    1. The only shot with flash was the last shot of our model before the gallery. We used a single B2 flash with no modifier, in High Speed Sync mode!

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