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.
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:
Sigma 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.”
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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.
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.
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!