Sigma has just announced its next instalment to its Global Vision Lens Line. The Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 becomes the fastest full frame zoom lens in production.
Sigma re-defined themselves as a third party lens company when introducing the Global Vision Lens Line. Previous to this, they offered affordable second tier standard alternatives to Canon and Nikon still lenses.
We’ve seen then offer some stellar performing prime lenses in the 35mm f/1.4 Art, 50mm f/1.4 Art and 24mm f/1.4 Art, as well as the fastest zoom lens in production the 18-35mm f/1.8 Art. These latest releases have now put them right up there with the best performing still lenses.
The Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 offers a wide to moderate zoom lens, with a constant aperture of f/2.0 maintained through all focal range challenged only by prime lens equivalents.
The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 performed fantastically as both a parfocal lens (doesn’t alter focus when zooming) and constant aperture lens.
In regards to the latter, many constant aperture lenses despite saying so on paper don’t actually maintain the same brightness throughout the zoom range. T stopping a lens would prove this; I hope the Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 performs as well as it’s APS-C brother here.
Here’s the spec of what will be a much anticipated lens:
Lens Construction : 18 Elements in 13 Groups
Angle of View : 84.1º-63.4º
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm)
Mininum Aperture: f/16
Minimum Focusing Distance: 28 cm / 11 in
Filter Size: 82mm
Maximum Magnification: 1:4.4
Dimensions: 87.6 x 122.7 mm/ 3.4 x 4.8 in
Weight: 940g/ 33.2oz
Currently, the Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS is my go to stills lens for gimbal work. It offers a good range from wide to moderate zoom as well a Image Stabilization. It has needed a faster counterpart for sometime, and this may just be the lens to go for.
The Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 will be a fantastic partner to the likes of the Sony A7S, 5D Mark III, as well as Sony FS7 with Metabones Speedbooster. APS-C users will make great use of this fast zoom lens also, which converts to 38.4-56mm focal length.
Pricing and availability not announced just yet, will keep you updated.