Sigma’s 24-35mm f/2 Art is Like a Prime Lens that Zooms

by JamesNYCJuly 21. 2015 23:13

Sigma recently announced another groundbreaking lens in their acclaimed Global Vision line of Art series lenses, the 24-35mm f/2. This is the world’s first full frame zoom lens with an f/2 aperture. You heard that right. Prime lens speed, with the ability to change the focal length of the lens. Wow.

Some of the photos in the review were shot with the Canon 5Ds and are huge! All files were only lightly edited in Lightroom CC. Only minor exposure adjustments or minor cropping. No sharpening added.

All eyes have been on Sigma for their Art series lenses for some time now. Sigma has had prime lenses at a reasonable price for a long time, but they practically crushed the prime lens category with releases like the 35mm f/1.4 Art and the 50mm f/1.4 Art.

The popularity and positive reviews of these lenses have put the pressure on Sigma to keep coming out with top quality lenses (at a relatively low price) and it looks like they are not being shy with the innovation. It’s nothing short of remarkable that Sigma was able to achieve a constant f/2 aperture, multiple focal lengths and still cover a full frame sensor.

here are the specs of this lens, so you know what we are dealing with:

Focal Length: 24 – 35mm (Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 38.4 – 56 mm)
Aperture: f/2-f/16
Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sigma
Angle of View: 84.1° 63.4′
Minimum Focus Distance: 11″ (27.94 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:4.4
Elements/Groups: 18/13
Diaphragm Blades: 9, Rounded
Image Stabilization: No
Autofocus: Yes
Filter Thread: 82 mm
Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.8″ (8.64 x 12.19 cm)
Weight: 2.075 lbs. (941 g)

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The New Sigma 24-35 f/2: The Fastest Zoom Lens EVER

by JamesNYCJune 29. 2015 21:21

Sigma has just released their latest in the Art series of lenses, and it’s touting the title of, “fastest zoom lens ever made.” The Sigma 24-35 f/2 Art Lens is indeed the fastest zoom lens ever made to cover a full-frame body. Their previous lens, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 had people impressed, but it was only made to cover APS-C sized sensors. Unfortunately, that leaves out a wide swath of shooters that would otherwise be using Sigma lenses.

Now that they’ve released a lens of such a caliber, I have a question: Who is this lens for?

Well, it’s for the shooter that would like to use the popular 24mm and 35mm primes that Sigma has, but either not want to buy multiple lenses, or they want the convenience of one lens.

The follow-up to that is, are there that many prime shooters out there that are willing to transition to a zoom? I would love to believe so. Often I have found that prime shooters are rather set in their ways. If Sigma is to be believed, this 24-35 f/2 matches the sharpness and quality of their primes. Could this be the straw that breaks the prime shooting lifer’s back?

The weight is at 2lbs, making it slightly heavier than its APS-C sized brother. I love good solid build and weight on a lens, but considering the length, this could sometimes be difficult to handle. I’m still left wondering when lens manufacturers will start making E-Mount glass.

Those small critiques aside, Sigma’s quality record over the past few years has been stellar, and many of their customers (me included) trust their word. If they say it’s sharp, it’s gotta be sharp. Right?

We’ll know plenty more once we see tests when it’s released. On paper this looks like a fantastic lens, with the capability of replacing two or more lenses in your bag.

No word yet on price, however you can expect this to be in the $750 to $1,250 range. Availability slated for July 2015. Hope you’ve been saving your pennies.

Sigma‘s New 24-35mm f/2 is the Fastest Full-Frame Zoom Lens Ever Made

 

Sigma is once again proving that even smaller lens companies can innovate.

Adding to their impressive lineup of zooms and primes, they’ve announced the 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens, the very first zoom capable of covering full-frame sensors and maintaining a constant f/2 aperture. This zoom is the newest in their Art series of lenses, which aim to give tremendous performance at affordable prices. Though they’ve already got a full-frame lens in the Art series that covers this range (the 24-105mm), that lens is an f/4 throughout — a full two stops slower. It’s certainly nothing to scoff at, but it does put the speed of the 24-35mm into perspective. Essentially, Sigma has set out to create a zoom that can replace primes in the 24 to 35mm range, with image quality that’s just as good and an aperture that’s nearly as fast.

Here are the specs:

  • Focal Length: 24 – 35mm (Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 38.4 – 56 mm)
  • Aperture: f/2-f/16
  • Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sigma
  • Angle of View: 84.1° 63.4′
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11″ (27.94 cm)
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:4.4
  • Elements/Groups: 18/13
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9, Rounded
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Tripod Collar: No
  • Filter Thread: 82 mm
  • Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.8″ (8.64 x 12.19 cm)
  • Weight: 2.075 lbs. (941 g)
  • Availability: July 2015
  • Price: TBA

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Sigma Announces Pricing for 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens

by JamesNYCApril 11. 2014 13:17

Sigma announced its 50mm F1.4 DG HSM "art" lens at CES in January but it wasn't until today that the official pricing was revealed. The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM goes on sale this month for $949.

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 will come in Sigma, Sony, Nikon, and Canon mounts. For more details on this lens check out the press release below.

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Sigma introduces the dp2 Quattro

by JamesNYCFebruary 13. 2014 02:52

On first impression the Sigma dp2 Quattro is not a typical compact camera. It has a slender body, with a prominant fixed lens and an unusual diagonal grip. It's design is not the only thing that makes this camera unique. it also features the latest incarnation of Sigma's Foveon X3 direct image sensor, which uses vertical color separation technology.

The dp2 Quattro is the first in Sigma's new line of fixed focal length cameras which prioritize image quality. A trio of dp Quattro compacts will feature either a wide-angle, standard, or medium telephoto lens. The dp2 will be the first to be released and is the standard focal length offering, with its 30-mm lens giving a 35-mm-format equivalent of 45-mm.

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Sigma Corporation of America’s 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM now available

by JamesNYCMarch 30. 2012 08:22

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*Lens Construction:21 Elements in 15 Groups *Angle of View:27.9-9.5 degrees *Number of blades:9 pcs *Minimum Aperture:F22 *Minimum Focusing Distance:80cm / 31.5in. *Maximum Magnification:1:6.4 *Filter Size:Diameter77mm *Dimensions:Diameter 86.4mm×Length 197.6mm / 3.4in.× 7.8 in. *Weigh:TBD

 . It’s been long-awaited, and will be available starting in Canon mounts for a street price of $1,099 next week. Sigma and Nikon mounts will be available at the end of April.

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Sigma Corp’s 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Named EISA Lens for 2011-2012

by JamesNYCAugust 23. 2011 21:13

Sigma Corporation’s 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Named ‘European Lens for 2011-2012’ by EISA

Stabilized Telephoto Zoom Lens is honored with second international award in 2011

 

Ronkonkoma, NY, August 23, 2011 – Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com) is pleased to announce that its 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lenshas been chosen for yet another award this year. The company’s telephoto zoom lens has just been named the “European Lens for 2011-2012” by theEuropean Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) Photo Awards.

EISA honored Sigma’s large aperture, telephoto zoom lens for its outstanding image quality, light weight and ease of operation. The lens features two FLD glass elements, super multi-layer lens coating, and it is extremely compact, measuring only 7.8 inches in length. The lens is sold by authorized Sigma dealers for a MSRP of $2,470.00.

According to EISA, “Sigma has produced a telephoto zoom lens that offers professional features and exceptionally good image quality at a very reasonable price … this lens is a perfect choice for both demanding amateurs and professional photographers.”

EISA is comprised of 50 special interest magazines from 19 European countries and it started in 1982 when the editors from five European photo magazines came together to select “The Camera of the Year.” Since then, EISA member magazine editors have broadened the scope of the annual awards and they convene each year to decide which products are worthy of EISA Awards.

“The 70-200MM F/2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM lens is very versatile, and is popular among photographers of all skill levels,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 70-200mm focal range is often the second most important lens to own after a strong standard lens or mid-range zoom and the large aperture and compact design make this even more desirable. We’re proud to have this award-winning lens available in our lineup.”

In April of this year, Sigma’s 70-200mm also won the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) “Best Expert Lens” award for its Optic Stabilization (OS) system, and its HSM function that provides smooth and silent auto focusing. The recognition the lens is receiving from the photo community underscores Sigma Corporation’s commitment to providing exceptional products that produce outstanding image quality for a variety of photography types and levels.

The70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSMlens is currently available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax mounts for $2,470.00 MSRP in stores nationwide.

To locate an authorized Sigma dealer nearest to you, visit www.sigmaphoto.com/where/where.asp. For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com.

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Sigma Corporation’s New, Optically Stabilized 120-300mm F2.8 Now Shipping in US

by JamesNYCJune 1. 2011 12:18

Sigma Corporation’s New, Optically Stabilized 120-300mm F2.8 Now Shipping in US

Fast, fixed aperture telephoto zoom is ideal for sports and wildlife photographers 

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., June 1, 2011Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses,cameras and Flashes,has announced that its updated 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM is now available for purchase in the U.S. for the MSRP of $4,700.

The upgraded version of the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM will replace its predecessor as the essential Sigma lens for sports and wildlife photographers. The fast, fixed-aperture telephoto zoom will now feature some of the company’s new “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements and a splash-proof design which protects from “water spattering” as buttons and connections benefit from O-ring sealing connections to prevent dust and water getting inside the camera body. It also boasts Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) system, which will enable handheld photography and the use of shutter speeds approximately four stops slower than would otherwise be possible.

"This lens is a must-have for sports and wildlife photographers," said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. "Think of this as a prime 300mm F2.8 in terms of its ultra-high resolution, with the added bonus of it being an F2.8 constant-aperture zoom lens that allows the photographer to recompose the scene anywhere from 120mm to 300mm without having to change their capture position. There's really no other lens like it."

The versatile lens is designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras but may also be used with smaller APS-C size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to approximately 180-450mm with most cameras. The Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet and high speed auto focus, while allowing full-time manual focus override. The maximum aperture remains constant at F2.8 throughout the entire zoom range. The addition of the optional Sigma 1.4x APO teleconverter effectively makes this lens a 168mm to 420mm F4.0 lens. Adding the Sigma 2x APO teleconverter makes this lens a 240-600mm F5.6 lens (full autofocus operation is possible using the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM and either the 1.4x APO or the 2x APO teleconverter in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts).

One SLD and two FLD glass elements, which are comparable in optical performance to fluorite glass, provide maximum correction of chromatic aberrations. The super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting, and the lens design incorporates an inner focusing and inner zooming system to ensure sharp images throughout the entire zoom range. Improved optical performance provides excellent correction of sagittal coma flare and ensures ultra-high resolution, comparable to a fixed focal length lens.

To locate an authorized Sigma dealer near you, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/where-to-buy-sigma. To use Sigma’s new Lens Finder Tool to find the best glass to suit your needs, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/sigma-lens-finder.

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Sigma Corporation of America to ship SD1 camera in early June

by JamesNYCMay 20. 2011 07:24

46-megapixel DSLR creates new market for medium-format photographers 

Ronkonkoma, NY, May 20, 2011Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that its flagship DSLR, the Sigma SD1, will be available for purchase for the MSRP of $9,700 in early June.

This 46-megapixel DSLR is delivered in a splash-proof, easy-to-handle build that is similar to that of a classic 35mm camera. Professional and high-end enthusiast photographers will utilize the SD1’s exclusive Foveon 23.5x15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor to capture exceptionally rich and detailed images that have a film-like quality. Users will also benefit from Sigma’s wide selection of interchangeable lenses that are compatible with the SD1.

 

“The SD1 will carve out a new category in the marketplace by providing high-end photographers with an alternative to very expensive medium-format cameras and digital backs, while offering unrivaled image quality,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “By embracing the SD1, serious photographers will also be able to take advantage of Sigma’s extensive lineup of affordable lenses, which are compatible with this new camera. The selections of lenses for medium-format cameras on the market are somewhat limited, so this will be a huge advantage for SD1 users. This is undoubtedly a very special camera, and we’re thrilled to share it with the photo community.”

In addition to the 23.5x15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor, the Sigma SD1 features dual “Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine (TRUE) II” image processing engines, which improves processing speed, provides high resolution power and produces high-definition images with richly graduated tones.  It also allows simultaneous RAW and JPEG recording, which is a first for Sigma cameras. Additionally, the photographer has the option to select full-size, half-size or quarter-size RAW files making it a more versatile camera for a wide range of photographers. The Foveon sensor uses three silicon-embedded layers of photo detectors, stacked vertically to take advantage of silicon’s ability to absorb red, green and blue light at different respective depths. This technology efficiently reproduces color more accurately and offers sharper resolution, pixel for pixel, than any conventional image sensor. Since color moiré is not generated, the use of a low-pass filter is not required.

The optical format of the Foveon sensor has been upgraded from that which was used in previous SD cameras, and has increased from 1.7x focal length to the 1.5x focal length multiplier. The SD1 also benefits from improved image processing and noise reduction algorithms, with an ISO sensitivity range from 100 to 6400. This is two full stops more sensitivity than the SD15, which has a maximum 1600 ISO.  An intuitive user interface and an impressive lightweight, yet solid magnesium alloy body and O-ring sealing connections that make the camera durable and splash proof are also key feature upgrades of the flagship SD1.  

The SD1 adopts the TYPE 1 Compact Flash Card, and is UDMA-compatible enabling fast processing of large amounts of data. The autofocus system features an 11-point shifted twin cross type sensor, which improves AF accuracy. The SD1 features a 3.0 inch TFT color monitor. This 460,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor benefits from a wide viewing angle, making it easy to check focusing and composition. The SD1 can be used with more than 40 Sigma SA mount lenses such as ultra-wide, ultra-telephoto, macro and fisheye.

 

Sigma’s image processing software, Photo Pro 5.0, comes bundled with the camera and its simple operation allows quick and easy capture of the desired imaged.  Additional functions such as Loupe, Slideshow, Print, Convert to JPEG file and Batch White Balance settings are also incorporated into this software.

The Sigma SD1 will be available for the MSRP of $9,700 through select authorized Sigma dealers. For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com. For more information about the Sigma SD1 DSLR, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/sd1-dslr-sigma or view the camera’s special page at www.sigma-sd.com/SD1.

 

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