07th September 2015, Singapore – The much-hyped-about new lens from Sigma had finally reached our shores. From what we understand, the demo unit came really late – to the point where the main shipment arrived before even the demo set. Sigma Japan, if you are reading this, please kindly improve on this. For the rest of you, I am sure you had already done tons of reading up on this new lens. As usual, if you are looking for technical details, you can read about it elsewhere, over here we are only interested if the lens can perform and lives up to the hype. (That’s why you are here isn’t it?)
Picture: The NEW Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM (ART)
My first impression of the lens is no doubt a good one. Very solidly-built and the lens feels expensive to the touch. This lens had been categorized under the “Art” series (Under Sigma’s new Global Vision) which means this is meant for professional use. The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM is not small to start with, but before you make that funny noise, please note that this is a Sigma Full Frame lens (DG for Full Frame & DC for Crop), and weights close to a kg (940gm) which is quite manageable and with a size slightly larger than my palm (12.2cm x 8.6cm), this lens fits into most camera bags easily. Why that weight? Well Sigma managed to squeeze 18 elements into 13 groups – this size & weight is considered a feat in the optical business!
Picture: The NEW Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM (ART)
Many asked me if the focal length of 24mm to a mere 35mm is useful – to which I will say that this lens is meant for wide angle use. With the 9 blade apertures that opens up to F2, this is an engineering feat – it is as good as having 2 prime lenses in 1 – 24mm F2 and a 35mm F2 plus it can zoom. Wedding portraits photographers who does wide angle portraits will love this lens. While landscape photographers who does nightscape but hates the tripod will find this lens extremely useful too.
The ergonomics handles as good as the other Sigma ART lenses and the button for AF/MF is very easy to reach with the thumb when you are switching between the modes while looking through the viewfinder. The focus ring is large and smooth scrolling while the zoom ring renders the same “feel” too. The Sigm 24-35mm F2 ART accepts 82mm screw-on filters and the lens starts focusing from as close as 28cm (Minimum focusing distance).
And yes, the F2 aperture at its widest stops down to F16 and that is pretty much what optical engineering is capable of today. If you are hoping for F22, then this lens would have started from F2.8 – makes sense to you?
Ok, now let’s take a look at the photos produced from the new Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM (ART). All photos below are adjusted for the straightening, a little exposure adjustment as the haze in Singapore right now was pretty bad and with no other further adjustment. You may also click on the photo itself to view the full res size and judge for yourself. Took quite a fair bit of shots while I was out at Singapore’s Marina South Pier over the weekend.
I like how the photos “Popped” in the examples posted here. It has that “Dreamy” feel to the photos (nothing to do with the damn haze) and I love how the images turned out.
Colors were rendered to near perfection and the sharpness (when shot with aperture open wide) literally screams “Get this Lens!”.
After cropping, the photo remained sharp and very little resolution lost. I know this is because of the megapixels but do not forget it also takes a lens with good magnification ratio to allow you to crop your photos like this.
From the photos, I like what I’ve gotten from the new Sigma 24-35mm F2 ART. It is a lens like no other, images are dramatically produced and this lens will be an instant hit with all the Wedding Portraiture Photographers all over the world.
So lastly, you want to talk about the “limited focal length”? I took a series of photos below stopping at every focal length marking (24mm, 28mm, 30mm & 35mm) and to me, this is enough – if you know how to use this lens and used it correctly.
And a friend took my camera and tried a few shots at some of the fellows who was there at the outing. The result? Wide angle photos with good F2 bokehs and a dreamy & creamy feel to it. This must be the perfect wedding lens that the world had been waiting for.
I believed the photos above had spoken for itself on the new Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM ART. This is lens is revolutionary and definitely a breakthrough in the digital imaging business. Someone requested that I should give a rating for this lens in my personal and professional capacity – which I rated this lens 8/10. Well yes, this is a lens that I will buy and use for my wedding portraits assignments. Go get it.
** Sigma had re-organized their whole lens line into 3 category.
They are “C” Lens, “A” Lens & “S” Lens.
C Lens = Contemporary Lens Line
Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, Sigma’s high-performance Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Lenses in this category are Standard zoom lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, high-magnification zoom lenses.
A Lens = Art Lens Line
Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, Sigma’s Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Lenses in this category are Large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, macro lenses, fisheye lenses.
S Lens – Sports Lens Line
While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, SigmaSports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. Lenses in this category are Telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses.
For more information, please visit http://www.sigma-global.com
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