Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Link Collection: Reviews, Sample Images, Videos


I have the 18-35mm f/1.8 Art with which I’m very happy, so I’m not longing for the 24-35mm f/2 Art because there isn’t a camera with a full frame Foveon sensor. However, the possibility can’t be completely ruled out that such a sensor could be used in the successor model of the SD1 Merrill. Crazier things have already happened in the world of photographic technology. The 24-35mm, which is the first f/2 zoom lens for full frame, is a good example. Who would have thought a couple of years ago that such a zoom would ever be developed? 😉

One way or another, it’s interesting to see how this lens fares in the reviews. One or the other owner of a CaNikon full frame DSLR will certainly find this link collection quite useful. And who knows, perhaps Sigma is delaying the announcement of the SD1 Quattro only because of the full frame Foveon sensor. If this proved true, I’d replace the 18-35mm with the 24-35mm right away. 😉



„“Three ‘primes’ in one lens” – in the case of the tested Sigma such a statement is not just an empty marketing slogan, quite the opposite in fact. When it comes to the resolution the Sigma 24-35 mm is not worse than any brand name fixed focus f/1.8 and f/2.0 device. Sometimes it fares even better than those. If you are not afraid of its dimensions and significant weight and you need a universal tool with a possibility to change the focal length even in such a narrow range it is definitely a lens you should get interested in.

Of course you might start wondering whether it wouldn’t be better if Sigma presented a 24-50 mm or a 28-50 mm instrument, with a variable aperture ranging from f/2.0 to f/2.8 but it is perhaps taking too much for granted. Sigma decided to produce the 24-35 mm lens and took proper care of every single focal length; we have to admit the results are splendid. If you take into account the fact that there is no similar device in any other producer’s line-up, even the most finicky grumbler might stop complaining.”

„We think Sigma has done it again! Sigma once again dares to be different and builds a unique lens not offered by the major manufacturers. In what is essentially a range of fast prime lenses built into a single zoom lens, the new Sigma 24-35mm is stunning with super-sharp images, even when shot wide open. Combined with its fantastic build quality and excellent AF performance, the Sigma 24-35mm ƒ/2.0 Art lens is a great option for street shooters, concert and event photographers, even landscape and astrophotographers; or just about any full-frame DSLR owner looking for stunning sharpness and excellent low-light performance.”

„The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens is an intriguing concept, effectively offering three prime focal lengths (24mm, 28mm and 35mm) in one lens at only a slightly higher price than either the existing Sigma 24mm or 35mm Art lenses on their own. There are some notable downsides to this all-in-one approach, though – image quality, although very good, isn’t quite on par with the 24mm/35mm primes, the maximum aperture is slower (f/2 rather than f/1.4), it’s bigger and heavier than either of those lenses (although obviously not both of them together), and the asking price is higher (although not by that much, and again only if you choose one of the primes, rather than both). If you want all three focal lengths, you’re willing to sacrifice f/1.4 for f/2 and a degree of sharpness and image quality, and you want to pay the lowest price possible, then the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art is a great fit, but we’d suggest you look at the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art if better image quality and the faster maximum aperture are higher priorities.”

„If I compiled the camera gear dream list of thousands of professional and serious amateur photographers, I’m sure that the “zoom lens wider than f/2.8” line item would bubble up to near the top of the list. I know that I have long wanted to see such a lens. Kudos to Sigma for doing what no other company has done to date. I hope that this lens is successful and leads to more f/2 zoom options in the future.

Do wide angle focal lengths work for some of your applications? Need apertures wider than f/2.8 to stop action in low light, to allow handholding in low light and to create a stronger, subject-isolating background blur? Need a range of focal lengths available at your fingertips without a lens change? The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens could become a most-frequently-used member of your kit.”

„What is there not to like about this lens? It’s capable of delivering excellent sharpness, with low CA and distortion and offers pretty good value for money too.

Rather than creating a niche oddity, Sigma has produced a lens that may actually have much wider appeal, thanks to its unique f/2 maximum aperture, excellent build quality and the value for money it delivers. Now all Sigma need to do is produce a 35-70mm f/2 to use alongside this lens to fill up ebay with everyone’s unwanted f/1.8 primes.”

„Jack of all trades: master of none. We’re saying it again. It isn’t the absolute sharpest lens, but it’s close. It doesn’t have the absolute best colors, but it’s close. Bokeh? Yeah, it’s close there too. See where we’re going with this?

But the biggest strength of this lens is that it offers wide-angle shooters lots of variety in a single lens while providing a fast aperture. More than anything else, this is this lens’s strength–and it does a fine job at that.”

„The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art Series is an incredible lens, with incredible sharpness and the fastest f-stop available in a full frame zoom lens. That said, I was left still scratching my head as to why. To my knowledge, I don’t see a purpose for owning both a 24mm and 35mm, so this lens fixes a problem that many people don’t have. While the functionality of the lens is great, I can’t imagine people who already own a 35mm or 24mm interested in what this lens has to offer. But if you’re looking for a discounted price yet capable wide angle lens, and versatility beyond a 24mm or 35mm, the Sigma 24-35mm might be the lens for you. If you’re looking for even more diversity beyond the wide angle focal ranges, the 24-70mm is still the king of zooms in my opinion and the better buy.” (Teil 1 & 2)

„The question is not if you should get this lens but more why you shouldn’t. Factoring in the actual cost being lower than either of the Canon primes, that it’s a prime sharp zoom, and that it does a cracking job at rendering and focus accuracy the only reasons I can think of are the weight and that the others go down to 1.4.

That being said, I don’t trust the Canon 24 and 35L wider than F2 anyway as you start to see fringing and chroma unless you’re absolutely spot on with focus and the highlights aren’t blown. Just because you have a super fast aperture doesn’t mean it will or should be used.

This lens is absolutely superb and I’ll be selling my 24 and 35L as a result.

I’ve not been so impressed with a lens since the Canon 24-70 mkII and that statement alone says a lot. Even if Canon were to release something with a similar range I’d find it hard to justify the purchase because I can’t see how a lens can be better. Not right now anyway.”

“Overall, I am very impressed with this lens. In my opinion Sigma has continued to honor the pedigree of their Art Series lenses and really hit a home run with this one. If anything about an f/2 wide-angle prime lens that zooms appeals to you, then you will most definitely be happy with this lens.

I think that this lens will appeal to a lot of people… and also turn off a bunch. Some will not like the limited focal range (zoomers), some will not like the size and weight (mirrorless folks and street shooters), and some just don’t shoot that wide (tele-heads).

The Sigma 24-35 DG HSM Art lens will excel for urban cityscape, some landscape, environmental portraiture, documentary photography, and even some street shooting. Video shooters, as well, will love this lens and the versatility that it brings, in addition to the internal zooming functionality. I refer to this lens as a prime that can zoom, and that is what it feels like to shoot. The fact that you can change the focal length of, what is essentially, a prime lens is novel and just plain useful.

What I recommend is to get your hands on a copy and take it out for some shots. You will not be bummed that you did.”

“The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art is another unique lens from Sigma, and it’s one that doesn’t disappoint in terms of sharpness. At f/2 it gathers an incredible amount of light, twice as much as any f/2.8 zoom can, and is capable of capturing images with a very shallow depth of field. But it’s hampered by a limited zoom range, especially when compared with its APS-C cousin, the 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art$799.00 at Amazon, which matches the field of view of a 27-52mm full-frame lens. If the 24-35mm had just a bit more reach it’d be a candidate for Editors’ Choice, but as it stands, it falls just a bit short of that mark.

It’s still an excellent lens, and for the right type of photographer—one who may opt for a 28mm prime but crave a slightly wider or tighter field of view when covering events or going on a photo walk—it’s a great choice.”

“Sigma has achieved exactly what they sought out to do with the 24-35mm f/2.0 HSM Art in almost every way. It is an optically excellent, versatile lens that can replace a number of fixed focal length lenses, for both daylight street level shooting and environmental portraiture, I prefer this lens over a typical 16-35 or 24-70 style zoom. Typically, I don’t use lenses wider than 24mm, and this lens paired with a 85mm prime makes an awesome travel kit.

Regardless of experience level, there is no such thing as a perfect photographic tool that can satisfy every need, so the Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 HSM Art is far from being a silver bullet. Depending on what kind of work you do, another lens may be more appropriate. Although it has some limitations focusing in very dim light, the sheer ability to gather light makes it a strong option for indoor video recording in tight spaces. Additionally, for subjects that don’t move (buildings/landscapes/models that can be posed or directed) the 24-35mm f/2.0 HSM Art will absolutely shine in low light.

Sigma has come a long way from being a third party manufacturer known for making fascinating, but obscure lenses like the 300-800mm f/5.6, 200-500mm 2.8 OS (Godzilla), and a variety of Fisheyes (8/10/15). Many photographers now consider Sigma to be atop an ever growing photo world. This claim isn’t measured by pure sales volume, but rather the careful attention that Sigma pays to optical performance, quality control, and construction. I personally own their 35 and 50mm Art lenses, and use them on a regular basis.The 24-35 f/2.0 HSM Art is a spectacular lens that I fully endorse to those who think it will meet their style of shooting.”

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