Sigma’s latest optic claims the title of being the first full-frame zoom lens to offer an aperture of f/2, but is it a viable alternative to the manufacturer’s wideangle primes? Michael Topham finds out

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A Review

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A Review – Introduction

Three years ago, Sigma released three new product lines (Contemporary, Art and Sport) with the intention of streamlining its lens range while simultaneously bringing its products up to date. The first three lenses to be announced, one of which is the highly regarded 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A, featured a clean and modern design – a characteristic that’s played a big role in redefining Sigma’s lenses and makes them particularly attractive for today’s enthusiast and professional photographers.

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The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A is quite a large and heavy optic. It weighs 940g on the scales

Sigma has continued to add some highly impressive new lenses to its three product lines in the past couple of years. Two examples include the 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM | A and the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A – the former scooping the zoom lens of the year at the AP awards in 2014 and the latter picking up the fixed focal length lens award earlier this year. We’ve recently been presented with another Sigma lens that looks as if it will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors: the 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A. Designed to appeal to photographers who are after an all-in-one wideangle zoom with a fast aperture, I’m eager to find out how it compares, both in terms of its optical performance and versatility, to Sigma’s 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A and 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A lenses.

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  1. 1. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A Review – Introduction
  2. 2. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A Review – Features
  3. 3. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A Review – Build and handling
  4. 4. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A Review – Image quality
  5. 5. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A Review – Test Results
  6. 6. Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A Review – Verdict
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  • entoman

    Sounds like a great lens, but it could be argued that with sensor resolutions of 36, 42 and 50MP now commonplace, it might make more sense to buy a top notch 24mm prime, and crop the image down. A prime will always be better than a zoom of a given brand and price.

    Incidentally, AP, it would be helpful if lens reviews indicated the maximum reproduction scale, and the field of view (width, in cms), as it’s quite difficult to work out the size of the smallest subject that can fill the frame, if we are only told the closest focusing distance.