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 – Test Results

Resolution

Our new graphs from our Applied Imaging tests show the lens produces impressive sharpness at the wide end of the zoom when it’s set to f/2. You can expect a drop-off in sharpness at the edges, but closing it down to f/2.8 and f/4 sees sharpness in the corners improve. There’s a slight drop of in sharpness at 30mm and to achieve optimum sharpness from the centre to the edge, you’ll want to shoot between f/5.6-f/8.

Sigma 24-35MTF web version

Shading

Shooting wide open at the maximum aperture (f/2) creates strong vignetting in the corners. Stopping the lens down to f/4 sees the affect of vignetting reduce significantly and things only get better when you set the lens to f/5.6 and beyond. While the vignetting won’t be to everyone’s taste, it can be used effectively to draw viewer’s eyes to a central subject in the frame.

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

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A shading at 24mm, f/2.8

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A shading at 24mm, f/4

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

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A shading at 35mm, f/2.8

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A shading at 24mm, f/4

Curvilinear distortion

Our test charts reveal moderate levels of barrel distortion at 24mm, with straight lines towards the edge of the frame bowing outwards. This isn’t unusual for a wideangle lens and isn’t anything we expect the forthcoming lens profile won’t be able to correct for. There were also signs of pincushion distortion at 35mm.

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A distortion TV SMIA = -2.3%

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A distortion TV SMIA = -0.6%

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A distortion TV SMIA = -1.1%

  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.