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
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A Review – Verdict
The 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A covers three popular focal lengths (24mm, 28mm and 35mm) and maintains a fast aperture throughout its range. It’s not quite as fast as most wideangle primes, but what it lacks in speed it more than makes up for in terms of convenience. Having to swap a 35mm prime for a 24mm prime or vice versa can be time consuming on a shoot, and having the 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A attached to the front of your DSLR is one way of ensuring you never get caught out by missing a shot.
If you’re sitting on the fence debating whether to buy a wideangle prime or this wideangle zoom, you’ll want to ask yourself whether speed or flexibility is more important. If you regularly find yourself working in low-light environments where you need to shoot at f/1.4 and are prepared to move your feet a bit more to get into position, then you’ll probably veer towards the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A or the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A. If it’s the extra flexibility you want and you’re prepared to carry a slightly heavier lens, the 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A makes a great choice and it arrival is a welcome addition to Sigma’s ever-expanding range.