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 – 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.

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The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A was paired up with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for testing

 

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.

Details

Filter diameter:82mm
Lens elements:18
Groups:13
Diaphragm blades:9
Aperture range:f/2-f/16
Minimum focus:28cm
Enlargement ratio:1:4.4
Length:122.7mm
Diameter:87.6mm
Weight:940g
Mount:Canon, Nikon, Sigma
  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.