Michael Topham puts Sigma’s latest wideangle zoom to the test and finds out if it lives up to the promise of producing zero distortion
Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art review – Introduction
During the lead-up to this year’s Photokina exhibition, it was widely reported that Sigma was about to launch a new prime lens to replace the company’s 85mm f/1.4 EX DH HSM. What was less well known is that it would be announced alongside two other lenses that the manufacturer had been keeping closely under wraps. At the same time as unveiling the all-new 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens to the world, Sigma surprised us with the 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sport – a high-quality telephoto prime lens that becomes the new flagship model in the manufacturer’s Sport line. Alongside this was the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art – an ultra-wideangle zoom that’s been designed for today’s era of ultra-high-resolution cameras. Over the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you reviews of all three lenses, but first to arrive is the 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art.
Last year, we saw a surge of new wideangle lenses hit the market. One that made a lasting impression, with its phenomenal image quality, was the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM. During the official announcement of the new Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art at Photokina 2016, CEO of the company, Mr Kazuto Yamaki, applauded Canon and its engineers for creating one of the finest wideangle lenses ever made, before going on to explain how it has challenged other lens manufacturers to produce an optic that’s as good, if not better. In typical fashion, Sigma’s latest ultra-wideangle zoom undercuts its counterpart by quite a margin in terms of price. To give you some idea, a saving of over £1,000 can be made if you were to choose this lens ahead of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM, but it remains £720 more expensive than the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD (£929). Without further ado, it’s time to find out how this lens performs, but first let’s refresh ourselves with its key features.