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 – Verdict
We’d expect a first-class finish and solid build quality from this latest member of the Sigma Art series. The good news is, this is exactly what you get. It’s a lens that has created a bit of a buzz among landscape, architectural and interior photographers, and all for good reason. Yes, it’s heavy and may not hold the title of being the world’s widest rectilinear zoom lens like the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 L USM, but it does have many of the features of its closest rival, for a lot less money.
There are faster wideangle zooms available should you demand a faster maximum aperture, but if you’d like the option of squeezing just that little bit more in the frame than the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 G AF-S ED or Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 SP Di VC USD allow you to do, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art takes a lot of beating. At the time of testing, there was the small issue of not being able to attach filters and we were waiting to see whether the key players in the filter market would release adapters for this lens. Then, just as this issue went to press, we received confirmation from Lee Filters that it intends to make an SW150 adaptor for the lens, which we’re told should hopefully arrive in early 2017.
DSLR users who’ve been calling out for an affordable full-frame wideangle zoom that’s capable of delivering exceptional results on the highest resolution cameras have finally got what they’ve been asking for. It’s yet another superb addition to Sigma’s ‘Art’ line-up of premium lenses, and they just seem to continue to keep on coming.