In recent years, Sigma has been putting out some really nice lenses. They’re definitely a step up from the old Sigma lenses. They’ve divided their offerings into three different ranges. The lenses in the Sports range are aimed at photographers shooting on location with fast-moving action; things like sports and wildlife. The lenses in the Contemporary range put an emphasis on general-purpose versatility. The Art range, of which this lens is part, puts an emphasis on optical quality.
I have much more detail in the review, but the short version is that I found the optical quality to be generally excellent and autofocusing to be a bit weak—understandable on a lens in the Art range. The vignetting at wide apertures is pretty heavy, and focusing at infinity at f/2 wasn’t as sharp as it could be. But from around f/4, those issues start to disappear.
The Sigma 24-35mm has a constant maximum aperture of f/2 combined with a relatively wide angle of view ranging from 84.1° at its widest to 63.4° zoomed in. It is configured in 18 elements in 13 groups with 9 rounded diaphragm blades, takes 82mm filters, and has a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (28 cm).
Sample Images Taken with a Sigma 24-35mm f/2.0 DG Art Lens
Here are some sample images shot with this lens across a range of different subjects, scene styles, and apertures. Most of these were shot in lowish light to try out the fast apertures available on this lens.
The zoom focal length and aperture are included under each one, and you can click on an image to open a full-resolution version if you’d like a closer look.
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There are versions for Nikon, Canon, and Sigma mounts, each with a manufacturer’s suggested price of $999.
Lens Hood. It comes with a lens hood. If you’re after a replacement, the model number is LH876-03.
Lens Case. It comes with a soft, padded lens case. There’s no particular reason you have to stick with the official Sigma case, but if you want a replacement, the model number is CS0347.
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by David Coleman
I'm a professional freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here. More »
I take photos and travel. I do it for a living. Seven continents. Dozens of countries. Up mountains. Under water. And a bunch of places in between. Based in Washington DC.