Sigma today announced a new lens to its highly-acclaimed Art lineup: the 24-35mm f/2. According to the company, this is the “world’s first large-aperture full-frame wide-angle zoom lens offering f/2 brightness throughout the zoom range.” The lens features 18 elements in 13 groups, a minimum aperture of f/16, an 82mm filter size, a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (28cm), dimensions of 3.4×4.8 inches (87.6×122.7mm), a weight of 33.2oz (940g), a 9-blade aperture, an inner focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, and a max magnification ratio of 1:4.4.
The somewhat restrictive zoom range of 24-35mm may seem a bit strange, but Sigma says its goal was to offer the quality and convenience of three of the most commonly used prime lenses in one zoom lens. It “allows photographers to carry one lens to do the work of […] a 24mm, 28mm and 35mm — with f/2 brightness and top optical performance,” Sigma says.
With the introduction of this new lens, Sigma is one step closer to offering a interesting zoom trinity that consists of the existing 24-105mm f/4, the rumored 24-70mm f/2.8, and this new 24-35mm f/2.