UPDATE: Sigma announced pricing and availability for the new 14-24mm DG HSM Art lens this morning. It will sell for $1299 USD and will ship in mid March.
By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Adding to an already impressive array of high end photo and cinema lenses in their Sigma Art Lens line, the lens manufacturer goes wider with a new 14-24mm DG HSM Art. Designed for 50MP+ cameras as the perfect solution for wedding and event photographers, this new lens captures an image with clear detail and little distortion thanks to its consistent f2.8 aperture straight down its focal length.
The Sigma Art employs a completely new high-performance optical design and premium components purpose built by Sigma R&D to produce the visually stunning bokeh effect that attracts so many photographers. – Sigma’s Announcement
I used to sell Sigma lenses when I was working my way through college, and even back then, Sigma was the brand you looked to when you wanted to get more bang for your buck, but couldn’t afford the mainline name brands. But in the past few years, Sigma has shown they have grown beyond the third party level of lens design and is putting out glass that can rival, or even surpass the quality of name plate brands like Canon and Nikon. And I expect the 14-24 f2.8 HSM Art Lens to be no different.
When you grab ahold of a Sigma Art Lens, you instantly feel its heft. That’s thanks to its with three FLD glass elements, three SLD glass elements, and three aspherical lens elements. This array is ground specifically to have a thicker center design and has been polished to provide incredible bokeh effects and super sharp images. The result is a zero distortion rating of less than 1%, thereby eliminating transverse chromatic aberration, lens flare and ghosting.
The lens array is driven by a large hyper sonic motor (HSM) which offers fast autofocus when needed, as well as a smooth transition at lower speeds. Built with carbon fiber parts into a solid metal lens housing, the 14-24 is designed to be both rugged for shooters out in the wild, as well as high performing when it counts.
Other product highlights include:
- EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- 3 FLD, 3 SLD, and 3 Aspherical Elements
- Super Multi-Layer Coating
- Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
- Weather-Sealed Brass Bayonet Mount
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
- Minimum Focus Distance: 10.2″
Moreover, Sigma has also created an accessory which enables virtual reality shooters to deploy the 14-24 without the hood overlapping into the 360° image. The Front Mount Conversion Service will exchange the petal-type hood for an exclusive round component to avoid interference in the image. There service will be available through Sigma for a fee and will come at a later date.
The 14-24 DG HSM Art lens joins Sigma’s other Art lenses including the workhorse 24-70 f2.8 OS HSM Art, the 85mm f1.4 HSM Art, the 135mm F1.8 DG HSM, and their “nifty fifty,” 50mm f1.4 HSM Art. All of which are designed with both professional photographer and independent filmmaker in mind.