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Another Sigma 24mm Art Lens In the Works?

By Anthony Thurston on March 22nd 2015

Sigma has just started shipping their latest 24mm F/1.4 Art lens this week, but rumors are swirling that they may have another 24mm lens on the way by the end of this year.

[REWIND: 24MM F/1.4 ART | INITIAL IMPRESSIONS ON SIGMA’S NEWEST ART PRIME]

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According to a report over on Sigma rumors, this new Sigma 24mm would be one of their DN (Designed for Mirrorless crop sensor bodies), with a wide aperture of F/2.8. It would join the current family of semi-fast F/2.8  DN Art primes in the 19mm, 30mm, and 60mm focal lengths.

A new 24mm would certainly fit well into that line of mirrorless lenses, though according to the rumor, this lens would only be available in Sony E mount, not MFT like the previous lenses in the DN line.

I think that Sigma may have some rioters if they announce another lens before an 85mm F/1.4 Art lens, though. That and Sony fans will be perturbed at another mirrorless lens for their APS-C cameras, and not their full frame cameras.

The rumor indicates the lens is slated for a September release, this year. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.

What are your thoughts on an addition to Sigma’s DN mirrorless lens line at 24mm? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Sigma Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kurk Rouse

    Sigma has really stepped up , I really hope they make a 85mm art lens , but with their other 85mm already doing so well, I believe they don’t think they have to.

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  2. Brandon Dewey

    if there as good as their other ART lenses mirrorless shooters will be very happy

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  3. robert s

    good stuff from Tamron and Sigma. bravo to them. now I want to see an 85 1.4

    wasnt it mentioned in the 15-30 2.8 VC article that tamron has 2 primes on the way?

    or maybe an 85 art will be next. not interested in a 135 prime.

    any news on tokina’s 24-70 2.8 ?

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    • Matthew Saville

      Not sure if Tamron is hoping to enter the fast prime market; historically they have only really done good lenses up to 2.8. If anybody has ever heard of a killer f/1.8 or f/1.4 Tamron lens, do let me know.

      To put it not-so-simply, the Sigma 85 Art will probably NOT be seen until after Sigma has satisfactorily met all other goals that are currently “less met” than the existing 85mm f/1.4 EX’s meeting of its goal. Hope that makes sense. In simpler terms, it could be a while. The 85 1.4 EX is a great lens that already gives the existing high-dollar offerings from both Canon and Nikon quite a run for their money. Sure, it could be improved to near-Otus levels, but like the 50 EX -> 50 Art, that would make it cost hundreds more than the existing lens, and make it weigh a whole lot more too. I kinda like the existing 85 EX’s weight and price, to be honest.

      Tokina’s 24-70mm seems to have been just another tradeshow attention grab, I think, as many companies have done lately just to avoid being forgotten. For now, the attention is going to the 11-20mm f/2.8 DX, I guess.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Sigma’s Art lineup for the mirrorless systems hasn’t been as jaw-dropping as their full-frame DSLR Art lineup, from what I’ve seen. Kinda like the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX / Art wasn’t as crazy-sharp as the 50 Art.

      Not sure why this is, but I hope they change, and I’m happy that they’re focusing on APS-C mirrorless first. Because as much as we sit here and whine about a lack of full-frame FE lenses, sales volume / profits are probably greater in the APS-C market. Plenty of third party / under-dog companies in the photo industry have done this before: make money selling whatever sells the most, and then worry about the niche stuff later.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      I would love to see if they could produce a 85 with more quality than Nikons 85mm F1.4. That would be great competition and I would love a 135mm F/2.0

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Better mirrorless cameras must be available to take better use of these new lenses.

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    • robert s

      @ Rafael Steffen

      yea, Im with you. the sigma 85 1.4 they sell now is good but not on par with the nikon 1.4. I want to upgrade my 1.8D but at the moment nikkor lenses dont interest me. Im not a fan of that cheap build quality(vs the AF-D), slow AF motor(vs the AF-D) and extremely overpriced price tag for todays economy. yen is down for a while and nikon needs toa adjust that.

      tamron and sigma seem to offer lenses that are no compromises for less money.

      I know many want a 135 f/2 or 1.8. nice compression with that FL.

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  4. Jerry Jackson

    I don’t know what Sigma has planned for the future, but I know Sigma has hit a home run with the quality of the 24mm, 35mm and 50mm f/1.4 Art lenses and the 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. The sales success of those lenses should make Sigma consider focusing almost exclusively on fast “Art-series” primes and more zoom lenses with constant apertures that are faster than the f/2.8 zooms we’re using now. Many of us are moving to full frame, but there are still plenty of photographers shooting crop sensor cameras who will benefit from high-quality f/1.8 constant aperture zooms. I really want Sigma to become the KING of f/1.8 zoom lenses and primes that are f/1.4 or faster.

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    • Rafael Steffen

      Long live the primes!

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    • Phil Bautista

      These lenses are for mirrorless cameras, hence the slower speeds. The 2.8 max aperture was necessary to bring down price and size. They make a lot of nice, reasonably priced lenses for DSLR users. Please don’t suggest they ignore the needs of the mirrorless community. We have very few lenses as of yet.

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    • Jerry Jackson

      Phil, I wasn’t trying to suggest that Sigma should ignore mirrorless (but I can see why you might interpret my comment that way). I am saying that f/2.8 isn’t as awesome on APS-C and 4/3 sensors as it is on full frame and Sigma should make more primes and zooms with FASTER than f/2.8 apertures. I shoot with several systems (m4/3 mount, E-mount, FE-mount and Sony A-mount SLT which are “kinda” mirrorless).

      Yes, f/2.8 allows manufacturers to make smaller, cheaper lenses, but on small sensors the crop factor has to be applied to both the focal length and the aperture. If you want a true “f/2.8 look” on an APS-C camera then you need a lens with f/1.8 and if you want the “f/2.8 look” on a m4/3 camera then you need f1.4 lenses. That is why I’m asking for faster glass.

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