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Next Sigma Art Lens To Be A 24-70mm F/2.8?

By Anthony Thurston on May 27th 2015

It’s been a little while since we had a good Sigma rumor to post about, but this morning that all changed with the word that the next Sigma Art lens release could be the highly requested 24-70mm F/2.8 DG OS lens.


The rumor report over on Canon Rumors, unfortunately, does not give any details about the upcoming lens other than that it is most likely the 24-70mm F/2.8 mentioned above. So we really don’t have much to go on in the way of specs, pricing, or possible announcement/release dates.

That said, the announcement of a 24-70mm F/2.8 Art lens from Sigma would be a significant one as the only other zoom lens in the Art series is the 24-105mm F/4, a good but under-appreciated lens in its own right. Of course, Sigma’s makes zooms in its contemporary and sports lines, but the Art line – to this point – has almost entirely been limited to fast primes.

But with the release of the 24mm F/1.4 Art, there are not too many other primes that make sense for the Art line – maybe a couple of ultra wides in the 10mm to 16mm range, and then an 85mm and 135mm on the telephoto side of things. So it sort of makes sense for Sigma to put out a quality zoom or two to keep the Art momentum going.

What are your thoughts on this news that the next Sigma Art lens will be a zoom lens – most likely a 24-70mm F/2.8? Is there another lens you would prefer to see added to the Art line? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Canon Rumors]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Daniel Bayley

    I’ve been tempted by the Tamron 24-70 for some time as the 24-70 L II is way too expensive for what it has to offer over it and has no IS.

    IMO the Sigma only has to be marginally better than the Tamron and at a sensible price point for it to be the go to lens.

    So if it is anything like the rest of the Art line up it will blow the competition out of the water and even if it doesn’t beat the Canon it will blow it out of the water on price.

    Just wondering how long I have to wait !

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  2. David Kalonick

    Please let it be a 135mm. eff zoom lenses. :)

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  3. Sean Smith

    Pleeeeeeeeeease tell me that Sigma is going to start releasing Sony FE mount lenses!

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  4. Frk W

    C’mon Sigma might as well go all the way and make it 24-70mm f/2 OS

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  5. Steve VanSickle

    This is going to be a tough sell to me, personally. I’ve got the 24-105 Art lens already, combined with Tamron’s newer model 70-200 f/2.8, I’m not sure how a 24-70 will grab my attention vs and 85mm Art prime.

    But on a broader field, many other shooters without my particular lenses may love to see this become a reality, so I’m still interested to see if this is the next Art lens. In any case, Sigma is killing it with their new lenses and I can’t wait to see more.

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  6. Matthew Saville

    Yes, it is time to let the 24-70mm f/2 rumors die. The lack of understanding of optical possibility / practicality is getting annoying, lol. If you want a full-frame f/2 zoom, it’s probably going to be less than 2X. Otherwise it will weigh more than a 70-200, and cost as much as the Canon 11-24, and it probably still wouldn’t be that sharp. No thank you.

    The biggest demand of Sigma right now is for killer lenses in the $750-$1250 range. That’s more than enough for almost any f/1.4 prime, as they’ve already proven, and if Tamrons’ offerings are any indication, more than enough for a stabilized f/2.8 zoom of common wide, medium, or tele ranges.

    The Tamron 24-70 is awesome, but it does leave a bit to be desired in the sharpness and reliability department. Only compared to the Canon and Nikon which cost about twice as much, and lack stabilization, mind you. In other words, the playing field has never been more perfect for Sigma to offer something on par with a name-brand $2K+ lens, but for $1250 or so.

    I’d love to see Sigma do an ultra-wide f/2.8 or f/2 zoom / prime first, and I’m sure many folks would prefer to see a 70-200 f/2.8 OS Sport/Art, however if Tamron’s own path is any indication then I think they did their 70-200 VC before they did their 24-70 VC, and they did the ultra-wide last.

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  7. Dave Haynie

    Sigma sure has come a long way.

    I remember when they were kind of this distant also-ran to Vivitar, Soligor, and maybe a few others in the cheapo 3rd party lens market. For some years, the only Sigma lenses I had were those that came with the older camera kit I had found at a yard sale.

    Once I got into the Canon EOS system with my old Rt, and still being rather price-sensitive, I bought their 35mm f/2.0 lens for Canon. It was actually pretty decent… still back in the film days. But then digital came along, and the damn thing didn’t work with digital bodies — Sigma was reverse-engineering the Canon EF lens interface, and they failed. They would update the lens code… for slightly more than I had paid for it new.

    It took me a long time to get back into Sigma. But back when I was shooting Canon APS, I was a little frustrated that Canon didn’t really seem to have a standard fast(ish) zoom in-between the cheapo kit lenses and the excellent-but-pricey L’s. So I got the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG, and it was definitely a step up for half the price of the Canon.

    That lens sold with my 60D. My lone Sigma lens is the 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6II DG HSM, which was another case in which Canon didn’t really make that kind of delicious wideness for a FF camera. I note that I have 6 lenses for the Canon that I still use (gave a few other EF-S class lenses to my neice over the last two years, she’s becoming an amazing photographer at age 16, neither of my kids got the bug), and it’s Canon 5, Sigma 1.

    My m43 system’s slightly more diverse: 7 Olympus, 1 Rokinon, 1 Panasonic, 1 Tokina… though two of those Olympus lenses are kit lenses and don’t get much use anymore. Thing is, these days, you could have fewer of the 1rst party lenses and not necessarily be slumming it. That was also true back in the 1950s, but high quality third party lenses kind of fell out of favor somewhere in-between.

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  8. Bastien Chong

    Would sell my Nikon if it’s sharper, the stabilization is always nice to have too.

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  9. Vince Arredondo

    And what about Weather Sealing? That might be nice as well…

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    • robert s

      “That said, the announcement of a 24-70mm F/2.8 Art lens from Sigma would be a significant one as the only other zoom lens in the Art series is the 24-105mm F/4, ”

      @Anthony Thurston they make an 18-35 1.8 zoom as well.
      every single 28/24-70 they made till now sucked azz. crap contrast, no sharpness till stopped down 2 stops. I was dumb enough to buy 2 versions.

      curious to see what theyll offer.

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    • robert s

      sorry didnt mean to do a reply to u. website mistake

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  10. Michael Old

    85mm f/1.4 would seem to be the next logical prime
    Their current 70-200mm f/2.8 OS is not up to the latest Nikon or Tamron versions and is probably due for an update anyway, but would they do it as an art lens or as a “C” version. My feeling is that it should be in the “A” lens line up

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    • Matthew Saville

      Michael, the general consensus is that a Sigma 70-200 would fit into the “Global Vision” lineup as either a Sport or Art lens, but not Contemporary…

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  11. Richard Bremer

    I currently use a Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC so I can both do photography and some handheld video. If the Sigma Art zoom can do the same level of OS, but at higher sharpness, colors and bokeh… Then I’m sold. Finish off with a 70-200 2.8 art that surpasses the Nikon VR2 in all those fields and my whole kit will be Sigma. Love those guys (and more: their lenses :) )!

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  12. adam sanford

    This is a brave move. Sigma isn’t gunning to beat 15+ year old Canon primes anymore.

    The Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II is a staggeringly good optic. Sigma has their work cut out for them with this one.

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    • Matthew Saville

      You’re right, Canon set themselves up for failure when they neglected almost their entire lineup of primes between 24mm and 85mm for years and years. It wasn’t hard for Sigma to beat them. Now, approaching or matching the Canon 24-70 2.8 mk2 is going to be a real challenge. I’m sure they could do it, but at what price point is the question. If Sigma has to charge $1500+ for it, it will be the same argument all over again that Canon L prime lovers had with the Sigma f/1.4 Arts: Why buy a Sigma when the “name brand” is just ~50% more? (shockingly inferior Canon sharpness aside, that is. Bokeh hipsters don’t seem to care as much about sharpness as they care about the “look” of a lens…)

      On the Nikon front, however, the game is a bit different. While Nikon’s f/1.4 primes aren’t anything to write home about either, in the sharpness department, their f/1.8 G primes from 20mm to 85mm are all amazing performers, and for anybody who is just looking to “fill a gap in their lineup”, the far lighter, smaller, and even more affordable f/1.8 G primes make much more sense. In other words, if you’re the type of person who usually shoots at f/2.8 or f/4 anyways, and you just like primes because they’re lighter and smaller and less conspicuous, you’d pick a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G any day instead of the brick-heavy Sigma 50 Art.

      This is, in fact, approximately what I’ve done in my lens buying decisions. I own the Sigma 35 1.4 Art because it is flawlessly sharp, and at f/1.4 it offers much better bokeh than either the Nikon 28 1.8 or 35 1.8. However at 85mm, I went for the Nikon 85 1.8 G, because it’s so much lighter and smaller than what a Sigma 85 1.4 Art might weigh, (if the 50 Art is any indication) …and yet at 85mm, the bokeh is going to be impressive at both f/1.4 and f/2.

      I love 85mm, and I’ll probably buy a Sigma 85 Art if it comes out, but I would probably still reach for my Nikon 85 1.8 G 75% of the time because of its lovely weight…

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  13. Paddy McDougall

    OS with a competitive price and performance would have me trading in my much loved canon l 24-70. I would love to see how much the art series is eating into canons sales.

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  14. Kim Farrelly

    And Sigma say they will make lenses for Sony’s FE mount, probably. I just realised I now only have two Canon lenses (85 1.8 and 135 2.0) in my bag of eight. How things change.

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  15. Mads Helmer Petersen

    Would love to replace my old Canon 24-70 mrk I with a new one from Sigma. Just bought the new 24 mm 1.4 Art and i´m very happy with the performance ! So have the same high expectations for the 24-70 mm from sigma :-)

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  16. adam sanford

    Anthony, I suggest you update the title. A 24-70 2.8 is a nice piece of news, but a 24-70 2.8 *OS* is another kettle of fish.

    Canon and Nikon users do not have such a lens in a first party offering, so they are limited to a decent Tamron 24-70 VC. But a Sigma Art going after a staple pro lens and putting OS on it is a pretty big deal.

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  17. Brandon Silvera

    If its cheaper than Nikons I’ll buy it

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    • Brandon Dewey

      me too

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    • Brandon Dewey

      I started to shoot Nikon back in the day because of the great glass they made and make. But recently my bag is starting to have more and more glass made by sigma in my bag.

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  18. Kyle Stauffer

    OS is nice, but for this zoom range I often wonder what else could have been achieved for the extra price or even how much the price could have been kept down without it. 80% of my shots are kept above 1/80th anyhow to reduce normal head/arm movement blur. Tripods and monopods take care of subsequent static low-light conditions. I would love to see a path like the 18-35 1.8 dx lens. Something like a 24-70 f2 if possible would be killer. My 2 cents…

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    • Matthew Saville

      This is an interesting approach to the comparison between the existing Canon and Nikon, and the Tamron 24-70 VC. Could Tamron have made a sharper, more contrasty lens if they had omitted VC?

      If the answer is yes, I’d leave out stabilization for sure. Never sacrifice too much wide-open sharpness in favor of stabilization, not in this age of 24-36-52 megapixel camera bodies!

      When I stepped up from 12 megapixels to 36, instead of complaining I simply forced myself to use a tripod for things like important family formals at a wedding. It has resulted in much better images and easier post-production, anyways, compared to if I had been able to shoot stabilized hand-held…

      TLDR, if Sigma decides to put OS in a 24-70 2.8, it had better still be as sharp or sharper than the Nikon I had, and it had better not cost more than $1250-$1500…

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  19. Mac MacDonald

    I need this in my life!

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  20. Thomas Horton

    If Sigma is not careful, my entire kit will consist of Sigma Art lenses. :)

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  21. Nick Viton

    OS? yes please!

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  22. Michael LaNasa

    I like the idea of a shiny new 24-70mm to compare to the Canon 24-70 MK2… I use that daily and find it hard to beat in many ways (other than price). Here’s to competition and the hope of us all benefiting from it.

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