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Sigma 16-20mm F/2 |Possible King Of Ultra-Wide Lenses?

By Anthony Thurston on December 20th 2013


It is beginning to look like Sigma is on course to release yet another groundbreaking lens in the coming months. This time it seems Sigma will be announcing – according to the rumors – a 16-20mm F/2 lens in their Art Line of lenses. An important point here is that this would be a full frame lens, unlike the 18-35 F/1.8, making it one of – if not the – fastest ultra-wide full frame lenses on the market (prime or zoom).

I can see some of you rolling your eyes now, yes a 16-20mm may seem like a silly zoom range to the uneducated – but this is actually a great range because you get three classic focal lengths (16,18, and 20) in one lens with an aperture better than most ultrawide lenses have (prime or zoom). This lens is an astrophotographer’s dream lens, assuming its performance is on par with Sigma’s latest releases that is.

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The rumors are saying that the lens could hit stores sometime before summer 2014. This is obviously not very specific, so who knows how reliable the rumor is, but this is exciting news either way. Like I mentioned above this is an astrophotographer’s dream lens, as well as anyone who shoots the interiors of buildings as this lens would give you the wide shot you need as well as superb low light capability.

Would You Purchase a 16-20mm F/2 Lens For Your Kit?

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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.

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  1. Zack

    The Sigma 35 pretty much lives on one of my canon dslr’s, and the 18-35 allowed me to bring my 7d into environments where even a 2.8 zoom was too slow compared with that my 5d3 can do. This lens would be awesome if it’s not vaporware.

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  2. Tyler Rippel

    Sounds awesome, but not something I would personally spend money on at this point for what/how I shoot. I still want to see a 24-70mm f2 or similar. Plus a 50mm Art series lens would be a good thing. The 85mm is still stellar and obviously the 35mm is as close to perfection as you can get right now.

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