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A Quick Review of The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens

October 8th 2015 3:52 PM

Introduction

The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 has a lot of photographers contemplating whether or not they need a wide zoom lens that opens to f/2. In the video and article below, I’m going to share with you the lens’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as how I use it, andĀ if this might be a good lens for you.

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Quick and Simple Review of The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens

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Advantages of the Sigma 24-35mm f/2

The reason this lens intrigues so many photographers is that it’s a combination of desirable features that one would want in a wide-angle zoom lens. It has exceptional optical quality, variable focal length, and a fast f/2 aperture. I found that it was great for capturing environmental couples portraits, automotive photography, and candid dancing shots.

I’m not going to dive into performance, image quality, value, features, and everything else because this is going to sound like an advertisement if I do. This is because the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art is every bit as good as the other Sigma Art lenses which we have raved about. So in terms of color, contrast, sharpness, features, quality, etc this lens gets 5 out of 5 stars across the board!

The real question for this lens is not if it’s a “good lens”, because it’s fantastic. But the question you should be asking yourself is “Where does this focal length fit in the work that I’m doing?” What’s going to make this lens work for some, and not others is the limited wide to semi-wide focal length of 24-35mm.

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Sigma 24-35mm Compromises

I said before that this lens is a combination of desirable features, along with some undesirable compromises. But, to be honest that’s really true of any lens. For instance, having a variable focal length is good, but only being able to go from 24-35mm is not great. The maximum aperture of f/2 is good, but not as good as f/1.4 on the Sigma Art Primes. And while those are literally my only complaints, they are still worth noting, especially if you need faster lenses or more focal lengths.

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Who Should Get This Lens?

The question is, who is this lens designed for? Off the top of my head, I would say that this lens is optimal for landscape, street, and astro-photographers. This lens is also great for the photojournalist that travels around, needs one lens that’s fast, and goes from wide to standard zoom so they can capture an entire scene. This lens is for landscape and astro photographers who need a low light, wide angle lens. This lens is for the street photographer or event photographer that loves to get candid action shots up close.

If the focal length fits your shooting style, then I can easily say that this lens is a 5-star Must Have lens! With this lens you have an f/2 equivalent to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art ($849.00) and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art ($899.00) in your bag for only $999.00, and that makes it a tremendous value.

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But, speaking honestly I couldn’t personally find a permanent place in my gear bag for the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art. I already have the Sigma 24 and 35mm Art lenses. Based on my look, style and low light requirements, I found that I preferred having two lenses with the option to shoot at f/1.4 versus one lens at f/2. I also found that the limited zoom of the 24-35 wasn’t enough to replace my need for the 24-70mm. When I need flexibility, my Canon 24-70 f/2.8 Mark II still is king. When I need image quality or that ultra prime wide-open aperture look, my Sigma 24mm and 35mm Art lenses were still my first choice.

That being said, I have to admit that the Sigma 24-35mm Art is still an incredible lens at an incredible value. The question of purchase is simply going to come down to your shooting style.

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Comments [12]

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  1. John Ciciora

    I’m a wedding photographer that shoots about 35 weddings a year. Every wedding, I have two cameras on a spider dual holster. The one camera mostly has the Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II for portraits, ceremony closeups, etc. The other used to have the Canon 35 f2 IS for most of the day for wide angle shots, and then the Canon 24-70 f2.8 II for dancing to get wide enough. I found I never used the 24-70 above 35mm though. The Sigma 24-35 f2 is perfect for me. Environmental portraits during the day benefit from the flexibility of 24-35, and evening dancing pics I can do 24 @ f2. All with one lens, that is sharp, has minimal CA, and is built like a tank. One of the best purchases I ever made.

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  2. Michael Shea

    So…any word on WHEN Sigma is coming out with the 24-70mm f2? It’s has been rumored for a little over 2 years now! IF it had OS that would make it a must have lens! Anyone know…Bueller, Bueller?

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  3. Moise Oiknine

    If the lens quality is as everyone raves, the video guys should love this as a travel lens. 24,28 & 35 in one lens is a very easy decision. Whats next, the 35-85 f2?

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  4. Mokhtar C

    Thank you PYE.

    Maybe Sigma should tell us themselves why thy decided to go with this focal range.

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  5. Colin Woods

    I want it just because its awesome and its there. GAS they call it. It looks gorgeous.

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  6. Paul Empson

    every lens is a compromise.. for me this one is 11mm too much of a one.. just not range enough..

    I’d sell all my lenses for a mythical mathematically improbable 15-135 f/1.4 that would just about cover it.. with DG control of course..

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  7. Steve Madden

    Rather than improve F stop and reduce focal range, why not make something like a 24-105 f2.8.
    I can imagine that lens selling very well!

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    • Pye

      I’m dying for the rumored 24-70 f/2. That would be an instant must have for EVERYONE

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    • Dave Haynie

      I think the problem with that is size, weight, and cost. Canon gives the choice of 24-70 f/2.8 or 24-105 f/4.0, which keeps them pretty similar in size. You can have zoom range, speed, reasonable size/weight, and reasonable cost, but not all at once.

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  8. Jonathan Severino

    One place this lens might make sense is for those who own one of the A7 series of cameras. With the ability to vary between full frame and APS-C you can almost get a 24-70 mm focal length out of this lens (24 at full length, fully wide, ~56 in APS-C at the other end). Are there still compromises with that? Sure, but a lot less than being limited to the 24-35 mm focal length. This would work particularly well as a wedding photographer or videographer when you don’t need the reach of a long lens and are shooting candid moments in cramped locations with lower light.

    On the other hand with those cameras you are giving up an effective 24 – 112 mm range to move from F2.8 to F2.0 if you’re using an adapter, but it’s a big step up from the F4 zooms of the Sony line. Food for thought.

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    • Pye

      Very good point Jonathan, with crop mode cameras, this could offer a lot more flexibility along with the awesome image quality and f/stop.

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  9. Branko Sreckovic

    Each lens is all about some kind of compromise. This one certainly is not exception. Everybody should decide what compromise fits the best their needs.

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