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Hey whats up everyone, my name’s chris winter and today i’m going to be taking a look at the brand new Sigma 24-35mm f2 lens.
I’ll take a look a the build quality, the autofocus and of course check out the image quality of this interesting lens from Sigma.
So after the success of the 18-35 from Sigma, I’m interested to see how it all turns out so let’s get started.
So the first thing that you notice with this lens is that it’s built like a tank.
Even compared to some of the other Sigma Art lenses, this lens is really quite heavy.
And for good reason as this lens is actually designed for both full frame and crop sensor bodies.
I’ve been testing this lens out on crop sensor bodies, and for sure it’s a little bit heavy on something like the t3i or 70d, but throw it onto something like the 5d mark 3 and I think it’s going to feel right at home.
Just like the other sigma lenses though the build quality is fantastic.
We’ve got very nice and smooth focus and zoom rings and good news for cinematographers is that the zoom is internal, so great if you’re getting this up on a rig.
On the back we’ve got a nice solid metalic mount, something that is very important on a big heavy lens like this and another nice feature is that Sigma includes a lens hood, which is always a nice touch.
Now let’s talk about Bokeh.
Like I said before, I’ve been testing out this lens on crop sensor bodies, because that’s what I use, but even with that smaller sensor you can really get some lovely out of focus areas.
As with a lot of the new art series lenses we’ve got 9 rounded aperture blades, and from what I’m seeing we can get some lovely creamy bokeh.
And on a crop sensor body you’re actually getting a really nice focal length, which equates to around 38-56mm.
So overall it’s definitely a great lens for bokeh.
Now let’s talk about using this lens for video work.
Even though we do have a very short focal range, I can definitely see this lens being used for cinematography.
Many cinematographers choose primes over zooms for their image quality and wide apertures, so having to one less lens to change will definitely be a positive.
As you can see here the video quality really is nice. There’s no image stabilization, but adding that to this lens would probably make it even bigger than it already is, so I’m ok with that.
And like i said before, another nice feature of this lens is that when you zoom, the lens doesn’t move in and out, so using this on rails or with a matte box will be no problem.
Let’s quickly talk about the autofocus on this lens.
For stills I’ve been really impressed. For such a big zoom lens with a wide aperture, we’re getting some really nice results on the autofocus front.
It’s been quite and accuracy has been good, which is something that is always a bit 50-50 with Sigma lenses.
Let’s do a quick test now on the video autofocus.
So, I’ve got it up on my Canon 70d and we’ll see how it goes starting at 24mm.
and one more test and 35mm.
So I just quickly want to show you the focal range of this lens.
Again, this is on a crop sensor body, but it will give you a good idea of just how big, or how little really the zoom range is.
So here we are starting at 24mm (or roughly 38mm on the 70d) and now all the way in to 35mm.
It’s hardly ground breaking stuff but in all honesty, creating a zoom lens with a very wide aperture of f2 that goes on a full frame camera is actually very impressive and you’ve gotta hand it to Sigma for innovating and trying to push the boundaries.
So let’s take a look at some sample images of this lens.
Now although it’s not a lens that I’d use every day I’ve definitely had a lot of fun with it.
As with most of the Art series lenses, image quality has been superb. Incredibly sharp from the centre all the way to the edges and the color reproduction is great.
I really found the images to the pop, even on a day like today where it’s been rainign quit ea lot. Stopping it down to around f4 produced very good results.
From what I’ve heard there is quite a lot of vignetting on a full frame body, as would be expected, but for me shooting this on a 70d, it was very well controlled.
So overall it’s another winner from Sigma in terms of image quality.
So let’s talk about price.
Now this lens isn’t super cheap and nor should it be.
Coming in around $1 thousand it’s about where it should be.
If you consider you what it would cost to have a fast 24mm, 30mm and 35mm prime in your bag, then it really does start to look like good value for money.