Sigma announces 14-24mm f/2.8 lens: Fast, wide and low-distortion lens designed for modern sensors
posted Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10:15 AM EDT
Sigma has announced the new Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 HSM Art lens for full-frame cameras. This fast ultra-wide-angle zoom lens delivers a constant f/2.8 aperture and is packed with impressive optical features to help it deliver high-resolution images even when paired with 50-megapixel plus cameras. To this end, the 14-24mm f/2.8 Art includes three FLD glass elements, three SLD glass elements and a trio of aspherical lens elements, one of which is a large-diameter aspherical element.
As an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, some distortion is to be expected, but Sigma has claimed that thanks to their large-diameter aspherical lens and overall design that distortion has been minimized to 1% or lower (at infinity focus), which is an impressive feat. The lens has also been designed with minimized vignette in mind, so it will be interesting to see how the lens performs with respect to falloff when we get our hands on a sample. For Canon photographers in particular, with compatible Canon cameras, the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 works with Canon Lens Aberration Correction, which delivers in-camera correction for a number of optical issues.
Looking at the lens body itself, the 14-24mm HSM Art includes a weather resistant construction with dust and splash sealing at the mount, around the focus ring, zoom ring and the cover connection. The lens weighs 40.6 ounces (1,150 grams) and is over 5 inches long (135.1 millimeters) with a 3.8-inch (96.4-millimeter) maximum diameter. A particularly interesting aspect of its design is that it is the first Sigma lens to have a front conversion service available. The lens ships with an attached petal-type hood, but you can send your lens to Sigma and have them convert the hood to a round style which will allow the lens more freedom for multi-camera VR setups and videography but provides no protection against unwanted light entering the front element.
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 HSM Art lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, and it will be compatible with Sigma's MC-11 Sony E-mount converter, and it will work with Sigma's USB dock. Release and pricing information for the Japanese lens has not yet been announced. For more information, head over to our preview for the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 lens.