Sigma 24-35mm f/2 ART DG HSM Zoom Lens (for Nikon)
Prime performance, zoom versatility.
The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 ART DG HSM Zoom Lens is the world's first full frame f/2 zoom lens. Covering a common prime lens lineup, the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM was designed for prime performance with the versatility of a zoom lens. Premium FLD glass, with performance equal to fluorite, and seven SLD glass elements allow for outstanding image quality. A large diameter aspherical lens, a complicated element to manufacture, allows for a stunning level of brightness. This complicated optical formula creates outstanding image quality throughout the focal range, and even at the widest of apertures.
An updated AF algorithm makes for smooth, accurate and fast autofocusing while multi-layer coating controls flare and ghosting. The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art is another notch on Sigma's belt for pure photographic innovation. It allows photographers to carry one lens to do the work of three fixed focal length lenses, a 24mm, 28mm and 35mm.
The world's first large-aperture full-frame zoom lens offering a wide open aperture of f/2 throughout the zoom range:
A large-diameter zoom lens covering the full frame image sensor. Optical performance equivalent to a fixed focal length lens throughout the entire zoom range. These are the concepts the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM embodies. It covers three of the most commonly used prime lenses, 24mm, 28mm and 35mm all in one lens. In order to achieve an attractive bokeh effect at wide aperture, Sigma has developed the world's first zoom lens for the 35mm full frame sensor with an f/2 aperture value throughout the zoom range.
Outstanding optical performance of the fixed focal length lenses in Sigma's Art line:
The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM builds on the concept of the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art, the world's first zoom lens to offer f/1.8 brightness throughout the zoom range. Thanks to the outstanding optical performance, the lens provides the quality of high performance fixed focal length lenses in the Art line.
Covering the range of three fixed focal length wide-angle lenses:
Delivering excellent functionality and convenience, one lens offers the equivalent quality of three high-performance fixed focal length lenses at f/2 brightness: 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. With a minimum focusing distance of 11 in. (28cm) and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.4, this lens is suitable for close-up shooting, portraits with an attractive bokeh and deep-focus landscape photography. Photographers have access to the angle of view equivalent to that of three wide-angle lenses without having to switch them. While achieving the desired background effect can be difficult with a conventional wide-angle lens, the large diameter of this lens allows photographers to open the aperture wide and use the shallow focus to achieve stunning results.
Incorporating Sigma's latest technologies:
To realize a large-diameter zoom lens for full frame cameras with f/2 brightness, Sigma designed each and every part with uncompromising care and quality. The lens incorporates large-diameter aspherical lens elements, which require advanced technologies to manufacture, one FLD ("F" Low Dispersion) glass and seven SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, of which two are aspherical lenses. The advanced optics and optimized lens power distribution minimize spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature, resulting in outstanding optical performance. Even at widest aperture, this lens delivers breathtaking image quality.
The inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, enhancing the lens' stability and allowing use of Circular Polarizing filters. This specification is particularly convenient for shooting video.
Minimum focusing distance of 28cm:
With a minimum focusing distance of 11 in. (28cm) and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.4, this lens is excellent for close-up photography.
Designed to minimize flare and ghosting:
From an early stage in the lens design process, flare and ghosting have been measured to establish an optical design resistant to strong incident light sources such as backlighting. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions. The included lens hood can be attached to block out extraneous light, which can have a negative effect on rendering performance.
Hyper Sonic Motor ensures High AF Speed:
The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures a silent, high-speed AF function. By optimizing the AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved. Also, this lens offers full-time MF by rotating the focus ring of the lens while auto focusing. Without changing the AF/MF Focus Mode Switch, it allows faster focus adjustment.
The 9 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.
Brass bayonet mount:
This lens incorporates a brass bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.
Applicable for the Mount Conversion Service:
As an experienced lens manufacturer that has been creating a diverse range of interchangeable lenses, Sigma has started the innovative "Mount Conversion Service". With this chargeable service, the mount of your current Sigma lenses can be changed to another mount of your choice. It gives new life to your favorite lenses when you wish to use them on a different camera body.
Art line delivers high-level artistic expression:
Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art, and Sports, where each line has a distinctive concept. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. With the astonishing rendering performance that meets the highest standard, along with landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, close-ups, and general snaps, they are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture and starry skies and many other scenes.
Customization and flexible adjustment for convenience or a specific purpose is possible:
With the optional Sigma USB DOCK, you can update your lens firmware, adjust focus points and customize Full-time MF function settings as well as the timing to operate the Full-time MF function. By attaching this lens to a Sigma USB DOCK, which is connected to a computer, the dedicated software "Sigma Optimization Pro" offers various types of customization and adjustment.
With the new product lines, supplied hoods incorporate rubber for the connected part. Lens caps and AF/MF switches are also newly designed in order to improve usability. For the internal parts, various metals and a new material called TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which works well with metal, are located to achieve products with high accuracy. The lens barrel includes the year of release, engraved for users to recognize when the lens was released.
Evaluation with Sigma's own MTF measuring system "A1":
Sigma used to measure lens performance with an MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, Sigma has now developed its own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. All Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM lenses will all be checked using "A1" before they are shipped.
Made in Japan:
All Sigma's manufacturing -- right down to molds and parts -- with a few exceptions, are carried out under a single integrated production system, entirely in Japan. Sigma is now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely "made in Japan".