Having been a fan of the Sigma Art series lenses since their release a couple of years back, I was in need of a good quality wide lens with a wide aperture. I use a wide lens for product, portrait, runway, events, behind scenes etc. Being an ƒ2 zoom lens, this is a unique offering from Sigma as its like 3 prime lenses in 1: a 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. And its about the size and weight of those three primes put together! This is a big heavy lens and coupled with a Canon 5ds body, you need a bit of muscle to lug it around. As soon as you pick it up, you will definitely notice the weight.
The build and image quality are exceptional – really as good as anything on the market including Zeiss, Canon or Sony lenses. At this point in the lens market, to me, it becomes very difficult to distinguish between quality, but with Sigma’s costing half of what Canon’s do, and a quarter of Zeiss, your wallet will certainly notice the difference.
For this test, I have taken a shot at each ƒstop 2-16 in aperture priority mode. The camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed and it is self aware that it is on a tripod, so doesn’t touch the iso. The only post production is the ‘lens correction tick’ in Lightroom. Below, I have included an image comparing lens correction off/on.
Camera: Canon 5Ds
Lens: Sigma Art 24-35 F2
Tripod: Manfrotto 190 with 3-way head
Lighting: Natural window light
Camera setting: Aperture priority
Focal length: 24mm
Camera distance – about 10-15cm from Noddy
Focus point – Noddy’s mouth/nose
Post production – Lens profile correction ticked in Lightroom