Review: SIGMA 24-35 mm F/2 DG HSM | A by George Koruth.

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Exploring Karaikudi for 10 days with Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens

Introduction:
As a photographer I have learned that asking someone what will I get
to see at a place is the worst question. Only you know what you like as a
photographer, someone else will share only their narrow vision. Don’t cage yourself.

Karaikudi has so much to offer both for art lovers & photographers. Let me not tell you what you should see instead go check out for yourself! You will not be disappointed!

So the lens that I decided to carry in my bag is Sigma’s new Art Lens
series 24-35mm.

About the lens:
Mount Type: Sigma, Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax

Focal Length: 24-35mm
Maximum Aperture: f/2
Minimum Aperture: f/16
Lens Construction: 18 Elements in 13 Groups
Minimum Focusing Distance: 28cm/11in
Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 87.6×122.7mm / 3.4×4.8in

Weight: 940g/33.2oz.
A lens hood, front & rear lens caps and carrying case are included with the lens

Day 1

Range

Having a lens which is versatile makes all the difference, especially a range 24 to 35 gives you enough opportunity to go wide and show more story in the frame. Best way to describe the lens is a prime which has zoom capability.

Day 2

Lens Handling and Build

I’m sure most people who have handled some of big names their lens which feels cheap and plasticky when compared to Sigma which has all tll metal body and feels premium.

Day 3

Autofocus Performance and Accuracy

The ART series lives to its name and has no glitches when it comes to focus and sharpness. The HSM hyper-sonic motor helps to get the best focus without in any sound. For photographers who own sigma lens should add a new gadget to their list Sigma USB dock which can help you update the firmware and also individually calibrated lens.

Day 4

Sharpness

Wide end Images are sharpest at 24mm with no blurring on the edges Tele end At 35mm image sharpness falls slightly but it’s still very much usable. One should remember lens sweetest spot is not what comes with it as default.

Day 5

Price

When you are investing in a good lens price should not be a constraint. Sigma 24-35mm comes in the versatile category and a price of is not bad and it’s a good investment. Considering Sigma does not shy away from firmware updates.

Day 6

What category it fits – wedding, street, landscape and food photography.

Day 7

Weight and size

Lens is 467 grm it’s on the heavier side because of 7 glass elements & I can’t say much about it. Personally I travel light, so if I’m given an option. I will replace my 50mm with 24-35 and maybe also have a super wide for my street shots.

Day 8

Videos

I did try capturing few videos here and there, especially when I had to take few interviews, I was extremely happy with the quality. But mind you, Sigma has an entire range of cine lenses specifically made for such stuff. But it was not a disappointment.

Day 9

Bokeh

You can get decent bokeh but not something over the top, I see little scope of improvement in this area. We are in the time where weddings photography is more & Sometimes only about bokeh 🙂

Day 10

Overall opinion

A well built lens which is totally worth the investment. The sharpness part can be improved a bit more at a higher focal length.

 

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