For a long, long time, when any photographer bought a new camera, the default focal length of the accompanying lens would be the 18-55 mm. This was the lens that accompanied most cameras at the lower-end level, till the photographer got comfortable enough to understand the focal lengths they really wanted for photography.
However, if you ask a professional about their lens of choice – the 24-70 mm would be the most chosen one. Regardless of what you like to shoot – food, landscapes, portraits, fashion or weddings – this is the focal length that would work in most situations, reducing the burden of carrying heavy gear through the day.
A lot of professional photographers and photojournalists, who are on the road through the day with the camera backpack strapped on, typically plan their gear with a whole day of shoot in mind – a lens that gives them enough variety, but ensuring sharpness, quick focusing and clarity at the same time.
This image is captured using the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens. The Optical Stabilizer offers a powerful stabilization effect and offers sharper and contrast imagery. The image above shows the breath-taking view of Leh, which has been shot using the 24-70mm lens. (Picture Credits : Vikram_Kunjibettu)
So Why The SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 | Art
The sophisticated and versatile lens
The SIGMA 24-70mm was redesigned and introduced in 2017 in the exemplary ART series. SIGMA’s art lenses are designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, meant to deliver high-level artistic expression. The ART line is known for large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, macro lenses, fisheye lenses and more.
The SIGMA 24-70mm lens is a versatile one, which can be used for everyday shooting and delivers the performance and functionality that helps professionals shoot in any field of photography.
Its Optical Stabilizer offers a powerful stabilization effect and offers sharper and contrast imagery.
A beautiful wedding picture captured using the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens that shows the sharp and contrast imagery. (Picture Credits : rahhulkummar)
Excellent to shoot in Low light situations
Another salient feature of the lens is the fast aperture. The F/2.8 aperture is constant throughout the range which allows shooting in low light situations. Also the F/2.8 allows portrait photographers to shoot wide open and blurry backgrounds which are best suited for wedding and events.
The image above shows how the fast aperture of the 24-70mm lens allows shooting in low light situations and it is an excellent to shoot such images. (Picture Credits: katayamaimo)
Exceptional performance at Lower speeds and harsh climatic situations
The lens has a Super Multi-Layer coating to supress lens flare. The front lens element features a water and oil repellent coating that helps it perform well in harsh climatic conditions.
The picture above has been shot using 24-70mm and makes complete justice when it comes to the feature that it performs well in harsh climatic conditions and also the newly designed HSM that gives a smooth picture at lower speed. (Picture Credits:Liam doran)
The newly designed hypersonic motor (HSM) helps to produce quick, smooth and quiet autofocus performance and gives an exceptional stable performance even at lower speeds. The same can be seen in the above picture which has been shot using the 24-70mm lens.
Best suited to click portraits and landscapes
The Optical Stabilizer system minimizes the appearance of camera shake which gives sharper imagery during handheld shooting. The reason why it is best suited for clicking portraits and landscapes. The same can be seen in the pictures below.
A beautiful portrait captured using the SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lens (Picture Credits : nealobryanphoto)
Hues of Blue – A picture perfect landscape captured using SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 (Picture Credits : kevin.segui)
A cut above Bokeh Effect
The lens boasts of a sophisticated optical design that includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements and four aspherical elements to minimize optical aberrations and other forms of distortions for greater clarity and sharpness. The Bokeh effect that the lens creates is a cut above. At wide open aperture the lens offers outstanding photographic expressions as the area in focus is extremely sharp while the background exhibits a beautiful Bokeh effect aiming for perfect circularity.
A beautiful picture captured using the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens showing the cut above Bokeh effect and aiming for perfect circularity. (Picture Credits : brothers.photoandcinema)
Other additional features
The Lens barrel is designed for high rigidity. It contains a large amount of metal, while the external moving parts feature thermally stable composite (TSC), which is resistant to thermal expansion and contraction. Therefore this contributes not only to the outstanding optical performance of the lens but also to its high rigidity and confidence-inspiring build quality.
The mount has splash and dust proof design. The front lens element features a water and oil repellent coating that helps the lens perform in challenging situations.
The bayonet mount is constructed from brass for ensured accuracy and durability.
The available SIGMA USB dock makes customization and flexible adjustment possible.
The 24-70mm f/2.8 Art is truly a versatile lens, fast and relatively compact and can be used for almost all types of photography, from wedding and portraits to nature and architecture and is handy and well-built. SIGMA’s professional and affordable 24-70mm is a must have for professional photographers out there.