The options for anyone in the market for a light, fast yet relatively affordable standard zoom for their mirrorless camera have just got wider, with Sigma announcing a new version of its flagship 24-70mm Art lens

Described by the company as a ‘re-imagined classic,’ the new Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN II | Art is available for L and Sony E mounts. The 24-70mm focal range is very popular in a wide range of genres, from wildlife to travel to documentary and street.

Sigma 24-70mm art lens sample 2
Sample image credit: Jim Koepnik

It is claimed to have better resolving power throughout the entire zoom range, and also benefits from functional enhancements such as the addition of an aperture ring and high-speed AF with a redesigned High-response Linear Actuator AF motor.

The lens is also approximately 7% smaller and 10% lighter than its predecessor, weighing 745g and offering a close focusing distance of 17cm.

Sigma 24-70mm lens sample image
Sample image credit: Martina

In addition, the new lens includes 6 FLD glass elements, 2 SLD glass elements, and 5 aspherical lens elements that suppress various aberrations throughout the entire zoom range, Sigma also claims. ‘The 5 aspherical lens elements have been optimised to be thin and highly polarised, to help reduce the overall size of the lens whilst maintaining optical quality.’

New Sigma 24-70mm lens
Credit: Sigma

Key features at a glance

  • Lens construction: 19 elements in 15 groups (6 FLD, 2 SLD, 5 aspherical elements)
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • Inner focus system
  • Minimum aperture: F22
  • Minimum focusing distance: 17cm(W)-34cm(T)
  • Maximum magnification ratio: 1:2.7(W)-1:4(T)
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • HLA (High-response Linear Actuator)
  • Compatible with AF assist (for Sony E-mount only)
  • Water and Oil Repellent Coating (front element)
  • Aperture ring and click switch
  • Aperture ring lock switch
  • Two AFL buttons
  • Filter size: 82mm

This attractive sounding lightweight and versatile zoom goes onsale from May 30th for £1179, which is keenly priced compared to comparable zoom lenses from camera makers and other competitors.

Further reading
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art review