Sigma continues to develop the ART lens series, now it seems they’ve jumped into wide angle, Sigma 12-24mm is already a full frame compatible lens, but with the ART series, the quality of the lens has changed completely.

Sigma 12-24mm Art Review

Overview

Sigma 12-24 was introduced for the first time in 2003, then Sigma renewed the lens and removed the Sigma 12-24mm II. The most important feature of these lenses was that they were full frame compatible and had a very wide angle (12mm). Of course, it is not the first choice, even though it is a lens that is kept in price and quality. Over time, full-frame compatible lenses emerged, with the Nikon 14-24, known as the world’s best lens at wide angle, with 11-24mm on the Canon side and 15-30 on the Tamron side. Sigma has also set the aperture of the 12-24 that the new ART series has incorporated and came with a f/4 and a completely refreshed lens mount and got lots of attention.

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 12–24 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA Bayonet
Aperture
Maximum aperture F4
Aperture ring No
Optics
Focus
Minimum focus 0.24 m (9.45)
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Physical
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Hood supplied Yes

Body Structure

The lens is primarily large and heavy, of course, the lens groups and their arrangement in it. The lens diameter is too large so that standard filters can not be fitted, we can install a square filter. I love the lid, it’s black and it just writes SIGMA in the form of relief in the middle. The lens case is like the old one, I think Sigma should throw a hand at it, not bad, but the design can be beautiful. The lens is fine, solid and heavy as classic Art. Hood integrated into the body, you can not plug it in.

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Result

Sigma 12-24mm Art is a high quality lens. In the middle it is really very sharp, with slight softening towards the edges, but this is a situation with every wide angle lens. Vignetting is negligible, if you try with a lens crop camera you will feel much less softening and corners, which makes it easy to get over 95 out of 100. At full frame, I can say from the best quality wide angle lenses that can be bought at the price right now. Because Canon is much more affordable than 11-24, it can be considered the reason for preference. Although the filter can not be fitted, it seems like a little minus, but the structure of the lens prevents it, square filter can be used. The minimum focusing distance of 20cm is quite good, you can kill the background with f/4. There is no decay on the edges. I like this ART lens very much, Sigma is doing a really good job on this series, highly recommended!

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