Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens pricing and availability to be announced next week

Early next week (most likely on Monday) Sigma is rumored to announce the pricing of their latest 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens. Shipping is expected to start in 4-8 weeks.

Update #1: B&H now lists June 22nd as the pre-order date for the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens.

Update #2: the US price of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens is rumored to be $1,299.

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens MTF charts and technical specifications:

Lens Construction 19 Elements in 14 Groups
Angle of View 84.1-34.3º
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9 (Rounded)
Mininum Aperture f22
Minimum Focusing Distance 37 cm / 14.5 in
Filter Size (mm) 82mm
Maximum Magnifications 1: 4.8
(Diameter x Length)
3.5 x 4.2 in
Weight  TBD

Lens description:

"Featuring a brand new OS and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70mm F2.8 Art embodies all the technical qualities and finesse that define the high-performance Sigma Global Vision Art series. Covering a wide range of shooting scenarios, the 24-70mm workhorse DNA includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s groundbreaking thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion."

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  • cBBp

    I wonder how sharp it will be across the frame. My 20mm prime would be hard to beat 🙂

    • 120_300 OS for nikon

      It can not be beaten by that 20 mm is no 24-70 and F1:4 is not F2:8 as an start and i hope soon the 14 mm F 1:8 art price .

    • harvey

      but I bet you the 24-70 performs better at 24 than your 20.

      • cBBp

        You think so? I am pretty impressed with its sharpness across the frame. If it is more consistent across the frame than my Tamron 24-70 was I might just get it.

        That 14mm is appealing for some things, probably lower coma than my 20 or the 24mm Art. But 14mm is usually to wide for me.

        • Jeffry De Meyer

          The tamron 24-70 is ok to good at 24mm on full frame but pretty poor past 35.
          It is useless on dx

          • cBBp

            useless on a DX why?

          • Jeffry De Meyer

            Because it isn’t sharp and resolves next to nothing.
            This is very noticing on the higher resolution dx sensors than it is on fx sensors that have big photosites.

          • JasonsArgonauts

            You must have a bad copy then, because mine is great at all focal lengths on my D810. Better than the Nikon version I replaced and better than the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L that I was shooting before I swapped systems.

          • abortabort

            Same. This is BS or bad copy.

          • TinusVerdino

            Only at 2.8 stopped down to f4 it improves a lot. Strangely there is more improvement on the Canon 5Ds r than on the d810

        • Someone

          I guess harvey means that “24-70 performs better at 24 than your 20” just because 20 does not zoom to 24 at all, thus has zero performance at 24.

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    Wasn’t it announced ages ago?

    • Announced, yes – but not pricing and shipping date. Sigma always does this at a later date.

      • Sonyshooter

        14 1.8 in july then?

  • Overman

    $800 tops or it’s overpriced

  • Azmodan

    Those MTF’s look poor. I just checked the Canon 24-70L II and they are much much better. This looks like it’ll need to be cheap and probably would be better labelled a Contemporary not Art

    • TinusVerdino

      Yeah but compared to Nikon it’s probably better. It is comparable to Tamron based on the mtf graph. The Sony G-master also performs better if you believe the graphs published. Just because there are better (and much more expensive) lenses out there doesn’t mean it is a poor lens.

      • Zos Xavius

        How much it costs will be the biggest determining factor. If it is priced anywhere near the tamron, Sigma will be able to sell them. The tamron 24-70 is pretty decent really. Especially for its price. Hopefully this will avoid the onion bokeh the tamron has from its ground elements.

        • Mr Majestyk

          This is an Art series lens, so to see this sort of MTF is strange. I expect that of a Contemporary series lens. Hard to see why they’d devalue the Art series label. And making it cheap just devalues the Art series even more, that’s why they have the Contemporary series.

          Anyway let’s see how it goes, I expect though it will compete against the Tamron. Hard to see it being a good choice for the high MP sensors like the 5DsR or D820/D810 based on those MTF’s

          • Zos Xavius

            Perhaps tamron and sigma are hitting a wall on optical design for 24-70 lenses. It would seem that way. The tamron is not a bad lens by any means really.

          • Azmodan

            Well the Tamron is a good lens and if the Sigma is as good, and as cheap it’ll sell well. We’ve been spoilt by recent Art series lenses being so good, these MTF’s are a not expected. If it was optically as good a the Tamron, had the Contemporary label and wa swell under $1K then it’d be a very good buy. But if it’s line with more recent Art series at well over $1K and doesn’t get close to the Canon IQ wise, it’ll be interesting to see the reception it gets. Have they sacrificed IQ for OS?

          • 24×36

            That last sentence describes exactly why I’d like them to make a line of NON-OS lenses. There’s always *some* sacrifice of IQ when adding moving elements to a lens.

        • Ande Notos

          Well, from my personal experience, better stay away from the Tamron if you want a lens that works properly and will continue to work 3 years after purchase. Not exactly thrilled with it.

  • TinusVerdino

    Compared to tamron:
    Tamron specs:



    Focal Length

    Maximum Aperture

    Angle of View (diagonal)

    84゜04′ – 34゜21′ (with full-size SLR cameras)

    60゜20′ – 22゜22′ (with APS-C sized sensor digital SLR cameras)

    Lens Construction
    17 elements in 12 groups

    Minimum Focus Distance
    0.38m (15in)

    Max. Magnification Ratio
    1:5 (at f=70mm: MFD 0.38m)

    Filter Size
    Φ82mm (3.2in)

    108.5mm (4.3in)*

    Entire Length*2
    116.9mm (4.6in)*

    Φ88.2mm (3.5in)

    825g (29.1oz)*

    Diaphragm Blade Number
    9 (rounded diaphragm)

    Minimum Aperture

    Standard Accessories
    Flower-shaped lens hood

    Compatible Mounts
    For Canon, Nikon, Sony*3

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    This looks like one of those designs where the inner barrel gets pushed out along witht the lenshood when zooming. If that’s the case, I’m out.
    Had too much trouble with those kinds of desingn like that (dust, dirt, locking up, stiff zoom, easy to get knockled off center when hit if extended…)

  • Zos Xavius
    • TinusVerdino

      Yeah so much it could just be down to sample variation

    • Different companies use different data for MTF charts so there’s no much point in comparing MTF charts across brands.

      • Zos Xavius

        Wouldn’t they all be using imatest? its the industry standard. furthermore regardless of the methodology used if the measurements are accurate they should be fairly representative of the lens. Frankly I think you are going to see more differences due to sample variation than the testing methodology used to generate an MTF.

        • Nyarlathotep

          Unfortunately it is tough to compare MTFs from one company to another. Most are synthetic or calculated MTFs, some are actual measurements. Of the synthetic measured lens, how good is their QC? For actuals, you don’t know how many they tested. Whether the selected results were mean or median or best number of X lens out of Y, etc. All of these factors can lead to a lot of variation. And in the case the two lenses don’t have common wide open f/stops, then who knows. Stopping down changes a lot of characteristics of a lens MTF.

          MTFs of a given lens can give you a sense of performance, but its hard to compare against another manufacturer’s model.

  • ShutterBUGG

    reps here down under have quoted $1999 when it gets released, but will more likely be $2199…sigma art lenses have been trending with an ^ $$ every few months here in Australia. btw prices are AUD. Cheers guys

  • Cheery Soul

    How difficult would it be to create a 18-85 F2.8? The 24-105 F4 is too slow, but that other range would be spectacular, even if the lens was large. I’d rather carry that than two lenses.

    • It would probably be too large and/or heavy to be practical in the field.

  • NJP

    So if this was published on Saturday, is today the Monday being referenced or did next week mean Monday the 19th?

    • no, it should be this week

      • NJP

        Thanks for taking the time to reply to my dumb question.

        • no problem, the tip I received could be wrong too, so we should see…

  • Mistral75
  • $990

  • Aaron

    One of the guys at my local photo store told me a list price of $1299 for it this morning. Maybe that’s common knowledge by this point.

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