Sigma has simply introduced their all-new 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN wide-angle lens for L and E mounts, and I’m blissful to introduce it to you. After utilizing it for lower than per week, I’m already making an attempt to determine how I’m going to purchase this lens. And it gained’t be too tough as a result of it’s comparatively cheap.
Quick wide-angle zooms have been dominated by the 14-24mm and the 16-35mm, each accessible in f/2.8. In reality, I also have a 7-14mm f/2.8 for my Micro 4 Thirds cameras, which is equal to the 14-24mm. These lenses have been nice, however they’re universally giant and heavy — and dear. And utilizing filters with the 14-24mms will value you one other arm and a leg to get adapters over their bulbous entrance parts.
However, these lenses supply a singular view of the world. The highly effective foreshortening achieved at 14mm or 16mm impacts the way in which viewers work together with photos. It’s like grabbing somebody and shoving them into the body and saying, “Verify this out!” It could’t be ignored. Plus, once you truly have to get all of it within the body, an ultra-wide-angle is the one option to go.
- Tremendous gentle and compact, coming in at underneath a pound
- Nice sharpness and beautiful bokeh
- Accepts entrance filters
- Climate resistant building
- No picture stabilization (however no different ultra-wide does, both)
Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN — Technical specs
Tech specs for the Sigma 56mm f/1.4 have been taken from the B&H product web page:
- Aperture vary: f/2.8–f/22
- Angle of view: 107° to 75.4°
- Minimal focus distance: 9.8″ / 25 cm
- Macro replica ratio: 1:5.6
- Optical design: 16 Components in 11 Teams
- Diaphragm blades: 9, Rounded
- Picture stabilization: No
- Filter measurement: 72 mm (Entrance)
- Dimensions: 3 x 4″ / 77.2 x 100.6 mm
- Weight: 15.9 oz / 450 g
- Climate resistance: Sure
Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN — A brand new commonplace in lenses
Sigma has addressed the entire ache factors of the ultra-wide-angle zooms. I like the 14-24mm and have owned three totally different variations, however I’m not lacking these two millimeters of width on this lens as a result of all the things else about it’s so overwhelmingly good.
It’s not as large because the 14mm and it’s not so long as the 35mm, however the 16-28 goes to take the market by storm. It’s tremendous gentle, compact, sharp, fast-focusing and ultra-handy.
Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN — Ergonomics and construct high quality
Sigma’s spec sheet says this lens weighs in at 15.9oz — and I guess they did backflips to verify it got here in underneath one pound (16oz). This can be a enormous saving in weight in comparison with different lenses and can make it simpler to make use of with a gimble for video work. Sigma’s personal 14-24mm for L-mount weighs 28.4oz, and Canon’s venerable 16-35mm weighs 27.8oz.
Amazingly, you possibly can take the 16-28mm with the fp L, Sigma’s glorious full-frame digicam, and it could solely weigh 29.1oz. You’d have an important digicam with an important lens and little burden. Its physique is crafted (in Japan) from a thermally-stable composite that expands and contracts at charges just like the metals contained in the lens. Which means even in excessive temperatures you’ll get constant efficiency. I’ve seen this expertise utilized in military-grade rifle scopes and it’s fairly cool — and makes issues very gentle.
What’s extra, at simply 4 inches lengthy, it’s shorter than a can of soda. And it’s all the time that size as a result of all of the zoom and focus motion occurs internally. It’s stunning to get such a spread of zoom and such a shiny aperture (fixed f/2.8) with none motion on the skin in a package deal lower than 3 inches in diameter.
Plus, should you spill your pop, it will not be an issue for the reason that lens is climate and dirt sealed.
Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN — Autofocus efficiency
I’m not a lot for pixel-peeping, however I can spot a comfortable or off-focus image from a mile away. The 16-28mm is remarkably sharp and contrasty with glorious coloration. I’ve no complaints about sharpness, and the bokeh is sweet. I’ve no complaints within the high quality division and it makes footage sharper than I do. All the photographs right here had been made with the 16-28mm on a Lumix S1 (24 megapixels), nevertheless it’s rated to carry out effectively with the fp L, which boasts 61 megapixels.
Its stepping motor additionally makes it focus shortly and quietly. I’ve been impressed with how effectively it tracks on autofocus and the way correct it has been. The 16-28mm saved up with Zoomer, a Labrador pup who works as a bomb-sniffing K9. I saved the lens very near his face as he adopted a tennis ball round and out and in. The stepping motor zipped backwards and forwards as quick as Zoomer did and saved his eyes in focus.
Additionally, I’m stunned at how little distortion there may be — I don’t see any, however my digicam possibly correcting for it. Strains are straight high and backside and on either side. Try the traces on this picture of a storage unit stuffed with Native American artwork.
Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN — Within the subject
I’ve discovered numerous the explanation why I don’t have to carry my 14-24mm on shoots, they usually all finish in “ounces.” It’s only a heavy lens and might change into burdensome in your bag, and even on the physique. The large entrance factor can also be troublesome as a result of it doesn’t match within the slots in digicam luggage in addition to narrower lenses.
However the 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN is a thin factor for a quick ultrawide. The specs say it’s 3 inches throughout, however that should be together with the lens hood as a result of it feels small in your palms. It’s received a brief throw for the zoom and you may simply monitor its full vary with a thumb and finger.
And did I point out that it’s light-weight? It suits in my bag simply, and it’s a pleasure to hold in hand on the digicam.
The filter thread is simply 72mm. When you purchase a devoted polarizer or impartial density filters, they may value lower than the bigger 77mm and even 86mm required by different lenses. And I’ve by no means sprung for a 14mm filter package, so this has been a pleasure to polarize.
Tip for filters
My largest diameter lens is the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 at a whopping 86mm. So, I purchase filters that match that after which stack step-up rings to suit the filters to my 82mm and 77mm lenses. Properly, with the 16-28mm, you should purchase a single step-up ring and don’t stack rings. In my case, I ought to get a 72-86mm ring as an alternative of utilizing a 72-77mm, a 77-82mm and an 82-86mm. The difficulty is that once you stack rings, you enhance the probabilities of seeing the perimeters of the filter within the footage since you’ve added a lot thickness.
Who’s the Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN for?
I think his lens can be good in your bag. I’ve used it for portraits, landscapes, and structure. The standard is second to none and it’s so compact that I’ll all the time have it alongside. It picks up the place the 28-70mm or 24-105mm zooms depart you wanting extra. It focuses precisely, quietly, and shortly. I’m having a tough time discovering something I don’t love about this lens. It’s two millimeters tighter than 14mm and 7 millimeters shy of 35mm. Sure, it’s totally different, however technology so Canon customers will inform you they don’t miss the 2 millimeters, and generations of Nikon shooters will inform you they don’t miss the seven millimeters. I are inclined to agree with each of them that 16-28mm is ample on each ends. I don’t suppose this may exchange the 35mm in my bag, nevertheless it would possibly simply sate my designer for the 20mm f/2.
When you’re any type of photographer, I believe you’ll have a use for Sigma’s all-new 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Modern lens. The lens is out there for preorder from B&H, at a retail value of $899.