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Sigma announces 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM full frame standard zoom

By dpreview staff on Oct 16, 2013 at 17:09 GMT

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Sigma has announced the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM - an image stabilized normal zoom for full frame DSLRs. The 24-105 becomes the latest addition to the company's 'Art' series of lenses designed to offer high image quality. The lens features a 19 element/14 group design including Sigma's FLD glass and both single- and double-sided aspherical elements which the company says will minimize aberrations. It has a minimum focusing distance of 45cm throughout its range, giving a maximum magnification of 1:4.6. Prices and availability have yet to be announced.

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Press Release:

Sigma Corporation announces new, optically stabilized 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM lens

Standard zoom with versatile focal range, features stabilization, outstanding image quality

RONKONKOMA, NY — October 16, 2013 — Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced its newest addition to the Sigma Art line of lenses for full-frame cameras, the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM

True to its categorization as a Sigma Art lens, the new 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is designed for artistic expression and top-notch image quality. This versatile lens covers the basic shooting range from wide to medium tele with an inner focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, enhancing the lens stability and allowing the use of circular polarizing filters. It also boasts a constant aperture of F4, and contains Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology to compensate for camera shake. Moreover, it was designed to surpass the required quality inspection of every Global Vision lens with Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system to create new optical standard to align with the high-spec cameras on today’s market.

“For many years, Sigma users have been seeking a standard zoom lens in this range,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM is yet another example of Sigma listening to its users and delivering new and innovative products with the highest image quality.”

Amir-Hamzeh added that this new lens combines the largest possible fixed aperture to zoom ratio that will maintain optimal integrity for many kinds of photography, including landscapes, architecture, portraiture and still-life. With a minimum focusing distance of 45cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.6, this lens is also excellent for close-up photography.

High-performance glass elements, including SLD, FLD, which is equal to fluorite, and glass-molded single- and double-sided aspheric lenses have been included into the optical system to prevent aberration, field curvature, distortions and color aberration. The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM lens is also able to suppress chromatic aberration very effectively at the telephoto-end, and can achieve superior image quality throughout the zoom range. Unlike lenses with similar specifications, this lens overcomes low peripheral brightness. Although it is designed for full frame cameras, it also works with APS-C sensors, giving an increase to focal length.

The lens’ Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures a silent, high-speed auto focus function and enables full-time manual focusing capability. The 24-105mm is also compatible with Sigma’s USB dock allowing photographers to update its firmware and change focus parameters using Sigma's Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s recently announced Mount Conversion Service.

Sigma 24-105 F4 DG OS HSM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length24–105 mm
Image stabilisationYes
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony Alpha, Sigma SA
Aperture
Maximum apertureF4.0
Minimum apertureF22.0
Number of diaphragm blades9
Aperture notesRounded diaphragm
Optics
Elements19
Groups14
Focus
Minimum focus0.45 m (17.72)
Maximum magnification0.22×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeRing-type ultrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight885 g (1.95 lb)
Diameter89 mm (3.5)
Length109 mm (4.29)
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Filter thread82 mm
Hood suppliedYes
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Comments

Total comments: 54
Jun2
By Jun2 (6 months ago)

filter thread 82 mm. This is a huge lens.

1 upvote
Dougbm_2
By Dougbm_2 (6 months ago)

Seems odd having exactly the same range and aperture as the popular Canon L lens. I would have thought they would have differentiated somehow. Maybe they will with the price. Why not just 25-100 or 25 -135. It would have been better perhaps if it was f2.8 - f4.5 or similar.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Miguel Rodríguez
By Miguel Rodríguez (6 months ago)

Guys guys, I just want a canon mount affordable 24-70 F2.8 DG OS HSM with good IQ (please no Tamron) Sigma has demonstrated with the A series they can do it... then what's going on? why nobody can offer the 24-70 2.8 to compete the abusive new Canon?

3 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

the 18-35/1.8 is so impressive that I would want a 22-70/2.8 or 24-70/2.5 from Sigma.

2 upvotes
mugupo
By mugupo (6 months ago)

This is would be good for Sony, Canon not so much.

2 upvotes
white shadow
By white shadow (6 months ago)

885 g with an 82mm filter thread for an f/4 lens....! That's HUGE.

It better perform better with no vignetting, barrel distortion, CA and have excellent edge to centre sharpness to be worth it.

It better have no focusing issues too.

It will be good if it can live up to its expectation.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (6 months ago)

Focusing issues can be solved by USB Dock. And the major advantage of large front is, besides corner sharpness, improved quality of bokeh.

3 upvotes
Infrabasse
By Infrabasse (6 months ago)

"Solved" might be pushing it a bit far.

The latest 18-35mm f/1.8 review shows dpr had some issues even after micro adjustment
"Setting up full AF microadjustment using Sigma's USB dock and Optimization Pro software certainly helps with overall focus accuracy, but doesn't eliminate shot-to-shot inconsistency".

I never heard a large front improved bokeh quality. Do we have evidence of this anywhere ?

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1 upvote
Vladik
By Vladik (6 months ago)

There is no such thing as bokeh quality depends on the size of the front element.
Old wife's tale?

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

that's an issue Nikon's new 58/1.4 has.

0 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (6 months ago)

Pretty lens, well designed. Not a fan of the early "art" lenses (kind of a lame name really), but this one looks very appealing. Price .... I wonder.

0 upvotes
Vladik
By Vladik (6 months ago)

Yeah price is a big question. Cause it's going to be real hard to beat already excellent Canon 24-105mm F4 L at 700 bucks like new, slightly used. Sigma would be have to be between 700 tops 850 IMO

0 upvotes
Felix11
By Felix11 (6 months ago)

Is Sigma likely to start producing lenses like this (and the 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM) in the new Sony FE mount for the A7?

If they did would we expect all features to work? ie. OIS, AF etc?

Or is it more likely that I would need to buy a Canon to FE adapter and a Canon mount version of this Sigma lens (and use MF)?

Sorry to hijack the thread to talk about Sony :-)

0 upvotes
audijam
By audijam (6 months ago)

it all depends on how many A7 Sony can sell....

0 upvotes
brendon1000
By brendon1000 (6 months ago)

Most likely scenario is that it would be for A mount later on just like the 18-35mm f1.8.

You will need an adapter to use it for FE mount.

Sigma has made a few lenses for E mount so there is a small chance they will make some more lenses in future.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (6 months ago)

Only problem is that Sigma complained about low sales of E-mount lenses saying that people buying mirrorless cameras opt for kit lenses and rarely, if at all, invest in 3rd party glass. So I wouldn't get my hopes high.

0 upvotes
mermaidkiller
By mermaidkiller (6 months ago)

Exactly the same as the Canon 24-105 f/4L.
So what does this lens add ?

1 upvote
AllOtherNamesTaken
By AllOtherNamesTaken (6 months ago)

It may actually be an F4, unlike the Canon 24-105/5.1. Probably sharper too, if the other ART lenses are any indication.

I do wish it was internal zooming and weather sealed though.

Comment edited 17 seconds after posting
11 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (6 months ago)

"Canon EF, Nikon F, Sigma SA"

And it will likely be considerably expensive than both the EF 24-105 L and Nikon 24-120 f4 VR and if similar to other ART series lenses, it should be great optically.

2 upvotes
Silverwind
By Silverwind (6 months ago)

New Canon equivalents are ~$700-800 now. Like mermaidkiller asks, what does this lens add? Especially if this lens is priced more than the Canon.

1 upvote
deep7
By deep7 (6 months ago)

I'd expect a very big optical improvement over the designed-for-film Canon.

1 upvote
plevyadophy
By plevyadophy (6 months ago)

@mermaidkiller
@Silverwind

The Canon equivalent is a pile of junk.

You are paying for the red ring (which makes some folks feel better) and for a 24-105mm lens but in reality you are getting a cheapo (in performance) 40-90mm (because it's only in that range that the lens is any good).

So what I hope to see from this lens is superior performance.

And if it costs more or the same as the Canon, so what. One should be paying for quality not for brand name (just because it's a Sigma doesn't mean it has to be cheap).

It's actually a disgrace that Canon hasn't updated it as yet (perhaps because of Kodak-like arrogance they thought they didn't have to because they were top of the pile; but unfortunately for them, now other companies are beginning to eat their breakfast). Maybe this announcement will prompt them to do something.

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8 upvotes
pfzt
By pfzt (6 months ago)

the canon lens is indeed a pile of junk.

sadly i have to use it a lot because of its perfect zoom range but i always cry over the "softness". So if Sigma can add better picture quality to that perfect zoom range, i hope they did and i also think that they can charge anything they want for it, because a lot of photographers rely on exactly that zoom range. F2.8 would be nice, but i don't know about the "doability" of that, maybe a lens like that is impossible to construct.

3 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

"You are paying for the red ring (which makes some folks feel better) and for a 24-105mm lens but in reality you are getting a cheapo (in performance) 40-90mm (because it's only in that range that the lens is any good)."

Come on, the lens is good between 24 and about 60, and stopped down to 5.6, is OK all the way to 105. Not bad for $700 kit FF lens with weather-sealing.

Comment edited 39 seconds after posting
0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (6 months ago)

I agree with peevee1. I've owned the Canon 24-105 L and it's far from a "piece of junk". It performs really well in the Photozone and Lenstip tests, and the only real issues it has are corner performance at 70mm and 105mm at max aperture.

It's a well-made lens, with quiet and fast AF, capable of excellent images.

0 upvotes
qianp2k
By qianp2k (6 months ago)

I guess you talking about T-stop. I actually did a test between my 24-70L/2.8 IS II and 24-105L/4.0 IS. I found they have the same exposure @f4.0 in these stops, 24mm, 50mm and 70mm. When increasing of F number, the lenses exposed slightly differently but still within 1/3 EV (24-105L exposed a bit more). But anyway 24-105L is a constant F/4 zoom, period and my copy is very sharp.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (6 months ago)

Sounds more like part of Contemporary ("C") line to me. What is so Art about 4.5x f/4 zoom? Maybe they want more money for it?

1 upvote
Tim McClanahan
By Tim McClanahan (6 months ago)

This could be a good match for the new Sony A7 and A7r.

1 upvote
Plastek
By Plastek (6 months ago)

Not at all. It's huge comparing to A7 so it'll be very nose-heavy. It's much better match for Sony A99 - it should balance quite nicely (though still nose-heavy, but A99 isn't as thin as A7, so it should be much easier and more comfortable to hold it).

10 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (6 months ago)

Ridiculous statement. Oh yes an 885g lens is way too heavy for the A7(R), yet Sony released an 840g 70-200 f/4 and I suppose that will be wonderfully balanced and not nose heavy even though it is 60% longer.

1 upvote
Robert Soderlund
By Robert Soderlund (6 months ago)

Although not fully relevant to the discussion, i like nose heavy lenses purely for support, since any shake i do is minimized with being able to support the lens in its front, if the weight is all in the back.. and holding purely the camera or a light lens, any slight tremble makes me nervous to attempt a shot, even with stabilized lenses.

With a heavy enough lens and camera combo, one simply cannot shake and tremble so easily.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
5 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (6 months ago)

Yeah. Buy Canon mount for better resale value. Then use smart adapter.

0 upvotes
Plastek
By Plastek (6 months ago)

thx1138 - 70-200 got tripod collar and is suppose to be used from either tripod or monopod. It's a tele-zoom lens.
This sigma on the other hand is a walk-around lens.
If you can't see the difference than I have no idea why are you even bother shooting with anything else than P&S. ;)

1 upvote
Britographer
By Britographer (6 months ago)

If you look closely in the product photo the lens is marked 24-105mm 1:4 DG 82 - huge front element and resulting larger $$$ to put a filter on it.

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (6 months ago)

But probably much better vignetting control. That's been a major problem with Canon's 24-105L and its even got a big 77mm filter.

1 upvote
Plastek
By Plastek (6 months ago)

Vignetting control isn't everything. Large front lens element gives you chances for much better bokeh - there should be a huge difference in bokeh quality near corners of the frame.

Comment edited 35 seconds after posting
2 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (6 months ago)

Yeah 82mm filters are just so much dearer. Do a search on ebay and you'll find say Hoya HD 82mm CPL much cheaper than say B+W 77mm.

If you are that worried about filter pricing, I don't see you buying the $1K lens any way.

1 upvote
Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (6 months ago)

Odd lens to go after? Considering it's a kit in many mid-ranged cameras already. Not sure this makes any sense to focus on?

2 upvotes
mandm
By mandm (6 months ago)

The headline and first line states 24-150mm 4.0 but everything after that including the lens in the photo states and shows a 24-105mm 4.0, except it states 24-70 at the top left of the photo.

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1 upvote
technotic
By technotic (6 months ago)

Any good for D800 in terms of IQ I wonder.

0 upvotes
jhinkey
By jhinkey (6 months ago)

Well, the MTF charts don't look spectacular - not any better than 24-85AFS VR or the 24-120/4 AFS VR, two lenses that are mediocre at 36MP. I had hoped for better from Sigma for such a large/heavy lens. Perhaps it becomes spectacular when stopped down to f/5.6 . . . .

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/product/24-105mm-f4-dg-os-hsm-art

I'm still wanting a replacement for the 28-105/3.5-4.5AF-D that would have much improved IQ, but the same usefulness (i.e., the pseudo-macro capability and semi-wide to short-tele focal lengths).
I had great hopes for the 24-85AFS VR, but that lens left me very disappointed since it was really no better than it's 24-85AFS non-VR predecessor.

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1 upvote
Jon Ragnarsson
By Jon Ragnarsson (6 months ago)

I don't know. Those ultra MP full frame cameras really demand a very sharp glass, to make full use of all those pixels. Even 5Diii with its humble 22MP sensor does benefit from sharp primes. I would never have believed it until I saw it my self.

0 upvotes
falconeyes
By falconeyes (6 months ago)

This lens is as heavy and large as a Nikon 24-70/2.8 and the latter is sharp enough for the D800. If the early comments here apply, the Sigma 24-105/4 won't be a match for the D800 and shouldn't be called Art. Chance missed for a LIGHT and sharp 24-70/4 for D800- like cameras on the road.

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0 upvotes
clicstudio
By clicstudio (6 months ago)

I almost had a a heart attack. I wish for a 24-150 F4!

7 upvotes
SETI
By SETI (6 months ago)

DPReview wish it too =)

1 upvote
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (6 months ago)

24-105mm F/4 or 24-150mm F/4?

1 upvote
technotic
By technotic (6 months ago)

Is it a 24-510 perhaps :-)

5 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (6 months ago)

42-501?

4 upvotes
Greg Lovern
By Greg Lovern (6 months ago)

Obviously it's a 1-5420!

16 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (6 months ago)

I'll take two, Greg!

2 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (6 months ago)

15-204mm?

Sorry about that - clumsy typing.

5 upvotes
canon20s
By canon20s (6 months ago)

Well a 14-205 would be a nice lens, actually.

3 upvotes
cknapp61
By cknapp61 (6 months ago)

82mm filter? I would have to spend a few hundred dollars to remain at parity with my existing lenses; new skylight filter (B&W brand perhaps?, high quality for protection), a high quality polarizer, and a whole new set, in a new size, of Cokin type graduated filters...a considerable tertiary expense on top of this lens (price....TBA).

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (6 months ago)

12-54mm f/0.4 would be nice (impossible)

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
1 upvote
Total comments: 54