Sigma 24-105mm F/4 DG OS HSM Lens Available for Pre-Order

A few days ago, Sigma introduced a new lens to its Art line-up, the 24-105mm f/4 OS. The lens is set to compete directly with Nikon’s Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VR and Canon’s 24-105mm f/4L IS lenses spec-wise, but the price was yet unannounced. Previously, Sigma lenses always offered a very good price/performance ratio, but after the success of its recent offerings some might have started to suspect that price increase is soon to follow. Luckily, the new 24-105mm f/4 OS lens is no different from previous Sigma products in terms of price when compared to direct “first-party” competition from camera manufacturers and will retail for around $899. Shipping starts in November.

Sigma 24-105mm f4 DG OS HSM Lens

1) Pre-Order Links

Click one of the following links to pre-order the new Sigma lens for Canon, Nikon, Sigma or Sony mount:

2) Press-Release

Sigma Corporation announces pricing, timing for new 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM lens

Versatile and stabilized standard zoom lens starts shipping in November for street price of $899

NEW YORK, NY — Oct. 25, 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 from PhotoPlus Expo 2013 announced the pricing and availability of its new 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art lens.

This new Art lens was developed as part of the company’s Global Vision and will be on shelves next month, starting with Canon mounts, for the street price of $899. The full frame lens, which will also work with APS-C sensor cameras with an effective increase in focal length, will be available in Nikon and Sigma mounts in December, and Sony mounts will soon follow. All but the Sony mounts will incorporate Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology to compensate for camera shake. This functionality is omitted from Sony mounts to accommodate for that manufacturer’s in-camera image stabilization system.

The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM 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. 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 a new optical standard to align with the high-spec cameras on today’s market.

“This is a top-notch lens in its design and image quality. Our engineering team in Japan continues to wow the industry with the caliber of the new lenses we’re producing and we expect Sigma users to be just as pleased with this new 24-105 F4,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America.

The lens offers 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 and 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.


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Comments

  1. 1
    ) craig

    I currently use a 16-50 for a walk around lens, but have come to find this range would be much more useful to my. I’ll be curious to see how it compares to the cz 24-70 given the addational reach.

  2. 2
    ) Roberto

    Great! The initial price is good. I hope for a future price drop.
    I’d like to see a comparision with nikon 24-120 f/4 VR – canon 24-105 f/4 IS – tamron 24-70 2.8 vc

    • 8
      ) PAUL

      Reasonably priced as expected. IQ of my 24-85mm kit for D600 is quite inferior to that of Canon’s 24-105 kit. Sigma actually helps Nikon by providing better lenses to Nikonians not to defect to Canon and this is another case. This “Art” lens should be sharper than Nikon 24-120 F/4 or Canon 24-105 F/4 without doubt.

      • Paul,

        I would not say without a doubt – I’d expect it to be comparable. But we will see, of course. A review is planned, as always. :)

  3. 3
    ) Art

    what’s your thoughts on its mtf chart?

  4. 4
    ) Mike

    Good price. Can’t wait to see some reviews!

    • 14
      ) Paul

      Competition is always good to consumers.
      Canon Deals of the Day: EF 24-105mm f/4L IS for $660 according to canonwatch.com Oct 29.
      Can’t wait to see reviews at this site, me too.

  5. 5
    ) HomoSapiensWannaBe

    Unfortunately, the Nikon mount version has zoom and focus rings that turn in the opposite direction compared to Nikon lenses. In my opinion, Nikon is the odd one — their zoom, focus and lens mount directions are counter intuitive. I realize that Sigma can’t afford to re-engineer the Nikon mount version and sell it for the same price as the others. This is a common disadvantage for Nikon users when buying lenses from other manufacturers. I can get used to it, but why should I need to think which direction to turn the zoom and focus rings depending on which lens is mounted?

    The 82mm filter ring means my investment in 77mm filters is for naught.

    Finally, due to the large size and heavy weight, this lens is going to have to be better than all the other lenses at comparable f-stops and focal lengths for me to consider it.

  6. 6
    ) Daniel Michael

    Another nice announcement. I’m still waiting for Sigma to do an ultra wide-angle DG lens in the same vein as their 35mm 1.4 Art DG. Something like Tokina’s 11-16mm f2.8, but for full frame.

    • Daniel,

      perhaps you want to take a look at the 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM lens (http://photographylife.com/lenses/sigma-12-24mm-f4-5-5-6-ii-dg-hsm) . It does not get wider than that on a full-frame camera, unless you want fisheye.

      • 10
        ) Daniel Michael

        Thank you Romanas! I had looked at this lens in the past, and it’s had some decent reviews. 12-24mm is a nice range indeed. I think I may have passed over it because of the variable aperture where the Tokina’s is constant. I don’t think the aperture bothers me any more now though, because I have the 35mm 1.4 Art lens for times where light is an issue (I have a big love of primes!). You never know, Sigma may surprise us one day and update some of their older line-up

        Daniel

  7. 11
    ) Ricardo Vaz

    I wasnt expecting the price to be this high… I dont have bad feelings about it beeing f/4, if the optics are good you aways can use your primes for night shooting.

    • Ricardo,

      the f/4 aperture is your usual run-of-the-mill for this 24-105mm class lens, it is exactly the same as that of Canon 24-105mm L and Nikkor 24-120mm VR. At $899, I would say the price is very, very aggressive. The Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS, while a great lens, is a little old now and costs around $1150. The Nikkor is more expensive at around $1300. Sigma beats both in terms of pricing considerably.

      • 13
        ) JonMcGuffin

        The price and weight concern me a little. Yes, it’s competitive to the Canon version but only mildly so. The Nikon does give you extra usable range. I have the 35mm 1.4 and despite the fact it’s a very nice sharp piece of glass, it’s also quite bulky and heavy on my D700.

        It’s not a problem for many I know but it find the smaller lighter gear to have some nice advantages and as such I find myself using my 50mm 1.8g a lot more than the 35mm Sigma.

        I’m anxious to see the reviews on this lens.

        • 15
          ) PAUL

          http://sigma-rumors.com/
          I found a review of Sigma 24-105 at this site. It seems the new lens is sharper than Canon’s at 24-50mm range, but not at 50-105mm.

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