The New Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART Full Frame Lens – No Distortion?

Sigma continue the high performing ART lens range with an ultra-wide Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens, promising no distortion.

Landscape scenes, architecture and large spaces can be captured in even wider angles with the new 12-24mm f/4 ART lens, with zero distortion according to Sigma’s tests. The lens is designed for full frame and has a uniquely designed front element that aids in reducing the ‘fish-eye’ look.

Sigma 12-12mm f/4 art

Aspherical lenses with low dispersion glass (equivalent to flourite in performance) help minimize distortion, chromatic aberration, pin cushion effect and flaring. The body is weather sealed, and the front and rear lenses have splash proof coating.

The Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens will be available in EF, Nikon and SA mount, but with the soon coming MC-11 mount converter you can use the lens on E-mount cameras like the Sony a7S II and FS5.

Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens

The only comparable lens on the market right now is probably the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 lens. But with the ART lens series quality we’ve seen before, the promise of no distortion and a pricetag almost half of the Canon, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens is certainly an intriguing product for many video shooters and photographers alike.

Here are the specs of the lens:

  • 16 elements in 11 groups
  • Aperture of f/4 to f/22
  • No hard stop focus ring
  • Angle of view – 122 degrees to 84.1 degrees.
  • Minimum focus distance of 24cm.
  • 9 aperture blades
  • Weighing in at 1150g/40.6oz
  • Splash proof front and rear lenses.
  • 102mm front diameter.

The Sigma 12-24mm f/4 ART lens will be available in October 2016 and is available for pre-order now.

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Joshua Valdez Reply
Joshua Valdez September 22, 2016

I’m buying this!

Visar Sulejmani September 22, 2016

Well, after 3 Sigma lenses, all of which had focus issues out of the box, two of them uncorrectable with the USB Dock, I’m not going to invest into their lenses anytime soon. No matter how good their optical quality. If they manage to resolve those issues I#ll gladly add more than one lens to my collection.

Dana Zuk Reply
Dana Zuk September 22, 2016

Uuuggghhh y u no 2.8

 Oscar Stegland Reply
Oscar Stegland September 23, 2016

Because as of 2016 it’s impossible to make a 2x full frame zoom that wide with an aperture of 2.8… Even making a full frame zoom that wide at all is quite the feat. The only other comparable lens is the canon and that came out less than 2 years ago.

Lucas Micheal Gould Reply
Lucas Micheal Gould September 22, 2016

Dana Zuk they wanted it sharper in the corners and they also have the 20mm 1.4 lol

Liam Oz Reply
Liam Oz September 23, 2016


Dennis Bravenboer Reply
Dennis Bravenboer September 23, 2016

Too bad it’s f4 Nando Dullaart

Raymond Rahner Reply
Raymond Rahner September 24, 2016

I think Sigma made this just for me :) But I would love if this was available in a Cine version

Adam P September 27, 2016

It is an ultra wide-angle zoom, so it’s going to have distortion.
Yes, it is considerably cheaper than the Canon 11-24/4 but it won’t be quite as good. By the way, that lens also has some distortion, but very well controlled in the 14-24 range.

Garrett Gibbons September 28, 2016

I find it humorous to see video people using shotgun mics as handheld interview mics. My favorite is when they stick the mic directly into the XLR port on the bottom of a Zoom H4n and walk around interviewing people with it. I love it!