Sigma is allegedly developing an Art-series ultra wide-angle lens, which could serve as a replacement to the existing 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG or as a competitor to the critically-acclaimed Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L.
There is a lot to be expected from Sigma’s upcoming optics. Barring a couple of models, the company’s lenses have been praised by photographers worldwide, who have purchased them in great numbers. However, the company will not stop here and its CEO has already confirmed that there is more awesomeness to come from Sigma in the near future.
While hinting that a 24-70mm f/2.8 Art standard zoom lens is on the way, CEO Kazuto Yamaki has revealed that he is aware of Canon’s huge success with the EF 11-24mm f/4L. However, he said that it would be hard to make a competitor, so the Japan-based manufacturer will probably release a successor to the 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG optic.
Now, the rumor mill says that Sigma is indeed working on a ultra wide-angle lens and it could replace the aforementioned zoom optic. However, there is a strong chance that the company has altered its plans, so it could launch a special version that would compete against Canon’s aforementioned model.
Sigma Art ultra wide-angle lens on its way: new 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 or a 14-24mm f/4 are the candidates for now
The source says that a Sigma Art ultra wide-angle lens is in development, but that its technical details are unknown for the time being. There is a lot of speculation surrounding this subject, especially after Kazuto Yamaki’s claims that the most demanded optic is the 24-70mm f/2.8 model.
There are two possibilities and one of them consists of a replacement to the 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM lens, which is available at Amazon for around $950. Nevertheless, the gossip talks regarding an EF 11-24mm f/4L competitor should not be ignored.
In the past, Sigma has been rumored to be working on a 14-24mm f/4 DG OS Art, which would not be as wide and as expensive as the Canon version. This solution would also make sense, but it is still too early to give an accurate prediction.
Photographers would surely appreciate a 14-24mm f/4 DG OS Art, as the EF 11-24mm f/4L is a pricey model, which costs about $3,400 at Amazon. Either way, take these details with a pinch of salt and do not raise your hopes too high for now!