Sigma has patented a 24-70mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout the zoom range and built-in image stabilization technology, which would be released for full-frame DSLR cameras.
One of the most popular lenses in the world is the 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom, as it provides functionality, versatility, and good image quality, no matter if you choose a Canon, Nikon, Sony, or other camera.
Nikon is the one which has upped the stakes in 2015 when it released a stabilized version of this lens. The AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR zoom is available on the market, while Canon and others, including Sigma, are still selling only non-stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8mm units.
In September 2015, it was rumored that Canon is developing such optic. It seems like Sigma is working on one, too, because it has been revealed that the company has just patented it.
Sigma patents stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8 lens
Sources have discovered a patent for a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens in Japan. The patent application is describing a lens that is part of the Art-series and designed to cover full-frame image sensors, hence the DG designation.
This zoom lens also employs a Hyper Sonic Motor for quick and silent autofocusing. However, the most interesting aspect remains the optical image stabilization system. It will provide the much-needed stabilization that is useful in low-light environments.
It will try to neutralize camera shakes, so that photos will turn out blur-free. Image quality should increase in this case and it will be great to see that Nikon’s own optic will have some competition, just like the upcoming Canon version.
Nikon is selling the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens for about $2,300, so the Sigma will definitely have to be cheaper, albeit it will be priced well-above the $1,000 mark.
Photographers really want a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens
Sigma has filed for the patent back in August 2014, while the approval has been granted on March 22, 2016. The internal configuration is not mentioned, but it looks like the optic will have at least 15 elements in about 10 groups.
So far, the company has not confirmed that it will launch such product. Nevertheless, its representatives, including CEO Kazuto Yamaki, have acknowledged that this is one of most requested lenses and that it would be foolish not to consider its release.
Until then, all we have are some gossip talks and the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens patent. We will monitor this story closely and we will let you know as soon as something new shows up.