Rumor: Sigma to Announce a 16-20mm f/2 DG Art Lens for Full-Frame DSLRs in 2014


Sigma is on a tear when it comes to releasing amazing glass. From the groundbreaking 18-35mm f/1.8 for APS-C cameras to the 24-105mm f/4 that had people pretty excited, Sigma glass is quickly becoming synonymous with phenomenal quality and affordability.

And now, the newest murmurings to come down the rumor pipeline have another exciting Sigma lens in the works, this one a 16-20mm f/2.

The rumor comes to us via Canon Watch, who are reporting that this one has a “50-60% chance (at least) to be true.” If true, it would be a surprisingly narrow focal length that would benefit from four more millimeters on the top end, but at the right price and with phenomenal performance people might just be willing to overlook that.


Most likely, this lens would compete with Nikon’s 14-24mm f/2.8 (which retails for $2,000) or Canon’s rumored version of the same lens, which was supposed to arrive sometime this year but has yet to show itself. Of course, no pricing or availability information came along with this rumor, but given the shorter reach it would probably have to clock in at least a few hundred dollars cheaper to entice photogs away from those options.

As with all rumors, it ought to be taken with a healthy dose of salt, but if it does turn out to be true, what do you think? Is this just too narrow of a focal length? And what do you think the pricing sweet spot would be for this piece of glass? Let us know in the comments down below.

(via Canon Watch)

  • Anto de Chav

    “Sigma is on a tear when it comes to releasing amazing glass. From the groundbreaking 18-35mm f/1.8 for APS-C cameras to the $4,000 55mm f/1.4 OTUS that is being called the best DSLR lens in the world, Sigma glass is quickly becoming synonymous with phenomenal quality”

    The Otus is Zeiss…

  • Vlad Dusil

    Newsflash. The OTUS ain’t Sigma, it’s a Zeiss lens.

  • InTheMist

    If it takes filters, I’m all over this!

  • Börje Dahrén

    Make that a cheap prime anywhere between 14 and 20mm, or wider zoom range, and I might consider! :-)

  • DanThePhotoMan

    I shoot for a pro sports team and own the 120-300 f/2.8. It is amazing as well!

  • jbs

    Flipboard still has the original article cached. Sigma Otus ftw!

  • DLCade

    Haha yeah, we corrected that about .5 seconds after it went up when our brains caught up with our keyboards, but the damage was done.

  • bbub

    Any idea if they are coming out with a 50mm 1.4 ART lens?

  • agour

    samyang 14mm….

  • agour

    For astrophotography this would be killer, assuming it performs nicely.

  • horse hockey shooter

    I call BS. I’ll believe it when I see it. a full frame 16mm f/2 prime alone would be on the edge of reality, frankly, let alone a zoom. if this thing does ever come out it will need a monopod and cost $4k. and please stop giving sigma so much credit. they still sell mostly cheap garbage. the 35 sucks at infinity and misses AF constantly. people buy it because it’s cheap, that’s why people buy all sigma products. the 18-35 is novel, but pretty useless in practice mainly because it’s on half-frame and lacks IS. the 120-300 is the single sigma lens that I find interesting, but I wouldn’t trust my paid sports work to sigma AF, no real pro would.

  • ndjdjfj

    photography sucks as a hobby when you are cheap/poor. find something else to do.

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  • Nick

    That’s one opinion.

  • iowapipe

    coma will likely be the deciding factor for astro work

  • Lee

    No IS because u use Canikon? Not Sigma’s fault. :-)

  • Steven Wade

    Half frame? The crop factor is 1.5/1.6, not 2. Also, IS on a 15-35? Seriously? You can’t get sharp photos at that focal length?

  • pganja

    The Sigma 35 at my 5Dmark II is amazing I think, my best lens without doubt.

  • Jamie8848

    Would love it, at last something wider than a fast 24mm, and faster than 2.8…

  • sean lancaster

    Too narrow? I am close to buying a 20 Voigtlander or a 21 Zeiss and this rumored Sigma has multiple focal lengths and it’s also faster than the Voigtlander and Zeiss. I’d be all over this Sigma.

  • Guest

    Yeah, the Sigma 35/1.4 on my 6D is the best lens I’ve ever used. I ended up selling my 50/1.2L because I kept grabbing the Sigma 35 for every day shooting.

  • hdc77494

    I’d be very happy if SamYang would add a focus confirmation chip to their wonderful lenses.

  • Karl

    I did it myself, it wasn’t near difficult. Took me 5 minutes. Although this time with the Samyang 500mm f/6.3 I have some difficulties to adjust the back/front focus.

  • Börje Dahrén

    Anonymously trash talking people on internet forums sucks as a hobby. Find something else to do.

  • Börje Dahrén

    Yeah, that’s been on my wish list for some time. The reports about wildly varying performance has put me off so far, though.
    If sigma deliver a an ultra-wide lens with the same quality as the 35/1.4, I’d consider it. I just can’t see the point with a a narrow zoom range like 16-20. Heavier, probably lower quality + more expensive than a prime, without adding very much of the benefits of a zoom.

  • Samuel

    So make that a completely different lens?

  • Rick

    Nikon DX is a 1.5x crop, with 44% of the area of FF. Canon 1.6x crop has 39% of FF’s area. Calling it half frame is being generous.

    I’d also call the rumour too far fetched to stand any chance of being true. No full frame lens in the 16-20mm range exists that is anywhere near that fast, and now there’s a zoom on the horizon at f2?

  • JReagan

    I would be allot more interested in a 16mm fast prime. It seems kind of odd how little love the ultra wide prime market gets from the major manufacturers.

  • William Cook

    Yep, that’s how I’m thinking too.

  • catfish

    It’s just what I’ve been looking for — I hope they don’t price it out of my grasp.

  • sfdfds

    IS for video, numbskull

  • Pained SEPA

    Wow, that’s like, 1.25x optical zoom. That is SOO much better than shooting a prime and having to crop in post. I mean, how many people that shoot 16mm on full frame would also be working on their images in post?
    In terms of marketing, whether you’re looking for high street cred, High Street cred, or high High Street cred, this lens’ got it. Sigma delivered, and the baby’s got zoom. Enjoy your lens creepy goosebumps, ladies and fellas.

  • Pained SEPA

    Agree with you – an absolute must. Hand shake is completely unmanageable at 16mm even in the best of light, and we should stay committed to that vision of an inclusive society. Nobody with Parkinsons should feel that they need a stabilising rig to shoot time lapse video at ISO 25 in a pitch black room.

  • Anto de Chav

    What benefit would a 16mm prime have over this when it does 16mm at f2..?(if the rumpus is true..)

  • sfdfds

    we are talking about the 18-35 on half frame. please try to keep up. actually lolling at you right now, Einstein.

  • stoooopid

    Not sure why they make this a zoom. Why not make it a really sweet prime 16mm f/2, optimized for 16mm at f/2. This lens is much less complicated than a zoom from 16mm to 20mm and what are you really gaining from this very small zoom range?

  • stoooopid

    The benefit would be 2 things:
    1. Would save a lot of weight and size if it was not a zoom optical design
    2. Optics could be optimized for 16mm rather than compromising optics to work over a range of focal lengths.

  • Will Chao

    actually there is already a Sigma 20mm F1.8 full frame lens, making it 16-20 F2.0 is highly possible, Sigma is known to do the impossible things

  • B.Q

    i just hope there will be a normal filter for it, so i don’t have to buy wanderpana or hi-tech filters which they are expensive

  • B.Q

    there is a confirmation chip on my 14mm lens, maybe you bought the first edition of those lenses and you may be right not all lenses