Sigma will allegedly announce a new 12-24mm wide-angle zoom lens that will be released in two versions, including Art and Contemporary, in the near future.
Gossip talks have previously suggested that Sigma will introduce one new Art-series lens by the end of this year and one of the possibilities has been named as an ultra wide-angle zoom optic.
Trusted sources have returned with more details about the product and it seems like we are looking at a wide-angle lens, although the favorite for the new Sigma ART-series optic was an 85mm f/1.4 lens.
According to the most recent information, the optic is a Sigma 12-24mm lens that will become available in both Art and Contemporary versions.
Sigma poised to announce a 12-24mm wide-angle zoom lens this year
It seems like Sigma will announce a 12-24mm wide-angle zoom lens sometime in the next few months. It is unlikely that the product will become official by the end of the summer, but it will most likely be unveiled this fall, which is still pretty soon.
A wide-angle zoom lens from the Japanese maker has already been mentioned within the rumor mill. However, both the focal length and maximum aperture have remained hidden. The former may have been revealed, while we will have to wait longer for the latter to show up online.
New Sigma 12-24mm lens will become available in both Art and Contemporary versions
One of the interesting things about the upcoming Sigma 12-24mm lens is that it will be released in not one, but two different versions. There will be an Art-series unit, while the other one will consist of a Contemporary model.
This is not the first time the Japan-based company has released two models of the same lens. The 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM was introduced in two versions at the Photokina 2014 event: Contemporary and Sports.
The higher-end version of the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM is the Sports model, which is bigger, heavier, and more expensive. It is very likely that the same thing will apply to the Sigma 12-24mm lens, meaning that the Art version will be placed higher than the Contemporary one.
Sigma is already selling a 12-24mm optic. The 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II is available in Canon, Nikon, Sigma, and Sony mounts. The Contemporary version will probably replace the existing unit, while the Art unit will come with a brighter aperture that will be constant throughout the zoom range.