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Sigma have added their HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) technology to the 24-70mm standard zoom lens. The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM lens is more compact than the previous model with an overall length of 94.7cm /3.7inch. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 38cm/15in and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.3. The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM will be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony mounts, available for £799.99. This new lens will be sold alongside the current Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG lens.
Update: We have a gallery of photos of the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM lens - click the continue link below…
Sigma Press Release
The compact large aperture standard zoom lens equipped with HSM
2008.9.23 - The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM.
This large aperture standard zoom lens covers focal lengths from 24mm and is housed in compact construction. The latest optical design provides an overall length of 94.7cm /3.7inch. It is ideal for general photography such as snapshots, portraiture and landscapes. The Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass, two SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and three aspherical lenses provide excellent correction of all types of aberrations. Superior optical performance is ensured throughout the entire zoom range. This lens incorporates HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor), ensuring a quiet and high speed AF as well as full time manual focusing capability. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 38cm/15in and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.3. The rounded 9 blades diaphragm creates an attractive blur. It is possible to attach the included petal-type hood to block out extraneous light.
24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM
Case, Petal-type Hood supplied
Sigma, Canon, Nikon*, Pentax*, Sony*
* If the camera body does not support HSM, auto focus will not be available
* Large aperture standard zoom lens
* ELD and SLD glass provides excellent correction of all types of aberrations
* Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting
* Equipped with HSM ensuring quiet and high speed AF
* The rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur
Specifications (For Sigma mount)
*Lens Construction:14 Elements 12 Groups *Angle of View:84.1°-34.3° *Number of blades:9pcs *Minimum Aperture:F22 *Minimum Focusing Distance Distance:38cm/15in *Maximum Magnification:1?5.3 *Filter Size:Ø82mm *Lens Hood:Petal-type hood *Dimensions:Ø88.6mm×94.7mm/3.5in×3.7in *Weight:TBD
SIGMA DG UV 82mm
SIGMA DG WIDE CIRCULAR PL 82mm