Sigma Unveils the 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens

Japanese lens manufacturer Sigma has announced the 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN, the latest high-performance zoom lens in the SIGMA Contemporary line, a wide-angle zoom lens designed for Sony E-Mount and Leica L-Mount

The new 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary is designed to achieve an optimal balance for a wide-angle zoom lens. An expressive ultra-wide angle of view, incredibly sharp optics, bright constant aperture, and robust yet lightweight construction all come together in one easy-to-use package. Available for Sony E-mount and L-Mount systems, this full-frame, mirrorless zoom lens is equally suitable for both still photography and video use. With inner zoom and focusing mechanisms, a high-speed stepping motor, and a convenient front filter thread, this lens offers premium imagery and video quality in a compact, balanced body, ideal for use on a gimbal.

The full-frame Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary combines exceptional optical quality, a bright f/2.8 constant aperture, and a robust and lightweight body, opening up new possibilities for L-Mount and Sony E-mount shooters who need professional results in a compact package.

With its excellent field curvature correction, this lens is able to achieve exceptional edge-to-edge sharpness, which is essential for most wide-angle applications. It boasts five FLD elements and four aspherical lens elements to ensure optimal image quality with minimal aberrations. The lens has an inner zoom mechanism that keeps the overall length consistent throughout the entire zoom range, helping it feel balanced in the hand. The inner zoom also means the lens’ center of gravity stays fairly constant, so it’s perfect for gimbal use. A front filter thread allows filters to be attached more easily.

The lens boasts an exceptionally compact form factor, weighing in at just 450g and measuring just 100.6mm in length, which makes it a highly practical optic that is portable enough for everyday shooting. It’s especially appealing for landscape, wedding, street photography, and travel photographers who need to carry their kit for long periods.

The lens uses a stepping motor to control the AF actuator which Sigma claim makes the lens both fast and silent, ideal for camera operators working in quiet environments or for use in video capture. Sigma used lightweight materials for the lens that are made of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), a polycarbonate with a thermal contraction rate similar to that of aluminum. This enables the lens to function at peak performance even in environments with harsh temperature differences, as the metal and plastic parts contract and expand at similar rates.

It comes with a petal-type lens hood when mounted on Leica’s L-Mount it will have an angle of view between 107-degrees and 75.4-degrees. The minimum aperture is f/22 and the minimum focusing distance is 25cm.

Here are some sample pictures:

The official retail price of the new Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN is $899. The lens will be available later this month. In the box, you’ll find the lens, front and back caps, and a petal-type lens hood.

More info on Sigma’s website.

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