Sigma announces 16-28mm f/2.8 wide-angle zoom lens

Sigma has announced the 16–28mm f/2.8 DG DN wide-angle zoom lens for Sony E-mount and Leica L-Mount. Like the company’s even wider 14–24mm f/2.8 DG DN, the new lens features internal focusing and zooming, making it potentially well suited for underwater use. Marine. Designed for full frame, the lens can also be used on APS-C bodies, where it is equivalent to 24–42mm f/4.2.

Part of Sigma’s more affordable “contemporary” range, the 16-28mm f/2.8 lens weighs 15.9oz and is just 4 inches long and 3 inches in diameter. The lens has nine rounded aperture blades and comprises 16 elements in 11 groups, including four aspherical elements. The minimum focusing distance is 9.9″ (25cm) and the diameter of the front filter is 72mm.

Available at the end of June, the Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN will have an RRP of $900.

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SIGMA Announces 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary lens, a wide-angle zoom with uncompromising optical performance in a compact body

Ronkonkoma, NY | June 01, 2022 – SIGMA Corporation of America, the American subsidiary of SIGMA Corporation (CEO: Kazuto Yamaki. Headquarters: Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the 16-28mm F2 . 8 DG DN | Contemporary, the latest high-performance zoom lens in the SIGMA Contemporary range, and the perfect companion to the current 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | VS

The new 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary is designed to achieve optimal balance for wide-angle zoom. An expressive ultra-wide angle of view, incredibly sharp optics, bright constant aperture, and rugged yet lightweight construction come together in one easy-to-use package.

Available for both Sony E-mount and L-mount systems, this full-frame mirrorless zoom lens is suitable for both photography and video. With internal zoom and focus mechanisms, a high-speed stepper motor, and a convenient front filter thread, this lens delivers superior image and video quality in a compact, balanced package that’s ideal for use on a gimbal.

Paired with the equally compact 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | A contemporary lens (sold separately), users have the ability to handle a wide variety of compositions, all at F2.8 brightness, and all with exceptional clarity, contrast, and focusing performance.

The SIGMA 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | The Contemporary lenses will be available in the United States from authorized SIGMA dealers for a retail price of $899 in late June 2022.

Learn more about the SIGMA 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary:

Exclusively for Mirrorless Cameras | Compatible with full frame cameras

C | Contemporary
SIGMA 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN
Effortless freedom.

A compact, high-performance ultra-wide zoom with a constant F2.8 aperture.

  • Uncompromising optical performance in a compact package
  • Convenient form factor allowing more freedom and usability
  • Exceptional build quality with intuitive ergonomics

Accessories supplied: Petal Type Lens Hood (LH756-01), Front Cap (LCF-72 III), Rear Cap (LCRII)

Media available: L mount, Sony E mount

* Product appearance and specifications are subject to change.
* This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the E-mount specifications disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.
* L-Mount is a registered trademark of Leica Camera AG.

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The full-frame SIGMA 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary combines exceptional optical quality, a bright F2.8 constant aperture and a rugged, 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, the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary is capable of achieving exceptional edge-to-edge sharpness, which is essential for most wide-angle applications. It features five FLD elements and four aspherical lens elements to ensure optimum image quality with minimal aberrations. The lens features an internal zoom mechanism that keeps the overall length constant throughout the zoom range, making it feel balanced in the hand. The internal zoom also means that the center of gravity of the lens remains fairly constant, so it’s perfect for gimbal use. A front filter thread makes it easier to attach filters.

The lens features an exceptionally compact form factor, weighing just 450g and measuring just 100.6mm in length*, making it a very practical optic and portable enough for everyday shooting. It is particularly appealing to landscape, wedding and travel photographers who need to carry their gear for long periods of time.

*height and weight measurements given for the L-Mount version

Lightweight, versatile and extremely capable, the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary gives photographers effortless freedom at the ultra-wide end.

Main characteristics

1. Uncompromising optical performance in a compact package

Optimized with the latest optical design technology, the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary is a high performance lens that delivers exceptional image quality despite its compact size. Two large-diameter aspherical lens elements and five conveniently placed FLD glass elements (whose characteristics mirror those of fluorite) keep the lens light and compact while effectively suppressing lateral and vertical chromatic aberrations that often diminish image quality of other ultra-wide lens designs. The lens also uses the advanced digital correction capabilities of modern cameras to enable it to achieve such impressive image quality from such a small body.

A constant F2.8 aperture provides shallow depth of field for out-of-focus out-of-focus areas, which is particularly useful when shooting close-ups. Bokeh is smooth and circular thanks to the nine rounded diaphragm blades, meaning the background never distracts from the subject in focus.

SIGMA has also taken significant steps to counter ghosting and lens flare, which is caused by reflections inside the lens barrel. The super multi-layer coating ensures that the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary delivers punchy, high-contrast results even in the most challenging backlight conditions.

2. Convenient form factor allowing more freedom and usability

The new 16-28mm has an integrated front filter thread, making it easier to attach neutral density and polarizing filters. This is especially useful for landscape photographers and filmmakers.

By using a stepper motor to control the AF actuator, the autofocus of the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary is both fast and quiet, making it ideal for taking photos and videos in quiet environments.

The internal zoom mechanism allows the lens to maintain the same length throughout the zoom range and with virtually no shift towards its balance point. The resulting stability will be appreciated by anyone looking to use the lens with a gimbal, or for handheld or vlog-style video shooting. The internal zoom mechanism also contributes greatly to the favorable physical dimensions of the lens: with a length of 100.6mm, a diameter of 77.2mm and a weight of only 450g*, its compactness rivals wide-angle zooms with slower F4 maximum apertures. *height and weight measurements given for the L-Mount version

Paired with the SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary photographers are able to cover ultra-wide to mid-telephoto focal lengths with just two lenses. Their combined weight of just 920g makes them an extremely versatile and compact lens system with uniform F2.8 brightness.

3. Exceptional build quality with intuitive ergonomics

The lens is constructed using specially selected lightweight materials including Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), a polycarbonate with a rate of thermal contraction similar to that of aluminum. This allows the lens to operate at peak performance even in environments with harsh temperature differences, as metal and plastic parts contract and expand at similar rates.

The precision of each individual component and the simple beauty of the finished product are made possible by the craftsmanship and expertise of SIGMA’s personnel, the company’s unparalleled manufacturing technology, and the rigorous quality control of the sole base. SIGMA production facility in Aizu, Japan.

Compact and lightweight, the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | The contemporary lens is a sophisticated yet versatile photographic tool that offers photographers and filmmakers the perfect blend of portability and performance.

Additional Features

  • Lens construction: 16 elements in 11 groups, with 5 FLD elements and 4 aspherical elements
  • Zoom in
  • Internal focusing system
  • Compatible with high-speed autofocus
  • Step-by-step engine
  • Compatible with front filter (72mm)
  • Compatible with lens aberration correction

Feature only available on supported cameras. Available corrections and auto-correct functionality may vary by camera model.

On cameras where lens aberration correction is controlled with “ON” or “OFF” in the camera menu, please set all aberration correction functions to “ON” (AUTO).

  • DMF and AF+MF support
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Focus mode switch
  • Petal Type Lens Hood (LH756-01)
  • Frame with dust and splash resistant structure
  • Support switching between linear and non-linear focus ring settings (L-mount only)
  • Compatible with SIGMA USB DOCK UD-11 (sold separately; L mount only)
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High precision and durable brass bayonet mount
  • “Made in Japan” know-how
  • Each lens is rated with SIGMA’s proprietary MTF measurement system

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