Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens
Image courtesy: Sigma

Sigma has announced a new compact ultra-wide zoom, the Sigma 16-28mm DG DN Contemporary lens. The new lens is suitable for use with full-frame cameras and has a constant f2.8 aperture across the zoom range. The 16-28mm Contemporary lens comes in L-mount and Sony E-mount options.

Compact

The L-mount version of the 16-28mm Contemporary lens weighs less than 16 ounces and measures a shade under 4 inches in length. Sigma says that this makes it an ideal lens for everyday shooting. The lens is constructed using specially selected lightweight materials, including Thermally Stable Composite (TSC). This is a polycarbonate with a thermal contraction rate similar to aluminum.

Optical construction

Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens being held
Image courtesy: Sigma

The 16-28mm Contemporary lens has 16 elements in 11 groups, with five F low dispersion (FLD) elements and four aspherical lens elements. FLD glass is the highest level low dispersion glass available with extremely high light transmission. Sigma states that the optical construction of the 16-28mm Contemporary lens ensures optimal image quality with minimal aberrations. The lens also has excellent field curvature correction and exceptional edge-to-edge sharpness. In addition, the lens elements have Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce ghosting and lens flare.

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Autofocus

The 16-28mm Contemporary lens uses a stepping motor to control the autofocus mechanism. Sigma states that the autofocus is fast and silent, making it ideal for shooting video in quiet environments. The constant f2.8 aperture also gives a shallow depth of field, especially when shooting close-ups. The lens also has nine rounded diaphragm blades, which give a smooth, circular bokeh. The minimum focus distance for the lens is only 9.9 inches.

Zoom

Shot with the Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 Contemporary lens. Image courtesy: Sigma

The 16-28mm Contemporary lens has an inner zoom mechanism. This allows the length of the lens stays the same throughout the focal length range, which helps to make it feel balanced when shooting handheld. Sigma states that the lens’ center of gravity stays fairly constant as well. This should make it great for use on a gimbal, as you will not have to rebalance your setup when you change the focal length.

Accessories

The 16-28mm Contemporary lens comes with a front cap, rear cap and a petal-type lens hood.

Availability

The Sigma 16-28mm f2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens is set to retail at $899. It will be available by the end of June 2022.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.