Yes, you’re reading that number right. The world’s fastest aperture zoom lens for full frame DSLRs will run you less than $1,000 before taxes. Today, Sigma is announcing that their 24-35mm f2 will cost $999 when it hits retailers this month.
To recap, this lens has updated AF algorithms that should make it one of the fastest lenses to autofocus. Of course, the fact that it’s also a wide angle lens sure does help. The 24-35mm f2 is said to boast large-diameter aspherical lens elements, one “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass, and seven Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements with two aspherical lenses.
Beyond this, the silent and inner autofocusing has manual focus override, nine aperture blades, 18 elements in 13 groups, and weights 33.2 oz.
When the Sigma 24-35mm f2 launches, it will be available for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony A mounts.