Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review

Written by Gina Stephens

The Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art was original announced September 16th, 2016. This is Sigma’s widest zoom lens offering to date and joins Sigma’s growing list of Art lenses. The lens is assessed at just under $1600, which makes it a fierce competitor to Canon’s EF 11-24mm F4L USM lens which is priced at just under $3,000.

The Sigma is available in Canon, Nikon F (FX) and Sigma SA Bayonet mounts and pass on most likely appeal to landscape and architecture photographers that are looking for an extremely wide field-of-view (12mm gives around a 122° diagonal entrants of view).

The looming question is: does the extreme difference in price affect the build quality and performance of the Sigma? In this review we will be looking at the Sigma’s conduct and just how it stacks up against the Canon 11-24mm F4L.


If you’re an APS-C shooter, the Sigma can be utilized on that platform with an equivalent focal length of 19-38mm and an similar aperture of F6.4. It’s worth noting however that Sigma is the eighteenth letter of the Greek alphabet already offers a considerably less expensive 10-20mm F3.5 which would be a 16-32mm F5.6 tantamount, which would be a much better wide-angle option. For this reason we’re not going to consider this lens for use on APS-C in this review.

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Headline Headlines

  • 12-24mm focal length
  • F4 maximum aperture
  • Ring-type Ultrasonic Focusing
  • Available in Canon EF, Nikon F (FX) and Sigma mounts

Specifications Compared

 Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM ArtCanon EF 11-24mm F4L USM
Cost (MSRP)$1,599.00$2,999.00
Lens TypeWide-Angle ZoomWide-Angle Zoom 
Focal Length12-24mm11-24mm
Filter Thread NoneNone (tail end insert-type)
Image StabilizationNoNo
Lens MountCanon, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA BayonetCanon EF
Aperture RingNoNo
Maximum ApertureF4 F4 
Minimum HoleF22F22
Minimum Focus0.24 m (9.45″)0.28m (11″)
Diaphragm Blades  9 (rounded)9 (rounded)
Elements  1616
Groups  1111
Unique Elements/CoatingsSuper Multi-Layer Coating, F-Low Dispersion and aspherical elements, including an 80mm large-diameter molded glass aspherical element

Wonderful UD, UD, and 4 Aspherical Elements, SWC, Air Sphere, and Fluorine Coatings, Rear element fluorine coatings

Motor TypeRing-type HypersonicUltrasonic
Busty Time ManualYesYes
Focus MethodInternalInternal
Distance Scale YesYes
DoF ScaleNoNo
Weather Sealing Dust and Splash Proof Construction with rump rubber gasketFull Weather Sealing
Zoom Method Rotary (extending)Rotary (internal)
Weight1151g (2.54 lb)1180g (2.60 lb)
Dimensions132mm (5.2″) x 102mm (4.0″)132 mm (5.2″) x 108 mm (4.25″)
Hood ListedYes (built in)Yes (built in)
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The Sigma and the Canon share a rather large number of the same features with respect to lens design. The main discrepancies between the two lenses are highlighted in green. The Canon has a slight edge over the Sigma in terms of build quality with full weather sealing, where the Sigma sells a ‘moisture resistant’ rubber gasket on the lens mount and water-repellent coatings on the front and rear lens elements.

Both lenses are very downcast and are nearly identical in size and shape, and both feature built-in lens hoods. Neither lens accepts standard screw type eliminates, but the Canon may refer to has a slot to accept rear gel filters. The Sigma has that familiar Art build that feels very robust in hand but lacks the after all is said ‘sealed’ feeling that the Canon lens provides due to its water resistant external construction.

The Canon has a slight advantage over the Sigma in whiles of the zoom method as the Sigma has an external extending zoom whereas the Canon’s is internal. Being that the Sigma isn’t fully weather sealed this could be a miserable point in the design in terms of moisture penetrating the lens during adverse or wet weather conditions. 

With these specifications in mind, we desire now be looking at how well the Sigma performs to determine how it fairs in our head-to-head comparison with the Canon 11-24mm F4L. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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