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SIGMA Announces 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary

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The 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens is a Wide-Angle Zoom with Uncompromising Optical Performance in a Compact Body.

The 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary, is the latest high-performance zoom lens in the SIGMA Contemporary line, and a perfect companion to the current 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | C. It 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, a 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.

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

With its excellent field curvature correction, the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary 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’ centre 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 and travel photographers who need to carry their kit for long periods.

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

An F2.8 constant aperture gives a shallow depth-of-field for blurry out-of-focus areas, which is especially useful when shooting close-ups. The bokeh is smooth and circular thanks to the nine rounded diaphragm blades, which means the background never distracts from the in-focus subject.

SIGMA has also taken extensive measures to counter ghosting and lens flare, which are 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 difficult of backlit conditions.

Convenient form-factor
The new 16-28mm has a front filter thread built-in, which allows neutral density and polarizing filters to be attached more easily. This is especially useful for landscape photographers and filmmakers. By using a stepping motor to control the AF actuator, the autofocus of the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary is both fast and silent, making it ideal for shooting photography and video in quiet environments.

The inner zoom mechanism allows the lens to maintain the same length throughout the entire zoom range and with almost no shift to its balance point. The resulting stability will be appreciated by anyone looking to use the lens with a gimbal, or for hand-held or vlog-style video shoots. The inner zoom mechanism also greatly contributes to the lens’ favourable physical dimensions: at a length of 100.6mm, a diameter of 77.2mm and a weight of only 450g, its compactness rivals wide-angle zooms with slower maximum F4 apertures.

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

Exceptional build quality
The lens is constructed using specially selected lightweight materials including Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), a polycarbonate with a thermal contraction rate similar to that of aluminium. 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.

The precision of each individual component and the simple beauty of the finished product is made possible thanks to the craftsmanship and expertise of SIGMA’s staff, the company’s unparalleled manufacturing technology and the rigorous quality control at SIGMA’s only production base in Aizu, Japan. Compact and lightweight, the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary lens is a sophisticated but versatile photographic tool that offers photographers and filmmakers the perfect blend of portability and performance.

Here are some key specifications of the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary:-

Model Name : 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary
Mount: Sony E Mount & L Mount
Aperture Range: F2.8 ~ 22
Lens optical: 11 groups, 16 elements (5 FLD, 4 aspherical elements)
Minimum Focusing Distance: 25cm
Magnification Ratio: 1:5.6
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Filter Size: 72.0mm
Maximum Diameter: 77.2mm
Angle of view: 107.0° – 75.4°
Length: 100.6mm
Weight: 450g 

The SIGMA 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary lens will be available for both L-Mount & Sony E-mount for a retail price of RM3,988 in late June 2022. Contact APD Malaysia for details.

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