Hands-on with the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary

Hands-on with the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C

The Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary is a compact, light-weight wideangle zoom lens for Sony E-mount and L-mount full-frame and APS-C format digital cameras. Click by this text to study extra about Sigma’s newest compact zoom.

‘Contemporary’ versus ‘Art’ and ‘Sport’

Sigma’s ‘Global Vision’ line of lenses accommodates three sub-brands: ‘Art’, which Sigma reserves for its best-performing and costliest optics, ‘Contemporary’, which describes the firm’s fanatic lenses, with an emphasis on compactness and distinctive or uncommon focal size ranges, and ‘Sport’, which is the model that Sigma makes use of for its lengthy telephoto primes and telezooms.

The 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN is a ‘Contemporary’ lens and is designed as a companion to the 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | C, providing the identical fixed most aperture of F2.8, in a extremely compact type issue. When used on an APS-C physique it covers a focal size vary equal to 24-42mm in full-frame phrases.

Size and weight

The 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C actually is tiny, contemplating that it covers a full-frame imaging circle. Weighing in at solely 450g (~1lb) and measuring simply 100.6mm (~4 in) it is an ideal companion to smaller full-frame ILCs like the Panasonic Lumix DC-S5, however would not really feel unbalanced even on a bigger physique like the S1R pictured above.

Somewhat unusually for a lens of this sort, the zoom motion is fully inside, that means that the lens would not change in size in any respect when it’s zoomed.

Optical development

Optically, the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C is made up of 16 components in 11 teams, with 5 FLD (Sigma describes these as fluorite-like) and 4 aspherical lens components. The minimal focus is 25cm (9.9 in), giving a good most replica ratio of 1:5.6.

Nine rounded aperture blades assist guarantee round out-of-focus highlights as you cease down past the most aperture. Super Multi-Layer Coating is employed to assist maintain distinction excessive and flare to a minimal.

Build and dealing with

Despite its mild weight and compact dimensions, the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C matches proper in alongside different ‘Contemporary’ lenses in Sigma’s lineup in feeling strong and well-built. The barrel of the lens is nearly fully plastic, with the exception of a textured rubber focus ring, however the tight molding and understated matte black end mix to provide a definite impression of high quality. We’ve been very impressed by the match and end of all Sigma’s Global Vision lenses, and the 16-28mm isn’t any exception.


The solely bodily controls on the lens barrel are a spotlight ring (of knurled plastic) a rubberized zoom ring and an AF/MF toggle change. Both rings are clean and well-damped, whereas the focus management toggle strikes with a agency ‘click on’ that requires simply sufficient pressure to keep away from unintentional operation. It’s a spotlight mode toggle – they’re laborious to mess up (however belief us – not unimaginable).


Of all the standards by which to guage a lens of this type, arguably one among the least related is autofocus velocity. That being stated, the 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C isn’t any slouch, and the stepper motor that drives AF does so fairly rapidly and really quietly. Manual focus is, as anticipated, ‘by wire’, and there is sufficient granularity in the mechanism to make sure exact management if you might want to take over.

In addition to stills, after all, the 16-28mm is designed for use for capturing video, the place the silent autofocus and clean handbook focus are each benefits throughout filming.

Sealed mount

This picture exhibits the rear of the lens, and highlights the slim rubber gasket round the brass mount which helps maintain mud and moisture from moving into the digital camera. Sigma would not make any nice claims about weather-sealing however describes the mount accordingly (and solely the mount) as ‘mud and splash resistant’.

Summing up

No, this is not the twenty second pattern of the lens to return off the manufacturing line: The ’22’ refers to the 12 months of introduction, and the ‘0’ is a sign of Sigma’s confidence in the longevity of the Global Vision line.

In conclusion, the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C is a welcome addition to the Contemporary lineup for E and L-mount shooters, providing a helpful wideangle focal size vary in a bundle that will not crush your digital camera bag. In phrases of picture high quality, it turns in a great efficiency, however cannot fairly match the dearer optics in Sigma’s ‘Art’ lineup on a high-resolution physique like the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R. Our pattern is mostly stronger at 16mm than it’s at 28mm, however total efficiency may be very strong, given the sub-$1000 MSRP. You can take a look at a full gallery of samples by way of the hyperlink under.

View our pattern gallery on the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C

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