Tif­fen Apex

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It’s rare that DX-for­mat shoot­ers can en­joy a bet­ter qual­ity lens than FX ones. How­ever, that was the case with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM | A, which aimed to span pop­u­lar ef­fec­tive fo­cal lengths of 28mm, 35mm and 50mm, and de­liver the same im­age qual­ity of three f/1.8 prime lenses in one con­ve­nient zoom pack­age. In prac­tice, the lens lives up to its claims and is some­thing of a mas­ter­stroke.

Sigma is aim­ing to repli­cate the suc­cess of this DX-for­mat lens with a new FX-for­mat op­tic that cov­ers clas­sic wide-an­gle fo­cal lengths of 24mm, 28mm and 35mm, al­beit with a slightly slower f/2 con­stant aper­ture. Based on sim­i­lar ‘Art’ line lenses that we’ve seen from Sigma, build qual­ity of the new 24-35mm is likely to be ex­cel­lent. High­lights in­clude top-grade FLD (Flu­o­rite-equiv­a­lent Low Dis­per­sion) glass; com­pat­i­bil­ity with Sigma’s op­tional USB dock for firmware up­grades; and a fully in­ter­nal zoom mech­a­nism. It’s no light­weight, weigh­ing 940 grams and mea­sur­ing 88x123mm, with an 82mm fil­ter thread to re­duce vi­gnetting. How­ever, it’ll still be a lot eas­ier to lug around, and much more con­ve­nient to use, than three fast wide-an­gle prime lenses. FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: If the qual­ity’s as good as ex­pected, this three-in-one zoom will be a win­ner.

Tif­fen’s award-win­ning fil­ter tech­nol­ogy is now avail­able in the XLE range of fil­ters: Apex, Ad­van­tix and Ax­ent. These fil­ters are de­signed to en­able you to shoot long ex­po­sures even in bright sun­light and still get ex­cep­tional im­age qual­ity. The Apex is the most colour-neu­tral of the range and fea­tures a stan­dard near-in­frared blocker, and Tif­fen’s own Hot Mir­ror in­frared blocker. These help to elim­i­nate colour casts caused by in­frared light when tak­ing a long ex­po­sure.

Wide-an­gle lens

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