Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG HSM Art A-mount lens review by mpatrick

reviewer#38901 date: Jul-13-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony DT 16-50
Sigma 50 mm HSM non-Art
Minolta 35-105
price paid:619 (used)
positive:1) Sharp
2) Solid build
3) Perfect range for full-frame
negative:1) Like other Sigmas tis a bit large
2) Zoom turns opposite of what I expect
3) Some vignetting and distortion at 24 mm, and corner sharpness
comment:This is my new favorite lens. I use it for everything now, and am basically planning to get rid of all my other lenses.

Probably not, just kidding. But it's just about perfect; landscapes, walking around, portraits, light telephoto action. Yes it's f/4 so you don't get super shallow DoF, but it's very sharp at f/4 in the center so you can still get some good DoF. The bokeh is nice; not bad, not great. When I wanted a little more reach, I flipped the a99 over to the telephoto zoom mode and the images came out great.

Autofocus is quick, and fairly quiet, although during video testing I noticed the camera picked up the noise it makes when it finds focus and comes to a somewhat hard stop. But that's mostly my fault for trying to use autofocus during video. :-)

It's heavy, and it's physically wide. It looks silly when I hook it up to my a6500, not so much on a77ii or a99, but it's still much bigger than other lenses I have used except the Sigma 50 non-art.

I've noticed vignetting at wider focal lengths, especially in lower light, and the corners never really sharpen up completely. But for the price I paid, and the overall utility and central sharpness, this lens can't be beat.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 7
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.86
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.71
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.91 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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