Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG HSM Art A-mount lens review by mpatrick
|mpatrick#38901 date: Jul-13-2017|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Sony DT 16-50|
Sigma 50 mm HSM non-Art
|price paid:||619 (used)|
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.