Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro A-mount lens review by 1texasgolfer

reviewer#10380 date: Jul-15-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:min 28-105
min 28-85
price paid:350 usd
positive:Focus ring is very easy to hold and slides to disengage ring. 82mm filters it looks good!
negative:zoom is very tight on one end. The gears are weak and expensive to repair. 82mm filters expensive
comment:I like the extra on the the wide end and I'd like more on the long. I've got a Tamron 24-135 on the way.

Be alert the gears in this and alot of other Sigma's could be better. I bought mine with stripped gears I knew it when it was bought, but now repaired and going well. I use this lens outside mainly, and if used inside I bump the iso up to 400. You'll use this one alot, many better times better than modern kit lenses.

One funny note a woman looked at my gigantic lens and assumed I was a pro and started asking for advise. lol

Update I just bought a A850, this lens comes to life with FF it's now useable indoors. I'm sure there is better but it'll take more money to top it.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 46
  • sharpness: 4.36
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 4.59
  • flare control: 3.83
  • overall: 4.35 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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