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

reviewer#3387 date: Mar-21-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Sony 18 70
CZ 16 80
Minolta 50/1.7
price paid:290€ used
Build quality
negative:None so far
comment:I really love this lens very much: build is very good (though the zoom ring is too next to the body), right weight in my hands, nice Sigma EX finish, looks rock solid.

The minimal focus distance of 40mm is very useful, the range is good for a walk-around lens, (18 would be better of course), constant f2.8 gives you EV gain in low light.

About the IQ, I find the lens impressive at f2.8: it can keep up with the max aperture very well, not loosing the sharpness that noticeably. I find it sharper than the 50/1.7 at wide apertures. The bokeh it produces is quite good, colors are very good too (maybe a bit colder than Minolta).

AF is fast and accurate, this lens has proven me (along with the 50/1.7) that focus problems I had before buying this were more lens-related than I could think.

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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