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

reviewer#4883 date: Feb-19-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Carl Zeiss 24-70 f2.8
price paid:$389. USD
Colors are very vibrant
Built tough
Great Bokeh
negative:Had to go through a couple before getting a good copy
comment:I was originally going to buy the Zeiss 24-70 but Could not justify paying the price. after many many comparisons I seen that this lens could defiantly keep up with the Ziess . My first impressions were not good at all! the first copy I received had a serious problem catching focus. and it wasn't constant either It would either FF and sometimes BF but only locked right about 20% of the time. The second copy I received was outstanding!!! Perfect bokeh! (nicer than the Zeiss!) colors not Minolta quality but very close! Sharpness is just as good as the zeiss (if not better) But my copy loses some sharpness from 35mm to 24mm but it's nothing to worry about unless you blow it up and pixel peep.
Over all This lens is well worth the money Especially if you can't dish out the money for the Zeiss! If your not pressed for time and can handle going through a few copies when you get a good one It's worth all the hassle! another thing is everyone cries about the weight of this lens, But honestly it's almost half the weight of the Zeiss! So I can't see what all the complaining is about. and the filter size? Ummm.. you paid how much less for this lens than the Zeiss? Ans yet with all that savings you cry about a extra $50 for the difference in filter price.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania