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

reviewer#6451 date: Nov-24-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.2
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75 2.8
Sony 50 1.8
Zeiss 135 1.8
price paid:300USD (used)
positive:-Constant 2.8
-Very very solid build (you could kill a moose if you hit it with this lens)
-Crazy sharp at 50mm
negative:-Friggin' huge
-People get uncomfortable when you put this lens in their face
-AF is loud
-Contrast could be better
-Sharpness up and down between 24 and 70.
-Huge element prone to flare (hood is teeny tiny)
-Not a huge fan of Sigma AF/MF clutch, but it works.
comment:I had this lens for a while, and when it was all said and done, I decided to go in another direction.

I did LIKE it, I just didn't LOVE it. I got it for a pretty fair price, so it was worth the experiment for me.

Sharpness was a bit inconsistent through the zoom range, and contrast was a little underwhelming at max aperture.

Build is very very good, though be prepared. . . she's a real beast of a lens haha. 82mm filters are pricey as well.

24mm is a significant advantage over Tamron's 28mm if you don't have a wider alternative. I prefer Tamron's color rendition, though in sharpness they are very very similar (I had both for a short time)

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