Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM A-mount lens review by peter3400

reviewer#11799 date: May-1-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:24-70 2.8 ZA
28-70 2.8 G
price paid:500 CHF (used)
positive:Fast and silent AF, lovely colors, great IQ, Cheap!!!
negative:No focus hold, focusing-ring-rubber issues!
comment:Sharper than the Minolta
A bit less micro contrast and color appealing than the Zeiss.
A great "cheap" lens that offers "very similar" outcome compared the triple priced zeiss.

From my point of view here is an quick evaluation for the 3 mentioned lenses:

1- Minolta G has warmer colors and the most appealing bokeh though it is slower and noisier
2- Sigma version is faster, silent and sharper with nice overall colors
3- Zeiss is the sharpest with the highest micro contrast and more realistic colors. fast and great IQ. the only drop back is the price!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 20
  • sharpness: 4.65
  • color: 4.70
  • build: 4.75
  • distortion: 4.55
  • flare control: 4.70
  • overall: 4.67 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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