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

reviewer#5711 date: Jul-16-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.3
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:Minolta 28-70 F2.8 G, Minolta 17-35 F3.5 G, Tamron 17-50 F2.8 Di II, Tokina 28-70 F2.8 SV
price paid:
positive:It is a good lens in several ways, but nowhere near as good as the previous three reviews claim. In some aspects it does not outperform a similar Tokina lens at less that a third of its cost.
negative:It often misses focus, not sharp when wide open, and colour is nowhere near as good as Minolta glass. It is a disappointing lens considering its reputation.
comment:This was definitely a disappointing lens - I had waited for it for some time and was expecting much more. I had the dealer exchange it feeling that I had a bad copy - but the same problems persisted. They took it back and I have not as yet replaced it - I am staying with my Tokina 20-35, a much less expensive lens that outperforms it. It does focus quickly and silently - when it doesn't stick - but with an A700 or an A900 that already focus quickly - it isn't really noticeably faster than the lens it replaced - the Sigma non HSM version. Perhaps on an A100 it would make a difference.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania