Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Aspherical Large Aperture Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Accepts 82mm size filters
- Variable zoom offers excellent image definition and increases your creative possibilities, when compared to a standard 50mm 'normal' lens
- The use of two (2) SLD (The Special Low Dispersion) glass elements results in excellent correction of chromatic aberration for a high level of optic integrity
- The lens materials used in this new lens are lead and arsenic free ecological glass
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|Compatible Mountings||Canon SLR|
|Included Components||Lens Hood, Front & Rear Lens Caps, Pouch|
|Item Dimensions||2.97 x 2.97 x 2.3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.57 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.95 pounds|
|Maximum Aperture Range||f/2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||15.7 inches|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||82 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||84.1 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.29 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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Top Customer Reviews
Full time MF.
Great contrast and color, consistent with my other Sigmas,
nice weight, fit and finish.
OK AF speed indoor and outdoor
f2.8 isn't fast enough in many indoor situations with moving subjects. I have to use flash with it.
Arrived with severe front-focus problem. Fixed under warranty.
Zoom could be smoother.
AF whines a bit, but tolerable;
Border not as sharp as center.
Sharp only after stop down. But usable wide open for me
Probably not pro grade, but for the build quality at this price, it's a winner! (I deducted 1 star because of the less than perfect IQ.)
This claims to be a macro lens without HSM, so the so-so AF speed is excused. Got a very shallow DOF wide open. So IQ can be very low if AF is not spot on wide open. This is not a great low light lens as I thought it would be. But with good light, the IQ is excellent with fantastic color and contrast. Considering the price, it's not a bad deal really.
Update: March 2009
Just got my used 28-70 2.8L. It looks used and the MF is problematic, but the IQ(sharpness/color/contrast) is so much better than this Sigma, not to mention flair resistance, light fall off on full frame, AF. Contrary to the Sigma, the Canon L is very much usable at f2.8. Only the border sharpness improves significantly stop down. And I got the L used for not much more than the Sigma brand new. The L is a bit bigger but not really heavier in hand, both feel handful. I am a pack-rat so I'll keep my Sigma.Read more ›
I chose this over the Tamron 28-75 and the Canon 17-85.
This lens has been proven to hang right with the $1300 Canon 24-70 L in terms of sharpness.
On with the review:
PROS: Extremely sharp above f/2.8, pretty decent in low light situations, very solid and rugged build quality, comes with a carrying case and hood, very good price
CONS: little on the heavy side (weighs as much as my 70-200 f/4), very loud AF, focusing is a little on the slow side, 2 step manual focus, 82mm filter size ($$$)
Overall, this has been a decent lens for me, but I actually have it up for sale now to move on.
Please read on though. Although this lens isn't right for me, it might be right for you!
Everything camera related is subjective. I really like this lens' color output, you may hate it. I think it's soft, you may find it perfectly sharp. There's also differences between copies of lenses. Just because I rate it a four star does not mean it's not going to be exactly what you are looking for.
The build quality seems good, it feels solid in your hands and the focus and zoom rings have enough, but not too much resistance. I see no zoom creep, but that may happen after some usage. There's a zoom lock though so that will not be too much of a problem.
It's substantial, but not nearly as heavy as other lenses in this range I've used.
I'm not a huge fan of the finish, it seems like it will wear off easily, but only time will tell.
Comes with a case and petal-type hood, which is always nice.
On viewing my first shots with this lens, I was immediately impressed by the color output. Reds especially seem to pop. Supposedly this lens has special coatings that make images look better taken with digital cameras, I can't argue, I like what I see. I was using custom white balance set with each lens I tested this against and I preferred the color from this lens the best.
It was in looking at the sharpness of each lens where this one didn't come close.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sticks alittle and didn't come with the lense covers but besides that not a bad lensePublished on August 4, 2014 by Richard Mitchell
Junk too many plastic parts that will break over and over again. You send the lens in to get repaired and the plastic parts will break again. Read morePublished on August 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Capable of very sharp images but needs to be stopped down. f4 at 35 and below, f5.6 at 50mm, and 70 mm
continues to sharpen all the way to f16. Macro is pretty good at f11+. Read more
Its hard to imagine canon glass performing any better. The Drawback with this lens is the focusing motor is noisy/slow compared to the Hypersonic motor. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by J. Gwinn