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Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro

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Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro

Weight: 715g / 25.2oz.
Length: 115.5mm/4.5 in.
Filter Diameter: 82mm
Min. Focus: 40cm / 15.7 in.
Max. Magnification: 1:3.8
Diagonal FOV:
Horizontal FOV: 84.1 -34.3 degrees
Horizontal FOV on Digital: 56.1 – 22.9 degrees
Min. Aperture: F32
Optical Construction: 13 Elements in 14 Groups
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Registered: November, 2010
Location: Hueytown, Alabama
Posts: 1,507
Lens Review Date: September 20, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $160.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Focus is quick and accurate with K-1,Build,Plenty sharp for portraits
Cons: Small zoom ring
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 8    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-1    Autofocus: 9    New Or Used: 10   

IMGP0782 by Tim Crumly, on Flickr
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Registered: February, 2011
Location: Brno
Posts: 259

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 3, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: FF lens, build quality, fast focusing, aperture ring, F2.8
Cons: Contrast could be better
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: K5, K20D, MZ-10    Autofocus: 8   

I bought this lens for a good price in used condition. F2.8 is quite usable, but lacks contrast and detail a bit when compared to modern Sigma 17-50/2.8. Some CA is also visible. F4 setting is very usable. It seems to be sharpest around 35-50mm range. Thanks to 9 aperture blades the bokeh is pleasant and nicely circular.

AF is fast and +/- accurate as camera body allows.

Lens is quite big and heavy, built on a high quality standards. Lens zoom creep is jus slight in part of the range, but my lens is used. Other parts ale nice and stiff.

Lens hood seems to be small sometimes.

Also the reversed design, where lens extends towards to 24mm and retracts towards the 70mm end is a bit strange.

But keeping in mind how old this lens is and how cheap it was for an F2.8 autofocus zoom, it delivers a lot.

It would be interesting to try it on FF digi camera..
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Registered: January, 2011
Posts: 45
Lens Review Date: April 16, 2014 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: fast lens, everyday shooting, fast AF
Cons: soft at f2.8, heavy, big
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 6    Value: 7    Camera Used: K5iis   

I borrowed this lens for 3 days. Used enough for the three days.
I should mention that a copy I had was bad copy, that was dropped previously and zoom ring was stiff. But optically it was perfect. AF works fine, not Back and Front focus issue.

Sharpness, aberration: I gave 8/10. because it is soft for EX line up lens at f2.8. very soft and CA appears through the frame even at focus point. But when stopped down to f4, it produces sharp images, CA almost gone. Very sharp between f4.0-11.0. And also flare is a big issue.

Bokeh: good, colorful blurry background. bokeh shape is almost round on center. but on edges, it loses round shape.

Handling, Autofocus: way too heavy to carry around if you use external flash and battery grip at same time. I don't use strap, but I installed the strap because I am worried of total weight. Zoom ring is too small. I liked its big focus ring and AF/MF switch operation. Pull the focus ring for MF and push it back for AF. when in AF, focus ring rotates freely and affects nothing. but beware when in MF mode on the lens. If your body in AF mode and when you press AF button on the body rotates the focus ring may cause a damage if you are holding the focus ring. AF is faster than my Sigma 17-50 HSM. Very fast, believe me.

Value: it is around $350 for used ones. I think it is overprice for this lens.

I won't recommend this lens to anyone who looking for pro quality F2.8 zoom lens.
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Registered: January, 2010
Location: Otago
Posts: 38
Lens Review Date: April 28, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Versatile, sharp, performs well in most light
Cons: subject to focus issues
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

I think this lens is a little underrated here - but that may just be my emphasis on value for money!
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Registered: August, 2007
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 50
Lens Review Date: December 4, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, Bokeh at 2.8, lens AF/MF switch, Lens hood
Cons: A little large
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

This lens has been a very handy lens to keep a hold of when I've been shooting weddings. A great overall lens to keep on your Pentax for all of the time that you need it. You can bounce it down to 2.8, and throw it as wide open as possible for the brightness. A great... great lens.
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Registered: April, 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 883
Lens Review Date: June 19, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $340.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharp enough, good build, handling
Cons: flare, lens hood

Good lens for the price, decently sharp wide open and really sharp stopped down a bit. Build is good enough, although doesnt compare to the 70-200 HSM II. autofocus is about average for this kind of lens.

cons? the hood. Its too small and a tad flimsy. Flare handling could be better. I dislike the finish, although that's a matter of taste really.

bottom line: good lens for the money, although there are times where i catch myself wishing i picked up the tamron instead. Had the tamron gone to 24, this would not be in my bag right now (saving up for the HSM version currently)
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Registered: December, 2010
Posts: 28
Lens Review Date: April 19, 2011 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: N/A 


Is this lens fully compatable with the K7?

I'm thinking about buying this lens, but I read some internet reviews that said that Sigma "reverse engineers (vs. licenses)" and "there is always the possibility that a new body might not support an older third party lens".

Since this lens is old enough to make the K7 "a new body", I think it's a good question.

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Registered: January, 2009
Location: Berlin, Germany
Posts: 63
Lens Review Date: January 5, 2011 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $550.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: attractive zoom range, fast lens
Cons: too little crisp, bulky, heavy

bought this lens from an ebay shop for a bargain 399 euro. Thought it might be faulty, because the price is normally around 600 or so, but the behaviour was quite normal, the image quality decent. Found no real bug, yet images were inappropriately soft at all focus lengths. Returned the lens and stuck with Tamron 28-75 2.8. An alternative to the Sigma could be the Pentax 24-90 if you can get hold of it.
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Registered: March, 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 48
Lens Review Date: December 3, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $630.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast AF, Constant f2.8, looks impressive
Cons: Heavy, Large, 82mm filters are expensive

I have the HSM version which is almost twice as much as the Macro new. I got a pretty good deal on a basically new lens which was probably returned because someone didn't like it. The images can be extremely sharp but it'll take me some more play time to find out exactly how. Wide open is a little soft but it will focus quietly and accurately. One of the best lens I have at the moment and is definitely worth it for the price I paid.

Registered: August, 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 12,875
Lens Review Date: November 15, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: good low light, good walk around range, reasonablly sharp
Cons: cna be heavy when used without grip on camera, manual focus some times quicker inlow light

Not as consistently sharp as a prime, but it's low light performance is good, Some CA wide open but lightroom profile deals with all but the worst example. occasional flare problems but the hood helps
Over all if I could only keep one lens in y collection this would be it right now

recent shot outside the 100 Club at midnight f2.8 iso 1600 very little post done oh and that's not Wlater it's John Catto of the Diodes and many other bands

Walter Lure at the 100 Club by Eddie Smith, on Flickr
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Registered: December, 2009
Posts: 45
Lens Review Date: April 21, 2010 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp everywhere
Cons: Not sharp for non-macro close-ups

I use mine when carrying my Sigma 70-200/2.8 also. From medium distance to infinity the lens is very sharp. Non-macro closeups are a little soft wide open but this may actually be a portrait design feature. Compared to the Sigma 24-60/2.8 which is sharp at any distance the 24-70 seems heavy. But still won't trade mine away.
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Registered: February, 2009
Location: San Mateo, CA
Posts: 175
Lens Review Date: November 8, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $339.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build quality, sharpness, color, easy focus
Cons: weight, size

Just got the Sigma 24-70 Friday evening (2 days ago), from KEH, who rated it EX+. It came without box or manual, but with caps and hood. Only the minor marks on the mount showed it had been used.
Having read all the reviews of this lens I could find, I rushed into some low-light testing (in my kitchen at night) to see if I would encounter the focus problems reported by others. I’m happy to report that my copy does very well in low light when focused either by my K20D, set for single (vs. continuous) autofocus, or manually. The very large glass elements light up the viewfinder enough, even for my 64-year-old eyes. The deep DOF seems to help focusing also. Both of the following 100% crops were focused under normal “kitchen-level” incandescent lighting and shot with the built-in flash.

Autofocus 55mm

Manual Focus 70mm

Haven’t had time to do much natural light testing outdoors yet, but what little I have done is encouraging. Colors are rich both indoors and out—I should note that I leave the image tone set on Natural in my K20D, but this lens still saturates pretty strongly, especially greens.

So far so good—I’ll update this post when I’ve done some more shooting.
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Registered: June, 2007
Location: Singapore
Posts: 348

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Lens Review Date: October 4, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, bokeh, close focusing function.
Cons: Mainly QC issue. Bad copies of this lens gives it an undeserved bad rep. Secondly, prone to flare with the light facing the lens.

Now I realise that most zoom lenses don't merit a 10 / 10 rating - not many primes merit a 10 / 10. I have rated this as such, and there needs to be a basis for comparison.

Now, well known primes that I would rate 10 / 10 are: the 3 FA Ltds, Voigtlander 125mm/2.5, among others. The basis of my rating is that these lens achieve perfectly what they are built to do, and they're pretty darn good to handle, and have an additional 'omph' factor, that gives them their unique characteristics.

For zooms, I haven't wanted to rate any 10 / 10 before. zooms I owed were F 35 - 80 (kit), FA 28 - 105 / 3.2 - 4.5, FA 80 - 320, Tokina 28 - 70 / 2.6 - 2.8, F 17 - 28 fisheye.

The sigma 24 - 70 is different from the other zooms I've come across. It compares very well against the Tokina 28 - 70 / 2.6 - 2.8 I used to have, in terms of sharpness across the whole range, and much much better CA control. Pretty sharp wide open for a zoom lens - images are just very slightly soft, but very useable. Bokeh is creamy. IQ is inferior to the FA Ltd primes, but only half a notch, which is saying something.

Now, compared against a prime, the IQ from the sigma won't be 10/10 - but on its on merits, given the flexibility a zoom offers over a prime, the close focus function, and everything considered, then yes - the sigma does merit a 10/10.

Finally, shots from the lens, as below:

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Registered: September, 2008
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 107
Lens Review Date: April 21, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $550.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: nice big, sturdy size, fast focusing, pin sharp, colors, contrasty
Cons: Sigma's erratic quality control

First thing you notice when you use this lens, compared to the cheaper pentax kit and zoom lenses, is how fast it focus'es - very quickly!!
and it delivers pin sharp, deep rich colors and very contrasty photos.

Unfortunately, you sometimes have erratic quality problems with Sigma lenses, and that is the problem I had.
when I first got it, it either took pin sharp images or totally out of focus images, notwithstanding the k10d giving the in-focus beep.
Took mine to be checked out by Sigma and got it back 3 days later with them having to reset the focusing mechanism inside the lens.

since then no problems and works like a dream.

sadly, whilst I wanted the F2.8 for very low light work, the pentax doesn't back it up, and had the lens hunting and hunting until I eventually packed it all away.

So the F2.8 will give you greater low light ability, but you will reach the limits of your camera before you reach the limit of the lens.

great lens - definitely highly recommended, giving it an 8 instead of a 10 due to the initial quality issue.
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Registered: March, 2009
Location: Perth Australia
Posts: 1,514
Lens Review Date: April 3, 2009 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: range, iq, build, speed, focus ring
Cons: weighty

A really fantastic lens. Comes highly recommended by (see for full detailed review)

No real flaws to this lens, its great for macros to landscapes!

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