Review Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5

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Review Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5

Review Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 for other cameras was also produced under the name Sigma Zoom 24-135mm 1: 2.8-4.5 (without the letter 'D'). Often the prefixes 'AF' (this is an autofocus lens), 'Aspherical' (there are aspherical elements in the optical scheme) and 'IF' (an internal focusing lens) are added to the name of this lens. The letter 'D' in the lens marking for Nikon cameras means the ability to transmit the value of the focusing distance to the subject (the so-called 'D' type lenses Nikon). Even on the Internet, this lens meets the 'DG' prefix (the lens is specially designed for digital cameras), but whether there is a 'DG' version of this lens - I do not know yet.

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 is an old lens from film cameras, and therefore it is quite suitable for modern full-frame cameras, where its focal length range is in great demand. By the way, Nikon and Canon do not have lenses with such a range of focal lengths, and even with such aperture. If cross Nikon AF Nikkor 24-85mm 1: 2.8-4 D IF Aspherical Macro (1: 2) и Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKII), then just get Sigma 24-135 / 2.8-4.5 :).

A maximum aperture of F / 24 is available at 2.8 mm focal length, which is good news. Yes, and F / 4.5 by 135 mm is also pleasing, and it is noticeably better than the standard F / 5.6.

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5

The lens weighs a little over a pound and uses large filters with a diameter of 77 mm. The mount is metal, as are the two sections of the lens trunk. Aperture, focus and zoom ring - plastic. The copy that came to me for review - without any visible mechanical flaws: the trunk does not protrude spontaneously, nothing dangles, does not play, and in general, a solid thing is felt in the hands. The zoom and focus ring are rubberized.

There is a mark on the case for quick installation of a small plastic bayonet hood. The hood can be installed back and forth, for transportation, while even leaving little access to the focus ring at 24 mm focal length.

When I was shooting in a little frost (just a couple of degrees below zero), the zoom ring began to rotate very tight, almost completely hardened.

Focus speed when using on camera Nikon D700 quite high. The focusing time from infinity to MDF is exactly the same as the Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm 1: 4G ED. Inner Focusing.

Autofocus speed can be viewed at my youtube channel:

The focus ring rotates during autofocus and must not be touched. The ring travel is approximately 75 degrees. During zooming, the rear lens moves inside the lens, the lens trunk extends, but its sections do not rotate.

There is no focus mode switch on the lens itself; to put the lens in manual focus mode, you must put the camera in manual focus mode using the switch located near the camera mount.

There is a focus distance scale in meters and feet. The minimum distance is only 50 cm. The number of marks on the focus scale is very scarce, and therefore this scale is more likely to give an understanding of which direction to rotate the focus ring;). The focal length scale indicates the marks for 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 100 and 135 mm. True, there is also a depth of field scale for the wide-angle range of 24 mm (indicated by the letter 'W') for aperture values ​​in F / 4, F / 8, F / 16, and for the tele-range of 135 mm (indicated by the letter 'T') but only for value F / 32. The 'R' mark is used to make corrections when working in the infrared spectrum (but only 24 mm).

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 with a hood

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 with a hood

It's important: auto focus with this lens is available only when using him on cameras with built-in motor focusing.

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras with a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will focus automatically:

Exact list Nikon DSLR cameras without a built-in focus motor, on which this lens will not focus automatically:

Only auto focus and sound confirmation of focus will not work with these cameras, all other important functions, such as automatic exposure metering and automatic iris control, will work well.

You will find a lot of useful information on the types of cameras and lenses Nikon here.

The lens has a manual aperture ring. To be able to control the value aperture from camera or for automatic installation aperture on modern central control valves, you need to turn the control ring to F / 32 and fix it with a special lever, which is located to the right of the marks aperture. If this is not done, then on a number of cameras, the display will display an error - 'fEE' (ring is not installed aperture) Some cameras having diaphragm rheostatallow you to control the aperture using the ring aperturebut only in metering modes exposure 'M' and 'A'. You can read more about this issue in the section on Non-G Lenses. Ring aperture it rotates with clicks, the values ​​F / 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22, 32 are plotted on it. It is impossible to establish an intermediate value between pairs of numbers.

Diaphragm comprises nine petals! On closed apertures, circles in the out-of-focus area are obtained without the effect of nuts or notches (example on f / 8.0) A diaphragm of nine petals is now considered a rarity, especially for a medium-aperture zoom.

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 and Nikon Lens Series E 50mm 1: 1.8 (MKII)

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1 sizes: 2.8-4.5 and Nikon Lens Series E 50mm 1: 1.8 (MKII)

Optically, Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 was not particularly pleased. At 24 mm and F / 2.8 weak sharpness, especially at the edges of the frame. At 135 mm and F / 4.5, the lens works pretty well. If you cover the aperture to F / 5.6, then the sharpness over the entire range pleases the eye. When sighting through JVI yellowness, which is flooded with the whole image, is immediately evident. In addition, the copy that I visited on the review is often and very wrong during focusing. But in Western forums, this lens is often praised, apparently there is a variation in quality (reference).

Here link to the archive with the originals - 321 MB, 28 photos in .NEF format (RAW) from the camera Nikon D700... On Nikon DX cameras (i.e. on a crop), the lens EGF will be 36-203 mm. Many have successfully used / have used this lens on a crop.

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 on ZK

Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 on ZK

Catalog of modern Sigma lenses can look at this link.

In the comments, you can ask a question on the topic and they will answer you, as well as you can express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs, for example E-Catalog. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


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Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5 - a lens with a very useful focal length range, fast autofocus and good aperture... Practically good 'average' (with certain reservations).

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. My Youtube channeland Radozhiva's group on Facebook и VK.

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Comments: 55, on the topic: Review Sigma Zoom 24-135mmD 1: 2.8-4.5

  • Anonymous 1

    I can't say anything about this particular lens, but I worked with Sigma 28-70 / 2,8-4 for several years; junk is rare, both in sharpness in the entire range, and in build quality. I believe that this one is not much better ...

    • Andrei

      I can't say anything about this lens, but I used Sigma DL 70-300 / 3.5-5.6 MACRO - quite a decent lens, but on the figure when closing the aperture, an error popped up.
      Now I use Sigma 30 \ 1.4 and Sigma 105 \ 2.8 Macro - excellent lenses. There is no reason to think that Sigma, in principle, can have junk.

      • anonym

        Rightly said.

      • Lynx

        sigma has, in principle, a lot of junk….
        Firstly, the love of so many models to gilding / warming the picture, secondly, stable focusing glitches, slowness, or love to refocus even in the “S” mode
        Moreover, this is characteristic in some measure even of such current tops as 30, 24 50.
        A couple of acquaintances returned the new clean glasses to the store - give up to a third of misses. \

        • anonym

          In principle, in every system there’s a bunch of junk, so we’re digging in the trough not only with Sigma.) According to reviews, the tops from Sigma seem to be sweet. No?

          • Lynx

            sweet. But with a taste.

            • NE

              I can't say anything about the EX-series of Sigma, I didn't have one. But after 50 1.4 ART and 35 1/4 ART for me, Nikkor 50 1.4G, 50 1.8G and 35 1.8G DX are rare muck. I have all of the above. Nikkor-s I will sell, if attached. For now, if friends ask, I give it to use it. This is so, for others to read ...

    • anonym

      Why did you work with him for so many years, if this is “junk.” Even as it is a shame for you, by God.)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Well, what does all your 28-70, 70-300, 30 / 1,4 and 105 / 2,8 have to do with this lens? Names, no more.

      • Andrei

        the most direct. you can’t conclude about the brand for one product

        • Arkady Shapoval

          I’m about the same.

    • Dmitriy

      I still use 24-70 / 2.8 from sigma on Nikon's crop - everything is fine ... It will even remain when switching to fullframe

  • = Kotofalk =

    Arkady, who is an asset in a Canon EF 28-135 IS USM, why would you want more light at 24mm? On the Canon 1D MarkII 28mm, reach the top level.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I would not change. Instead of the aperture inherent in Sigma, you have a stub on Canon.

  • Alexander Malyaev

    I can not say anything about this lens, but the girl is beautiful. :)

    • Alexander Malyaev

      In fact, I considered this lens as an option to buy a staffer, but reviews on Russian-speaking resources stopped me. Now Arkady confirmed.

  • Alterace

    The girl is very beautiful))

  • Jury

    Photos in processing and resizing look good, but from the source you can see that the lens has already worked out. I have a SIGMA AF 3200-17 mm f / 70-2.8 DC MACRO OS HSM on my D4, a very good specimen - and the sharpness is good and there are almost no autofocus misses, only HSM beeps, sometimes :). It's too early to “bury” Sigma :)

  • sergey

    Good afternoon, Excellent review, the question of why you can’t upload the archive from the rav separately, everything doesn’t compress anything exactly

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Can. The archive is convenient in that it contains all the photos in one file.

      • sergey

        Yes, just don’t download one file; you have to pull everything in its entirety, it’s not a pritenza;

        • Alexander

          Is it problematic to download 300mb ??? Here, most likely, it’s more reasonable to say that not everyone has the Internet like yours :)

  • anonym

    pretty girl ... she should have been filmed with something more worthy ... at least nikkor 85 / 1.4 ...

  • Alexey

    AF sigma smeared and will smear - simply because sigma does not have access to AF commands from Kenon and Nikon - these are closed protocols. Moreover, often when updating the firmware of Nikon / Kenon, new problems with sigma AF are added.
    A more serious problem with sigma AF is that different corrections are needed at different distances, so no adjustments in the carcass (and the docking station for new sigma models) help, there are detailed photos in the net, there are about four zones with different corrections for sigma AF. on dark lenses the problem is masked by a big grip.

  • Vasilii

    I really liked the photo - where the girl is in a black muffler. And in the background is a blurry winter city. Some kind of Bruegels. Arkady You have grown a lot as a photographer. Sometimes you record such pictures that it’s just awful. great! I even put it on the desktop.

  • Vasilii

    And I still could not determine what color her eyes were. And Toko now realized that she had eyes the color of a winter city. Kapets is simple!

  • Sergei

    I have this “Sigma” using the Pentax system. Overall, I am happy with this lens. Yes, very convenient focal lengths, now I take this lens with me on trips! Before this lens, I had a Sigma 28-105mm f / 2.8-4.0, and sometimes the wide angle was a little lacking. I think the image quality for such a budget zoom is at the proper height. At 24mm on an open hole, the edges are “soft”, but with a good composition of the frame, it may well go for a close portrait with a good background blur. In any case, I succeeded. Photos on paper are very decent, and if viewed under the "microscope of the monitor screen", then maybe someone will not like it. Again, 24mm for landscape photography is great, but here I tighten the aperture from 5,6 to 8 (there is no point in clamping further), the edges of the frame are “aligned” in sharpness. From 24 to 35 mm - maximum aperture 2,8; from 35 to 50 mm - 3,5; from 50-75 mm - 4,0; and from 75 to 135 mm - 4,5. The lens is quite suitable for artistic portraits, after all 9 petals “do their job”! In the 70-135mm portrait area, you really need to set the aperture down to f5,6 to get very good sharpness. I specifically wrote "very good sharpness", because the concept of sharpness is different for everyone))) I will say that f4,5 in this area is WORKING, I have no obvious "soap". If you press down to f6,3-8, what is “dermatological sharpness”. As you like. In any case, I spent a long time choosing a universal zoom (there were Sigma 28-105mm f / 2.8-4; Tamron 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3; Sigma 24-300mm f / 3.5-6.3 and, of course, the kit 18-55mm), stopped at this. I am satisfied with it both in terms of price and quality. By the way, it conveys colors very well, they turn out to be somehow saturated, juicy; the contrast is medium (again - as you like). The only drawback that I noticed so far is that the lens can catch a “hare” in the backlight. The weight of the lens does not bother me, the main thing for me is the final result - the quality of the images.

  • M

    There was no DG version.

  • Ivan

    Sergey, what about sigma 28-105 2.8-4? Is there any point in changing to this, if the focal length is enough?

  • Dmitriy

    I really wanted to buy this glass at the end of August in Moscow time, because sold in excellent box condition for sane money (~ about 8-8,5 thousand rubles).
    But I was taken away literally from under her nose by a girl.
    For two months on Avito, he was not under a Nikon mount. Rather, it lies behind a 6,5 thousand ushatanny specimen with a strange enlightenment of the front lens casting a blue, which I did not see on any photo of this zoom in the internet.
    For the option for Pentax and Canon, they generally ask for an inadequate 20 thousand ...

  • Aleksanr

    I have this lens and am pleased with it. On the carcass 1D M2 there are almost no blunders of focus, maybe only 1/10 frames

  • DmitryK

    In addition to Sigma, 28 / 1.8 took this glass.
    Enlightenment is not the same as on this specimen from the test - it seems like colorless. I was struck by two points - in the hands, the body to the touch resembles modern Sigma ART 35 / 1.4. Only lightweight. And on the long end, from the side of the bayonet inside, all the giblets of the lens are visible. The mileage of the rear window when summed up from 24 to 135mm is not sickly and given the complete absence of dust and moisture protection, the matrix will be covered in dust. This is of course a cant. And so it seems like a good thing.

  • DmitryK

    I decided to write a review about my copy of this Sigma, which I managed to buy for an approximate amount of $ 110. Compared to an old full-frame Nikon.
    I got a copy in excellent condition with a hood without any damage.
    My copy fills the picture with yellow.
    And it’s not a light brown type of almond hue, namely dark yellow, which is generally unpleasant for winter photography and you will have to keep this moment in mind.
    Maximum sharpness at aperture 10. The sharpness remains at a good level in the focal range of 24-50mm and then gradually decreases.
    I really did not like the distortion. I expected to see its barrel-shaped type at a wide angle.
    And then the PILLOW starts right from 35mm and further to 70mm it only intensifies.
    It is unpleasant. At 24-28mm, distortion is not felt at all.
    If we compare the 28mm of this glass and the other old Sigma - SIGMA ZOOM 28-70 / 2.8, then the 28-70 / 2.8 has a barrel distortion of 28mm. At apertures covered to 9-10, 28-70 / 2.8 wins in corners and edges in sharpness, clarity and contrast. At apertures 5-5.6, this is even more noticeable. 28-70 / 2.8 also has a yellowness, but here it is Almond, i.e. the lead is in this shade, and not in the dirty yellow, like in 24-135 / 3.5-4.5.
    24-135 lies well in the hand and gives the impression of a fairly strong case, albeit a budget one. Pleasantly pleased with the sharpness and clarity on a full frame in the range of 24-80mm, which is very good for a zoom with such a magnification. Glass can be used as a travel zoom without any complaints. I noticed such a feature that the lens housing near the camera mount can get warm during active work. This is noticeable on cameras with a good D3c screwdriver.
    Exposure correction is not necessary to be introduced, unlike 28-70 / 2.8, which like some Sigma of the 90s of NON-D type, it takes a little time or drag the shutter speed to 0.3EV.

    • DmitryK

      And yet - there were no focusing errors.
      But here we must apparently say that if I see them on D3c with some screwdriver glass, then such a glass will definitely be sent to the ballot box.

  • DmitryK

    Glass is really not bad.
    Now I walked at -14C in the evening.
    I managed to catch a good sunset and the glass was pleasantly pleased.
    I thought it would be f * ck ... but no.
    The focusing ring moves and is located very close to the focal length ring - it is inconvenient to work in the pen. The hood can be removed and placed in the cold.
    The focal ring goes on oak frost. The diaphragm is better to cover up to 5.6 and above, and then the norm. 10 is generally good. I thought it would go to dark yellow and noticeable distortion, but no ... and it surprised, because I saw both earlier when photographing a brick wall.
    It turns out tests by tests, but shooting in real life is somewhat different.

  • Arkady

    My dear fellow countryman and namesake, I would really like to know your opinion about the TAMRON AF 24-135 / 3.5-5.6 lens. Accidentally turned up for $ 150 a completely new anniversary.

  • Pokemon

    The zoom ring is uncomfortably narrow and is close to the lens mount.
    Rotating it is not very convenient. In the cold, as Arkady wrote, he is completely dubbing.
    At -5-6С it’s already inconvenient, and at -10С it’s scary that it will jam or crack. Shorter than gloomy sensations.
    Lens for daylight photography in sunlight. At sunset, some points in the landscape accent / warm well. But at night, BB D750 does not cope with it very well. Up to 5.6-6.3 is really soapy. Communicated with two people who sold it in good condition. Both crumpled and said that soapy. It may be better on the crop, but on the FF it is better to cover the aperture up to 8-10. Focusing is not fast, and in the cold, at -10С the camera (D750) with each hour of shooting is turning it more and more slowly :(
    I think the purchase of Nikkor 28-105 / 3.5-4.5 is more justified than the purchase of this Sigma. Although ... 135mm focal length, this is an interesting topic with such budget zooms and 9 aperture blades.
    And yet - this lens is a good vacuum cleaner. Because when the focal point changes, the trunk goes back and forth and sucks in dust. The lens is naturally not protected from dust / moisture.

  • Igor_Speed

    I would like to hear some advice on what will bring more joy to the image quality.
    This Sigma 24-135 or Nikon 35-70 2.8D.
    Our price difference is small.
    Carcass d3s.
    We need a pair of zoom to 80-200.
    No new lenses yet….
    Thank you!

    • Andrei

      I was thinking, people who have є D3S know the most who need an object, but that's a yak ...

    • Pokemon

      It would be better to take Nikkors 28-105 / 3.5-4.5D and 35-70 / 2.8D.
      Both. It's not expensive.
      35-70 / 2.8D you need to carefully look at the clearance, in the daytime.
      Check focusing accuracy at 35 and 70mm and be sure to check for fungus and mold. Most of the older high-aperture zooms get sick with one or the other. This is the norm. I do not recommend Sigma 24-135 for D3s - a soap lens. If you need something like this Nikkor 28-105 is better in everything.

      • Igor

        Hmm ... 28-105 / 3.5-4.5D together with the F70 camera costs 50 euros ... Is he really ???

        • Igor

          Well, I found the F90 with him for 90 ... generally like new.
          What miracles?

          • Igor

            here

            • Igor

              and here

            • Pokemon

              This is it.

              • Pokemon

                On the 1st photo - he.
                The second one looks like an old Sigma.

              • Pokemon

                Don't take Sigma from the second photo (where 89 €)

        • Pokemon

          Here is his review on Radozhiv:
          https://radojuva.com/2012/11/obzor-nikon-28-105-mm-3-5-4-5-af-d-nikkor/
          This 28-105 / 3.5-4.5D and 35-70 / 2.8D are some of the best value Nikon lenses for their money. Very good image quality for a humane price if you can find it in good condition with clean glass.

          • Victor

            I can say the same about 35-105d.

            Bold, "lamp" picture and nice bokeh, like for a zoom.

            • Pokemon

              35-105 and 28-105 differ in image and price.
              Owned a 35-105 and this is a really good lens for the little money asked for it. But 28-105 is still optically better.

              • Victor

                Yes, in general, they both cost little money, the difference is 1-2kr. from strength.

                It will be necessary to find 28-105, compare.

                Macro mode will be useful too.

        • Victor

          If the condition is good, it is not expensive at all

  • Igor_Speed

    I take the first one, thank you very much!

  • Igor_Speed

    35-70 2.8D in new condition, even the purchase receipt ... 220 €. Probably very good.
    Forgive me for getting in here with money in the temple of the magic of chiaroscuro))

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