Sigma 24-105mm 1: 4 DG HSM | A (Art). Review from the reader Radozhiva

Sigma 24-105mm 1: 4 DG HSM Lens Overview | A (Art, for Canon EOS cameras) and examples of photos from it, especially for Radozhiva, prepared Yuri Molchanov.

Shot at Sigma 24-105mm 1: 4 DG HSM | A (Art)

Shot at Sigma 24-105mm 1: 4 DG HSM | A (Art)

Good afternoon.

As you probably know, Arkady uses Nikon cameras, so he does not always succeed in testing lenses with Canon EF mount. For this reason, I could not send my lens to him for a test.

And as time goes on, Canon has released an updated version Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS II USM, so I’d risk sharing my experience using the Sigma 24-105mm f / 4 DG OS HSM lens.

I enjoy reading reviews of Arkady, I like the great style of presentation and examples of photos. You will not find all this in my review, but maybe it is still better than nothing.

To business. I bought a Sigma 24-105mm f / 4 DG OS HSM Art a year after its announcement and was guided by information from various websites (dxomark.com, lenstip.com, etc.). This did not help the choice, as a direct competitor Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS USM - On the same sites, too, praised. As a result, I bought Sigma, since it turned out to be cheaper than Canon and also because I have been using it for a long time Sigma Art 50 / 1.4, and very pleased with him. The lens was bought in Germany through the well-known chain of stores Photo dose for 720 €. Cheap options Canon 24-105 for $ 600 I did not find in Ukraine at that time. Yes, and there were doubts about the quality of such a purchase.

I liked the lens in general. Firmly made, proportionate to Canon 5D Mark III, I also like the design of the Art line more than the old "velvet" lenses. But I want to pay more attention to what I did not like. What I like about Sigma is much better written by journalists from specialized publications - below the link.

1. The lens does not focus very quickly. I cannot compare directly with Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS USM (as well as with the new Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS II USM), but many cheap lenses from my backpack make it faster. In most situations Tamron SP 70-300 mm f / 4-5.6 Di VC USD focused faster and more accurately Sigma. But it is almost three times cheaper! I can also say about the Canon EF-S 55-250 mm f / 4-5.6 IS (of course, you can’t put them next to the sharpness, but again the price!). In the photo you will see a lot of shots of ice, but it is so contrasting and uneven that before I had no problems with focusing. I think this is not the case when you can talk about difficult focusing conditions. Air temperature is 0 or slightly higher.

2. Smears aiming at sharpness in not the most difficult situations. I give examples of photos in which I had to focus several times. In other respects, the pictures are good, the lens holds back light well.

3. At temperatures slightly above zero or so, factory lubricant appears to solidify in the lens. It often happened to me that at the most crucial moment he did not respond to pressing the focus button and had to be forced to move from the spot manually. If you bring a little sharpness with your hand, it begins to move and catch the object in focus. For me, this is not a nit-picking - I missed quite a few interesting moments when photographing animals. And again about the "cheap" lenses: Canon EF-S 55-250 as Tamron 70-300 such glitches in the same sessions did not suffer. The killer whales in the photo, on the background of gray water can be seen immediately, they are bright. And the lens moves many times back and forth focusing on sharpness. Moreover Tamron grabs the object immediately in a similar situation. I shot whales when the Zodiac walked at high speed and there were no complaints Tamron did not have.

4. The lens has rather dull bokeh. The blur is as it were. It seems that nagging appears only when you compare it with high-aperture lenses. But it comes with the word ART! In my case, this is what outweighed the desire to buy an all-weather Canon. So it seems to me that it is possible and necessary to scold engineers for this. Artistry or some special recognizable drawing is out of the question. Unless a professional shoots (who can also shoot beautifully on a mobile phone).

5. The image stabilizer is mediocre. FROM Tamron SP 70-300 mm f / 4-5.6 Di VC USD does not go to any comparison. In the photo with a bearded uncle, smear is noticeable, although it was a sunny day, and I try not to pull the camera.

6. Yes chromatic aberration, but how much the picture spoils is up to you to decide. Example photo at the end of the review.

7. There is vignetting, but it's fixable.

I'm not going to change this lens for another. Firstly - I stick to things, and secondly - I like him. But for those who make a choice now, I advise you not to rush and wait for the new reviews Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS II USM.

And if you still find a new one Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4L IS USM for $ 600, then it definitely makes sense to buy a waterproof / dustproof Canon (I heard about some kit-kits, of which the body and lenses were sold separately and such lenses were cheaper than the boxed version). Otherwise, it is better to buy Sigma. It's cheaper and, according to DXOmark, sharper.

The sharpness of the lens can be estimated from a photograph of a sailboat.

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The Sigma A (Sigma Art) lens range includes the following lenses:

DG

For full-frame cameras (series DG) with mount Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA:

  1. Sigma 14 mm 1: 1.8 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, + Cine
  2. Sigma 20 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, scheme 15/11
  3. Sigma 24 mm 1:1.4DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, scheme 15/11
  4. Sigma 28 mm 1:1.4DG | A (Art), +L, +E, + Cine
  5. Sigma 35 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +A, +Pentax, +Cine, scheme 13/11
  6. Sigma 40 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, + Cine
  7. Sigma 50 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +A, +Cine
  8. Sigma 70 mm 1: 2.8 DG MACRO | A (Art), +L, +E
  9. Sigma 85 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, scheme 14/12
  10. Sigma 105 mm 1:1.4DG | A (Art), +L, +E, + Cine
  11. Sigma 135 mm 1: 1.8 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, + Cine
  12. Sigma 12-24 mm 1: 4 DG | A (Art),
  13. Sigma 14-24 mm 1:2.8DG | A (Art), scheme 17/11
  14. Sigma 24-35 mm 1:2 DG | A (Art), +Cine
  15. Sigma 24-70 mm 1:2.8 DG OS | A (Art), scheme 19/14
  16. Sigma 24-105 mm 1: 4 DG OS | A (Art), + A

DG DN

For full-frame mirrorless cameras (series DG DN) with bayonet Leica l и Sony E:

  1. Sigma 20 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art)Scheme 17/15
  2. Sigma 24 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art)Scheme 17/14
  3. Sigma 35 mm 1: 1.2 DG DN | A (Art)Scheme 17/12
  4. Sigma 35 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art)Scheme 15/11
  5. Sigma 85 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art)Scheme 15/11
  6. Sigma 105 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN MACRO | A (ART)Scheme 12/7
  7. Sigma 14-24 mm 1:2.8 DG DN | A (Art), scheme 18/13
  8. Sigma 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN | A (Art)Scheme 19/15

DC

For cropped SLR cameras (series DC) with mount Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA:

  1. Sigma 30 mm 1: 1.4 DC | A (Art) + Pentax, + A
  2. Sigma 18-35 mm 1:1.8 DC | A (Art) +Pentax, +A, +Cine
  3. Sigma 50-100 mm 1:1.8 DC | A(Art)+Cine

DN

For cropped mirrorless cameras (series DN) for Micro 4/3 and Sony E:

  1. Sigma 19 mm 1: 2.8 DN | A (Art), black / silver
  2. Sigma 30 mm 1: 2.8 DN | A (Art), black / silver
  3. Sigma 60 mm 1: 2.8 DN | A (Art), black / silver

Abbreviations:

  • +L means that there is a version of the lens adapted for working on mirrorless cameras with a Leica L mount
  • +E means that there is a version of the lens adapted to work on mirrorless cameras with Sony E mount
  • + Pentax means that there is a version of the lens with a Pentax K mount (rare)
  • +A means that there is a version of the lens with Sony A mount (rarity)
  • + Cine means that there is a version of the lens adapted for video shooting, usually the CINE versions are released simultaneously for ARRI PL, Canon EF and Sony E mounts

Additionally, you can look at all lenses SIGMA CONTEMPORARY (C) и all lenses SIGMA SPORT (S). Here here there is a short video about the rulers and markings of Sigma lenses.

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Comments: 93, on the topic: Sigma 24-105mm 1: 4 DG HSM | A (Art). Review from the reader Radozhiva

  • Gesha Exhale

    I don’t understand why the author wrote so much discontent and complaints not this lens, the pictures are gorgeous, although I saw better from this glass. In terms of sharpness, I do not just see no problems, but I am even impressed. What smears is not the fact that the glass is to blame, even the Nikon D810 carcass is smeared. But the atmospheric transmission quality is phenomenal judging by the pictures, although the bokeh is not strong but delicate and original (a peculiar character is observed), the same Nikon 24-70 mm with a hole 2.8 can not produce such pictures (I gave this example because I myself am a Nikonist). I'm thinking of taking it for reporting and weddings. And I think that in vain you are so complaining about this lens, Yuri, he is a premium and very powerful. Thank you for your review and opinion!

    • 1

      “He's premium” is the argument.

    • Andrei

      Sigma Art requires individual adjustment through the Sigma USB Docking, then they become razor sharp and focus accurately. This 24-105 is adjusted on 16 points.

  • Artyom

    Good afternoon. In the twentieth photograph, with lilac flowers, the shooting mode is 135mm f 2,8. The killer whale was shot at 300mm ... How's that?

  • Anton

    And what kind of vignetting? In the photo of the village with a lighthouse and in the penultimate 2-3? Is it regular or because of a light filter?
    Choosing a lens for wedding / reportage photography (D810). Among Nikon's optics, there is not much to choose from ... 24-70 is too expensive and optically imperfect. New Sigma 24-70 by the way is also not ice, judging by the targets. But this 24-105 seems to be the best choice.

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