Overview of SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

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SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL [DF]. The lens is shown in Canon EOS 5D

In short

The SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL is an old, full-frame, fast, versatile lens. In general, not bad, but it has a number of features.

Very important. The same lens can be called SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL Df... The 'D F' mark is found on the original box and lens instructions. There is no 'D F' mark near the front lens, which can confuse lens identification.

The lens was in my review for a short time, while its aperture stuck at certain F values, so this review will be superficial enough.

History

Sigma has the largest family tree of universal high-aperture zoom lenses. It is sometimes very difficult to distinguish one model from another, as well as find information on a particular modification.

Below are listed all such lenses in chronological order of their publication, the names are indicated according to the spelling on the lens housing or near the front lens, and the optical design and the number of special elements are indicated:

  1. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom, 13/10 [without special elements], from May 1992
  2. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Ashperical [+ -D], 15/12 [2 ASP], from the end 1998
  3. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Aspherical DF [+ -D], 15/12 [2 ASP], since February 2001
  4. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Aspherical [+ -D], [DF on the box] 14/13 [3 ASP, 2 SLD], since February 2001
  5. Sigma 24 60mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], 16/15 [4 ASP, 2 SLD], several subversions, since May 2004
  6. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Macro [+ -D], 14/13, [3 ASP, 2 SLD], since September 2004
  7. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], 14/12 [4 ASP, 2 SLD] since September 2004
  8. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG HSM, 14/12 [3 ASP, 1 ELD, 2 SLD], since September 2008
  9. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 DG HSM OS A, 19/14 [4 ASP, 3 SLD], since February 2017
  10. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN A, 19/15 [3 ASP, 2 SLD, 6 FLD], since November 2019
  11. Sigma 28-70 mm 1:2.8 DG DN C, 16/12 [3 ASP, 2 SLD, 2 FLD], from February 2021

Separately, you can still identify almost universal:

  1. Sigma 20 40mm Zoom 1: 2.8 EX DG Aspherical IF [+ -D], 17/13 [2 ASP], since August 2001
  2. Sigma 24 35mm 1:2 DG HSM A, 18/13 [1 ASP, 7 SLD, 1 FLD, 1 ASP SLD], since June 2015

Designations in the names of the lenses:

  • EX (EXcellent) - the highest quality professional lens
  • DG - the lens is designed for full-frame SLR digital cameras
  • DN - lens designed for mirrorless digital cameras
  • Df (Dual Focus) - a focusing system for convenient work with the focusing ring (DF is written near the front lens, or on the box / instruction)
  • IF (Internal Focusing) - internal focus
  • Aspherical (ASP) - the presence of aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • SLD (Special Low Dispersion) - special low dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • FLD - (Fluorite-like Low Dispersion) - special low-disperse elements in the optical scheme with characteristics close to fluorite
  • ASP SLD (ASPherical Special Low Dispersion) - special elements that are simultaneously aspherical and low dispersion
  • ZOOM - zoom lens, the presence of zoom
  • HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) - ultrasonic focusing motor
  • OS (Optical Stabilizer) - built-in optical image stabilizer
  • A (Art) - Sigma Art Premium Lens Range
  • С (Ccontemporary) - a line of modern lenses with a good price / quality ratio
  • D - a letter in the name of the lens, which was placed only on some lenses for Nikon F cameras (analogue 'Nikon D') and Sony / Minolta (because the name of the lenses from the list is [plus or minus D]). Typically, the letter 'D' is located near the focal length indicated on the case, such as 20-40mmD, 24-60mmD, 24-70mmD, 28-70mmD)
SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL. The lens is shown in Canon EOS 5D

Main technical characteristics of SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL:

Review Instance Name Inscription near the front lens: SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG ø82 LENS MADE IN JAPAN. Inscription on the case 24-70mm EX ASPHERICAL 
Basic properties
  • DG - the lens is designed for full-length SLR digital cameras
  • Aspherical - the presence of aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • SLD (Special Low Dispersion) - special low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • EX (EXcellent) - the highest quality professional lens
  • AF-M (Auto Focus - Manual Focus) - the lens is equipped with two focus mode switches
  • Df (Dual Focus) - focusing system for convenient work with the focusing ring (DF is written on the box / instructions)
  • built-in micro motor for auto focus, analogous to Canon MM
  • multi-illuminated optics
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use.
Front Filter Diameter 82 mm
Focal length 24-70 mm

Zoom ratio 2.92 X (usually rounded to 3 X)
Designed by for digital full-length cameras (available in versions for different systems)
Number of aperture blades 9, not rounded
Labels
  • focusing distance in meters and feet
  • focal lengths for 24, 28, 35, 50, 70 mm
  • depth of field scale (only for 24 mm) for F / 5.6, F / 11, F / 16, F / 22
  • R mark for infrared operation
  • bayonet mount mark
Diaphragm F / 2.8 to F / 22 over the entire range of focal lengths
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 0.4 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 3.8
The weight November 700, XNUMX
Optical design 14 elements in 13 groups

Optical design Sigma 24-70 2.8 DG AsphericalThe same optical scheme is used by the lens. Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Macro [+ -D]

Lens hood bayonet mount, LH 875 02 548
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (Japan)
Period Since February 2001. In May 2004, replaced by a model Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Macro [+ -D].
Price About 500 dollars.
Prices for modern Sigma telephoto lenses can be viewed here.

Sigma had a lot of similar lenses, as well as many of their subversions. It is very difficult to find accurate data for some of them.

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

Assembly

Build quality SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL is at a high level. The lens is very nice to the touch, well shot down, without any obvious flaws. SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL uses a metal mount. The retractable frame ('trunk') consists of 1 section. The trunk is durable, without any backlash and without spontaneous movement. The focus and zoom rings are rubberized.

Important: the focusing ring is narrow enough and is too close to the camera mount, which makes it not very convenient to rotate it. On some cameras (mostly cropped Nikon cameras), fingers are trapped between the focus ring and the protruding beak of the built-in flash.

The lens body is covered with a characteristic Sigma lens. velvetwhich is typical of many old SIGMA lenses. This coating may be overwritten, after which the lens does not look so beautiful.

During a change in focal length, the trunk moves in waves. The maximum extended trunk is observed at 24 mm focal length, the minimum - at 50 mm. The movement of the trunk is significant and the trunk is extended by 24 mm by a huge length. It is often joked that such lenses have a range of focal lengths not of '24 -70 ′, but of '70 -24 ′.

There is a bayonet mount mark and a mark on the case for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses a plastic hood, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood can be installed in upside down for transportation. In this position, access to the focus ring is slightly lost. When changing the focal length, the lens hood moves with the front of the lens.

Устройство aperture comprises 9 not rounded petals and forms a hole in the shape of a regular 9-gon.

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

Focusing

Auto focus speed high, the focus speed is practically independent of the orientation of the camera or the set focal length.

For focusing, a conventional micro focusing motor is used, which makes a lot of noise.

The lens does not use internal focus. During focusing, the front lens, along with the frame for the filters, travels forward, but does not rotate. Using polarizing and other specialized filters will be a little difficult. When changing the focal length, the front lens does not rotate.

The minimum focusing distance is 40 cm.

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL has two focus mode switches 'AF-M'. To perform manual focusing, the lens must be switched to the 'M' focus mode using the switch located near the lens mount and using the main switch. To change the focus modes using the main switch, pull the focus ring toward the lens mount or front lens. During auto focus, the focus ring remains stationary, but can rotate freely without affecting focus. I find the dual focus mode switch uncomfortable.

When used on a camera Canon EOS 5D with very simple 9-point focusing system the lens behaves capriciously. Focus errors are larger than usual.

Focus Features:

  1. If switch 'AF-M ' near the lens mount, leave it in the 'AF' position, and move the main switch to the 'M' position - automatic focusing will still be performed, while the focusing ring will rotate during operation of the micro-motor and cannot be touched so as not to damage the lens.
  2. There is a strong effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing).
  3. SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL - third-party lens. It may happen that it will not work correctly with some Canon EOS cameras.
  4. When changing the focal length, focusing is lost.
  5. There is depth of field scalebut only for 24 mm focal length and only for values aperture F / 11 and F / 22. There is a tag for working in the infrared spectrum.
  6. The lens has scale with focusing distance in meters and feet. Such a scale in itself is of little use and is present more for show (justification of this thought here) The distance scale is made using a special window.
  7. Unknown compatibility with teleconverters.
  8. Unknown focus quality in Live View.
SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

Image quality

In a review, I visited the lens in a shabby form, the mechanism of its diaphragm was faulty, and therefore it is not known for certain what values ​​of F were taken.

However, what is striking is the strong 24mm vignetting and strong chromatic aberration at the edges and corners of the frame.

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

Sample Photos

Pictures from Canon EOS 5D. The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, on camera JPEG. Everything was removed from the hands.

Download source files in format JPEG can at this link (38 files in the '.JPG' format, 160 MB).

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

Professional fast wagon

Choosing a good high-speed universal lens is one of the most important for a large number of photographers. I pay a lot of attention to this issue, because I prepared this list of all full-frame universal (standard range of focal lengths) fast autofocus lenses:

Canon

Bayonet EF:

  1. Canon Zoom Lens EF 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 L USM
  2. Canon Zoom Lens EF 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 L USM
  3. Canon Zoom Lens EF 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 L II USM

Bayonet R:

  1. Canon Lens RF 28-70 mm F2 L USM
  2. Canon Lens RF 24-70 mm F2.8 L IS USMsince August 2019

Nikon

Bayonet F:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8 (MKI)
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)
  3. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-70 mm 1: 2.8D ED SWM (two body color options)
  4. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1: 2.8GN ED Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Asphericalsince December 2007
  5. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1: 2.8EN ED Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Aspherical VR

Bayonet Z:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 S

Tokina (for different mounts)

  1. Tokina AT-X AF 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (Tokina AT-X 270 AF)
  2. Tokina AT-X PRO AF 28-70 mm 1: 2.6-2.8 (or 1: 2.8, Tokina AT-X 270 AF PRO)
  3. Tokina AT-X PRO AF 28-70 mm 1: 2.6-2.8 (or 1: 2.8, Tokina AT-X 270 AF PRO II)
  4. Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 mm 1: 2.8 Aspherica (Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO)
  5. Tokina AT-X PRO SV 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (Tokina AT-X 287 AF PRO SV)
  6. Tokina sd 24 70 F2.8 (IF) FX AT-X PRO Aspherical

Sigma (for different mounts, in chronological order)

  1. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom, from May 1992
  2. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Ashperical [+ -D], from the end 1998
  3. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Aspherical DF [+ -D]since February 2001
  4. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Aspherical [+ -D], [DF version], since February 2001
  5. Sigma 24 60mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], from May 2004
  6. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Macro [+ -D], From september 2004
  7. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], From september 2004
  8. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG HSM, From september 2008
  9. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 DG HSM OS Asince February 2017, Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA
  10. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN Asince November 2019, Sony E, Leica L
  11. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN C (Contemporary)since February 2021, Sony E, Leica L

Tamron (for different mounts)

  1. Tamron SP AF 35-105 mm 1: 2.8 Aspherical Model 65D
  2. Tamron SP AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-105 mm 1: 2.8 Model 176D
  3. Tamron SP AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-105 mm 1: 2.8 Model 276D
  4. Tamron SP AF Aspherical XR Di LD [IF] 28-75 mm 1: 2.8 Macro Model A09 (Model A09N & Model A09N II) (scheme like Sony 2.8 /28 75 SAM)
  5. Tamron SP 24-70 mm F / 2.8 DI VC USD Model A007
  6. Tamron SP 24-70 mm F / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 Model A032
  7. Tamron 28-75 mm F / 2.8 Di III RXD Model A036, (15/12), only for Sony E / FE
  8. Tamron 28-75 mm F / 2.8 Di III VXD G2 Model A063, (17/15), only for Sony E / FE, Fall 2021

Sony

Sony / Minolta A mount:

  1. Konica Minolta AF Zoom 28-75 mm 1: 2.8 (32) D
  2. Minolta AF Zoom 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (32) G
  3. Sony 2.8 /28 75 SAM (scheme like Tamron 28-75 / 2.8)
  4. Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 2,8 /24 70 ZA SSM T *
  5. Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 2,8 /24 70 ZA SSM II T *

Sony E-mount:

  1. Sony FE 2.8 /24 70 GM (G, SEL2470GM)

Pentax (K)

  1. Pentax SMC FA 28-70 mm f / 2.8
  2. Pentax HD Pentax-D FA 24-70 mm f / 2.8ED SDM WR

Angénieux

  1. Angenieux Zoom F.28 70 1: 2.6 AF (for Nikon F, Minolta / Sony A, Canon EF)

Panasonic

  1. Panasonic Lumix S PRO 1: 2.8 /24-70 mm, from August 2019, Leica L

Leica

  1. Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 1: 2.8 / 24-70mm f / 2.8 ASPH.since May 2021

Samyang

  1. Samyang AF 24-70 / 2.8 FE, from October 2021, expected to be announced
SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL. The lens is shown in Canon EOS 5D

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Results

In general, as far as one can judge, the lens is not bad (both for its age and cost).

I will be grateful if in the comments experienced users of the SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL model indicate the advantages and disadvantages of the quality of its image.

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Comments: 26, on the topic: Overview of SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL [DF]

  • Alexey

    The image quality was not impressive, I expected better.

  • anonym

    I liked it. A good lens.

  • Alexander

    Maybe you, Arkady, have the ability to upload originals to some other service? And then there is no way to download them from Yandex, because it is blocked in Ukraine ...

    • Rodion

      For Chrome, etc., a bunch of different anonymizer extensions.

    • Molchanov Yuri

      Put a VPN, like all mortals, well, the photo upload speed will drop a bit, well, so what to do.
      The Ukrainian analog of Yandex with free cloud storage must wait 10 years. In the meantime, so.

  • Pokekmon

    Arkady, thanks for the review!

  • anonym

    Please note that on CANON 5D MARK4 Sigma optics has a problem with ring artifacts throughout the frame, which is treated by disabling aberration corrections in the carcass settings.

  • Artyom

    Used this lens on D90. Autofocus screwdriver. 2.8 washed quite hard. Sharpness also dropped to 50-70mm focal. On the covered ones, everything is much better. Compared to Tokina with the same focal lengths, it gave more natural color, but the contrast was worse ...

  • zengarden

    I had one, only with the letter D after the focal designation. Not a bad lens, but not impressive. Sharpness is normal, although in the open it is soapy, especially on distant objects. I used it quite often (although I used it on Nikon D70s, maybe that's the reason). Covering the aperture noticeably increased the sharpness.

  • Igor

    And what is special to expect from him is the slavish range, neither the telly nor the special shirik.

  • Sergei

    Why do junk reviews?

    • Evgeny_d5700

      gygy))) better than this comment can only be: “who is interested in your coffins when there is an iPhone7” Thank you, dude, pleased

      • Sergei

        Well, to whom it is enough to show a finger to please. So there’s nothing at all.

        • Evgeny_d5800

          Dear, it's just that Arkady has a significant part of the site “about old stuff,” as you say so. Although I think he will not refuse if you provide him with new products. Then you can please with your fingers. Dare

      • Rodion

        +1

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The answer is: there is no need, just pass by, right to the review of the new And-96 :)

    • Molchanov Yuri

      Yes, then, that most lovers can afford it, and new lenses, alas, no.
      In addition, no revolution in the production of lenses has occurred over the past 170 years (we still have to live and live before graphene lenses), so the increase in the quality of modern lenses is not so significant. So thanks to Arkady for his enlightening work! Rejoice at the opportunity to learn about so many lenses.

      • Sergei

        Thank you, Yuri, for the first attempt to answer the essence of the question. Personally, as an engineer, I am interested in something new, even if I cannot afford it at the moment. On the other hand, a novelty comes out - everywhere, as a rule, rave reviews. But the value of radojuva is that I personally trust the author. And recently he has not enough new for objective reasons. And I want to! And what to do? I myself do not yet have optics and equipment that would not have already sounded here in the reviews, so I myself cannot be a volunteer yet, with all my desire. So far, only here and there in the comments I shared what I could .. PS I appeal to the owners of sigma 135 1.8 art, I am ready to help in any way I can (except money).

      • Sergei

        Yes, one more thing. Is this your review of 85 ART? Later I read about the rear lens travel on a lenstip - they write about 20mm travel. The figure is gigantic (if I'm not mistaken), although the lens is not small at all. It was somehow alarming, so I'm interested in 135 now .. What do you say from your side?

        • Pokekmon

          Sergei, in fact, it makes little sense to throw a bunch of dollars on new glasses, if you shoot for yourself, for the soul. Arkady knows how to squeeze out everything that they are capable of squeezing from old glasses. And his pictures show that you need to work more on yourself and build in yourself a sense of beauty. Good photos will come with experience.

        • Straight in the hole

          Che, something like that Seryozha's logic does not look like engineering ... There is no money, but let's swing at 85ku shit reviews about old stuff, well, nah, but you will educate Arkady. What is the dear one forgotten on the site?

      • anonym

        There are a lot of new high-quality optics head and shoulders above analogs, even 3-4 years old. But the price tags are space. In this regard, Samyang is pleased with some pretty good new optics for a penny, and Sigma Art (for an amateur by drawing) with very technically advanced optics at reasonable prices. And so look at the new items from Sony Fuja and especially Leica - space is the same. Adjusted optics, which is not clear where to improve.

  • Maksim

    > It is very difficult to find accurate data on some of them.

    Yes, ask me, business.

    The Sigma standard aperture zoom list is complete and accurate.

  • Andrei

    As the first lens for ff is excellent, the color after 550 and 50 1.8 of the second version is beauty, but essentially heavy, comfortable, it is very difficult to move the zoom, sometimes you have to raise the lens up so that the trunk would climb, it is afraid of backlight like fire, sometimes it seems that the left the edge is sharp and the right one is not (by 70mm), the focus on the second penny is normal after that set, but I don't want it on the third one. It's better to fix 35 than with him (I want a faster picture, otherwise at 2.8, although it stretches a little for 2 dimes, but not much). In general, I got it for 200 bucks somewhere and not a 50mm fix that's good. It's worth your money, but you should think that this is between crop and 24-70 of the second version. Very moody, but the reportage and the production can be filmed. Add more to the site, please, in addition to the “f” value and the “T” value, otherwise the first 24-70 has 3.5T and the second somewhere 2.9. thanks

  • Alexey

    Good afternoon. Sorry for the stupid question. I have a PENTAX K-5 double whale. There is also FA 50 / 1.4. There is an opportunity for a nice price to take the above lens. Is it worth taking? Or is this focal length not very crop?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Not really, it's better not to take it. Better to add money and take 17-70 / 2,8-4 Contemporary

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