Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG Review

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Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

In short

The Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG is a fast, versatile zoom lens for full frame cameras. The lens is obsolete and has been replaced by other models. Out of the total mass of such solutions, it stands out with an unusual set of focal lengths of 24-60 mm.

Good build, fast enough internal focus, but with my camera the lens behaved badly during auto focus. Optical Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 is quite suitable for use.

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 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Main technical characteristics of Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG:

Review Instance Name Lettering near the front lens: Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG ø77 LENS MADE IN JAPAN. The inscription on the body Sigma DG 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX 2016773
Basic properties
  • DG - the lens is designed for full format DSLR digital cameras
  • EX (EXcellent) - the highest quality professional lens
  • LOCK - button for fixing the zoom ring in position 24 mm
  • IF (Internal Focusing) - internal focus
  • SLD (Special Low Dispersion) - special low dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • Aspherical - the presence of aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • by means of a camera motor, analogue Nikon AF
  • aperture control ring
  • multi-illuminated optics
  • 1:2.8 - fast lens with a fixed maximum aperture over the entire range of focal lengths
  • the lens transmits the focusing distance to the camera, similar to Nikon 'D'
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use.
Front Filter Diameter 77 mm
Focal length 24-60 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 36-90 mm
Zoom ratio 2.5 x
Designed by for digital cameras (available in versions for different systems)
Number of aperture blades 9
Labels
  • focusing distance in meters and feet
  • focal lengths for 24, 28, 35, 50, 60 mm
  • bayonet mount mark
  • hood attachment mark
  • aperture values
Diaphragm From F / 2.8 to F / 22 over the entire range of focal lengths. There are marks on the aperture ring for F / 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22
MDF (minimum focusing distance) 0.38 m over the entire range of focal lengths, the maximum magnification ratio of 60 mm is 1: 5.8
The weight 555 g (approximately)
Optical design 16 elements in 15 groups

The optical scheme uses 2 SLD elements, and 4 aspherical elements (1 molded glass, 3 hybrid)

Lens hood bayonet model unknown
Manufacturer country LENS MADE IN JAPAN (Japan)
Period C May 12, 2004. Discontinued.
Price View on E-Katalog

The lens version for other systems may not have an aperture ring (for Cenon EF), and the lens name on the body (not near the front lens) can be written differently. But, in fact, there is only one version of Sigma 24-60 / 2.8, performed for different systems.

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Assembly

The build quality of the Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 is at a high level, yet it is the lens of the Sigma Ex series. To the touch it is a strong and reliable lens.

The lens case is covered with characteristic Sigma velvet.

Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 uses a metal mount. The retractable frame of the housing consists of one section. The zoom and focus rings are rubberized and the ring aperture - plastic. The zoom ring rotates 60 degrees.

Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 can use a plastic hood, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. When changing the focal length, the hood moves with the movable frame of the housing. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation.

When changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'vacuum cleaner effect', which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera.

Устройство aperture consists of 9petals.

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Lock 'LOCK ′

Frame (trunk) at Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 does not spontaneously change its size under its own weight (perhaps this will only begin with time). To avoid this, on the lens body there is a focal length switch-lock 'LOCK' (the so-called 'lock'), which tightly locks focal length at a value of 24 mm.

To fix the trunk of the lens, you must first set the 24 mm focal length. Near the button there is a drawn arrow that indicates in which direction the switch should be moved to lock the lens.

The switch is located in a convenient place - under the thumb of the left hand, so the lens can be quickly and comfortably 'removed from the lock' before starting shooting.

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Focusing

The auto focus speed is independent of the selected focal length. Focusing speed - medium (closer to high).

When changing the focal length, the front lens does not rotate.

During focusing, the front and rear lenses remain stationary, as the lens uses internal focusthat is indicated on the case by the letters'IF'-'Internal Focus' - 'Inner Focus'.

The focus ring rotates only 60 degrees. The stroke of the ring is smooth. The minimum focusing distance is 0.38 m, while the maximum magnification factor is 1: 5.8.

When used on a camera Nikon D90 (with unpretentious Multi-CAM 1000 focusing system) behaves badly. Often mistaken with focusing, a noticeable front focus was noticed at certain values ​​of focal lengths. Focus errors are not systematic. Even at F / 5 in many frames you can see serious mistakes. Perhaps I did not have the most successful instance on the review, or maybe there is a certain incompatibility with some cameras. After searching for information about Sigma 24-60 / 2.8, I ran into a similar problem with other users.

UPDATE: on camera Nikon D700 the same problems appeared as on Nikon D90. With this lens, I had an extremely unsuccessful shooting, since frequent focusing misses and terrible work in the corners and edges of the frame very much damaged the quality of the pictures.

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.

Focus Features:

  1. Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 does not have a focus mode switch. To translate the lens into manual focus on cameras with motor For focusing, use the focus mode switching lever located near the camera mount. For cameras without motor Only manual focus mode will always be available for focusing.
  2. During focusing, the focus ring rotates and must not be touched.
  3. Focus speed may vary slightly from the camera used. This issue has been considered. here.
  4. During focusing, the lens and camera are quite noisy. Noise is heard even during manual focus.
  5. There is a small effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing).
  6. Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 - a lens from a third-party manufacturer. It may happen that it will not work correctly with some Nikon cameras. Details on this issue are considered by me. here.
  7. When changing the focal length, focusing practically does not go astray (in this regard, the lens is very good).
  8. Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 transmits the focus distance to the subject in the camera and is a type lens Nikon D.
  9. The lens has a scale with a 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 plotted on the focus ring, and not made using a special window.
  10. Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 has no focus problems in Live View (tested on Nikon D90).
  11. Unknown compatibility with teleconverters.
  12. Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 does not have hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens at infinity under any external conditions.
  13. Direction of rotation of the focus ring does not match with original Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1: 2.8G ED NanoCrystalCoat SWM IF Aspherical.
  14. 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 / 22 and fix it with a special switch, which is located to the right of the marks aperture. The F / 22 value and the latch mark are highlighted in orange to align them. 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 rotates with clicks, the values ​​F / 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22 (full stops) are plotted on it; set an intermediate value between pairs of numbers using the ring aperture impossible. Intermediate values ​​can only be set using the camera menu.
Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Image quality

In general, Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG, as for a lens of its class, is optically not bad.

Sharpness

  • normal sharpness at open apertures in the center of the frame over the entire range of focal lengths
  • no noticeable drop in sharpness during zoom
  • after f / 4 there is no question about sharpness and detail
  • on cropped cameras, the corners and edges of the frame are good enough already at F / 4
  • UPDATE: on full-frame cameras, sharpness in corners and edges is not observed even at F / 8.0

Distortion

  • the overall level of distortion is at a level typical for such lenses
  • pretty strong distortion only visible at 24 mm
  • distortion practically absent and imperceptible in the range of 35-60 mm

Vignetting

  • there is no problem with vignetting on cropped cameras
  • vignetting easily fixable in the editor

Aberration

  • on F / 2.8 there is a small amount of spherical aberrations that go away after F / 4
  • general level HA is at the level typical for such lenses
  • when you close the aperture is slightly reduced

Rest

  • color rendering is neutral, perhaps with a slight shift in warm colors. The classic yellowness of some old Sigma lenses was not noticed.
  • a noticeable amount of glare in the backlight, a slight drop in contrast in the side light.

Please, if anyone has experience with this lens, especially on full-frame cameras, share your impressions about the lens in the comments.

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sample Photos

Camera shots Nikon D90. The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, the conversion of the source RAW files by the original Nikon ViewNX-i utility without making additional adjustments.

Original '.NEF' (RAW) photos from the camera Nikon D90 can be downloaded at this link (270 Mb). Two photos in small processing here и here.

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Alternatives

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 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

My experience

The Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 has a 2.5x zoom. Lenses of the 28-70 / 2.8 class have the same zoom ratio. So it comes as no surprise that the 28-70 / 2.8 has been redesigned to allow for a wider angle while keeping the same zoom ratio, resulting in an 'unusual' focal length combination (60mm at the long end).

The Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG is a nice lens. In many ways, it is far behind any original 24-70 / 2.8, but it can serve as an alternative for those who still want to use a fast zoom for everyday shooting. There are many different similar lenses from Sigma on the secondary market. For more or less serious shooting, I recommend the version Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG HSM... For those who are looking for the most budgetary and functional option - Tamron SP AF Aspherical XR Di LD [IF] 28-75mm 1: 2.8 Macro Model A09.

I do not recommend using Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG with cropped cameras, 24 mm on the crop will not be very convenient, especially with Canon cropped cameras with APS-C sensor (there EGF will be 38.4-96 mm).

The choice of an everyday fast station wagon is very important. Leave your thoughts on the line of similar tools from Sigma in the comments.

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.

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

Results

Sigma 24-60 / 2.8 is an inexpensive high-aperture solution of the past generations. There is one serious drawback - frequent focusing errors.

Main advantages

  1. professional lens of the highest quality, Sigma EX series
  2. convenient set of focal lengths
  3. good build quality, metal mount, bayonet type hood
  4. lock for fixing the lens in position 24 mm
  5. many special optical elements in the optical circuit (Sigma SLD, ASP)
  6. scale with focusing distances
  7. weak effect of 'Focus Breathing'. Virtually no focus is lost when changing the focal length
  8. the presence of the aperture control ring (compatibility with film cameras + convenience for those who shoot video on another system)
  9. 9-blade aperture
  10. focus type internal
  11. focusing speed sufficient for comfortable work
  12. good optical performance
  13. low cost in the secondary market

The main disadvantages

  1. no dust and moisture protection
  2. large diameter filters
  3. velvet cover of the case, which over time can overwrite
  4. noisy auto focus due to the lack of a modern quiet focus motor
  5. small stroke of the focus ring, insufficiently convenient manual focus
  6. absence inboard motor focusing (critical for users of amateur Nikon cameras without motor focusing)
  7. rotation of the focus ring during autofocus and, as a result, lack of the function of constant manual focus control
  8. the direction of rotation of the focus ring and zoom does not match the original Nikon 24-70 / 2.8
  9. frequent focus errors (maybe depends on the camera and specific instance)
  10. movement of the rear lens while changing the focal length, the effect of a vacuum cleaner / air pump
  11. there may be incompatibility with some cameras and / or teleconverters (no exact data)
  12. lack of lens profile in popular RAW converters
  13. lack of data about the lens in modern cameras, which makes it difficult to automatically correct some types of distortion (distortion etc.)
  14. some optical indicators are worse than similar modern lenses
  15. UPDATE: on full-frame cameras, the angles and edges are very poor for this lens (perhaps this instance)

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Comments: 16, on the topic: Review Sigma Zoom 24-60mm 1: 2.8 EX DG

  • anonym

    Bad lens, bad! Behaved badly on a walk!

  • DmitryK

    There are no pictures of the landscape at all :(
    If there is no time, then at least the view from the window of the apartment on the focal 24mm, 28mm, 35mm.
    Glass, it seems, is not entirely bad ...

    • Valentine

      On a crop with it, the landscape is not very convenient to shoot. This lens did not seem successful to me, because less than F4 the result is mediocre + frequent misses in focusing on Nikon carcasses, and as a result there are more problems than good.
      Thanks to Arkady for the review and interesting photos.

  • Alexey de Paris

    Thanks for the review, I really liked the pictures. Generally a good set of focal! From super-wide to portrait.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Well, there’s no smell of super wide here. But the range is really convenient, but not for crop.

      • Anthony

        I had this lens with a hard back, on the crop, I disassembled it 3 times, eventually breaking the antennae for measuring the zoom, but it didn’t kill perfectly continued to work, which I did when I bought the d700, I tried it, and it turned out that the camera was waiting this ugly lens, and immediately it became beautiful, perfect autofocus, warm tones that the mask corrects in the lightroom, excellent sharpness for landscape at f4, then the cable flew, but there are only 5 contacts, so 5 wires, it was easily replaced, but then the wife cleaning the apartment he safely dropped, and he became a donor ETA for another zoom, and glass and lie Verdikt- 700 Nikon, chic universal object.

    • Igor

      The range is still cut by today's standards, 60 mm at the narrow end is no longer impressive. True, among Panasonic there are modern lenses of 12-32 mm, which is 24-64 mm. But they are appreciated for their size, criticized for their focus. In general, it is not universal.

      • dthrll

        If you look at the mikra, that is, the olive 12-40, it is a little more comfortable panas

        • Igor

          I meant that modern lenses with a similar range of focal lengths are practically no longer available. From modern I could only remember Panasonic 12-32, but it is a pancake. That is, the lens from the review cannot boast of the versatility of focal lenses. And so I know that there are a lot of different and convenient optics on the mic.

          • Arkady Shapoval

            Why, 24-60 is quite versatile, albeit slightly cut in comparison with 24-70. They recently released a modern Tamron 28-75 / 2.8 for Sony E - there is almost the same zoom ratio.

            • Igor

              I just said that at the long end 60mm is no longer special, referring to the more common class 24-70 onwards. But Tamrom is not surprised, they produce lenses, like pancakes bake. Thanks for your work.

  • Vostok

    Arkady, why are so few lenses coming with a hard stop? Is this due to some technical complexity?

  • Dmitriy

    I had such a lens, but for Canon 1D (the very first unit, crop 1.3). On the whole, he was very good at the picture, but unrealistic problems with focus tormented him. The unit has a very advanced focusing system, and anyway. It was about 80% of the marriage.

  • Vladimir G

    Photos are displayed from three cameras with this lens, from 300, from 700, from 7000

  • Alexander

    I have it in the Canon version. First I used it on Crope, and then on 5D. The quality is exceptional. But - it is better to direct the sharpness manually. I have no problems with this on 5D - I put myself a glass with a wedge and a microrastr. When you hover it manually, it works exceptionally sharply at 2.8. at least for portraits. Apertured - gives sharpness across the entire field.

    Here are some examples:

    https://scontent-waw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/35798081_1765127050241291_5034496248451694592_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=c26295035f3bbe3b7b21bd5a9dc7bb9e&oe=5BA66F9C

    https://scontent-waw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/35645293_1767570376663625_8335556400751050752_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=66d9f55d742cd9de7c07d15a571847af&oe=5BB0154D

    https://scontent-waw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/38136132_1834311986656130_3356880781388546048_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=f0ebe5284dd84761f816febd6c6bd89e&oe=5C074B54

    60mm at the far end - do not strain. But 24 in the short is very pleasing

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