SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO review

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

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO. increase.

Briefly about the review and lens

The SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO is a fast versatile zoom for full frame cameras. Big, heavy, strong.

This review shows the version for Nikon cameras with Nikon F mount, but there are also modifications for Canon EF / EFS, Sigma SA, Pentax K, Sony A / Minolta A. Only for the Canon EF / EFS version uses the built-in focus motor and an additional switch focus mode. For the rest of the bayonets, the SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO lens was produced only with a screwdriver (focusing is carried out due to the focus motor built into the camera).

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO (the name is indicated according to its spelling near the front lens) is a logical continuation of the older lens SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG (the name is indicated according to its spelling near the front lens). These lenses do not differ much, they use the same optical design and have the same other technical characteristics. Therefore, I will not do a separate detailed review on the SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO, I will only point out some differences and give examples of photos.

  • SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO 3 years younger version SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG EX ASPHERICAL.
  • different names, the new lens shown in this review: 'SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO'(near the front lens) +' Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG '(on the body). Old: 'SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG' (near the front lens) + '24 -70mm EX ASPHERICAL'(on the case). At the same time, the older lens on its original packaging, as well as in the instructions, had the inscription 'D F' (Dual Focus), which is why the older version is often called 'Sigma df', making it difficult to identify a specific Sigma lens model. And it is not yet known why the prefix 'was removed from the name of the newer version'aspherical'(both versions have aspherical elements in their optical designs).
  • in fact, the SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO (from this review) is also a 'D F' lens, as it also has two focus mode switches (Canon EOS version only). Why the 'D F' was removed from the box and instructions of the SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO is unknown.
  • the newer lens got the prefix 'MACRO', but both lenses have the same minimum focusing distance of 40 centimeters and the same maximum magnification ratio of 1: 3.8.
  • the most obvious difference between lenses is different texture of the rubber bands of the focus ring and zoom. The newer version of the gum looks more harmonious.

In short, the lens announced in 2004 is just a minor revision of the older one announced in 2001. In the name of new items added 'Macro' and removed 'Aspherical', and also removed the mention of 'D F' (Dual Focus). I did not find any other obvious differences. Perhaps the new lens has optimized / modified its insides. No exact data.

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

The gigantic sizes of SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO. Shown next Tamron SP DI AF 180mm 1: 3.5 Macro 1: 1


SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO has bulky sizes, especially at 24 mm focal length and when focusing on MDF, and even with the lens hood installed, the lens becomes simply gigantic. In addition, the lens uses huge filters with a diameter of 82 mm, and the lens weighs 700 grams (measured).


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 [0], since May 1992, aka Vivitar Series 1 28-70/2.8 VMC
  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] 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 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
  12. Sigma 24-70 mm 1:2.8 DG DN II A, 19/15 [3 ASP, 2 SLD, 6 FLD], from May 2024

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 A, 18/13 [1 ASP, 7 SLD, 1 FLD, 1 ASP SLD], since June 2015
  3. Sigma 28-45 mm 1:1.8 DG DN A, 18/15 [5 SLD, 4 ASP], from June 2024

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 (Iinternal 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 Sabout nothing 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 EX DG MACRO

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

Sample photos of D700

Sample photos with RAW source files helped prepare the photographer Natalya Romanenko (500px). Convert RAW source files with Nikon D700 original utility Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6. In several photos, artifacts from dust on the sensor were additionally removed.

Download RAW c source photos Nikon D700 can by this link (35 files, 400 MB). Important: в EXIF Incorrect focal length data is being recorded. 24 mm in EXIF spelled 29 mm and 70 mm in EXIF spelled 62 mm.

Sample photos of D70

Sample photos on the SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO and Nikon D70 (only hardcore!) prepared tatyana_tatjyana (instagram). Why exactly Nikon D70? It's just kind of a return to basics. The SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO lens was announced in 2004, the same year was announced one of the most powerful DSLR cameras from Nikon of the time - Nikon D70. They are the same age. The lens was designed on the CZK with a low pixel density.

Original photos from Nikon D70 (on-camera JPEG) can download from this link (100 files, 250 MB).

Important: в EXIF Incorrect focal length data is being recorded. 24 mm in EXIF spelled 29 mm and 70 mm in EXIF spelled 62 mm.

UPDATE 1, sample photos D3200

The photos in the gallery below are shot on Nikon D3200 (DX, APS-C, 24 MP), default settings, disabled all improvers.

Original photos from Nikon D3200 (on-camera JPEG) can download from this link (33 files, 300 MB).

UPDATE 2, Sample Photos of Sigma SD1 Merrill

Another example of photos on the SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO and the camera Sigma SD1 Merrill was shared by one of the readers of Radozhiva. Direct conversion of sources using the original Sigma Photo Pro utility without processing in photo editors.

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:


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, since September 2018
  2. Canon Lens RF 24-70 mm F2.8L IS USMsince August 2019


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
  2. Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm 1:2.8 (the scheme is similar to Tamron a036, animation)

Tokina (for different mounts)

  1. Tokina AT-XAF 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (Tokina AT-X 270 AF)
  2. Tokina AT-X PROAF 28-70 mm 1: 2.6-2.8 (or 1: 2.8, Tokina AT-X 270 AF PRO)
  3. Tokina AT-X PROAF 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 (Vivitar 28-70 / 2.8 VMC was made on its basis)
  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 A (ART), from February 2017, Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA
  10. Sigma 24–70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN A (ART)since November 2019, Sony E, Leica L, the layout is similar to Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 2.8 / 24-70mm, animation
  11. Sigma 28–70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN C (Contemporary)since February 2021, Sony E, Leica L
  12. Sigma 24–70mm 1:2.8 A DG DN II (ART), from May 2024, 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 Konica Minolta AF Zoom 28-75mm 1: 2.8 (32) D и  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, the scheme is similar to Nikon Nikkor Z 28-75 mm 1:2.8, animation
  8. Tamron 28-75 mm F / 2.8 Di III VXD G2 Model A063, (17/15), only for Sony E / FE, Fall 2021
  9. Tamron 35-150 mm F / 2-2.8 Di III VXD Model A058, Sony E / FE only, Fall 2021


Sony / Minolta A mount:

  1. Konica Minolta AF Zoom 28-75 mm 1: 2.8 (32) D (scheme like Tamron 28-75 / 2.8)
  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* (circuit from the previous lens)

Sony E-mount:

  1. Sony FE 2.8 /24–50 G (G, SEL2450G)
  2. Sony FE 2.8 /24–70 GM (G, SEL2470GM)
  3. Sony FE 2.8 /24–70 GM II (G, SEL2470GM2)

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


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


  1. Vivitar Series 1 28-70mm 1: 2.8 VMC AUTO FOCUS ZOOM, different mounts, presumably a copy Sigma 28–70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom


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


  1. Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 1: 2.8 / 24-70mm f / 2.8 ASPH., from May 2021, the optical design repeats Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN Art (animation)


  1. Samyang AF 24-70 / 2.8 FE, aka Rokinon AF 24-70 / 2.8 FE, from October 2021, only for Sony E / FE
  2. Samyang AF 35-150/2-2.8FE, from April April 2023, only for Sony E/FE
SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO at 24 mm focal length and focus on MDF with the original blend

My experience

Many of the old Sigma 24-70 / 2.8 or Sigma 28-70 / 2.8 lenses have mechanical or optical problems. Explicit mechanical and other problems disappeared in this line since the model Sigma 28-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DGwhich I recommend as a truly budget solution. Sigma 28-70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG и Tamron 28-75 / 2.8 SP - the most budgetary and fully working horses for full-frame SLR cameras.

The SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO has an ill-conceived focus mode switch. To switch to manual focus mode, you need to not only shift the focus ring towards the front lens, but also additionally switch the focus mode using the lever located on the camera near the lens mount. The same applies to lens versions for other systems.

The zoom ring is too close to the camera mount. On Nikon DX cropped cameras, rotating the zoom ring allows you to easily pinch your fingers between the beak of the built-in flash and the lens. On Nikon FX full-frame cameras, the protruding beak of the built-in flash, or the beak of the viewfinder, is much higher, which makes it much less inconvenient.

SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO is frighteningly huge. If you find it in good condition, then this may be a good budget solution for a high-speed universal lens for every day. Modern counterparts are much more expensive.

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Comments: 44, on the topic: Review SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO

  • Rodion

    You can only carry around with such a “solution for every day” only for money. In addition, the picture is rather bland - there are more interesting zooms.

    • Pokemon

      He doesn’t break his arm out much when a bat.handle / batlock is attached to the camera.
      I use it with the SD-1 Merrill and the original bat.handle.
      I did not feel any inconvenience from weight and dimensions.

    • tessai

      This lens is plastic ... I used to run around with the Tokina 28-70 f2.8 AT-X PRO ... this is really a test. And Zeissovsky 24-70 will not be easier. If it is really easier to search for something, it will be really worse. For in a good light zoom there can be no compact optical scheme. and a quiet nimble motor must also turn this circuit. Well, at least protection from splashes ... that's what we get.

      • Pokemon

        It's not really plastic.
        But weighs more Tokin 28-70 / 2.8
        Tokin, by the way, is more compact (the diameter of the Sigma filter is 82mm, while Tokin has 28-70 or 28-80 - 77mm), and it also feels more compact in the hands.
        In Tokins, a big plus is the absence of a trunk and better security of the structure.

  • Pokemon

    > Sigma 20-40mm Zoom 1: 2.8 EX DG Aspherical IF [+ -D], 17/13 [2 ASP], from August 2001
    Quite a rare lens, few reviews - there is no Lens Club at all, there are 2 old reviews on photo_ru, there are no reviews at all on the Yandex market.
    Now on the topic:
    SIGMA ZOOM 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG MACRO
    Thank you for the photo with D70 - you have warmed your soul pleasantly on today's cloudy rainy day.
    > "The lens was projected on a DLC with a low pixel density."
    I have such an EX DG Macro under the SA mount, which is native to Sigma - I use it on the Sigma SD-1 Merrill.
    The lens is soft to 5.6, then everything comes back to normal. I have no negative impressions for him (maybe you can buy it inexpensively). Yes, the motor is not particularly fast. Yes, it can catch hares even with a hood.
    Yes, 82mm filters are expensive (although you can find used ones in good condition).
    On my specimen, there is some uncertainty when you change the focal length from 28 to 24mm, the lens focuses less willingly or less quickly, because the trunk “falls out”.
    And 24mm is better for covering the diaphragm more than 28mm.
    The velvet coating is quite delicate.
    Maybe later I will buy myself 18-35 / 1.8, but this one still works in general and everything suits.
    Perhaps later I will buy the same or later Sigma 24-70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG HSM under Canon.
    I don’t want to take Nikon, since there is Nikkor 28-70 / 2.8D

  • Pokemon

    Example photo 1

  • Pokemon

    Example photo 2

  • Pokemon

    Example photo3

  • Pokemon

    Example photo4

  • Pokemon

    Example photo5

  • Pokemon

    Example photo 6

  • Pokemon

    In all the above photos, the aperture is 5.6, 4.0 in colors, and 6.3 in example 6.
    I didn’t close further, because it was interesting how the lens behaves on such diaphragms.
    One of the reasons is the reluctance to raise ISO, relative to the base ISO100 for Sigma.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thank you for photos. Can you prepare a gallery from it and I will add it to this review, type EXIF ​​and give a link to the archive with the sources? And then there is really little information on the lens, and there are a lot of information on flea markets like Sigma.

      • Pokemon

        Arkady, unfortunately raw from the camera is not preserved.
        JPG I can throw in full resolution, there are not so many photos yet.
        I will write you VKontakte.

  • UstasFritZZZ

    It seems to me or are the photos from D70 (most) too oversharpened? Here with the D3200 soft and realistic

    • UstasFritZZZ

      Really on the covered how much excessive sharpness ... Hmm.

    • Hob

      With D3200 - harsh soft-pale reality

  • witness

    And now we know what the name is
    Pokemon - Dmitry Kostin!

  • Koba

    Foveon has a huge advantage over other matrices in terms of real color, detail, a certain reality of the picture, but it is noisy from 400. Thank you for the review, but this lens loses to the high-quality Tamron 24-70 / 2.8 VC, and costs not much cheaper.

  • Paul

    Well, I don’t know, to test full-frame lenses on old crops ... It’s better to find a full frame somewhere, the charm of a wide angle is not revealed. On the crop, he can only click something large, no macro

    • Arkady Shapoval

      By the way, yes, I did not add pictures from the full frame. There will be a reason to update 3. By the way, it’s paradoxical, but the d3200 still has the highest pixel density among all Nikon CZKs. She has 24 megapixels on a crop of 6016 * 4000, the rest of the crop is exactly 6000 * 4000. Therefore, even with the d3200, one can well judge how good the lens is in certain situations. Yes, in terms of density is higher than that of d850 or z7.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      UPDATE: Full frame snapshots added.

  • Pokemon

    Today I bought exactly the same lens, but for Canon EF mount.
    I already have one at Sigma SA. Today I traded with a small surcharge Nikon 35 / 2D (moving away from this focal towards 28mm and 50-85mm) for this Sigma from the review. The lens was in almost new condition, almost perfect shelf preservation.
    First impressions - the Canon 1Ds mk2 has a different picture than the Sigma, possibly due to the matrix structure. The sharpness on my copy is very good and even at 4-5.6 everything is very good with it, while on the SD-1 Merrill I constantly wanted to close the aperture a little more.
    The weight of the 1Ds mk2 + Sigma 24-70 / 2.8 EX DG Macro bundle is impressive - no need to go to the gym.
    Focus today never missed, focusing is also fast. I haven't tested it on 1Ds mk3 and film EOS3 yet, but I'll write it back later if I don't forget.

  • Pokemon

    One of the first photos on the Sigma 24-70 / 2.8 EX DG Macro.
    Camera: Canon 1Ds mk2

  • Arkady Shapoval

    An update has been released, full-frame shots from Natalia have been added to this review.

    • B. R. P.

      Nice shots, thanks.

  • Dmitry Kostin

    This lens has one caveat (or drawback).
    When working with the CZK - everything is ok, there are no problems on 1Ds_mk2 / 1Ds_mk3. The color is great, the focus works right the first time.
    There is a caveat that the lens is not confidently focusing at 24mm.
    This is on Canon EF mount (on all cameras and + film) and on Sigma SA mount.
    I have two of them and both are in good condition.
    But at 24mm, AF performance is worse than at 28mm. Design feature.
    And yet - there is a suspicion that on the film it takes the color to yellowness, adding urea (sorry, but it is) into the frame. Especially I compared it on different films I know and was surprised that AutoBB works correctly on digital - both on Sigma SD1 Merrill and on Canon Units.
    But this lens spoils the film. And any - Kodak Gold200, Kodak Aerocolor (here not urea, but some red-brown shades climb), Kodak Vision 3 250D and even Kodak Ektachrome E100. Another nuance - on the film the lens sometimes "falls off" from the camera. But this rarely happens, thank God, you need to shoot and put it back, which is fraught with exposure of the frame.
    There is also a moment such that a lens with an exposure meter of a film canon EOS3 works in a peculiar way - you have to set a correction of -0,3EV (sometimes -0,67EV).
    Probably I will no longer use this lens with film, as it is not a cheap pleasure to overscan with color correction.


    I have a problem with this lens. Daylight and remote flash are fine. But. It is necessary to put a mounted flash on a shoe - and write is gone. Autofocus does not catch anything at all. No, he regularly squeaks, pretends to be focused, but in fact - yes focus there, as if walking to the moon. You have to switch the mode to tracking autofocus - and voila - life is getting better. But still not 100%. In general, for indoor reporting, he sums up ((

    • Eugene

      For a long time I thought that only my copy had such a problem. But, as it turned out, this happens not only with this model. A friend's ART 35ka on d850 behaves similarly. The problem was partially solved by changing the focusing area to automatic - then it more or less hits if the camera bothers to choose the right subjects :)

  • Alexander

    Please tell me if this lens will work with sony a7.

    • utchk

      Only if you have an autofocus lens mount adapter for Sony E.

  • Dmitry Kostin

    This lens has a design feature, and it doesn’t matter what kind of mount it will be (although on Nikon F this lens goes under a screwdriver and it may be different there).
    Under the Sigma SA and Canon EF mount, over time it becomes difficult to focus on SHU: 24 / 28mm.
    On the SHU, the trunk of the lens comes forward and can loosen relative to the body.
    Maybe there is a problem with the cable or something like that.
    I had one for the Sigma SA mount, and problems with focusing at 24mm were already starting there, but as soon as the trunk was rolled back to 28mm, everything focused fine.
    At EF, my lens was in a more recent shelf condition and it showed up there 2 years after purchase. Namely, at 24mm, he stopped focusing, and at 28mm after one or two. I'll try to take one of these days to the official service - the master cursed, but reluctantly agreed to take him to look. Officials, both Canon and Sigma, are extremely reluctant to take the lens to work 3-5 years after it was removed from production.

    • Dmitry Kostin

      And if someone decides to buy it under the video, the noise of the motor is audible and is somewhat reminiscent of the noise of a drill at a dentist. In general, this is not L-ka :-)

  • Brakeless

    That's what I don't understand at all. Why take 99% of test shots at aperture 4, 5, 8, 10, 100 - a fast zoom with a constant hole of 2.8 ?! In it, the most important and interesting point is only 2.8 ... What kind of nonsense.

    • B. R. P.

      Sane photographers shoot with an open zoom if there is a catastrophic lack of light. And that's it. For bokeh nerds, there are fast fixes.

    • B. R. P.

      Moreover, here the review of 99% of the pictures is species, landscape. Do you want to shoot it outdoors? - flag in hand, wind in the back. So be careful with "nonsense".

    • Viktre

      Yes, there is a photo on crop 3200, for example, from f / 2.8. By which you can see that on an open lens ... well ... so-so. At full frame, the corners can also sag (this is not noticeable for Natalya, because, firstly, the aperture is covered everywhere, and secondly, the sharpness is turned up)

      Beyond a sharp 2.8 on zoom, it's more like 24-70/2.8G, 24-70 sigma art/ 24-70L II, and the like. But there, as you know, the cost is different.

    • kss

      I fully support. I also consider the topic not disclosed due to the abundance of photos with a covered hole. It was interesting for me to see how he behaves at 24 2.8, at 50 2.8 and at 70 2.8, and I can see landscapes at f9 in other places.
      In the end, I still didn’t understand whether I should buy this creation or stay on the old nikon 28-105 as the main one.

      • Dmitry Kostin

        “I was interested to see how he behaves on 24 2.8”
        Not so much in FF.
        70 / 2.8 is not bad, but it depends on the matrix and what you expect from the lens and what you shoot.
        “In the end, I still didn’t understand whether I should buy this creation or stay on the old nikon 28-105 as the main one.”
        This used lens costs about 1.5 times more than your kit 28-105.
        If you can’t decide, then 28-105 is enough for you and this lens is most likely not needed.
        If you need a sharp open, then it is better to look towards the native Nikkors.
        For example, native 35-70 / 2.8 and 28-70 / 2.8 are sharper than this Sigma and more interesting in the open.
        This Sigma has a nuance that will become clear during operation - only 24-70 EX DG (macro or HSM does not matter) has a too heavy trunk that breaks the guide bushings. In good condition, EX DG Macro is not easy to find.

        • Vladimir

          Take Tamron 28-70 2.8 and you will be happy. Cheap, small and sharp. Just keep in mind that focusing in live view does not work with the motor version.

          As for “if you can’t decide, then it’s enough” I don’t agree. If you do not see _how_ it can be better, it is impossible to strive for it.

        • Vladimir

          28-75, sorry.

  • Liana

    Tell me, please, they offered to buy such a lens, but in the middle between the lenses there are some metal brackets, it seems to me. What is this?

    • Rodion

      This is most likely the blackening that has crumbled slightly) So the edges of the lenses shine.

    • Dmitry Kostin

      Before making a purchasing decision, ask to take a few test shots.
      This lens model may have the following age-related problems:
      1) Look how confidently the lens focuses at 24-28-35mm. Due to age, the 24-28mm range may focus unsteadily or may occasionally fail to focus.
      2) Check focusing accuracy at all focal lengths.
      3) Look at the photographs to see if there are any soapy parts of the frame on the closed apertures.
      The lens is old and over time may require replacement of guides and/or adjustment to your camera. It's not bad (for the money) when it's new or if it was sitting on a shelf.
      If it was in intensive use, then most likely it is worn out and it is better to look at something else.

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