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Keywords: Sigma Canon Nikon Wide Mid Tele Zoom 35mm DG HSM OS Stabilized


Registered: September 2009
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Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM "A" review by ChrisI
Review Date: 2/15/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $899.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent all around performer, sharp, good contrast, very pleasing build
Cons: weight, not weather sealed

Solid build and a great looking lens. The SLR Gear review is right on. Though this Sigma is large and on the heavy side, for what its giving, I'll gladly haul it around. I first tried the Tamron 24-70, another great performer optically, more expensive, but also rather heavy and more limited zoom range. I like the silent optical stabilizer on the Sigma, and the very quiet, quick focusing. The zoom and focus ring are rather stiff, I like the precision of both though some may not be comfortable with the resistance.

I compared the resolution and contrast of this lens against various zooms and primes at similar focal lengths at f/4, f/5.6 and f/8: Nikon 70-200 f4 at 105 mm, a Nikon 85mm 1.8d, Nikon 50mm 1.8g and Tamron 17-50 dx and Tamron 24-70 f2.8 FX. As far as I can tell, the Sigma 24-105 offers very nearly the same or better resolution as any of these lenses. CA is slightly evident at the long zoom end. I rated IQ at 9 due to somewhat soft corners wide open and slight center softness at the long end, both are improved by stopping the lens down. Only compared to the best the other lenses could offer, did I notice any slight deficiency in IQ. This lens is a top performer, hopefully it proves to be reliable as well.


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