DPRTV: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Hands-on Review

DPRTV gives their hands-on impression o f the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art. Below are the key points:

  • One of the first 3rd party lenses at this focal length
  • Pro series lens with pro series build
  • Weather sealed
  • Rugged construction
  • Large lens compared to Tamron 28-75mm, but not compared to Sony 24-70mm GM
  • Feels balanced
  • 82mm filter thread
  • Custom function button on the side is nice
  • If you want a compact lightweight package get a Tamron, but the Sigma feels good too
  • Totally silent fast AF
  • 70mm clean maybe a little pincushion distortion
  • 24mm barrel distortion, but easy to correct with software
  • Great Macro capabilities can close focus 24mm at 18cm and 70mm at 38cm
  • There are soft corners with this lens wide open, but they get better stopped down
  • There is a lot of field curvature, so do not focus and recompose with this lens
  • Compelling lens for video
  • For E-mount, this lens is great for video thanks to the AF system, but for L-Mount you might want to get the Panasonic 24-70mm lens
  • Not a lot of focus breathing
  • Some chromatic aberration, but nothing that can’t be fixed
  • Cats eye bokeh effect in the corners with extra vignetting at f/2.8
  • Great bokeh as you stop down the lens thanks to the 11 blade aperture
  • Very comparable to a lot of the high-end glass out there
  • Center sharpness is fantastic
  • Great even on high-end bodies
  • For Sony E-mount the Tamron might be a better pick if you do not need 24mm, but if you do the Sigma is smaller and lighter than the Sony G Master and much cheaper
  • For L-Mount the Sigma is great value for the money, but there are a lot of fantastic lenses that cover this focal length already

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