PAV: Sony 24-70mm Compared to Sigma 24-70mm and Samyang 24-70mm

Sony has a lot of great 24-70mm options, but which should you pick? The above video tries to figure that out with some of the best new 24-70mm options on the market. Below is a summary of the above video along with all of the options currently available:

  • Sony is over twice the price of the competitors
  • Samyang is the heaviest at 1096g
  • New Sony 24-70mm is very light at 695g while the old lens was 886g and the sigma is 835g
  • The new Sony Mark II is best for walking around or gimbal work
  • Sony Mark II has the most controls and buttons
  • Sony Mark II has a smooth/tight switch that controls the resistance of the zoom which is very nice to have
  • Sony Mark II is the only lens with an aperture ring and it can be clicked or clickless for video
  • Sony Mark I has one assignable button
  • Samyang has an odd design because the only control is for custom mode 1/2, which changes the focus ring at the front from controlling focus to aperture
  • Optical all lenses are quite good with the Sonys shifting colors cooler while the Sigma is warmer and the Samyang shifts warmer and toward greens
  • Sony Mark I is the softest in the center
  • Sony Mark II, Samyang, and Sigma are equally sharp in the center
  • Sony Mark I is the worst in the edge
  • Sony Mark II is beating the Sigma at the edge, but the Samyang is the sharpest and probably explains its weight
  • Samyang is the cheapest
  • Sony Mark II and Sigma have 11 aperture blades while Sony Mark I and Samyang have 9
  • Sony Mark I has nice smooth bokeh while the Sony Mark II has a bit of cutting at the edges, but it is smoother
  • The Sigma and Samyang both have great bokeh, but the Samyang probably wins
  • The Samyang punches well above its price point
  • Sony Mark I and Sigma arent parfocal, but are very good
  • The Samyang and Sony Mark II jump focal points a lot while zooms
  • Breathing is very under control on all 4 lenses
  • AF performance of all 4 are very good even for professionals
  • Sony Mark II has the most sophisticated motor tech so it is the quietest to focus
  • All 4 lenses can track a person fine
  • Both Sony lenses are incredibly fast with the Samyang being very good and the Sigma being a little slower
  • Minimum focuses differ quite a bit with Sony Mark II letting you get the closest
  • You really can’t go wrong with any of these lenses, but the Sony Mark II is the best lens

Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II:
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Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM:
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Samyang AF 24-70mm f/2.8 FE:
B&H Photo / Adorama

SIGMA 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary:
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SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD FE:
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