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Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF

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Product Highlights
  • Wide Angle-Telephoto

The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Lens is a large aperture standard zoom lens that covers a range from wide angle to short telephoto. It is ideal for general photography such as snapshots, portraiture and landscapes. When used on digital SLR cameras which use the APS-C (Nikon DX) sensor, this lens will provide a focal length equivalent to 36-105mm in 35mm terms.

DG is a designation that Sigma uses on lenses featuring optical systems designed to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras. The Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, and the use of ELD and SLD glass provides excellent correction of all types of aberrations. The Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures a silent, high-speed AF function as well as full-time manual focusing capability.

Note! HSM lenses, while able to manually focus with all Nikon F-mount cameras, will not autofocus with certain older film AF cameras. This is the same limitation as with Nikon's own AF-S lenses. Incompatible models are: N60, N55, N8008/s, N6006, N5005, N4004 & N2020.

DG Lens Design
The DG lens design corrects for various aberrations. The lens is specially coated to achieve the best color balance, while also cutting down on ghosting caused by reflections from the digital image sensor.
HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor)
Hyper Sonic Motor provides smooth, silent AF with fulltime manual focus override
ELD & SLD Elements
This lens uses 1 ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) element, 2 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) elements, and 3 aspherical elements for excellent correction of all types of aberrations
EX Series
The EX series denotes excellence of engineering and technology
9-Blade Aperture
The rounded 9-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
Performance
Focal Length 24 - 70mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 84.1° - 34.3°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.25' (38 cm)
Magnification 0.18x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Elements/Groups 14/12
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 82 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.5 x 3.7" (8.89 x 9.40 cm)
Weight 1.74 lb (790 g)
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Hood
  • Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
     
    4.2

    (based on 104 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (52)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (90)
    • Strong construction (60)
    • Durable (56)
    • Consistent output (52)
    • Easily interchangeable (46)

    Cons

    • Heavy (35)
    • Slow focus (10)
    • Blurry focus (8)
    • Poor in low light (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (45)
    • Low light (43)
    • Weddings (42)
    • Night photography (37)
    • Sports/action (24)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (26), Pro photographer (16), Semi-professional (11), Enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (64)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good Product - Great Value

    I wanted a 24-70 mm f/2.8 for my Nikon. The Nikkor version is too expensive for my "hobby". I checked out reviews and felt comfortable with the...Read complete review

    I wanted a 24-70 mm f/2.8 for my Nikon. The Nikkor version is too expensive for my "hobby". I checked out reviews and felt comfortable with the Sigma. I have no regrets with my choice.

    The lens performs well. I did test for back focus at various focal lengths and judged the lens accurate.

    THE GOOD:
    - A GREAT price
    - No noticeable Chromatic Aberration
    - No noticeable Vignetting
    - Good focus speed
    - Performs well in low light
    - Good Bokeh (I think you have to TRY to get the exaggerated onion effect some have complained about)

    THE BAD:
    - It isn't as sharp as I had hoped. It's not really "bad", but it's almost noticeable
    - OK, the sharpness issue is noticeable; which prompted my back focus test.
    - The lens cap falls off (Sigma needs to make a better cap)- I replaced the original with a Tamron 82mm which works great.

    THE UGLY (or IDIOSYNCRATIC):
    - The zoom ring is closest to the camera, which is kind of weird... and the ring is a little stiff...
    - An 82mm filter size, seriously?

    To be fair this lens rates a full 4 stars for me. If it were as sharp as I had hoped for, then there would be no justification for the Nikkor's price. This lens fits my needs perfectly.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Front Focus

    I purchased this lens along with a Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8. I decided to purchase the Sigma because I own the Bigma, a superb lens for the money and to save some money...Read complete review

    I purchased this lens along with a Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8. I decided to purchase the Sigma because I own the Bigma, a superb lens for the money and to save some money on this large purchase. I took some shots at wide open aperture F/2.8 at 70mm the same day I received the lens to give it the acid test. I notice the images were not very sharp. So I took close-ups at full aperture and noticed more than softness, in my opinion slightly out of focus. Therefore, I started testing the lenses auto focus accuracy. I used the front/back focus chart you can download from the web. I set the camera up at 45 degrees to the chart (Nikon D700) and discovered the front focus problem. The front focus was so bad my Nikon D700 could not come close to tuning it out with focus tune. By the way, the front focus was at 70mm, and at 24mm the lens had back focus. I also ran the three battery test with confirmed the first test.

    I believe this is a quality control problem at Sigma; a lens with this severe of a problem should never have left the factory. Also, none of my Nikkor lenses have this problem. I ran the same test on the new Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VR-II under the same conditions, and it was perfect at all zoom settings.

    I have returned the lens for a refund. I am sure if I try enough copies, that I will find one that's good, I just don't have the time to perform quality control for Sigma. Therefore, I will spend the extra money and purchase the Nikkor 24-70. I would recommend this lens if you can find a good copy.

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    4.0

    A terrific lens from Sigma

    By industrial mike

    from Oakland, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

    Out testing the lens in an unfinished factory full of all kinds of subjects to shoot. Great for close ups and long view. Not much going for wide angle. But that's not what I bought it for. If you can take only 1 lens this is my choice as a multi-purpose tool. And it's $ bucks cheaper than the Nikon lens i was looking at.

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    5.0

    Excelente aquisição

    By Daniel

    from Brasil

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

      Ótima lente, atendeu muito bem minhas expectativas como amador avançado. Relação custo benefício excelente. Como faço uso não profissional, não vejo necessidade de investir na Nikon correspondente, uma vez que a diferença de preço é significativa.

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      5.0

      great gift

      By mom of photographer

      from memphis tennessee

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

          this was a gift for my daughter and she loved it....just what she wanted from her favorite store!

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          4.0

          A versatile lens at a great value

          By John B

          from New York, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

          I was looking for a versatile lens that I could use when walking the streets of NYC along with shooting portraiture. This lens is significantly cheaper than the Nikon - AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens to the tune of roughly $ less after the $ rebate. The reason I gave this 3 stars is mainly due to the weight. It is a bit heavy (like most Sigma lenses) but the quality of the photos make up the difference. The quality is great, the lens feels really solid. I recommend this lens for any roving photographer that wants a single lens that can cover many situations on the fly without having to change lenses. And, for the price, you just can't beat it.

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          5.0

          Glad I bought it!

          By Johno

          from Montreal, QC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Flexible

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Portrait
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

          I tried to be happy with my 50mm prime but it just wasn't flexible enough and frustrated the heck out of me. After reading numerous reviews and doing my research I decided to buy the Sigma 24-70. Used it at a wedding last weekend and am very happy with the results and so is everyone who looked at the pictures.
          Its got a quality feel to it. On the heavy side but well worth the price.
          Great service as always from B&H.

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          5.0

          I would not hesitate to buy this product

          By Ramsis

          from Cairo, Egypt

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

            This lens is amazing and it has a beautiful focus shooting small things like flowers and butterflies and animals.

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            5.0

            Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 Nikon

            By CaptJimmy

            from VA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

            As a 'Prosumer' as B&H would call me, I did not want to spend the money for the Nikon version of this lens yet I wanted to have the same features in a good lens. I am growing a p/t business doing portraiture work and needed some quality without taking out a second mortgage ;-)
            This lens meets all my needs and the picture quality is fantastic...in fact, I don't see why anyone would buy the Nikon when lenses like this are available. Now....I have not used the Nikon version but for what I do I am totally happy and very pleased!

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            5.0

            great product

            By npeltack

            from fountain colorado

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                this lens is used for both landscape and portrait shots. i am newer to the photography world but have enough of a grasp to understand this lens. The images that it produces are absolutely beautiful. The landscape shots are a little soft but the portraits seem spot on.

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                4.0

                Yes, You probably should

                By Sonacitypro

                from Orlando, FL

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                I received the lens a couple weeks ago I believe and I love it. I've used it for low light situations and it works quite well.

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                4.0

                Excellent cost benefit ratio

                By Fruchstuck

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                  not the sharpest of zooms, but very good quality overall, and the price is a steal.

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                  4.0

                  Great Product

                  By GARCIA

                  from TEXAS

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                    Sharp images in low light conditions, a promising addition to your photography kit a must have.

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                    4.0

                    Working well, slower auto-focus

                    By MeliaBelle

                    from Detroit, MI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                    I have received many compliments on images taken with the lens, clarity is great. My only issue is that the lens seems to struggle finding focal point in low light. I photograph weddings, and have felt slightly frustrated when witnessing a great shot but the lens cannot adjust to focus and misses. Price was significantly lower than Nikon brand lens. Overall satisfied.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By raisinss

                    from IL

                    Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                    Love this lens

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                    5.0

                    I love this lens

                    By Dian

                    from Maine

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Portrait

                    Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                    I use it mostly for portraits. I like a zoom lens, this is a great lens. A little heavy but great.

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                    4.0

                    wow, what a difference!!

                    By Lovre57

                    from Parsippany, NJ

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Nikon D300s
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                      this lens is so sharp and totally an improvement from the NIKON 24 to 85mm.
                      the only feature which is taking some getting used to is the zoom operates like a Canon zoom. I keep turning it in the Nikon direction.

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                      5.0

                      Beautiful

                      By D-photo

                      from MA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                        Awesome glass, awesome price, awesome service! Sigma makes quality lenses. I've used Nikon and Sigma and honestly like the sigma better!

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                        5.0

                        Great lens on every level.

                        By Sonodea

                        from New York City

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                          Don't spend more than you need too. This lens rivals the Nikon 24-70.

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                          5.0

                          Bright, fast and accurate.

                          By Hernan

                          from Neuquen, Argentina

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                            It is an excellent option to consider. It has a very fast AF, excellent sharpness and some amazing colors.
                            I like a lot, but for my work, weddings and events.
                            Very good alternative.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent and MADE IN JAPAN!

                            By Sonodea

                            from New York City

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • All Purpose Lens

                              Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                              I read all the negative reviews about this lens and decided to try it for myself. I read it had a cheap hood and lens cap and this is simly NOT TRUE! The build quality is superb! And to be quite frank it's more solid than the Nikon. It's better than the Nikon in shape size and it's more compact. The Nikon is huge once you put the hood on and it can be combersome (I own a NIKKOR 24-70 lens at present but needed another one for our growing company and renting was becoming to expensive). I decided on the SIGMA 24-70mm instead another Nikon for cost reasons. I love this lens and it is on par with the Nikon in everyway. Save yoursely 1K. Seriously.

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                              5.0

                              love it

                              By Lake Films

                              from NYC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF:

                                Shot a wedding last weekend and this lens was on my camera most of the day and it worked great! If you are in the same boat as I am in right now and cannot get the Nikon which is near &2000, this sigma is a great lens. I did notice though that it can pop out of auto focus and into manual when putting the camera into a tight bag. The switch must have gotten caught on something a couple of times. So, watch that to avoid out of focus pics! But yes, get it....

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