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Sigma24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F
 
4.7

(based on 52 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (44)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (38)
  • Durable (33)
  • Consistent output (31)
  • Rugged (21)

Cons

  • Heavy (22)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (35)
  • Weddings (27)
  • Low light (18)
  • Video (17)
  • Sports/action (11)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better than Nikon 24-70

I just visited the store to compare Nikon 24-70 2.8 and Sigma 24-105 today - plus I also used basic 50mm 1.4 lens at a same spot. Briefly Sharpenss -...Read complete review

I just visited the store to compare Nikon 24-70 2.8 and Sigma 24-105 today - plus I also used basic 50mm 1.4 lens at a same spot. Briefly Sharpenss - 50>sigma 24-105>nikon 24-70. Constrast(let me say,, vivid color) sigma 24-105 > 50 > Nikon 24-70. Auto Focus speed and smooth Nikon 24-70 > Sigma 24-105 > Tamron 24-70 > Sigma 24-70 (Only one reason I couldn't get sigma 24-70 was very slow auto focus but this new lens has pretty fastauto focus with NO SOUND. I am doing wedding photography for weekend job and am a professional photographer who has had several exhibitions. Most of case I use a fixed lens such as Samyang / Zeiss with D800 or film cameras from Mamiya 7II to an 8x10 camera for my personal work so I do know how to check and find a right lens for me.Here is my suggestion and some tips for you who has considered and can't make a decision what to buy. If you are dying for 2.8F, then go for 24-70 with any company for your budget. If you don't really need 2.8F, GO FOR this new Sigma 24-105. Sharpness. Fast and silent auto focus. Only $. There is nothing you need to hesitate to get this, unless you really need 2.8. For wedding? I guess only situation you really need 2.8 is when you shoot in a church because constant flash isn't allowed in most the case. Can you cover it with other lens or slwo shutter speed with 1600iso? Then go ahead. Dude, this lens can even cover upto 105mm. Say good bye to the freaking heavy 70(80)-200. P.S This lens is really fat.. It seems very slim and neat from the "profile picture" but don't believe it. It is one of the most chubby lens. (but 1oz lighter than Nikon 24-70)

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Not as good as the other reviews suggest

First copy of the lens I got had a severe front focus I could not even correct with Sigma USB dock. They allow -20/+20 focus correction, but the lens needed at least...Read complete review

First copy of the lens I got had a severe front focus I could not even correct with Sigma USB dock. They allow -20/+20 focus correction, but the lens needed at least 25! So I exchanged the lens for another copy.The second copy also had front focus, but not as bad as the first one. The biggest correction I needed was 18. I own several Nikon and Tamron lenses I use with my D600, and I've never seen such issues with AF. Did I get two "lemons" in the row? Without the correction the lens was clearly inferior to Nikon 24-85 VR. By using the USB dock I was able to adjust the AF so that the Sigma slightly beats the Nikon kit lens at shorter focal lengths, and is noticeably better at longer zoom. But it took me many-many hours to do so. I'm going to try to add a screenshot of the correction I had to do.My other complaint about the lens is its weight. It seem that a decent part of the lens is made out of metal, however, I doubt it makes the lens any stronger, and I would not feel comfortable dropping this lens. And the fact that it has no weather sealing of any kind makes me wonder why couldn't Sigma go with more plastic. The extra weight does not make this lens a high-end lens anyway.Considering the weight, absence of weather sealing, price, bad quality control, and the long painful process of correcting AF I feel that this lens is at best 2.5 stars. Unfortunately for people who want a general-purpose walk-around lens that could go past 70mm there are not that many choices. Nikon 24-85 and Nikon 24-120 (overpriced considering not so ideal performance) are the only alternatives. And only because of this lack of better alternatives I will give the lens 3 stars instead of 2.I will probably keep the lens just because I've put too much effort into adjusting it. I, however, would not recommend anyone to buy it unless you know how to test and adjust it, and unless you are prepared to keep exchange the lens until you find a reasonable copy. If you just want to buy something and be done with it then save some money and stick with Nikon 24-85.

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4.0

A real pleasure!

By gcubed

from Grand Forks, ND

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

First of all, the equipment is better than the photographer. I am still enjoying the learning process for what will aways be a hobby for me. I use this primarily for outdoor photography on a Nikon d750. I have been very pleased with the images. The lens is easy to work with outside and I have no problem carrying it around through all kinds of terrain. My only complaint is I see the edges of the lense hood when I shoot at 24mm. I don't like having to take the hood off for wider angle shots. Otherwise, this is an amazing product. I attached a photo of me hiking ancient dunes from Lake Aggasiz because I took the shot using wifi from my phone. Obviously, very good range! The lense seems to be very sturdy and focuses quickly.

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5.0

Honestly Pretty Amazing

By Alek

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Sharp
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

      This lens was actually surprisingly good. I recently moved from Canon to Nikon, and wanted to have a lens to replace my 24-105L. I picked this up, and honestly this lens on my D800 absolutely kills it.

      It's incredibly sharp for a zoom, like really really sharp. There's a good deal of vignetting but it's very easy to correct, that's really the only gripe.

      Plus this thing just feels SO solid. Like really, the build quality is great. No weather sealing but I'm a studio shooter so no biggie.

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      5.0

      A great lens for travel

      By DM

      from Racine, WI

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

        I purchased this lens shortly before our Ireland trip. The zoom range is well suited for the majority of common travel shooting. It is quite sharp on center and maintains well to the edges. Good color snap. It's heavy but not burdensome. Handles well on my D800. Feels solid.

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        4.0

        Outstand Lens Follow Up

        By MelD

        from Cambria, CA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Sharp
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portrait

          Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

          I apologize for the mixup with my first review of this lens titled "Outstanding Lens", 2/24/2016. That review was not for this lens, but for the Tamron 90mm VC Macro. I meant to review this lens and give it four stars for the following reasons: Yes, it was sharp and it functioned perfectly with a Nikon D810, but I felt that the detail in the final image on closeup use was not up to the standard of a Sigma Art Lens. There was more chromatic aberration than I would have liked and the edge sharpness was just not great, so I returned the lens in exchange for a Tamron 24-70 or a Nikon 24-70 (non-VR) to compare results. Somewhat disappointing, but it's still a 4-star rating and for a 24MP sensor, I suspect it would perform quite well. Anyway, please disregard my first review, since it was placed in error for this lens.

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          5.0

          Outstanding Lens

          By MelD

          from Cambria, CA

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Good Vc
          • Lightweight
          • Low Chromatic Aberration
          • Sharp
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Close Up Work
            • Macro Photography
            • Portrait

            Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

            I was not surprised by the high quality of this lens, since it was rated highly by DxO labs in their testing on a Nikon D810. I compared the lens to the Nikon 200mm f/4 Macro and in a side by side on the same subject at f/16, it was as sharp and actually had better detail after a 100% enlargement in Photoshop. The lack of chromatic aberration was also noticeable, so I rank it with the Nikon as at least of equal quality. I could not compare it to a Nikon 105mm Macro, since I don't have that lens, but I am certain that this Tamron will hold its own in a side by side against that lens.
            All in all, a very useable lens for close up and macro and portrait. Hand holding the lens with VC engaged, f/18 @ 1/30s showed no motion blur in the photo, so I assume the VC works just fine for my purposes. I normally use a tripod, so this feature is not of particular concern to me. Nice to know it works, however.

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            5.0

            So happy!

            By Allison the blogger/ photographer

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

            Perfect lens for me. I'm more of an amateur photographer so not looking to drop tons of money on a bunch of prime lenses. This lens is solid and gives me the versatility that I'm looking for.

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            5.0

            Super Sharp

            By Josh W

            from Bucks County, PA

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Background Blur
            • Strong Construction
            • Super sharp

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Min F4 Aperature

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

            Coupled with my Nikon D7200, this lens is super sharp though out it's zoom range. Great color too.

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            5.0

            Best lens 24-105 money can buy

            By @joshua__hansen

            from Utah

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Nature
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

              best lens for your everyday lens, very nice wide angle while still offering a medium telephoto, very sharp all the way through at f4 the whole time. I would recommend this to anyone.

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              5.0

              One lens wonder

              By Deej

              from Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentary

                Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                Great all-rounder! I do a lot of remote work in hot places and have been trying to lighten the load for the past year or two. I started out taking 2x bodies and four lenses (24-70, 35mm, 50mm, 70-200, all Nikon f2.8 or Sigma Art). Last trip I took 2x bodies and just this one lens and had the best trip in years in terms of getting good shots and not being overloaded and over 'complicated'. On the D750 in AFA mode it focusses with less fuss than any other combination I've worked with over 20+ years. For me it beats the Nikon 24-70 f2.8 in every respect. I did recently use it on a job and also did a few shots on the 50mm (Sigma Art) and the 50mm shots were better but not enough for me to be disappointed (in the 24-105). I'm a convert to Sigma Art (like so many) and doubt I'll ever buy a Nikon lens again. A recent repair to my Nikon 24-70 after a bump cost AUD$[$]because Nikon would not supply the small ($300) part that the repairer told me would fix the lens, I had to buy a whole new internal lens assembly. Thank goodness for Sigma. Wish they would make a good DSLR.

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                5.0

                The perfect lens

                By jthacker43

                from Los Altos, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                    It works perfectly with my Nikon D810. I sharp and optical stabilization is right on the money. I like the extended range to 105mm verses the 70 mm range of Nikon's 24-70mm f/2.8. The Nikon lens is great for tripod use on the D810 but I do alot of handle held shooting as well as tripod shooting. I think it is a great walking around lens. I have not tried using a tripod yet. So no comment there. I brought because of the review on Photo Zone which rated the Canon mount as good.

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                    5.0

                    Worth the investment!

                    By GCFlash

                    from Mercerville, N.J.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portrait
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                      I been using this lens for 3 weeks of doing portrait's and landscape's on my D750 with battery grip, it's handling was not cumbersome. Being able to use the constant f/4aperture at all focal length's adds more creativity prospective that I did not have before. I found the focus speed fast on indoor & outdoor lighting conditions with no seeking so far and the OS works without interfering your shooting. This sigma lens has a solid feel & the designed performance point gives smooth manual focus & no lens creep! I had considered nikon 24-120 lens, but given the FX / DX on the camera side plus the crop factor one can get to around 120 in view angle if need be.

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                      5.0

                      A must-have wide-angle!

                      By Tav

                      from Bloomingdale, NJ

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • It's F4 Not 28

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                      I needed a "cheap" wide angle zoom since I shoot a lot of volume as a freelancer so I could reserve my Nikon 24-70 for weddings only. As it turns out, my freelance client told me that my image quality has improved!

                      This lens spanks Nikon's 24-70 at every turn - except that it's only f/4. But honestly, if you're shooting wide angle, do you really want a shallow DOF?

                      In addition, it focuses FAST and accurate in dark wedding venues. I have very few instances of soft or back focus issues. Certainly less issues than the 24-70.

                      Portraits shot at 105mm at f/4 look fantastic, but the bokeh isn't as creamy as it would be with 2.8, but with the 24-70 set to 70mm, 2.8, it wasn't that creamy either.

                      You want creamy bokeh? Get an 85+mm prime with 1.4. If you want a great all-around workhorse, get this lens.

                      People complain about the weight. It's heavy, yes, but it's a professional lens built with professional quality. Weight isn't a valid complaint.

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                      4.0

                      Not for me

                      By Tomwom

                      from Middlebrook, VA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                        This lens has a great focal range. It's really sharp, has nice contrast and color. But after using fast glass, I wasn't thrilled with the bokeh. Guess I got spoiled. Another thing I noticed was that it missed focus at times, but that may have been my copy. I haven't heard of this being a problem.

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                        5.0

                        sigma reinvents itself. and comes out the winner.

                        By Walt ,Walt's photogaphy

                        from Coburg, Oregon

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                          As you know, Sigma has reinvented there lens line.
                          I have now purchased three new (A)art &(S)sport sigma lenes. 150~600mm perfect out of the box,The 50mm 1.4 and now the 24~105, all perfect focus out of the box. None of the lenes required correction of any kind and are perfect.Spot on focus everytime.In the past I have owned only prim nikon lenes and now I am changing my glass to Sigma.
                          Thank you Sigma for the new lens line. OUTSTANDING !

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                          5.0

                          very good

                          By eldadn

                          from tlv,israel

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                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                            i got the lens a few weeks ago. used it already for studio portraits, day-time outdoor family portraits, parties at dark clubs , ext`. it works fine !! fast AF, sharp images, very nice colors. the weight doesnt bother me at all. the built quality is excellent. the rubber ring of the zoom is very convenient to use. i just hope it won`t "melt' like in the Nikon lenses....

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                            2.0

                            I wanted to like it

                            By Manny

                            from Phoenix, AZ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Blurry Focus
                            • Heavy
                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                            I purchased this lens as a possible cheaper substitute to a Nikon 24-70. This was my first choice since I've previously owned a 17-70 "C" from Sigma when I used to have my D7000. The build quality on the 24-105 is amazing. Sleek metal near the mount, no sounds of loose parts, and very good textured rubber grips on the zoom & focus ring. I wanted this lens to work, even to the point where I was visiting B&H's website multiple times per day for a few months hoping to see the magical "In Stock" and "Order Now" buttons. When I received my copy, it seemed to focus very slow. At first I thought I could manage as it wasn't TOO slow. I went outside to take a few photos and that's where the problems began. I was looking for high contract areas that would make focusing a breeze. One scenario was to focus on my motorcycle's engine. Colored black and chrome, this was a perfect focusing situation because of the extreme contrast between the two colors. I was at 105mm attempting to focus when the lens made a loud clicking or buzzing sound like gears grinding within the lens. I lowered the lens to look at it and saw on the focus window that the lens was slapping between 2.5 meters and infinity. The lens would not catch focus. Thinking the issue may have been my D750 for some reason, I grabbed my other lens and tried to take the same photo. No noises at all when I tried my other lens. I put the sigma back on and duplicated the issue on my first try. Needless to say I had to return it. I would have loved to try another copy, but they are backordered again. I am back to counting my pennies and saving for the Nikon 24-70 hopefully in the near future. Two stars for the Sigma though for the amazing build quality overall design. Hopefully I just had a bad copy of the lens.

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                            5.0

                            awesome lens

                            By Jodyjo

                            from Chicago IL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                              I use this lens to shoot events and have done photo shoots as well with it. I am very pleased with the lens for the price I pd for it

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                              4.0

                              Is it better than Nikon's 24-85?

                              By Roman

                              from Seattle

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Heavy
                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                              I've shot about 60k photos with my D600 and the 24-85 kit lens. I mostly photograph landscapes and portraits. I decided to get the Sigma because I wanted to "up my game." I believed, perhaps naively, that this big piece of glass would expose a new world to my D600. Colors would pop more, everything would be sharper, and bokeh would be better. Goodbye kit lens, hello pro lens.Even at 100% zoom, I found it difficult to tell the difference between the Sigma 24-105 and the Nikon 24-85. Both appear to take similar photos. Yes, the Sigma 24-105 is sharp, but how much sharper than your other full-frame lenses? Both lenses give pretty much the same color, sharpness, and bokeh. Will the Sigma be sharper in the corner? Yes, but when was the last time you needed to use the corner? If your subject is in focus, especially in landscapes, then corner sharpness won't draw positive or negative attention. Pros for the Sigma 24-105+ Well built. Tight tolerances, zoom ring feels perfect.+ Pretty good Optical Stabilization, but not as good as Nikon's+ Great Bokeh, especially @105 mm+ Good focal range.Cons for the Sigma 24-105- I found my 2012 D600 draining battery 2x the normal rate. There are similar reports from Nikon users on DPreview. After 150 shots the battery would be down a tick mark. At 300 shots it would be at 50% or less. Some speculate it's the Optical Stability System running.- Heavy and big. I thought I wouldn't notice the weight, but it's there. I got used to it on the D600, and it does give the whole camera a nice heft, but you will feel this lens when you're hauling it around on a strap. Although I've never used one, this lens seems more appropriate for a bigger body like a D4.- Occasionally, the lens refuses to autofocus, but this went away after the first 1000 shots.- Occasionally the autofocus would hunt excessively- Strong distortions and vignetting at 24mm, but I guess this is an acceptable fact for lenses with such ranges.The price difference is dramatic enough that I would recommend going with the Nikon 24-85. The Nikon is lighter, smaller, has more reliable VR, and takes comparable photos. Don't let the words 'kit lens' fool you. Nonetheless, the Sigma delivered excellent photos.

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                              5.0

                              Decent

                              By Egill Bjarki

                              from Hong Kong SAR

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Rugged
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                                For what it is, an all around, cost effective lens covering a wide focal range, it is quite decent. Not sure it deserves the "Art" label compared with the other uncompromising lenses in the lineup though.I like to use this lens for mostly video. For photos, preferably, I use either the 35mm or 50mm Art. When the situation I am working in does not allow me full control, I grab this lens.There has been much talk about a future super wide and all around Art lenses. I will not be interested in them if they do not surpass this lens significantly. This lens is what it is, very comparable with it's Canon/Nikon counterpart, but slightly better, especially in the centre.

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                                3.0

                                Not as good as the other reviews suggest

                                By BlackPerch

                                from Brooklyn, NY

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                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Blurry Focus
                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Nikon F:

                                  First copy of the lens I got had a severe front focus I could not even correct with Sigma USB dock. They allow -20/+20 focus correction, but the lens needed at least 25! So I exchanged the lens for another copy.The second copy also had front focus, but not as bad as the first one. The biggest correction I needed was 18. I own several Nikon and Tamron lenses I use with my D600, and I've never seen such issues with AF. Did I get two "lemons" in the row? Without the correction the lens was clearly inferior to Nikon 24-85 VR. By using the USB dock I was able to adjust the AF so that the Sigma slightly beats the Nikon kit lens at shorter focal lengths, and is noticeably better at longer zoom. But it took me many-many hours to do so. I'm going to try to add a screenshot of the correction I had to do.My other complaint about the lens is its weight. It seem that a decent part of the lens is made out of metal, however, I doubt it makes the lens any stronger, and I would not feel comfortable dropping this lens. And the fact that it has no weather sealing of any kind makes me wonder why couldn't Sigma go with more plastic. The extra weight does not make this lens a high-end lens anyway.Considering the weight, absence of weather sealing, price, bad quality control, and the long painful process of correcting AF I feel that this lens is at best 2.5 stars. Unfortunately for people who want a general-purpose walk-around lens that could go past 70mm there are not that many choices. Nikon 24-85 and Nikon 24-120 (overpriced considering not so ideal performance) are the only alternatives. And only because of this lack of better alternatives I will give the lens 3 stars instead of 2.I will probably keep the lens just because I've put too much effort into adjusting it. I, however, would not recommend anyone to buy it unless you know how to test and adjust it, and unless you are prepared to keep exchange the lens until you find a reasonable copy. If you just want to buy something and be done with it then save some money and stick with Nikon 24-85.

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