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Sigma24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon AF
 
4.2

(based on 101 reviews)

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    (50)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (87)
  • Strong construction (58)
  • Durable (56)
  • Consistent output (50)
  • Easily interchangeable (43)

Cons

  • Heavy (34)
  • Slow focus (10)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Poor in low light (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Low light (41)
  • Weddings (41)
  • Night photography (36)
  • Sports/action (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (26), Pro photographer (14), Semi-professional (11), Enthusiast (6)
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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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Better than average but that's all...

I used this lens in illuminated and low-light conditions. As someone who comes from a cinema background with experience with quality cinema-grade glass, I'm fairly picky. That said, for a zoom of this...Read complete review

I used this lens in illuminated and low-light conditions. As someone who comes from a cinema background with experience with quality cinema-grade glass, I'm fairly picky. That said, for a zoom of this range, the lens offers good versatility for your average use. I would not use this lens at 2.8 at all... it's just too soft. There can be a considerable amount of AF searching in low-light conditions, and even when the lens seemed to "lock-on" its focus without hesitation, I found that it had a great tendency of AF focusing (with flash AF assist) to close to infinity in those conditions (backgrounds were more in-focus than subjects). I compared this to an inexpensive prime (Nikkor 50mm 1.8) as I didn't have access to another zoom. At the same settings and an f/4.5, the Sigma seemed so much darker (almost too much, even for a zoom)with an apparent 1/3 stop difference in mid/sub-gray tone brightness. Contrast is nothing to be excited about as I felt the images lack as much "pop" and gray and dark-gray tones looked more "muddied-up," even with the brightness compensation... Another interesting thing I found is that when set to 50mm (actually 52mm as I couldn't get it to 50...) this lens had much more depth of field (object @ 3 ft.) than the 50mm Nikon. Also, Sigma claims the 9-blade aperture's benefits, but the bokeh is nowhere near as smooth and creamy as the 50mm prime (again, I am not sure if the nikkor zoom handles this much better). Sharpness is OK, but nothing to write home about. I'm considering the Nikon at this time as I'm pretty demanding from my images. For a good point and shoot, non-money making lens on the budget, it's a good deal.

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4.0

A versatile lens at a great value

By John B

from New York, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

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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

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    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

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        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

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        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

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          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

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            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

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            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

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            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

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              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

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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
                  • 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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                        5.0

                        The perfect addition to my D600!

                        By Joey

                        from Soon to be - Manhattan, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography

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

                          I use this product for general photography alongside my 50mm, which I use for, you guessed it, portraiture. I was between this lens and the Tamron 24-70. At the store when I held both lenses, and did test drives with them, I noticed both lenses were extremely similar in terms of image quality. However, the Sigma feels like it is built much better than the Tamron; the Tamron has a more of a plastic feel to it while the Sigma has a sturdier metal feel. Although this lens doesn't have the image stabilization that the Tamron has, it has a higher resolution (according to DXO Mark). All in all, I think this is a great lens and I am happy that I chose it. Not only is it a phenomenal lens that beats the Tamron in many categories, but I also saved[$] If you are in the same boat that I was in, I would highly recommend you consider this lens.

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                          4.0

                          Very good for its price

                          By Maddy

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

                                The 24-70 is a great range for everyday photo assignments. I wanted to buy the Nikon 24-70 2.8 but $ is just too much money. This lens does the job very nicely. The Sigma isn't quite as sharp as the Nikon, but it's still very good. For $ you get a really great lens for your money.

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                                4.0

                                Good alternative

                                By Jason

                                from San Jose, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                This is a good quality lens. I would not say it is on par with the Nikon equivalent, but it is also about half the price. One thing that I like about this lens compared to the nikon is the how much shorter it is. Makes it easy to have around with you more often.

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