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Sigma24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Canon EF
 
4.7

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (29)
  • Consistent output (27)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (26)
  • Durable (25)
  • Rugged (22)

Cons

  • Heavy (21)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (26)
  • Weddings (18)
  • Video (14)
  • Wildlife photos (7)
  • Low light (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Exceeded my expectations!

I have owned 2 copies of the Canon 24-105L in the past and both were fine and I accepted their flaws and limitations. I read the various reviews online when this was launched...Read complete review

I have owned 2 copies of the Canon 24-105L in the past and both were fine and I accepted their flaws and limitations. I read the various reviews online when this was launched and most called the difference between the Sigma and Canon negligible. I however found them much more pronounced. The Sigma is far sharper in the center and a bit sharper on the edges. The AF is faster than any Sigma zoom I've used and is faster than the other Canon 24-105's. Not like a 135 f/2 AF, don't get me wrong.The vignetting is similar and the CA is better on the Sigma. On the wide end (24) the Sigmas has less distortion than the Canon version. It is heavier but on a 5D3 it is a similar fit to the new larger glass 24-70's that have been coming out recently. The Art Line is beautiful and well designed and after owning both this lens and the Sigma 35 1.4 I look forward to more full frame Sigma lenses that rival or beat their Canon counterparts for a great deal less money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a nice lens, but not a great lens.

I received this lens from B&H yesterday and have been putting it through its paces. The build quality is solid, the autofocus is smooth, but tends to hunt more than the...Read complete review

I received this lens from B&H yesterday and have been putting it through its paces. The build quality is solid, the autofocus is smooth, but tends to hunt more than the Canon 24-105 F4L it replaced. Image quality is sharp in the center, but softens considerably as you move away from center. I can't say that it is better than my Canon 24-105, yet. Color representation, chromatic aberration and lens flare are non existent with the Sigma 24-104 (that was a problem with the Canon version). The background is nicely blurred (bokeh). It isn't apples to apples, but compared to my Canon 24-70 F4L is not even close. My 24-70 F4L is razor sharp throughout the frame, with excellent image quality. I'm shooting on my Canon 5D Mark III.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new walking partner

By Sherman

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

The Sigma 24-105 f/4 is the new staple for my Canon 7D & 5Diii. I had it for a few weeks and allowed my friend to use it on a photo hike, they liked it so much, I had to purchased another one (I offered them to keep it). Wish it were f/2.8 but during my hikes, mostly daylight hours, this glass is par excellent; tack sharp images, fast focus, dependable, & good looking. Offers the perfect range for a walk around lens; covers all aspects of general photography. Thanks again Sigma!

 
4.0

Sharp, solid, better than Canon

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

Haven't tried it on a Canon, so no comments re: autofocus and stabilizer. I've used it with Fotodiox adapter to A7sii, which pretty much nullifies those features.
BUT, optics wise, this a homerun for work horse zoom lens. Portraits, Interviews, Events, B-roll, this will do it all well.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best is equipment and customer service.

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The lens I now have is excellent. First time around the lens was not focus reliable. As soon as I recognized the issue I brought it back to B&H for an immediate exchange which was fast and painless. The new one I received appears to work at 100% efficiency. Good, fast auto focus and crisp clean images. Thanks for the always excellent customer service at B&H.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Graet!

By Moninder Jassal

from Toronto

Verified Buyer

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

Amazing Lens

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens

By RTS

from WV

Verified Buyer

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

Sharp - quick to focus - good color rendition - much better than the canon 24-105. F4 L !

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Lens

By Ben

from Boston

Verified Buyer

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

Very nice lens. Its my daily driver when outside or have good light. Good deal.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Took months to decide

By JP

from Undisclosed

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

I am a big Canon fan and this is the only non-canon lens that I own. I pondered which lends to purchase, given that the new Canon 24?105 was coming out. It was twice the cost and does have some water resistant features. I could not wait because the Canon was not yet ready for shipping and the Open ended promises were not good enough for me. I had reviewed the features of these lenses from different manufacturers and watched all the videos and finally needed the lens for a trip. I ordered from B&H, always a good move, and the company I can count on, and this lens is nothing short of spectacular! I use it on my Canon 5 DS R and it is a great complement to the 50.6 megapixels! For the cost differential, even if this got water damage, I could purchase a replacement and be about even as buying just one of the Mark ii Canon versions. Pristinely clear photos and I believe the Bokeh quality is superior.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just wow!

By Ashleymoorephoto

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is AMAZING. It does struggle in low light situations, but outdoors, the sharpness of this lens is stunning. I will be a Sigma lens girl for life. 3 primes in one lens. It is extremely heavy, but I view that as how sturdy it is. Just love this lens!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I will buy the wide angle realative lens.

By Scott

from undisclosed

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

This is a great lens, and less expensive than the Canon equivalent. Smooth, quiet, and crisp focusing. Not light, but quality is noticeably a positive.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sigma glass is NICE!

By Pierre

from undisclosed

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

I hesitated buying this lens, but glad I got this instead of the Canon 24-70mm 2.8. Much better value and the images are SHARP! I also bought the 70-200 Sigma, good combo for PR type photos and all around use.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Trabaja con la JVC GY-LS 300 y Canon 70D

By Ivan

from undisclosed

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

El teleobjetivo trabaja bien con la Camara Canon 70D. Tambien, con el adpatador Kypon para Micro 4/3, en la camara de video JVC GY-LS300. Con la camara JVC y adaptador trabaja el autofocus y autoiris desde la camara.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Lens!!

By Donovan

from SC

Verified Buyer

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

This is my primary lens.
I utilize it in 75% of my workflow.
This lens is very sharp, it focuses very fast and performs nicely.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

oh boy!

By Joshua

from Undisclosed

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

this lens is as fantastic as you'd want it to be. though slower than I usually shoot, it's extremely fast, feels great, and the OS works perfectly. AF is very accurate and the quality of the images at each FL is dead-on ART series quality.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

look no farther............

By Heber H.

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

Had it for almost a year. Paired with a Cannon 70D, this is a great lens for a room full of active grand kids and the prime reason I bought it....Pictures are always sharp crisp and clear.......Little heavy, but got used to it!
 Only oddity, when I load the picture into iphoto  on my computer, the data for the picture always list the lens as a Canon 500 mm? 
This does not happen with my other great Sigma lenses that I use..i.e.,  18-35 and 150-600, both  show the correct lens power....

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sigma 24-105 f/4

By Miguel

from Rhododendron, Oregon

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

Weel built sturdy feeling. Fantastic color clarity throughout all ranges

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect walking-around lens

By Paul

from Undisclosed

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

Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | A
For Canon EF
Lens Review:
After heavy use I’m comfortable saying this lens lives up to my expectations. Being part of the highly regarded Sigma Art series, I purchased with confidence that this lens would be of a very high quality at any focal length. With a constant F/4 aperture through every focal length, the 24-105 is sure to be your new work-horse lens ready to go anywhere with you. It’s a heavy lens, weighing in at slightly less than 2 lbs; it’s a very sturdy lens that feels solid in the hand. Being a wedding photographer, I needed a “do everything” kind of lens and this lens is certainly that, but I was concerned about the weight. After the first few weddings, I was relieved to find that it had not been too taxing for me to carry. It didn’t weigh to hard on my shoulder when shooting with my other camera, or walking around, and it was not nearly as tiring to hold up and shoot as I thought. It fits beautifully into the hand and is very easy to support. The ergonomic design is not only pleasing to look at but extremely functional. The zoom ring is a great size and interestingly located in front of the focus ring, which took a little getting used to, but I’ve grown to like it more in fact. Given that this is my run-and-gun lens, I found that I primarily rely on the autofocus while I concern myself only on my framing and composition. For this reason, having the zoom ring slightly oversized and much more accessible than the focus ring ended up being quite nice for me. And as for the autofocus, the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) delivered beautiful results. The HSM is touted as making “minimal noise,” but I would argue it makes no noise (certainly no notable noise). I have even shot a fair amount of video with this and with an on-shoe shotgun mic, I found no problems with this autofocus, or with the Optical Stabilization (OS) for that matter. The OS is fantastic and it’s so quiet, I began to question whether it was even switched on, until I tested the OS shooting handheld video. The stabilization is certainly up to par and a great addition to an always-on, run-and-gun lens. The f/4 can be a little dark in indoor photo settings so the OS helps to account for that mild handshake in a big way. The Macro capability on this lens is also worth noting, I was very impressed. It is certainly not a "macro lens," but I've compared results from the highly regarded Canon 100mm 2.8L IS Macro and results are impressive with the Sigma 24-105 for a zoom lens at least. You don't necessarily need to bring your Macro lens anymore and you'll still be able to get those details that you want. The lens comes with a lens hood, which attaches very sturdily to the lens. The lens also comes with a padded zipper pouch with a belt loop attachment, which I have found very useful during weddings so I can carry a second lens if I’d rather not carry two full cameras.

Comparing this lens to the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, it is certainly heavier, but we’ve covered that so let’s talk image quality. Wide open zoomed all the way out, I will go with the Sigma every time. Stopped down, they are certainly comparable at f/8 but even at 5.6 I would pick the Sigma (but not by much). Zoomed all the way in to 105, wide open at f/4, I have to go with the Canon, but again, not by much and as you stop them down, the sigma quickly catches up in sharpness even by 5.6, certainly by f/8. In the middle range between 35-70mm, if there is a difference in sharpness it is so minimal that even reviewing on a computer zoomed in to 100% on a large 27” monitor, the quality looks comparable. Going back to focus speed, I found the HSM motor on the Sigma to be just as fast as the USM in the canon, but possibly quieter than the Canon. As for OS, there is no comparison; the Sigma is near silent, while the Canon is good, but loud. As for macro focus capability, I would choose the Sigma as the winner every time. It focuses closer and so long as you stop down to f/5.6 or more (which I always do on macro detail shots), you'll have no issues with sharpness.

This lens is rugged, sturdy, beautiful to look at and produces fantastic results. I would recommend this lens to any photographer of any ability, and I will be bringing this lens nearly everywhere I go.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good versatile lens.

By natpl

from providence

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

Used the lens only a few times so far. It is fast focusing, not too heavy lens.

 
5.0

Very nice walk-around lens!

By pappy18351

from Tucson, Arizona

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent choice for an all-around lens when you don't want to spend the money for an L lens.

Quality, build, size and ability are great. Looking forward to using this extensively.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Lens

By JB in ATL

from Atlanta, GA

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

It's a good lens. The focal length is useful. The f4 isn't great. I use it for general purpose work and coverage. I'd buy it again. The price is right and it destroys the Canon in sharpness.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sharper than my "L" Series

By Mikey

from California

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

Hi: went back-and-forth for a year contemplating this lens, after renting it and testing it vs. my 24-105 Canon "L" lens.
Pros: Sharper than the Canon, balances nicely on the 5D Mark III, less "play" in lens barrel when extended, autofocus is fast and precise, build quality good for the money.
Cons: Heavier than the Canon "L", not weather sealed, filters are expensive (82mm), slightly narrow manual focusing ring

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