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

(based on 68 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)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (16), Pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (48)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Superb

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I'm using this lens on a Nikon D850 and D500 and it is becoming the lens that lives on the D850.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid

By John

from Undisclosed

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

This is a heavy, well built lens. I have tested it on my D500 with superb results. I have no reservations about the lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Real Deal

By Darrell

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This has turned out to be my go to lens. Great clarity, color and sharpness. Sigma Art are the real deal. I'm working on purchasing a third lens from this series.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As good as they say!!!

By DARRELL

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I have a D7200, D500, D750 and D810, this lens shines on all of them! It does great on full frame and cropped, very sharp, colors great and build is top notch. I recommend it on full frame but there was very little difference between the D810 and the D500 . I will be buying more Art lenses....they are the real deal!!! It is a wee bit heavy for a walk around but balances nicely on all the cameras. Buy it, you won't regret it !!!

 
5.0

I would buy this again and also recommend it

By Kevin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

very good quality, I usually only buy Nikon lens but after talking to the guys at B & H and a couple of other sources I figured I would give this lens a try, I am very please with it up to this point. It was a little better price point then the comparable Nikon lens.

 
4.0

Very good mid-range zoom

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens for use on my Nikon D810 after reading every review I could find. Although I usually use prime lenses, I was looking for a good mid-range zoom for those occasions and events where changing among prime lenses was not appropriate. (I should also mention that I'd previously owned and used the Nikon 24-70 f2.8, but t traded it because I just never liked its range -- the 'long' end of 70mm seemed to be frequently just a little too short.). I rented the Nikon 24-120mm. Liked the additional range, but the IQ in that extend range (100mm+) seemed okay but not great. The Sigma lens is one I'd recommend for the uses I described. It's IQ is very good, It's focus speed and acquisition is good. One should note that it is rather heavy and large, particularly when coupled with the D810 -- only slightly less so than the Nikon 24-70 f2.8. Overall, I recommend it if one can live with the maximum f/4 and the noticeable weight.

 
5.0

Great piece of glass

By Ryan

from Illinois

Verified Buyer

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

Very happy with this purchase. The lens is heavy, but sturdy. Used for video b-roll and some interview footage. The OS works very well, but in a rush to switch over to do an interview, accidentally kept the OS on while in manual focus mode on a tripod. That was a big mistake, as the tripod footage had a noticeable shake throughout with the lens trying to compensate for stability. Was able to fix in after effects, but kicking myself for missing that. Anyways I would recommend this to anyone who wants some flexibility when shooting.

 
5.0

Very happy with this lens!

By Darlene

from New Haven, Ct.

Verified Buyer

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

After doing much comparison shopping I finally decided to try this Sigma lens and I am glad I did. I took it out for a test run today and was very pleased with the results. The clarity was great at all focal lengths. Although it is an 82mm lens I had no problem walking around with it all day long. I also appreciated that Sigma provided me with a protective filter and very well padded carrying case.

 
5.0

Perfect for my landscape photo.

By RA

from Central California.

Verified Buyer

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

I use a Nikon D810 and this is my new walk around and landscape lens. It replaces a Nikon 24-120 that I bought used and was never totally happy with. This lens is sharp, easy to use and rock solid. Colors are great and very clear. The only down side is the weight, caring this while hiking in the high Sierras can be a body building experience.

 
5.0

Great Travel Lens

By Cape Cod Don

from South Yarmouth, MA

Verified Buyer

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

Typical Sigma Art Lens quality, solid construction, zoom & focus rings are smooth turning and well dampened, color and contrast rendition is excellent. Not a light lens but balances nicely on my Nikon D810 body. Focus was accurate right out of the box.

 
5.0

Best in the business

By Josue

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is great if your in to photography there's no word that makes justices for the quality and colors this lens brings ... I recommend it to any person or photographer

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You can hurt some one with this

By Los

from Undisclosed

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

I purchased the Sigma 24-105 and compared it with the Nikon 16-80 I was looking for sharp lens that I could use for everyday shooting since I sold all my canon gear and switched to Nikon recently, I got 200-500 for birding and I want to see if I could live with two lens. I knew Sigma had some good ART lens and I want auto focus zoom with Image stabilization, so I looked at both, I then took the variuos images, same Settings etc etc, I found better built quality with the Sigma, better warranty four years! quieter motor when videoing, sharper throughout the whole image, with less barrel distortion at lower apertures good power range, for less money... how can you go wrong... and if ever for no yourself in a bad situation and needed a weapon the Sigma is the one to go with

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice 24-105

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This has become my go to lens. Very tight, fast and smooth operation.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

High Quality, good value

By Steven

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I have the "old", non VR Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, and use it extensively. I thought that a little extra focal length might be useful, and traded in some old lenses (B & H did a fine job on the trade ins). I first tried a refurbished Nikon 24-120mm f4. It was a mess - soft all over, at all focal lengths & fstops, etc. I replaced it with the Sigma 24-105mm f4 Art. And NO - it doesn't front focus, etc. I checked with a test pattern as soon as a got it. I may be lucky, but the focus is dead on and fast. It is not as sharp as my Sigma 35mm f1.4, but it is fine - maybe a little soft wide open - but I already have the fast lens that IS very sharp. I got this one to use when I don't need a really wide aperture, and can use the 105mm. It functions beautifully at f11. I'm really satisfied with the lens, and would recommend it - just remember it is not weather sealed (but the build quality is great).

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this again

By Bess

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Accurate focusing. Excellent clarity for a zoom. Bought this as an all-in-one lens, I usually shoot with primes and am happy with the results. I like the fact that you can shoot F4 throughout the zoom range. Nice lens for the price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

24-105 Sigma Art Lens

By Ray R

from Paintsville, KY.

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted a walk around lens in a good focal length range and the Sigma 24-105 fits that need. I haven't had the chance to use this lens a lot but so far, I like what I see. What keeps me from giving it 5 stars is the issue of my preview screen staying on for 1 minute after I take a photo with this lens. A call to Sigma support said this is programed into this lens and cannot be changed by the camera menu. Something about this lens and image stabilization. A little inconvenient, but still a great sharp lens.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A real pleasure!

By gcubed

from Grand Forks, ND

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

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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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great lens for travel

      By DM

      from Racine, WI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      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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        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Outstand Lens Follow Up

        By MelD

        from Cambria, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        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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