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This compact large aperture standard zoom lens is equipped with HSM for the latest digital SLR cameras.

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Pros

part of the highest quality series from Sigma (EX) - great build quality (metal mount, smooth and precise zoom / focus rings)

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great value - great quality for the price

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available for multiple mount systems

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very sharp in the middle of the frame

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full frame compatible

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cheaper than the 24-70mm lenses from Canon and Nikon

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three year standard warranty

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lighter and smaller than the competition

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Cons

not as nice optically as the more expensive competition from Canon and Nikon

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light falloff (vignetting) is visible on FF at F/2.8 through the focal length

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edge sharpness is poor on full frame at F/2.8 - only good at F/4

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take large, expensive 82mm filters

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This compact large aperture standard zoom lens is equipped with HSM for the latest digital SLR cameras.  The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM covers focal lengths from 24mm.  The most recent optical design provides compact construction which is ideal for portrait, landscape and general photography. Manufactured with top grade glass, Extraordinary Low Dispersion (ELD) and two Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements and three aspherical lenses provide corrections to all types of aberrations.  The lens is equipped with a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) for a quiet and high speed AF and full time manual focus capabilities. The minimum focus distance 38cm/15in and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.3.  Rounded nine blade diaphragm creates a blur to out of focus areas. 

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM is half the price of the similarly spec'd Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L USM lens. It is also lighter, thinner and shorter.  The Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L USM has a consistent diameter, while the Sigma's diameter changes at points, which could detract comfort in handling. Both rated 24-70mm the Canon is noticeably wider at 24mm, when the subjects are not distant. If wide, open high performance is not required over 30mm, and do not have bright lights anywhere but behind the camera, the Sigma is good lens

 Features 
  • Fast focus response
  • High quality images assured throughout entire zoom range
  • Compact construction
  • Quiet high speed motor
  • Inner focusing system
  • Reduced flare and ghosting
  • 30% smaller and lighter than competitors
  • Fitted, padded case
  • 1 year warranty

 

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