hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29297

Summary

Highly Recommended awardThe Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 OS Art is a standard 2.9x zoom available in mounts for Canon, Nikon and Sigma DSLRs with full-frame sensors, and can also be used with Sony E-Mount bodies using Sigma's MC-11 mount converter. It has a very good image stabilization and is shorter, cheaper, produces less loCA, has a better Bokeh, and shows less vignetting than the reference in its class, the Nikon 24-70/2.8E VR. But its image quality at the short end and in the outer area of a high resolution full-frame senor is disappointing considering that this lens is a member of Sigma's well-renowned "Art"-line. But still the Sigma 24-70/2.8 OS Art earns a recommendation.

Support Cameralabs!

, B&H, or Adorama. Alternatively you could treat me to a coffee!

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 OS Art review
  • Written by

Verdict

The Sigma 24-70/2.8 OS Art is an important addition to Sigma’s high-performance “Art series. The 24-70mm range with f2.8 aperture has become the go-to general purpose lens for professionals and demanding enthusiasts alike, and the new model finally upgrades its decade-old predecessor with the promise of ART-level quality and optical stabilisation. It also features the unique adaptability to different lens mounts and the multitude of customizing AF via the USB-dock that you can expect from any “Art” lens. Plus it produces a nice Bokeh for a zoom with a focal ratio of f2.8 and has very low longitudinal color aberrations. This should all make for a very compelling package.

But there are also downsides to this lens. First and foremost: Its sharpness is not what I’ve come to expect from Sigma’s latest designs. This shows especially at the short-end with 24mm being the weakest focal length of this lens. Even the APS-C-corners are a bit soft at the short-end, and the FF-corners look outright ugly wide-open throughout the zoom-range and need stopping down to f8 if you need well-balanced sharpness across the sensor. In addition its resistance to flare, glare, and ghosting is not up there with the best.

Let’s see how the new lens compares to the alternative from Nikon.

 

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29285

 

Compared to Nikon 24-70/2.8E VR

Nikon endowed their professional f2.8 standard zoom with good to very good image quality across the full-frame sensor and very good stabilization. It has a fast and reliable autofocus and only little CA (albeit a bit higher than from the new Sigma). Plus its resistance to flare, glare, and ghosting is pretty good. But it’s longer than the new Sigma, has a less attractive Bokeh, and stronger vignetting. It’s also 50% more expensive than the new Sigma. But all-in-all its image quality earned the Nikon 24-70/2.8E VR a Highly Recommended. If you want “sharp” this is the lens to get.

For more details see my Nikon 24-70/2.8E VR review.

 

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29278

 

Sigma 24-70/2.8 OS Art final verdict

The Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 OS Art is a worthy upgrade over its decade-old predecessor: it has very good image stabilization and is shorter, cheaper, produces less loCA, has a better Bokeh, and shows less vignetting than the reference in its class, the Nikon 24-70/2.8E VR. But its image quality at the short-end and in the outer area of a high resolution full-frame sensor is disappointing considering that this lens is a member of Sigma’s well-renowned “Art”-line. So not a slam-dunk, but still the Sigma 24-70/2.8 OS Art earns a recommendation.

Good points:

  • Very good image stabilization for stills.
  • Nice Bokeh for a f2.8 zoom.
  • Little longitudinal color aberrations.
  • Versatile customization of AF via USB-dock.

Bad points:

  • Short end and FF/FX-corners are pretty soft.
  • Resistance against flare/glare/ghosting could be better.

 

Read on, there’s much more to this review: use the tabs to visit the other pages which include more in depth information, full quality test results, and sample images! I also have additional sample images here.

PS – if you find my work useful don’t forget you can support me when you shop for anything at , B&H or Adorama by first clicking through to them using the links here – it works for anything you order at any time, or alternatively you could treat yourself to my or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!

Buy Gordon a coffee to support cameralabs!

Like my reviews? Buy me a coffee!

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29293

Buy it from amazon.com

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29293

Buy it from amazon.co.uk

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29293

Buy it from amazon.de

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29293

Buy it from amazon.fr

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29293

Buy it from amazon.es

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29293

Buy it from amazon.it

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29293

Buy it from amazon.ca

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8

hero_Sigma_24-70f2-8OS_Art_29293

Buy it from B&H

Follow Gordon Laing

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2017 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.

Website design by Coolgrey