Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro lens review with samples (Full-frame & APS-C)

I was sent this lens by mistake when trying to order the newer HSM version, but I thought I’d test it out anyway. Is this lens a hidden gem, or a relic of the dark old days of weak Sigma lenses?

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Josue Ramirez says:

It’s a shame since it’s “younger” brother, the 17-50 2.8 HSM is awesome.

Kelston Jacobs says:

Naughty Naughty, lol.

Marad Abuleela says:

Looks like you got a really bad copy ,for me the images online speak for themselves here…..

Jason W says:

Hello, will you be testing the new tamron 24-70 as well?

Vinicius Vieira says:

I would love to see the review of the Sigma 24-70 Ex Dg HSM, is very cheap right now.

Dave's Nature Productions says:

I was never a fan of the old Sigma lens designs, especially how the focus works, so I am quite glad they changed that and made much better lenses since. I am looking forward to your review of the newer one when you get round to reviewing it.While on the subject of older Sigma lenses, could you review the Sigma 105mm EX DG OS HSM Macro lens?

ThePicturetaker says:

I bought this lens brand new back in 2006. I found it to be ugly bokeh, unsharp, lacking contrast, slow focus and bad bad flaring. I took it to the Canadian Rockies. It was a waste of a photoshoot and I returned it when I got home and bit the bullet and bought a nice used Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L. I used this Sigma on my Canon 20D back then. It honestly turned me off of Sigma until you and others started to review the ART series lenses a few years ago. I now own a Sigma 85mm f1.4 ART and its super sharp.

bobfromhull says:

It looks filthy. No way to send out a lens.
High density APS-C sensors are making a lot of older lenses redundant

JohnAudioTech says:

Amazing how much better newer lenses have gotten. Probably due to the increasing pixel count on cameras that can reveal flaws. I remember having the first 6mp digital Rebel (300D?). Its kit lens wasn’t great and would look awful on a 24mp camera.

killer ninja says:

thanks for the review! I’ll be looking forward to the review of the newer IF HSM version of sigma’s 24-70

Wolfgang Grandaka says:

Yeay new video!

Gal or says:

I think this is the most professional site on YouTube. The most correct explanation. There is no need for models that spread, but an examination that is professional and professional. He always buys lenses for me and my friends only after his criticism. Waiting for a long time to make a comparison between the lenses that now go 24-70 art, sigma and tamron g2.

Mike Cunningham says:

I know many camera stores that don’t know what they’re posting half the time. Especially with second hand equipment. They’ll post a picture of a newer product but are actually selling older ones.

MrRapala91 says:

I bought this lens a while ago and it was a nightmare. Not only wouldn’t it focus accurately at any focal length, neither through the viewfinder or liveview but it also suffered from decentering, making the left half of the image soft at all focal lengths and all apertures. Luckily I was able to send it back and get my money back.

Later on I found the newer version with the HSM motor for sale. I met up with guy who was selling it, tested it out and I bought for only 243£ (340$), it had always had a filter on and it was in mint condition. Lens hood, lens pouch and a B+W filter was included.
All I can say about the lens is that it works fenomenal. Sharp from F2.8 in the whole image, perhaps a tiny bit softer at 70mm but stop down to F/4 and it’s so sharp. I have never experienced any problems with the autofocus, it works great. It also handles flare very well. Some say that this lens performs better than Canon’s original 24-70/2.8.

I recommend anyone who is out looking for a 24-70 that has top notch image quality, great autofocus at a great price the Sigma 24-70/2.8 EX DG HSM. However, I always recommend that you either buy it in person so that you can test the lens out, or you buy it from someone that accept returns if you discover that the lens has a problem.

christmastrees says:

Dude the location you shot these photos at are just gorgeous

Pieter de Wit says:

I would really like to see you review the Tamron 100-400 or 18-400 ! 🙂

iliden strmrege says:

I’d like a test of canon’s original kit lens, the one that came with the 300D… just for the fun.

It’s said to be so soft that many replaced it with the 17-40, which isn’t the greatest lens for APS-C cameras (but very fun to use on full frame!)

TheTanksDriver says:

i’ve it. Not super sharp, but a good lens. Autofocus are quiet speed on my canon 5d mk 1, but loudly.

tHaH4x0r says:

I wonder if the non-macro version is any different image quality wise. Build quality seems to match up though. My father has the non-macro version and seems quite fond of using it, actually even praising it.

CHRIS LJ says:

That thing’s too ugly to even use as a paperweight, and I’m amazed you were able to finish the review.  I think I’d tell that rental outfit what they could do with that piece of junk.

hzubovi1 says:

Could you review the Sigma 14mm f1.8

Emily Byers says:

Ha, I wonder how it would look on your a7R II.. scary thought 😀

houdiinii says:

This makes me really appreciate the advancements in technology that we sometimes take for granted.

mazin merza says:

Does this lens work with the Canon 7D? love your videos

shen long says:

yeay! I’m early

Brightside Production says:

I feel bad that you did that review. Wish that company had sent you the right lens. That was hard to watch, but great job.

neoartysta86 says:

Sigma 24-70mm f / 2.8 EX DG Macro – I had this damn thing! The worst lens I ever had. Soapy image (With Canon 5D Mark I). It broke up after a few months of use. I lost a lot of money! Chinese shit!

Mike Brunetti says:

Got to throw that good old 18-35 on for some relief after that test. Lol

UnratedAwesomeness says:

Sigma: the ugly girl in middle school who turned into a super model

Bailey Jones says:

I feel personally attacked by this lens; Sigma have definitely improved.

Mohammad Khan says:

Glad you are back..

Jason W says:

Which lens did you use to film this?

ErikTyson says:

Can you do a review of the old canon 35-70 f3.5-4.5 which was the kit lens for the first eos camera ever made in 1987 and is very cheap today

Carl Ryan says:

Unpleasant mat finish, LOL! The lens performance is abysmal, the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 is so much better and sells for around the same price. Sigma has greatly improved optical performance in the newer lenses but still suffers from somewhat unreliable focusing.

Ako si Bakulaw says:

YES, YES, YES! I will wait for the review of the new version of this lens, as that is the one I want. Thanks for the review, Chris.

Jim Daniels says:

Hi Christopher, could You please have a look on the new Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC … G2?

Illuminationsfromtheattic says:

Wow, old sigma lenses really were terrible! I think this review will be really interesting to compare with the new version when you review that. I’m looking forward to that one, as it’s a lens I’ve been interested in picking up myself.

Christo Stoichkov says:

Please test the new Tamron 24-70 2.8 G2

All Sam says:

Thank you.
Is it possible To test the old canon 28-70mm L ?

binaryblog says:

Great review as usual but the lens is bad.

Tom Lee says:

Not a keeper then….

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