Sigma 24-70

Mar 12, 2006
St. Louis, Missouri
Has anyone recently purchased the new Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro DF lens? I'm saving to add the the 70-200 VR to my collection, but would also like to have a zoom in the range of the Beast. I realize the Sigma is probably not in the same league with the Beast, but am wondering how well the new Sigma compares. Reportedly, the new DG Macro DF version is sharper than prior versions. Does anyone have shots with this new Sigma?

Aug 13, 2006
I can't really answer your question directly, as I haven't tried this lens. But I do know that there has been a fair amount of buzz in these forums about the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, which would also give you a Beast-like focal range at an unBeast-like price.

I've been considering this lens myself.

Here's a recent discussion about it.
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I had this lens at one time. DG EX Macro version.
1. Very sharp even wide open, excellent contrast.
2. It's big and heavy. 82mm filter I think.
3. On a D200 at 70mm, the D200 would underexpose by 1 stop. Others reported this too. Only when fully zoomed, wierd, back off to 68mm and it was fine. Probaby needs to be rechipped.
4. On D50 it worked fine, no issues at all. Lens is so big it blocks on-board flash up to 28-30mm on D50.

In this zoom/fstop range it's one of the best.
Mar 30, 2006
Springfield, VA & Cape Charles, VA
Agree on the excellence of this lens. I dumped a Nikkor 24-120 VR and replaced it with the older version of this lens (the newer version is a bit better by most reports). As much as I liked it, I found that I used the wider end more and when the Sigma EX 24-60/2.8 appeared I went with it. The major difference is that, on my examples at least, the 24-60 is sharper wide open than the 24-70. That's important to me in some outdoor situations though I do most shooting at f4 or f5.6.
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