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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


Greetings.

I've done a bit of research about this lens and I'm trying to make up my mind about my next lens purchase. This would be purely a 'want' and not 'need' purchase as I have the 24-70 range and beyond covered. I'm looking at getting either the Sigma 24-35 f/2 or the Sigma 24 f/1.4 Art series lens and I wanted to get some feedback from people that have used both.


- How sharp has this lens been in your using it?
- Is the versatility of the 24 & 35 range worth the weight and loss of f/1.4?
- Is there anything else specific that would make you pick one or the other?

Thanks!




Aug 13, 2017 at 10:03 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


I've had them the 24-35 f/2 Sigma for a month or two and I do like it an awful lot. It basically stays glued to one body all day long. Not sure how it would fit into your workflow if you have a 24-70 already, seems like a redundant 1 stop of light difference. For me, I shoot primes only and the 24-35 functions like 24/28/35 lenses that I just don't have to change between. It is a short zoom range, so may not even feel that useful to those who are accustomed to 24-70 & 70-200 shooting. What are you hoping to accomplish by getting a faster wide lens? Is there a problem you are trying to solve?

As to sharpness, it is stupid sharp.



Aug 13, 2017 at 02:21 PM
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BSPhotog wrote:
I've had them the 24-35 f/2 Sigma for a month or two and I do like it an awful lot. It basically stays glued to one body all day long. Not sure how it would fit into your workflow if you have a 24-70 already, seems like a redundant 1 stop of light difference. For me, I shoot primes only and the 24-35 functions like 24/28/35 lenses that I just don't have to change between. It is a short zoom range, so may not even feel that useful to those who are accustomed to 24-70 & 70-200 shooting. What are
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Hey, thanks for your reply. I should have clarified that my second is on the 24-70 2.8 for almost the entire wedding.

I prefer shooting primes as well. Im usually dual cam shooting a combination of 35/50/85/135

In answer to your question, definitely not a problem I'm solving as much as wanting to add some wider shots that I enjoy shooting.

The idea was I'd get the 24-35 and not miss having the 35 1.4. Also considering getting the dock. Do you find that useful (if you have it?)



Aug 13, 2017 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


The 24-35 is a great, sharp, heavy lens. It gives you one full stop advantage over your 24-70 and I don't feel like that is worth it whatsoever. But only you can answer that for yourself. If you shoot more at 24 or 28 or 35 I'd personally rather have an f1.4 prime in that range if I already owned a 24-70.


Aug 14, 2017 at 03:54 PM
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Giules wrote:
Hey, thanks for your reply. I should have clarified that my second is on the 24-70 2.8 for almost the entire wedding.

I prefer shooting primes as well. Im usually dual cam shooting a combination of 35/50/85/135

In answer to your question, definitely not a problem I'm solving as much as wanting to add some wider shots that I enjoy shooting.

The idea was I'd get the 24-35 and not miss having the 35 1.4. Also considering getting the dock. Do you find that useful (if you have it?)


Okay, so that makes some more sense to me. I sold the 20mm f/1.8g & 28mm f/1.8g when I got the 24-35. I have a 35 f/2 that I kept, but it is a very different lens from the Sigma. For me at almost all FL, f/2 is plenty. I've been shooting mostly 24-35/50/85.

I have the Sigma dock as well. My 50Art benefited from fine tuning with the dock in a big way, but I haven't done anything with the 24-35. Focus has been solid so far, but the dock is definitely good to have.




Aug 14, 2017 at 04:09 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


I've owned the 24-35 and 35 art.

The 24-35 is great. It gives you that extra bit of width for the times you'd need to back up with the 35, and you won't really notice the difference.

But the times that you do will bug you. Especially for portrait sessions you'll lose that extra bit of subject isolation that you get with the 1.4.

I just ended up buying a 20mm 1.4 art to cover the wide end, sometimes even dual wielding it with the 35. The 20 has been a revelation FL-wise. It's incredible.



Aug 14, 2017 at 09:28 PM
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BSPhotog wrote:
Okay, so that makes some more sense to me. I sold the 20mm f/1.8g & 28mm f/1.8g when I got the 24-35. I have a 35 f/2 that I kept, but it is a very different lens from the Sigma. For me at almost all FL, f/2 is plenty. I've been shooting mostly 24-35/50/85.

I have the Sigma dock as well. My 50Art benefited from fine tuning with the dock in a big way, but I haven't done anything with the 24-35. Focus has been solid so far, but the dock is definitely good to have.



I'll definitely look into the dock since I have a few more Siggys in the bag. Have you had any issues with the weight and focus creeping? Or does the latter only happen with zooms that have external movement?

chrisfphotog wrote:
The 24-35 is a great, sharp, heavy lens. It gives you one full stop advantage over your 24-70 and I don't feel like that is worth it whatsoever. But only you can answer that for yourself. If you shoot more at 24 or 28 or 35 I'd personally rather have an f1.4 prime in that range if I already owned a 24-70.


I actually won't be having my 24-70, my second will be. There would be an overlap in focal lengths, but this is more for some fun dance floor/reception stuff. I am seriously considering just the 24 prime, so I'm somewhat torn.

eke2k6 wrote:
I've owned the 24-35 and 35 art.

The 24-35 is great. It gives you that extra bit of width for the times you'd need to back up with the 35, and you won't really notice the difference.

But the times that you do will bug you. Especially for portrait sessions you'll lose that extra bit of subject isolation that you get with the 1.4.

I just ended up buying a 20mm 1.4 art to cover the wide end, sometimes even dual wielding it with the 35. The 20 has been a revelation FL-wise. It's incredible.



This is very interesting! I considered the 20 prime as well. Care to elaborate?



Aug 15, 2017 at 04:39 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


I talked more about the 20 Art here:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1493065/9#14135474



Aug 15, 2017 at 12:39 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


I had the 24-35 for a few weeks.

I bought it as a replacement for my Nikon 24-70. I thought that with a 24-35 on my first camera and a 85 (or sometimes 50) on the second one I could cover almost everything, with that extra stop that would make my zoom just a little bit more attractive and low light friendly...

I don't know if it was just my sample but focus accuracy was really bad, even after hours of calibration using reikan focal + the sigma usb dock. Outside the center it was nowhere as precise and fast as my Nikon 24-70 at middle and long distances. I returned it. Otherwise I would have kept it without a doubt : it's sharp, with punchy colors, interesting aperture / range.

My old Nikon 24-70, which was already a second hand when I bought it, which is now noticeably decentered by multiples shocks during all the years, which has done multiple wedding in all conditions, hikings, a lot of travels around the world, remains a far more reliable tool for me...



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Giules wrote:
I'll definitely look into the dock since I have a few more Siggys in the bag. Have you had any issues with the weight and focus creeping? Or does the latter only happen with zooms that have external movement?

I actually won't be having my 24-70, my second will be. There would be an overlap in focal lengths, but this is more for some fun dance floor/reception stuff. I am seriously considering just the 24 prime, so I'm somewhat torn.


This is very interesting! I considered the 20 prime as well. Care to elaborate?


No creep that I've noticed.

As with all lenses (Sigma in particular), there is some sample variation. I seem to have a good one, but I am sure that there are some iffy copies around as well.



Aug 17, 2017 at 01:10 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


If you're a Canon user, it zooms backward...


Aug 17, 2017 at 07:51 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


Iīve been using the Sigma 24-35 f2 Art since it was introduced practically every week at weddings. For me itīs the perfect lens for weddings. I use it in combination with an 85 mm or 70-200 f2,8 on another body. My copy has been very sharp and focuses very reliably without adjusting it with the dock. I tested it against my 16-35mm f4, 35mm f2 IS and 28mm IS and it was sharper and had the least vigneting at wide appertures. At the same time I must say the Canon lenses have more neutral colours, the Sigma is warmer. Recently I bought a 35mm f1,4 just to see if I would benifit using it. I sold it after one wedding...The added bonus of having 28mm and 24mm together with 35mm is a winner for me at weddings. For portrait sessions where you can control whatīs happening primes with f1,4 are better because of their ability to separate the subject a little bit more. But for weddings the Sigma 24-35 f2 is just perfect. Check out my website- practically all the wideangle shots have been shot with it. www.vokurek.cz


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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


I am admittedly intrigued by this but I can't imagine ditching the 35L II. Anyone go from 35 f/1.4 to this? Thoughts?


Aug 20, 2017 at 04:14 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


Considering this lens over the Nikon 24-70 (non vr) as I will rarely need bast 35 for what I want this for. Candids, preps, some groups and reception. Planning to have the zoom on one body (D750) and a longer prime on the other (another D750).

My hesitation is due to low-light AF consistency during church and reception. Anyone using it and relying on it for low-light? Obviously we are talking pro / recessionals / entrances and dancing. (AF assist via speedlight).

Thanks



Aug 23, 2017 at 04:07 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


> If you're a Canon user, it zooms backward...

I'm too old for that [email protected]

But it's a killer lens. Have played with it on both a 750 and D3s



Aug 23, 2017 at 04:20 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


t4haughton wrote:
If you're a Canon user, it zooms backward...

I thought it zoomed backwards on Nikons? I guess it is my only zoom lens, so I'm not the one to ask.



Aug 23, 2017 at 05:35 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Questions about the Sigma 24-35


I was just exporting a recent wedding and checked on lens usage stats again. The 24-35 has consistently yielded around 30-40% of the delivered images over the last 4 or so weddings. Something I've been struck by in particular is how consistently it focuses and how well it handles flare. Sure, there is a weight penalty, but in my view it is worth it.




  NIKON D800    24.0-35.0 mm f/2.0 lens    24mm    f/2.0    1/250s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    24.0-35.0 mm f/2.0 lens    24mm    f/2.0    1/250s    50 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    24.0-35.0 mm f/2.0 lens    24mm    f/2.0    1/250s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    24.0-35.0 mm f/2.0 lens    24mm    f/2.5    1/250s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800    24.0-35.0 mm f/2.0 lens    24mm    f/3.2    1/100s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




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