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Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro

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3 28140 Oct 16, 2012
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100% of reviewers $301.67
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8.67
9.33
7.7
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Specifications:
Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 35 to 105mm with most cameras
Minimum focusing distance of 15.7 inches & allows macro photography with a maximum magnification of 1 to 3.8.
Front Focus System eliminates front lens rotation
Extremely compact design weighing only 28 ounces & measures only 4 inches in length.

Lens Construction 14 Elements in 13 Groups
Angle of View 84.1-34.3
Number of Diaphragm Blades 9
Mininum Aperture f32
Minimum Focusing Distance 40 cm / 15.7 in
Filter Size (mm) 82
Maximum Magnifications 1:3.8
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length) 88.6x115.5 mm/3.5x4.5 in
Extended Dimensions 152.5 mm / 6 in
Weight 700g / 24.7oz.


 


      
Mr645
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Review Date: Oct 16, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 4 

Pros: Very sharp, even at F2.8. Decent construction. Inexpensive on the used market
Cons:
Poor contrast, poor handling, issues with flare when there is a light source facing into the lens. A decent value at a few hundred dollars.

I traded some gear worth about $250 for this lens, Canon mount. Typical Sigma quality. Nice heavy construction, but focusing is still and requires two switches to go from AF to MF while most Canon lenses let you switch without doing anything. Wonderful sharpness, even wide open, but image contrast is not that of a Canon lens. Also, flare is a major issue, need to be very careful with lighting to get great images with this lens.

Oct 16, 2012
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Pi Chapman
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Review Date: Dec 26, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: One of the best price/performance ration (only Canon 50 1.8 wins here) nice colours, usually very good contrast and sharpness, very fast AF
Cons:
Loud AF, inconsistent contrast and strange flare sometimes.

Very cheap, sharp and with great colours. It produces sometimes strange results with high flare artefacts, low contrast, but it's quite rare. For the price you pay you cant have absolutely any complaints. If you dont want to spend at least 3-5x the price for marginally better performance (I used HSM version and 24-70L) you cant go wrong with it.
Strange thing I noticed it has better light than my 24-70L, meaning my old 20D was metering 1/3 stop lower, as if it was 2.5f (without being underexposed). I wonder if anyone else has same experience.


Dec 26, 2010
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Registered: Jul 4, 2010
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Review Date: Oct 7, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $325.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: If you get a good copy, it is incredibly sharp. Excellent color reproduction.
Cons:
82mm filter size



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Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
3 28140 Oct 16, 2012
Recommended By Average Price
100% of reviewers $301.67
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.67
9.33
7.7
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