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Sigma 24-60mm f2.8 EX DG Lens

24-60mm
Review Date: Jan 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharpness, bookeh, build quality, colours, minimum focal distance
Cons:
heavy

This lens was rated very differently by different posters, so I was courious how the lens performs in real life. This lens showed up at different places at quite huge discounts, so I decided to order one for just under 240 Euro.

When I received it I was surprised by it's decent build quality. On a Pentax K10 the lens is not only sharp, it is SHARP! Even at wide open aperture the results are excellent - on both ends of the focal range. The maximum sharpness I've found was at f 5.6 - just like they said in the good old days: "maximum sharpness is 2 step down from maximum aperture" ;-)

The bookeh is very decent. All my testpictures have a naturally look and almost no CA. One poster mentioned a yellowish colour tint, which I can not reproduce. The colours are naturally and clear, but not as bold as with some new digital lenses. This is definitly a pro for the 24-60.

When I mention the weight as a con then this is compared to the lightweight lenses such as Pentax kit lens 18-55mm or the Sigma 3.5-5.6/18-50. But the weight of about 500 gram isn't anything to worry about for me. But for some people it might be a little heavy.

Together with the Sigma 10-20 and the Pentax 50-135 this lens is part of my every day equipment.

Maybe I've got a good copy of this lens, but I can recommend it to all photographers who prefere image quality to lightweight equipment.