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Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

Review Date: Apr 3, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Excellent build quality (sturdy), affordable for a 2.8, Sharp when stopped down
Soft wide open but useable, reversed zoom ring (not that negative)

Picked up this lens used in the locals classifieds to add to my full frame kit as a mid-range zoom. The lens is almost 10 years old, but it feels like it will last for another 10 years. I didn't want to dump a load of money (k$) on my new lenses so opted for third party brand, knowing this lens is sometimes compared to the Canon 24-70. For the price paid, I must say I was pretty impressed on the overall build quality and sharpness of the lens, even though it is a bit soft wide open. Contrast is very good too and AF is quite fast.

On the negatives, the lens is a bit noisy while focusing (like an electric buzzing sound), but nothing compared to my previous Tamron 17-50 (I could not support it). I don't

As for the reversed zoom compared to Canon lenses, it didn't bother me at all. As a photographer, I always have to adapt to any situation/lens so you get used to it very quickly. It does not and never bothered me.

I could not be happier with this lens and it satisfy my needs more then expected !