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

24_70EX_med_1_
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
Cons:
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 !