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Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art review: Verdict
All things considered, this is a superb example of a premium standard zoom lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture. Priced as it is at £1199, it presents a very attractive saving over its closest rivals and puts up a strong fight against Canon’s EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Nikon’s AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR and Sony’s FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master in terms of its optical performance. The effective image stabilisation system gives it an advantage over Canon’s alternative and it’s lighter than Nikon’s offering too. However, both these lenses and the Sony’s FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master provide full weather sealing, which is the achilles’ heel of this Sigma lens.
The fast and quiet autofocus, robust build quality and overall design shares a great likeness to Sigma’s 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art. As you’d expect for paying double the price of this lens though, you get superior sharpness, the option to create more attractive background blur and the luxury of being able to open the aperture to f/2.8 when you’re presented and challenged by low-light situations.
While it’s not exactly lightweight, the cost savings you can make choosing it ahead of one of the big-brand alternatives more than outweigh the cons. Full-frame users after one of the finest and most affordable f/2.8 standard zooms available won’t have any regrets adding this optic to their arsenal. Those who do decide to go for it can go into making their purchase knowing it’ll provide excellent service in use.