Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG Macro

Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG Macro

This is a zoom lens manufactured by Sigma and the model was launched 2005.
The lens belongs to the category  normal zoom lenses, a normal lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.

The lens has macro-properties but is unable to reproduce things in their real size (otherwise called '1:1'). You should therefor consider taking the term 'macro' with a pinch of salt and if the macro-possibilities you are looking for you should perhaps look at other options.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

The lens is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras, but there are two different versions of this lens (one for each brand and mount) so it is important that you ask for and choose the right version when bying the lens.

This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon and Nikon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.

Here it is the only Canon version of the lens that has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. The possibility to use autofocus (AF) is available for Nikon cameras but only if the camera itself has a built-in autofocus (AF) motor. Some cheaper and budget camera models from Nikon lacks a built-in autofocus motor, and we at Lensora appreciate autofocus, so in the list of compatible cameras we have chosen to display only the cameras that you can get autofocus with.

The lens has a focal length of 24-70 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/2,8.

This aperture value indicates that the lens is very bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues.

A feature worth commenting, which is also related to lens brightness, is that the brightness and maximum aperture-value remains constant regardless of focal length used. This makes it easier for you as a photographer. No matter if you are have the focus ring and focal length at 24 mm or at 70 mm the aperture value can be f/2,8.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. Since the lens is bright, with good aperture value, the lack of image stabilization might not be that big of a deal, although a image stabilizer is always an advantage to have.

Filter and Lens Hood

The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 82 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.

If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "LH875-02 548".

Different versions of the lens

This lens has been replaced by a newer version. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.

Pictures (product and sample images)

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Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • The lens brightness, f/2,8
  • Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
  • Works on all sensor types
  • A lens hood is included
  • No built-in autofocus motor (the Nikon version)
  • The lens is called 'Macro' but can not reproduce at a scale of 1:1
  • This lens has been replaced by a newer version
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
  • Heavy (715 gr)

Specification

Product Name:Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG Macro  (See dictionary)
Release date: 2005
Manufacturer:Sigma
Type of lens: Normal Zoom Lens
Macro
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
Compatibility: Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Canon
Nikon
Nikon; for autofocus the camera has to have a built-in autofocus (AF) motor
See a list of compatible cameras
Maximum aperture: f/2,8
Focal Range: 24-70 mm

Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  • 24-70 mm on Canon FF, Full frame
  • 31-91 mm on Canon APS-H
  • 38-112 mm on Canon APS-C
  • 24-70 mm on Nikon FX, Full frame
  • 36-105 mm on Nikon DX, APS-C
See list, camera for camera

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 13 elements / 14 groups
Image Stabilizer: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 40 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 82 mm
Lens Hood: LH875-02 548 (included)
Tripod mount: No (Read more)
Weather sealing: No
Dimensions (diameter x length): 88 x 115 mm
Weight: 715 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)

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Reviews

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Pictures (product and sample images)

In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.

Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Different versions of this lens

Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG Macro has released different versions of this lens. Please make sure that you study the differences before buying.

(2004) Sigma EX 24-60mm f/2,8 DG
(2005) Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG Macro
(2008) Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG HSM

Alternatives to Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG Macro for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG Macro . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2,8 L II USM
Tamron SP AF 24-70mm f/2,8 Di VC USD

Alternatives to Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG Macro for Nikon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG Macro . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Nikon AF 24-85mm f/2,8-4 D IF
Nikon AF-S 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2,8 G ED
Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG HSM

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