On this video review, our friends and colleagues Chris Niccolls (and Jordan Drake) from DPR, do a hands-on review of the new Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens released late last year for both E and L mounts.
We have already seen a very in-depth look at the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art lens from Christopher Frost, who found the lens to perform well this review is a little less technical and a little bit more hands-on (as much as a test like this can be during the Corona Virus outbreak).
Build quality is good (keep in mind that this lens does extend but it is weather sealed), it is larger than the Tamron 28-75mm but smaller than the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, AF is quick and silent and seems reliable and the lens has very little breathing which is nice for video.
The lens has a nice close-up distance – 18cm/7″ at 24mm and 38cm/15″ at 70mm, corners wide open are not super sharp (probably as a result of field curvature so if you want the corners in focus on them or stop down).
Sharpness is good in the center and we already discussed the corners above (both in 24mm and 70mm). CA is low on this lens and Bokeh is a bit strange, wide-open the light circles don’t look that amazing but closing down they actually look much better and keep the round shape in a nice way (it does have 11 aperture blades).
In the past (2017) we had a roundup of 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses (these were the older generation, DSLR lenses) but if you are looking for a lens for DSLR – you should still check out that roundup.
As for pricing, the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN sells for around $1100 (prices fluctuate a bit). We hope to test it ourselves later this year and share some more insights on this very attractive offering by Sigma.
You can find many more previews and reviews on our Photography review section here on LensVid.