The new Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS lens from Sigma is exceptionally sharp and offers awesome image stabilization. Are those two features worth the drawbacks to shooting with a lens like this?
Watch the Video Review of the Sigma 24-105:
Sigma 24-105 Pros
- Exceptionally Sharp across the range from 24-105. You will not find a lens that is as sharp that covers this range.
- A very useful walk around range for full frame cameras. Useful for crop sensors too but there are other options that make more sense.
- Excellent Image Stabilization (OS as Sigma calls it) for video or lower light photography
Sigma 24-105 Cons
- Heavy (about 2 lbs)
- No weather sealing
- Image Stabilization (OS) cannot be left on when on a tripod*
*It generally is a good idea to turn Image Stabilization OFF when the camera is on a tripod or stable surface – some IS systems are intelligent enough to detect when on a tripod or stable surface and turn off. Systems like the Sigma 24-105 do not and longer shutter speed images will be ruined if you leave IS on.
Sigma 24-105 vs Canon 24-105
The Sigma is sharper and cheaper* than the Canon.
Strengths of the Canon
- Large focus ring is good for video
- Weather sealed
- Cheaper if bought whitebox or used
Strengths of the Sigma
- SHARP, noticeably sharper than the Canon at most focal lengths
- Better build quality (except no weather sealing)
- Better resale value (at this time the Sigma is selling used for almost as much as it sells new – this is due to the build quality but mostly from the scarcity of the lens)
Sigma retails for $899, *Canon retails new for $1149 but can often be found as a whitebox (originally part of a kit now sold separately – legit and full warranty) for $700-800. Used the Canon sells for $600
Jeffrey Friedl’s Lightroom Plugin mentioned in this video: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/data-plot [He has a ton more so spend some time looking at all of the options.]
Walk around options for owners of Crop sensor cameras – Canon T5i, 70D, Nikon D5300, D7100 etc
As sharp as the Sigma 24-105 is the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 Click to see my review and sample images. No IS and significantly less range.
The Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 offers a similar range, very good OS and good image quality/sharpness.
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