I have been searching for a good quality 24-70mm lens for a while now and finally I had to break down and make my decision to pick one up after a shoot I was on for a client and I didnt have anything wide enough to capture the shots I wanted to. I was kicking myself in the ass because I only had my 70-200 2.8 Sigma Lens, my 85mm 1.8 Nikon prime and a crop sensor 15-55mm kit lens, so I had to pop on the kit glass.
Now on my D610 the lens did pretty good for what it was but I wasnt going to go through that again, so after checking my credit cards I started my research. Nikon...way too much, Tamron...still too much and then I checked good ole Sigma out and there it was, for just under $800 my new lens.
I ordered the lens new from B&H Photo, waited a few days for it to come in. When I recieved to conformation email from UPS that it had been delievered, the excitement built...I rushed home from picking up a new external hard drive and opened the box.
I was really surprised by the weight of the little lens, its a solid 3 pounds, giving good balance on the camera (I have a battery grip on my D610). The firs thing I shot with it was a sunset out in front of my home in N.C., but that wasnt enough for me, I needed to put this lens through its paces before I could use it with a model or client, so off to Boone I went.
I took my 70-200 just in case, but in all honestly I only pulled it out of my bag two times, the 24-70mm stood on my camera throughout my explorations of Linville Gorge and Grandfather Mountain. So lets Dive into this thing...
- It's affordable, with the price tag just under 800 dollars it is the cheapest of the big guys (Nikon, Canon, Tamron)
- It's a Full Frame F2.8 lens, with a fixed F stop it's something you want in your bag.
- It's fast and Sharp, lets just jump to it, we want the sharpest, quickest glass we can have, our jobs count on that. You wont be disappointed with this lens, it's fast, a little slower than Nikon or Canons but for a few hundred bucks less what do you expect?
- The weight, if you havent been carrying around a 70-200 for long periods of time, you are going to get tired with this one. It weighs on its own 3 pound then add the 2 to 3 pounds of camera and you will have a nice little work out. The weight is actually something I like having, I feel the balance is better
- The Zoom is tight, im sure with some breaking in it will losen up a bit but at first the lens is a bit on the tight side.
- No OS, yes you heard it right, this lens has no optical stablizer, which really doesnt bother me because I like shooting at high shutter speeds, concerts, weddings etc...
If you are looking for a good full frame, 24-70mm lens that wont break your bank, this little fella is worth it!!