Sigma 17-70mm OS HSM and Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 reviews, 2 new trans–standard lenses reviewed on DxOMark

Thursday June 30 2011

Lens Review
Sigma 17-70mm OS HSM and Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 reviews, 2 new trans–standard lenses reviewed on DxOMark

What to know about these lenses:

  • The Sigma 17-70mm OS HSM replaces the previous Sigma 17-70mm HSM launched in 2006 and it’s the equivalent of a 25-105mm on a Full-frame camera.This new model has stabilization.
  • The 24-70mm f/2.8 is the classic trans-standard lens for Full Frame and it’s available for Canon and Nikon mounts. With a fixed aperture of f/2.8 this lens is fast and suitable for any circumstance.
     The Sigma 24-70 competes vs. famous and pricey models such as the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, we will compare them all on this review.

Sigma 17-70 OS HSM DxOMark brief review and comparisons

Sigma 17-70 OS HSM Nikon mount

On the DxOMark scores this lens ranks:

  • 9, when used at 17mm f/2.8 mounted on a Nikon D300,
  • 11, when used at 17mm f/2.8 mounted on a Nikon D7000.

To see the data in detail see the performance of the Sigma 17-70 OS HSM on a Nikon D300, and on a Nikon D7000

What to know

 With these measures in mind, we can say that even at its maximum level of quality, obtained at 17 mm f/2.8 this score remains pretty low.
 Looking further though, the DxOMark score map indicates a pretty good homogeneity on the whole focal range, nevertheless, the score is perhaps a bit too low as well.

What we like

 Both the vignetting and chromatic aberration are pretty well controlled on the whole focal range even on its widest aperture.

What could be better

 Unfortunately the resolution is not homogenous in the field, even if this lens provides a good sharpness at the center, the resolution decreases very rapidly in the field.

Sigma 17-70 OS HSM Canon mount

See results for this lens when mounted on a Canon EOS 7D

This lens scores pretty close to its Nikon mount version and all the remarks to be made are along the same lines, except for resolution: the Canon version is a bit higher when mounted on a Canon EOS 7D than the Nikon version when mounted on a Nikon D7000.

You can find the full comparison here :
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Canon mounted on a Canon EOS 7D vs. Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon mounted on a Nikon D7000.

How is the Sigma 17-70 OS HSM compared to its previous version?

 We have a series of comparisons of this lens (Canon and Nikon) versus its previous version with the same mounts.

Comparing the 24-70mm f/2.8 by Nikon vs the 24-70mm f/2.8 by Sigma (Nikon mount) both mounted on a Nikon D3x

There is almost no competition on this one, see the full comparison here.
The Nikon 24-70mm takes clearly the lead on the DxOMark Score:

  • Nikon: 28
  • Sigma: 21

The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 achieves better scores on the whole focal and aperture ranges.

Resolution

 61 lp.mm for Nikon and 57 lp.mm for Sigma, in the center, the Sigma lens achieves pretty good results but the Nikon lens stays ahead.
The gap becomes wider when we look at the results in the fields: homogeneity is clearly better on the Nikon side; unfortunately it is precisely at this where the Sigma lens finds its main weakness.

Vignetting and chromatic aberration

 On the Sigma, vignetting is very high at 24mm f/2.8 and 70mm f/2.8 (more than 2 EV).
 On the Nikon 24-70mm, vignetting is strong on the whole focal range for f/2.8.
 Chromatic aberration is very high for these two models

Comparing the 24-70mm f/2.8 by Canon vs the 24-70mm f/2.8 by Sigma (Canon mount) both mounted on a Nikon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Here, the competition gets quite interesting, see the full comparison here.
These two lenses have a very close DxOMark Score:

  • Canon: 21
  • Sigma: 22

Looking at the DxOMark score map, the two lenses provide similar results on the whole focal range.
The Canon 70mm focal seems a little bit better than the Sigma one, on the other hand at the f/8 aperture we get better results on the whole focal range with the Sigma lens; these are the only noticeable differences.

Resolution

 These 2 lenses perform pretty well on the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III.
 It’s worth noting that the resolution decreases slightly on the Sigma lens at 50mm f/2.8 and 70mm f/2.8. On the Canon 24-70mm, resolution remains pretty high on the whole focal range from f/2.8 to f/11.
In the field, we can make the same remark we made about the Sigma 24-70mm Nikon mount: it decreases too much and too rapidly, especially at f/2.8.

The same remarks about vignetting and chromatic aberration can be applied to the Sigma with Nikon and Canon mounts.

Here are other interesting comparisons: