Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 IF EX DG HSM Sony mount lens review: Good performer

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday January 22 2014

Lens Review
Introduction | Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 IF EX DG HSM lens performance | Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 IF EX DG HSM versus Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f2.8 ZA SSM versus Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] | Conclusion

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 IF EX DG HSM lens performance: Good sharpness at the wider-end

w Sony SLT A99

Mounted on the Sony SLT A-99, the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 is reasonably well corrected and achieves a DxOMark score of 19 points.

A peak sharpness score of 15P-Mpix is very good, but sharpness at maximum aperture is variable throughout the zoom range. Sharpness is much better at 24 and 28mm than it is at the longer end, at least in the centers but corner sharpness wide-open is poor.

Stopping down to f4 improves uniformity at the wider end and enhances center sharpness at the other – in effect the longer end is stops behind.  Distortion is noticeable at either end and is vignetting, but it’s very low between the 35mm and 50mm range. Lateral chromatic aberration is somewhat troubling, however; it’s particularly evident in periphery at the wide-end (24-28mm) and it’s noticeable regardless of the aperture value.