Sigma’s 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM ART lens has won the prestigious TIPA 2018 Award for Best DSLR Standard Zoom Lens, and while there is no doubt that the lens is a great offering, it’s not the lens I’d choose for a standard zoom, or the one I’d recommend to most people.
Don’t get me wrong! I’ve got nothing against Sigma or the lens itself, I just think there are better options out there that represent better value.
Take Sigma’s own Sigma 24-105mm f4 DG OS HSM ART lens for example. I’d rather have the added reach of the 24-105 over the 24-70 lens, and I’ll happily live with the minor speed loss of f2.8 to f4 in order to get it. If I want a fast lens, f2.8 isn’t going to cut it anyway. I’m reaching for a fast prime.
Even more attractive though, are Canon and Nikon’s own zooms in this range.
Given the choice between the Canon 24-105mm f4L IS II USM and the Sigma 24-105mm f4 DG OS HSM ART, I’m going to choose the Canon 24-105mm, and even better, I’m going to pay less for it. The Canon 24-105mm can currently be had for $799.99 on Amazon, while the Sigma 24-105 is also $799.99. I’ll take the Canon OEM lens for the same money.
Same with Nikon. I’d rather have the Nikon 24-120mm f4 G ED VR over the Sigma 24-105mm or Sigma 24-70mm. I get a bonus with the Nikon’s longer 120mm long end, and even though the MSRP on the Nikon 24-120mm is a little pricier than the Sigma at $1099.99, I have the option to buy a certified refurbished copy for as low as $544.99, which is the one I’d choose if I was buying one today.
Don’t get me wrong. Sigma ART lenses are very nice, and the Sigma 24-70mm is no exception. I’d just rather have the added reach of the Canon 24-105mm or Nikon 24-120mm, and I’m fine with the constant aperture f4. I’m happy to trade the added reach for the minor loss of speed. I’ll just reach for my Canon 85mm f1.8 USM or Nikon 85mm f1.8G if I need something faster.
But what about you? Do you agree with me? Would you rather have a longer f4 zoom lens, or would you go with the shorter f2.8 lens? Let me know in the comments below.