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Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
 

Who has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG ?


Was just wanting some opinions on the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG lens? I am needing to get a faster lens mainly for my wedding photography. I would love the Canon 24-70 but can't afford the price tag. Was just wondering how the sigma compares to it? Does it have the sharpness that I will require of portraits? My budget is about $400 and not much more. I need something fast for low light. I would appreciate all the info on this lens anyone could offer. Thanks!!


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9/5/2005 7:38:38 PM

 
Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
  Hi Tammy! I have a 28-75 from Tamron f2.8 and I really like it for low light stuff. .. I used it on the one wedding that I did. It doesn't have as much zoom as I really needed though so you might keep that in mind. . . it was $369 I think and I got it from Adorama. I have two Sigma lenses and have had some issues with both of them. Sigma resolved the issue, but it was still frustrating being without a lens that I really liked(at the time). Anyway . . . you might check into the Tamron lines!


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9/6/2005 4:26:02 AM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  Thanks Michelle,
Wonder what the differences are between the sigma and tamron lenses?? If you don't mind my asking what were the issues with the sigma lenses?? I am fine with the zoom on that length. I will be happy with a bit of zoom, but I want some wide angle too. I just don't want to be constantly changing lenses during a wedding. How was the sharpness with the tamron in low light?? Thanks for your input!!!


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9/6/2005 6:45:58 AM

 
Chauncey R. Huffman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2005
  Tammy, I have the Sigma lens. I bought it about a month ago. It has been awesome so far. It takes fantastic pictures that are very sharp. The only two knocks that I would give it are it's heavy weight and large filter size. I bought a Hoya HMC UV filter for it and it cost me about $60! I don't think you'll be disappointed though, it's a great lens for the money.


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9/6/2005 7:12:05 AM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  Thanks Chauncey. I was a bit concered about the large filter size. I will be using my 4 point star filter the most on it. I thought of buying a step-down ring for it, but wouldn't that make me lose light? I guess I'll just have to pay for the larger one!


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9/6/2005 7:37:40 AM

 
Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
  Hi Tammy! The issue I had with my Sigma lenses was the auto focus would go nuts on me. The sensor thing or something would malfunction and when I"d turn on my camera(my film camera) it would just sit there and hunt and make grinding noises but would never focus. They repaired them both but the 2nd one it took them like 4 or 5 attempts to do so and they were trying to not honor my warranty and tell me it was my camera. I ended up with a new lens out of that but it still makes me leary. The Tamron worked well I feel considering and the sharpness it's hard to really judge completely because it was my first wedding and I was nervous and so any sharpness issues could have been with me.


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9/6/2005 7:57:17 AM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  Thanks again Michelle! I guess I'll just wait and hope other chime in on this issue. I have about a few days to decide so I can order it and have it by the middle of September!! I have a wedding in a church that is full of stained glass and they are just using natural light and candle light. It's an afternoon wedding. I got all excited when I saw the church! I figured I'll need a good fast lens to for all the natural light!


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9/6/2005 9:15:15 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  I also use the sigma, its my favorite lens. It is rather big and kinda heavy but I chalk that up to good build quality. The filter size is a bit extreme and I STILL havent got a filter for it yet...lol Beware, when zooming (and I read this before) when you first start using it, the zoom ring might seem a little hard down around the 24MM range, but it will loosen up as time goes by. Like I said, its my favorite and probably my best lens right now.
Craig-


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9/6/2005 10:04:00 AM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  Thanks Craig! I think I will be ordering this lense very soon!! I have heard some good things about it from you all. I also heard from another BPer that he like his very well too!! Thanks for all the advice!!!


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9/6/2005 10:14:10 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  what did it for me was that I saw on another forum, someone had posted a compasison between the sigma and the canon 'L" of the same MM and the sigma beat it hands down in every catagory and for like 600 bucks less!!
Good luck.
Craig-


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9/6/2005 10:50:09 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
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what did it for me was that I saw on another forum, someone had posted a compasison between the sigma and the canon 'L" of the same MM and the sigma beat it hands down in every catagory and for like 600 bucks less!!
Good luck.
Craig-


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9/6/2005 10:50:35 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
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  some barn in Stamford CT.
some barn in Stamford CT.
canon 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro.
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what did it for me was that I saw on another forum, someone had posted a compasison between the sigma and the canon 'L" of the same MM and the sigma beat it hands down in every catagory and for like 600 bucks less!!
Good luck.
Craig-


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9/6/2005 10:51:46 AM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  That is a beautiful photo Craig! I am still debating though...I just looked at B & H site and they do not offer teh 4 point star filter in 82 mm. That's an awfully big filter size!! Any suggestions on what I should do other than use my current lense and the star filter on it??


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9/6/2005 4:29:59 PM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  Well I looked again and did find one for about $60. But on ebay I found one for like $20!! Might just try that one and see if it's worth it!!


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9/6/2005 4:50:08 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  cool. thanks for the comment too! I need to get a filter for mine too. I want an neutral density filter but... 60 bucks is a big hit for something I wont be using all the time. Maybe its a UV filter for now huh?
Craig-


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9/6/2005 6:06:26 PM

 
Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  I believe on B&H you can get a "General Brand" filter for quite a bit less. I'm not sure if any quality difference will be noticable with such a filter as it doesn't do anything to the image for our purposes. I'm going to be getting the General Brand soon hopefully, I've already got a few marks on the lens. I have no idea how they got there. Oh, I have this Sigma lens by the way but you already know that by now. While I love this lens and haven't had any image making problems with it, I'm not so sure it's better or equal in image quality to the Canon L version, but I think if you're on a budget, it's one HECK of a savings with quality to spare. My only gripes:

-hard to adjust focal length
-flip switch and push focusing ring into M mode from AF
-not as quick to focus as my Canon 200mm f/2.8L
-somewhat loud focusing, but hey, it has to move a lot of glass
-the 82mm filter size when I think they could have gotten away with something smaller...somehow...


Personally, I don't think that these are really bad things, just some things that are in the back of your mind at times when shooting. I like that it has a pretty good distance and depth of field scale for the 24mm end, and I like that it has the large aperture so it can put the extra sensitive middle focus point to good use on my Canon 20D.

Tammy, do you really use your star filter that much? I know I got a star 6 in 52mm size because it matched my 3 lenses that I had at the time, but I still don't use it very much on my 50mm f/1.8 that I use quite often.



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9/6/2005 11:14:29 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  here it is in black and white...and in color..lol
http://www.pbase.com/fstopjojo/2470shootout

Enjoy!!!

Craig-


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9/7/2005 5:21:49 AM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  Thanks for the input Andrew. I don't use my star filter much at all, but during the ceremony I have to use it a little. That ambient lighting shot of the candles with the star filter is a gorgeous shot and very important in a wedding album I think. But I saw on ebay a 4 point star filter for $20!! And B&H had one for $60. I think that these aren't at all bad things on this lense. I feel that it could be quite useful in my wedding photography. I can't wait to get it ordered!! Thanks so much to all of your input on this matter. I makes this purchase easier to do since I have an idea of what to expect!!


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9/7/2005 6:40:13 AM

 
Tammy L. Odell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/7/2004
  Craig, that was a very interesting forum on this lense. I am sold!! can't wait to get it!! Thanks again!!


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9/7/2005 12:10:07 PM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  just glad I could help! Hope you like it.
craig-


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9/7/2005 12:29:05 PM

 
Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  Hey, just some info...I got the "General Brand" 82mm UV Protection filter for my lens and the brand name is Tiffen. A list of all Tiffen's filters came with mine and it mentions a wide angle version of the same filter that might cut down on any vignetting that may occur, but I didn't see it on B&H. Should be ok though, I didn't notice it on my 35mm yet.


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9/12/2005 12:16:41 PM

 
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