Mike Kobal

June 4, 2009

Sigma, Nikon, Canon: 24-70mm 2.8 compared

Sigma 24-70mm 2.8 EX DG HSM vs. Canon 24-70mm 2.8L vs. Nikon 24-70mm 2.8G ED from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

After seeing the lens on display at Adorama in NYC and how compact it was, I searched the net for a review. I guess the lens is too new, I could not find anything, so I decided to test it against the Canon 24-70L and the Nikon 24-70, wide open (2.8) at 24mm and 70mm on the Canon 5Dmk2. I forgot to mention in my review that the Nikon zoom ring feels pretty good, the focusing ring not so, too loose for my taste, better then the Canon but not as good as the Sigma. AF feels pretty much identical on the Canon body compared to the L lens. Check out my mini review if you are in the market for a standard zoom lens and are wondering about the Sigma.

Filed under: Gear Reviews — mike.kobal @ 8:52 pm


  1. You present a very straightforward look at the three lenses. I am predisposed to like your conclusion as I am hoping to move up toa 5d and have no Sigmafobia. Thank you Mike.


    Comment by Peter Dahms — June 5, 2009 @ 8:25 am

  2. Thanks for this comparison Mike.
    Great job for other photograpers.


    Comment by ixess — June 5, 2009 @ 11:17 am

  3. It’s neither “Neikon” or “Naikon”.

    Comment by anon — June 5, 2009 @ 3:44 pm

  4. Thanks Mike for your review.
    I’ve been thinking about this lens for my Nikon, cos of its size and speed so I really enjoyed your review.


    Comment by Rob — June 5, 2009 @ 7:01 pm

  5. thanks guys, and yes, I know – its “neekon”

    Comment by mike.kobal — June 6, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  6. Informative review, Mike, thanks for this. Very helpful! Appreciate the time!

    Comment by Sean — June 12, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

  7. Thanks, Mike for a very informative and efficient review.

    Comment by Andy — July 6, 2009 @ 7:03 am

  8. Hi Mike,
    Thanks for the comparsion, in the process of doing some lenses shopping.
    Just curious if the Canon lense was the newest version, I noticed the Sigma lense is half the price.
    any suggestion for a wide angle zoom lense?

    Comment by Phil Marchand — July 14, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

  9. thanks guys, glad to hear it is helpful. yup the sigma is half price and amazing. as far as wide angle if you are on a budget the tamron 17-35mm is really good. (full frame) otherwise again, most scientific tests are overrated when it comes to practical comparisons. but check out photozone, link under blogroll to the right, they have very useful charts at all apertures on most lenses.

    Comment by mike.kobal — July 14, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

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  11. Thanks for the mini-review Mike. Did you have to check out multiple copies of the Sigma 24-70? I’ve heard many complaints about Sigma lenses requiring multiple copies to test or requiring calibration when new.

    I’d love to order a 24-70 HSM but no local dealer stocks it and I don’t want to get one shipped just to find out I’ve got a dud.

    Comment by Tony — July 18, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

  12. Dude, you sound like Arnold Schwarzenegger! Can you say ‘Uzi 9mm’?

    Comment by Jozer — July 24, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  13. I will be back with my 9mm UZI!

    Comment by mike.kobal — July 25, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  14. Mike – thanks for the review. Would you buy this over the Nikon if price was not a consideration.


    Comment by John Sturr — October 31, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

  15. John, if price would not be a factor i would buy both. the nikon for studio the sigma for traveling and walking around.

    Comment by mike.kobal — October 31, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

  16. digital camera comparisons…

    Your topic Sigma, Nikon, Canon: 24-70mm 2.8 compared ” Mike Kobal was interesting when I found it on Friday searching for digital camera comparisons in Google…

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  17. Thanks Mike

    Good honest review thank you!
    Have to say I am very impressed with the Sigma but the Nikon does seem to have a distinctive edge in contrast and depth. But that is more than reflected in the price differential.

    BTW to the Neekon pedant: there is a whole world outside of the States and some of us do pronounce it Naikon


    Comment by Lipjam — May 9, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

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  19. Dillon Walraven…

    A round of applause for your post. Fantastic….

    Trackback by Dillon Walraven — January 4, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  20. thanks Dillon

    Comment by mike.kobal — January 4, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

  21. really nice review!

    Comment by John — March 15, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

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