The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art II: A Cost-Effective Powerhouse

The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Art II lens is a great option for those who want an affordable workhorse. Here's what you can expect. 

Coming to you from Gareth Evans with Park Cameras, this insightful video examines the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN II Art lens. The Mark I version was already a popular choice due to its performance and price point. Now, the Mark II version continues this trend, delivering excellent image quality and usability. Its lightweight design makes it a perfect match for smaller Sony mirrorless cameras.

The lens performs well, maintaining sharpness and beautiful out-of-focus areas, especially at f/2.8. The video also highlights is autofocus capabilities. Despite not being a telephoto lens, it tracks moving subjects effectively, making it suitable for various shooting scenarios. Whether you're capturing fast action or shooting video, the autofocus remains reliable. Another key feature discussed is the bokeh quality. At f/2.8, the lens produces smooth and pleasing bokeh without unwanted artifacts. 

Evans also touches on the lens' physical design. While the zoom ring is thinner than some might prefer, it operates smoothly, which is beneficial for video work. It includes useful controls like custom function buttons, an AF/MF switch, and a zoom lock. Its compact design when not zoomed makes it easy to fit into a camera bag, saving space for other gear.

Altogether, the Sigma is a strong competitor to the more expensive Sony G Master 24-70mm. Despite its lower price, it doesn't compromise on performance, making it a viable option for both photographers and videographers. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Evans.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Hopefully Nikon will give license to make it in Z mount too

With Canon working with Sigma and many Sigma lenses now announced RF mount with many more to come this should be coming in RF. Especially since Canon has moved on to the 24-105mm f2.8 making the old 24-70mm f2.8 lenses instantly obsolete and primitive by comparison.

This is extremely poorly written, as if highlights taken from chatgpt are the meat and bones of the review, and it's especially unfortunate because the writer, Alex Cooke, had a plethora of material to source from in the video. Come on Fstoppers 'editor-in-chief', you can do better.