Sigma 24-105mm f/4 OS lens review: A hefty, but high-quality full-frame zoom that rivals the big guys


posted Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM EDT


We've just posted our Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM "A" lens review, and by most accounts, its another fantastic lens from the folks over at Sigma. Things are cranking away, full-steam ahead with its "Global Vision" lenses, with the release of this highly versatile 24-105mm image-stabilized model. The Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM “A” is a high-performance, full-frame, Art-series lens with a constant f/4 aperture and Optical Stabilizer I.S. system, and competes directly against the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS and Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR G lenses. Sigma also plans to release a Sony Alpha version of this lens, though this model will not include OS, as Sony cameras have in-body sensor shift image stabilization.

This is a new model for Sigma -- not an update to an older lens -- and joins their already extensive and quite well-regarded lens lineup. Just like Sigma's previous Global Vision lenses, this versatile, stabilized zoom lens has shown to be another great choice for users looking for an alternative to the major camera manufacturers' offerings. Optically, the Sigma 24-105 produced impressive results, with sharp images on both full- and sub-frame lenses, while other characteristics like vignetting were a bit on the strong side. 

Jump on over to SLRgear to read our full Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM "A" lens review to see our test results and read our final verdict.

The Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM “A” is currently available in Canon-mount for $899 and ships with a bayonet-style, petal-shaped lens hood, front and rear caps and a soft case. The Nikon-, Sony Alpha- and Sigma-mount versions are currently available for pre-order (as of this publishing date) at the same price. The Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM “A” can be ordered from Adorama, B&H or Amazon. By purchasing this lens, or any other product, at one of our trusted affiliates, you help keep these reviews coming!

In the meantime, check out some sample photos below taken by Rob, our lens specialist, with the lens mounted on the Canon 1Ds Mark III. You can view more sample photos, plus download the full-resolution files, over at our Flickr page.

1Ds MkIII, 68mm, f/5.6, 1/500th, ISO 100
1Ds MkIII, 105mm, f/6.3, 1/200th, ISO 100
1Ds MkIII, 42mm, f/6.3, 1/320th, ISO 100
1Ds MkIII, 57mm, f/6.3, 1/80th, ISO 100