Battle of the standard zooms: Roger Cicala pits Canon against Sigma in 24-105mm shootout


posted Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM EDT


Japanese optics manufacturer Sigma has been earning quite a bit of publicity lately -- and we'd wager some pretty good sales too -- thanks to a rejuvenated lens lineup that puts the big boys on notice with eyecatching specifications and great image quality. While the company's Zeiss-slaying 50mm f/1.4 Art lens has been getting the lion's share of the headlines, though, another model has flown under the radar somewhat. Now, the Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM gets some of the attention it deserves, as LensRentals' Roger Cicala pits it head-to-head against Canon's equivalent optic in a just-published shootout.

Announced in a very low-key way late last year, the Sigma 24-105mm F4 lens has a complex 19 elements, 14 group optical formula, including three aspheric, two "F" low dispersion, and two special low dispersion elements. That in itself should tell you it aims first and foremost for image quality, as should the silver A badge on the side of the barrel, which denotes an Art-series lens.


Curious how Sigma's constant-aperture, standard-zoom optic stacks up against the Canon? (We don't blame you -- it's especially interesting considering that Canon's equivalent lens lists for almost a third more, although it can often be found more affordably at retail.) Well, we won't spoil the outcome, but based on the performance of the company's recent offerings, you probably won't be surprised to hear that it does pretty well out of the comparison.

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