Minor point on lenses. Z24-70/2.8S still the best.

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Minor point on lenses. Z24-70/2.8S still the best.
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I never feel we are overwhelmed with pro Z snippets from the insighful Youtubers and others regularly posted around the web. So here's one.

Cameralabs this week published a review of the Sigma Art 24-70 2.8 for Sony FE and Pany/Leica L mount.

https://www.cameralabs.com/sigma-24-70mm-f2-8-dg-dn-art-review/4/

Of course this lens is not available for Z mount, but it is of interest in the overall "merits of the Z system vs others" discussion we often have. Sigma is a lens giant, their Art series are very highly regarded, the FE and L mounts are system competitors to Nikon. The Sigma is a newer lens, announced about 9 months after the Z. Has it trumped Nikon's f2.8? No.

So it is interesting to see how Sigma’s new zoom fares against Nikon’s professional standard zoom for their mirrorless system. Physically the Nikon and Sigma are of similar size and weight and both have an additional function button. And while both offer a lockable lens hood the Sigma has an additional switch to lock their zoom at the 24mm position. The Nikon scores with its OLED display for distance/dof, aperture or focal length and a function ring which can be assigned exposure compensation or operation of the aperture. The Nikon also sports a special coating at the front lens to repel water, dust, and dirt, and make for easier cleaning. But then the Nikon is clearly more expensive than the Sigma. Optically both lenses perform very similarly – at long distances. But at closer focus distances the Nikon’s sharpness is superior. All-in-all Nikon’s Z 24-70mm f2.8 S remains the best 24-70mm zoom for your Nikon Z bodies even if Sigma should offer their 24-70mm f2.8 DG DN Art with Z-mount in the future

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The [Sigma] lens is sharp within the APS-C image-circle, has no longitudinal color aberrations, shows little veiling glare in contra-light situations, and has a reliable autofocus. Unfortunately the Sigma becomes gradually softer at closer focusing distances right down to pretty mushy results at minimum object distance

Clearly the Sigma is a good lens and very good value. But the Nikon is still the best.

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