This is my new work horse. It's settled. I have been trying like hell to find something wrong with it and I just can't do it. It works reasonable well in low light, it's sharp, renders colors well, and it has a fantastic range!
For a while, I struggled with having the right lens for the right moment. I would find myself carrying around more and more lenses and larger bags hoping to have the right focal length for the right moment. After a while, my shoulder and back started to really disagree with this sentiment so I started looking around for a solid zoom lens that covered a good range. Naturally, like any photographer/videographer, I would find myself gravitating towards the Canon 24-70 f2.8. It's no mystery that this lens is wildly popular but I could never get comfortable with the price.
Enter the Sigma Art 24-105mm. Of course there's always the Canon 24-105mm (another popular choice), but I was starting to see a lot of reviews claiming the Sigma option to produce a better, sharper, image and a nicer build. Now if you know me, or you've read any of my other blog posts, you know that I'm a Sigma Art guy. I find myself qualifying as a fanboy for so few things but I've earned the moniker in this case. So it's likely that I would've jumped on this lens over the Canon version. I was always concerned about the f4 though.
For me, shooting at f4 can be pretty tricky. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with shooting at f4. In fact, most lenses start looking their best at that aperture but most of my jobs are of the run and gun variety so I need something that not only has a good focal range but is fast when it's necessary.
Enter the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra. This thing is god damn magic! I'm not going to pretend I understand that intricacies of whats happening between the lens and the camera body when using this mount but it's a real game changer. Not only does it make adapting EF lenses simple, but it reduces the aperture down to a f2.8, making this a formidable candidate for all around shooting. The real kicker, and it almost feels like I'm cheating the system, is that I can now have a 24-105mm f2.8 at half the price of the Canon 24-70 f2.8. That's a hell of a package if you ask me.
Now you might be thinking, well, if I had the Canon 24-70 f.2.8, wouldn't the speedbooster make it EVEN faster and therefore a better choice? And you'd definitely be right. It would be a whole stop faster which is hard to argue against. But considering I spent $800 on the Sigma 24-105mm f4 and I would've had to spend $1800 to get the Canon 24-70mm f2.8, I can't really say the extra stop of light is worth the additional $1000 -- while also losing the additional range.
All in all, this is the lens thats going to stay on my camera for the foreseeable future. I'll keep my Sigma 18-35mm in my bag for when I need something a touch wider or the considerably faster aperture (down to 1.2 with the speedbooster), and maybe the Tokina 11-20mm for that ultra-wide occasion but between these 3 lenses, I have everything I need on the go.
And just like that, my bag is a bit smaller and my shoulders/back couldn't be happier.
These are my thoughts about random things related to videography, photography and editing.
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