Lens reviews update: test data for the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM

DxOMark has just reviewed the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM, a general-purpose zoom for full frame SLRs. As part of our ongoing collaboration we’ve added the test data to our lens widget, and looked to see how it compares to the Canon equivalent. We’ve also added test data for the Nikon mount version of Zeiss’s stellar Apo Sonnar T* 2/135.

Also this week, DxOMark has published its sensor analysis for the Nikon Df (confirming that its imaging performance is the same as the top-of-the-line D4), and the Sony Alpha 7. It’s also produced lens recommendations for the Micro Four Thirds Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 and Nikon’s entry-level SLR, the D3200Click here for a full round-up of DxOMark’s recent reviews.

Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DC OS HSM | Art lens test data

Here we’re showing DxOmark’s lens test data for the Canon-mount version of the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DC OS HSM on both the full frame EOS 5D Mark III and the APS-C EOS 7D, along with a quick summary of the main findings. We’re also showing a quick comparison to its Canon equivalent, the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.

Click on any of the images or links below to open our interactive lens widget, and explore the data further

1) Tested on Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The Sigma 24-105mm F4 is designed to be used on full frame cameras, on which it offers an extremely useful wideangle to short telephoto zoom range. It’s a pretty impressive performer too, producing excellent sharpness right across the frame wide open at all focal lengths. Indeed there’s barely any change in measured sharpness between F4 and F11.

Chromatic aberration is a bit high – there’s some obvious blue/yellow fringing at wideangle, and red/cyan at telephoto. Vignetting is also quite strong, with a precipitous drop-off in brightness towards the corners of the frame at either end of the zoom range when shooting at F4; however it clears up on stopping down to F5.6. Distortion is also quite pronounced, with 2.7% barrel at 24mm, and 2.4% pincushion from 70mm to 105mm. But to be fair, none of this is really any worse that we’d expect from a 4x zoom on full frame.   

2) Tested on Canon EOS 7D

On APS-C cameras like the EOS 7D, the lens offers a zoom range equivalent to 38-168mm on full frame, which isn’t necessarily an obvious choice for general-purpose use. However the 24-105mm still performs pretty well in terms of sharpness, giving very good results across the frame at almost all settings. It’s weakest wide open at telephoto, but improves markedly on stopping down to F5.6.

Chromatic aberration is a little high, especially at wideangle where blue/yellow ringing is likely to be very visible towards the edges and corners of the frame. There’s also some red/cyan fringing at the tele end. However, as usual for a full frame lens used on APS-C, distortion and vignetting are both pretty low, with just a little barrel distortion at wideangle.   

3) Compared to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

The main rival for the 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM in Canon mount is the similarly-specified EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, which was announced back in 2005 alongside the original EOS 5D. Here we’re comparing the two on full frame.

The test data shows that the Sigma and Canon have rather similar characteristics. The Sigma edges out its older rival for wide open sharpness towards the long end, although any visible difference is likely to disappear at F5.6. It also has a bit less barrel distortion at wideangle. Against this, the Sigma shows more pronounced vignetting at telephoto. The biggest difference in these tests is transmission: despite the same f/4 maximum aperture, the Sigma passes about half a stop more light.      

Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 (Nikon mount) test data  

Hot on the heels of the breathtaking Zeiss Otus 1.4/55, we’ve also added test data for the Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 135mm F2. It’s basically much the same story again – the 135mm is a spectacular performer. 

There’s simply nothing to criticise here at all. Sharpness is excellent wide open, and phenomenal at F4. Chromatic aberration and distortion are both negligible, and vignetting nothing to worry about either. Zeiss lenses aren’t remotely cheap, but you get what you pay for.

Full test results on DxOMark (and other recent reviews)

Our lens test data is produced in collaboration with DxOMark. Click the links below to read DxOMark’s own review of the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55, or see other recent reviews on the DxOMark website. 

Sigma announces pricing and availability of 24-105mm F4 lens

Sigma announces 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM full frame standard zoom

Lens reviews update: test data for the Zeiss Otus 1.4/55

Lens reviews update: test data for the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G

Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM



THANKS SIGMA!!! mr lazzy canon needs some serious competition, especially now that they stopped this lens production in favour of the 24-70f4 wich is so much worst for general shooting!!!
Once again: THANK YOU SIGMA!!! 😀
At least some brands are still being inovative and giving Photographers not only what they need but even what they dream of XD


Couple observations. The Sigma central image at 24mm peaks in sharpness wide open, like a portrait lens might, but when you go up in focal length (towards a more “portrait” oriented focal length), the lens peaks closed down a bit. The Zeiss is terrific, outstanding at f/4.0 with unreal control of CA.

Clyde Thomas

Sony users can save $600 and just get a good copy of the old Minolta 28-135 which outshoots all y’all.


Put that in your A7 pipe and smoke it!


Minolta? That’s quite an overstatement. Not only it’s nowhere close in image quality to Canon/Sigma, it has an unusable min distance. If you want a cheaper alternative, you can find an old Sigma 24-135/2.8-4.5, which in all respects better than Minolta.

Clyde Thomas

You obviously never shot with the Mino, which has a macro mode. Nor did you check the link where it trounces the Zeiss.

Sharpness wise, it’s crazy corner to corner. Distortion and flare are fairly poor though. But at least it doesn’t have the Siggy trademark yellow tint.

Eelco van Vliet

Your remarks about the yellow colour cast is just as old as your Minolta Lens. This might have been true in the time when we were shooting film, but I own lot of Canon and Sigma lenses. And none of them, except for the old Sigma 28-105 2.8/4 has a yellow cast.

And as far as competion goes, it is always good to have a valid alternative. Sigma is putting out some excellent products lately. If only it makes Canon move on….

Der Steppenwolf

Full test on Sigma A 24-105


Oh, well I guess it’s settled then. If Jogger uses his equipment a certain way, we all must. All those people that use their FF for things other than a specific task have been doing it wrong the whole time!


Its a bit weird to call this a “general-purpose zoom” esp. for FF users. I use my FF for specific tasks and use appropriate lenses for each task. Using a general purpose lens means you get less than optimal results and performance for whatever you are shooting.

For “general purpose” photography i just use my RX100/10 combo.


So carrying two cameras is more convenient than one?


not every FF user is a pixel peeper

Der Steppenwolf

Jogger you need to relax man. Take a deep breath, turn of your computer, sell your gear and pay for some cognitive therapy 😉

Howard S

even more weird to think that a FF DSLR with 24-105 isn’t suitable for “general purpose” use but an RX100 instead with less IQ and range of FL or to carry an RX100 and an RX10 is.


Is the Zeiss 135/2 the same optical formula as the Sony Zeiss 135/1.8 (which is a stellar performer as well but so far hasn’t been tested by DXO)?

Der Steppenwolf

And this has to exactly what to do with Sigma 24-105 ???


Go back to the original article, scroll down a little, and recognize that you have just made a fool out of yourself.


Constructive comments aside, I think these are two different test reports combined in what appears to be the same article.


And that’s why Canon was on sale recently.


The Canon is mediocre and the Nikon 24-120 about the same. It’s a shame because they are so convenient. But this seems to be the nature of wide-to-tele zooms unless the range is very short, like the Nikon 24-70.


That Nikon 24-120 is a bit better than mediocre. I picked one up to test out last month and ended up shooting a three day music festival with nothing but that lens. It’s very good. I wasn’t expecting much, but it impressed me.


Sigma can pass half stop more light.


Dxo tests reveal that indeed. But dunno which image stabilization system provides better performance. That would be important to know for static shooters because you can gain f-stops that way too.

Alastair Norcross

Given that the Canon lens can be bought for less than the Sigma, because of the widespread availability of the Canon as a kit lens sold with several DSLRs, there would seem to be no reason for Canon users to consider the Sigma. It looks like a fine lens, but certainly not better than the Canon in any way that will show up in real world shooting.


Sharpness between f/4 and f/5.6 at the long end (70-105mm) seems noticeably better, especially outside the center. Which means that for low light shooters on a “budget”, it’s worth a consideration.


Tend to agree with Alastair Norcross.
I don’t see a strong reason to switch or to choose Sigma if you are a Canon user.
On the other hand, the Nikon user might be tempted since the Nikkor 24-120 is known for its mediocre performance.


obviously better than Canon at around 80mm which is sold as a kit lens for about 700 US something.

though I don’t know who designed 55 Zeiss, Cosina is probably the most experienced maker with MF primes. but then as a rare example shows us, the Canon 300/4LIS is not as good as Nikon AF-S-D in test but can more likely get better results in the field and that’s only IS. AF should make far more difference.


I’d tend to agree. If i) the lens is not significantly better than the Canon lens, and ii) body only + lens is not quite a bit cheaper than kit, then you may as well go with Canon body + 24-105 as kit.

Technically, it’s a fine achievement, but not enough to tempt Canon users away from the Canon lens. Caveats? Well, there may be a high level of copy variance for the Canon lens, relative to its grade/cost (and that’s anecdotal in that a couple of people I know have had more than one copy of the Canon, so anecdotalanecdotal 🙂 ).

Alastair Norcross

Actually, it’s not obviously better at all around 80, if you actually look at pictures. I’ve had the Canon for seven years, and have shot a lot in the 80-105 range. Mine is very sharp at the long end. Unless you know how the kind of numbers these reviews display will translate to real-world images, these reviews aren’t much use. They’re like the bar graphs video (and audio) cassettes used to display on the packaging to “prove” that they were better than others. When Consumer Reports conducted a test, they found that no-one (including so-called audiophiles) could tell the difference.


there are copies that are sharp near the tele end but wide distribution means low quality.


Do other brand shooters even exist?


And add that 0.5 EV benefit in transmission to my low light comment.


The 24-105mm should be compared to the Nikon 24-120. The Canon lens is pretty well respected. The Nikon lens seems to bring a little more controversy so that’s probably where the Sigma will steal sales from

Andy Westlake

We’ll aim to compare to the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 when the Nikon-mount version of the Sigma becomes available.


I have both Canon 24-105mm on 5D3 and Nikon 24-120mm on D800e and of course Nikon is better on D800e but that is because D800e is involved. But I bet any money that Nikon 24-120mm on D610 would not be any better than 24-105mm on 5D3.
As far as Sigma 24-105mm even though I love Sigma now I think it is a biggest mistake they made. The only way anyone should be considering this lens is if it was tremendously better than Canon 24-105mm but it is not.


Many don’t know that there have been 3 versions of the Nikon 24-120 over the years, 2 of them with VR. Some of the controversy is probably stirred up by those who unknowingly pass off the known poor performance of a previous version as being representative of the current f4 version.

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