THE 24-70MM LENS is one of the most important optics a professional photographer will ever own. Essentially this is the ultimate workhorse that all other lenses might conceivably be added around, giving a versatile focal length range that can cover everything from street photography through to weddings, portraiture, architecture, news photography, travel imagery and landscapes.

Sony photographers have at their disposal the majestic Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM, with the last letter denoting its place in the famous G Master series of premium optics, but there’s a catch… the lens retails for close to £2000!

That’s a massive investment for even professional photographers, so what’s the solution? Well, as it turns out there are two options to consider, with third-party manufacturers Sigma and Tamron both offering far more affordable 24-70mm, fast aperture f/2.8 lenses – well, the Tamron is actually 28-75mm, but given its value-for-money price-tag, that’s slightly splitting hairs perhaps.

So, how do these two affordable options perform, how do they compare against each other and which one could be the right choice for you if the Sony might be just out of reach? To find out, we took both lenses out in the field for a real-world pro review in issue 193 of Pro Photo where Matty Graham tested these lenses to see what he thinks.

 

Here are the full resolution images from Matty Graham’s head to head test of the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art and Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8. Feel free to download these to compare full resolution results

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