As promised here comes the 2nd part of my take on the Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art – using it attached to a Sigma SD Quattro H. First things first, it balances well on the SDQH and the handling of the combo is top-notch.
I visited a local monastery offering a variety of subjects for these shots. It was an overcast day which later improved to partly cloudy – very good conditions. All images are out-of-cam JPGs, they are cropped and straightened. A few are slightly contrast increased – but that’s it. (Make sure you are opening the large versions to judge by yourself).
The wide angle of 31mm (35mm equiv) is limiting and occasionally requires the use of foot zoom – if there’s enough room in the back.
Taking careful aim will still take care of some impressive photos.
As expected, the resolution and the colors delivered by the combo are first class.
Subject isolation at the longer end is no problem (subject distance 1.2m), the out-of-focus areas look creamy enough for my taste.
As usual, this depends on the distance to the subject (4m in this case) and the subject’s distance to the background. In the example the rendering of the background is pleasing, too.
This is another example at 24mm, the overall look is great.
Some autumn colors slipping in the picture. I call this angle my Irish Cottage view :-). Tonal representation of the image is as natural as they get.
A detail shot at near focus distance (89cm) leaves nothing to be desired – plenty of detail.
A shot you have to look at twice to understand it … think waterfall.
Last image – the discipline where Foveon always shines … reflective objects and or materials.
As a conclusion I would like to make the point that this is a great lens, I used to use the Canon EF 24-105L on the Queen Mum, so I have a comparison. If you would mount the 24-105mm Art to a 35mm camera, even a Sony Alpha 7 via a Sigma MC-11 my assumption is that you will be thrilled.
My wish to Sigma would be to take their APS-H engagement seriously and produce a matching all-purpose lens, something not even Canon ever did, despite having APS-H bodies as their workhorses since a long time. So, Sigma, please release a Sigma 17-90mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art as the perfect match for the SD Quattro H.