Lens Shootout: High-Performance 24-70mm F/2.8 Zooms from Canon & Sigma, Which Is Best? (VIDEO)

High-performance zoom lenses with fast maximum apertures are powerful tools for everyday shooting, and in this battle of the mid-range zooms, you’ll see a comparison between two of the best: The Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, and Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art.

These offerings from Canon and Sigma are both highly respected premium lenses, with the Canon 24-70mm selling for $1,999, and the Sigma $400 less at $1,299. In the video below, Irish fashion photographer Anita Sadowska compares these lenses to see which one best suits her needs.

Sadowska conducts informal focusing speed tests, and compares the performance of the Canon and Sigma lenses with regard to sharpness, bokeh, low-light performance, and a number of other criteria. As you may suspect, some of her conclusions are subjective ones, while others depend upon how the lenses will be used, and the budget of the photographer.

Suffice to say, both lenses perform admirably, and you really can’t go wrong with either. But to see Sadowska’s conclusions, and decide which of these fast zooms might work best for you, watch the five-minute video.

There’s more interesting content on Sadowska’s YouTube channel. And be sure to look at another of her videos we posted, with an easy method of dodging and burning portraits in Photoshop.