After countless walks, tours and holidays with the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art lens I decided today to take it outside at night. So far it has always proven very useful for me and I’ve always been very contented. With its big focal length of 24-105mm it can be used universally and covers several classical focal lengths (such as those of 50mm, 85mm and 100mm). The big focal length area is ideal for travel photography but also for diverse photo stories. With the lens you can work quickly and efficiently and you’ll also save time by avoiding time-consuming lens swaps. Besides that I’ve always been very happy with its optics when doing portrait photography! The lens has a consistent light intensity of 4 and in addition it can be supported by image stabilization. Under normal conditions its focus is fast and uncomplicated. That was all when it comes to normal conditions – now let’s go out into the night!
By and large shooting in the dark with the 24-105mm was fine. However, it simply can’t be compared to a really intensive optics of fixed focal lengths. Since the maximum open aperture is “only” f4 and therefore there’s not as much light entering the lens as with a lens of a light intensity of f1.4, it certainly isn’t the ideal choice for a walk at night. The focus which works perfectly under normal conditions had some problems in the dark. I mainly had to focus manually since the focus was very slow or didn’t work out at all.
One advantage of the lens is its image stabilization which is able to balance about one or two apertures, which can really be very helpful under bad light conditions.
Finally I’d like to add that the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art is a fantastic and universally useful lens even though there surely are better options for taking pictures at night.