Sigma 24mm F1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF MACRO A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 30   
reviewer#11882 date: Jun-25-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 18-70/3,5-5,6
price paid:used
positive:Enough sharp with good bokeh
negative:Not enough wide on aps-c
comment:Good lens for the money
reviewer#11813 date: May-6-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 17-35 D
Sigma 20mm f:/1.8
price paid:N/A
positive:Easy to use, not as heavy as it looks like. Better match to A900 than A55 balance and size wise. Excellent in low light situations. Fast focus.
negative:As beginner I just have to get used to it, some images are great, some are bit distorted but only due to positioning between camera and the subject.
comment:Very happy with the lens. Same as with 20mm version you have to learn how to use it. Excellent results in low light with f/1.8 locked. Practice will make you perfect. Not sure which one to keep, 24mm or 20mm version of it? Maybe keep 20mm and add 28mm? Would be very interested to try Quantaray versions of it, if anything should be more affordable.

Works very well outside with 2.0x TC with maximum f stop of 3.5. With TC 2.0x I would expect maximum f/3.6 however both cameras give me extra 0.1.

On a side note, my version S/N is starting with "2", no compatibility issues at all.
reviewer#10228 date: May-20-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:mino 17-35 g
mino 24-85
price paid:£275
positive:macro mode
central sharpness
distortion
negative:corner sharpness
ca
comment:good lens but comparing this to the 17-35 g there's only one winner i'm afraid.
good central sharpness almost as good as the g but corners i found disappointing esp for landscapes but this lens has good macro option for some interesting photos
reviewer#8568 date: Jan-26-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony CZ 24-70 SSM
KM 17-35 D
price paid:225 GBP
positive:Price
1.4 aperture
Nice shots - after adjustment
negative:Sigma quality control
comment:I bought this lens after being thoroughly impressed with the Sigma 150-500 HSM OS and was a bit underwhelmed. The colours are nice and distortion and flare are well controlled. However, I had to set the AF micro adjustment to -5 on my A900 to get a decent shot (after 2 hours experimenting) - so have marked down the build and sharpness accordingly. I have not tried it on my A550 as yet.

Bottom line the lens now takes quite a nice shot and I look forward to using it in the studio and for landscapes.
reviewer#8300 date: Nov-25-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:440 USD (new)
positive:Sharp
Light
MDF is even shorter than M50/2.8 Macro's (180 mm vs 200)
Well built
Reasonable price
77 mm filters like Sigma's 50/1.4 and new 85/1.4 (I think soon I'll have all that Sigma lenses and they all have the same filter diameter)
negative:
missing
comment:I use this lens rather often. It suits for shooting landscapes, architecture and MDF makes it possible to make shots from short distance, so it can be used as macrolens aswell.

Yes, it's a little bit heavy (comparing with Minolta 24 mm-fixes), but it doesn't bother. Heavy weight makes you think you hold reliable and strong built thing in your hands, so there's nothing disappointing.

I'm still not tired to compliment Sigma for constructing lenses with the same filter diameter thread. It's very useful, because you can attach any of your filters to any lens.
reviewer#8250 date: Nov-13-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 24mm f2.8
Sigma 12 -24mm
Sigma 10-20mm
Minolta 24-50mm
price paid:673 NZD
positive:Sharp when manually focussed
Amazing 'macro'
Fast
Unique
negative:Auto-focus is near impossible
Slight barrel distortion
comment:This is the quirkiest lens I have ever owned.

Firstly I must say if it is put straight on your camera set at auto-focus it is likely you will want to return it to your dealer as a dud lens. I almost did. The results are awful with gross softness at all apertures. However I noticed that all my macro shots were great and having experimented a little, I found that the focusing of this lens it acutely critical.
It clearly is an unusual design to achieve wide angle, near macro and f1.8 fastness.

It has a VERY shallow depth of focus.

FOCUSING ISSUES - after adjustment of back-focusing by setting this lens to -6 micro - adjust (Sony a850) it now focuses perfectly.

The results are acceptable at f1.8. good by F4 and very sharp at F8. There is some (small) lateral CA wide open.
Choose your focus point carefully.


Buy this lens if want its unique feature set, you can handle its quirky nature and are prepared to carefully focus on manual. I will keep this as its such a funky creative tool and very sharp.
reviewer#8085 date: Oct-13-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.4
Minolta 50mm f1.7
sigma 24mm f2.8
Minolta 28mm 2.8
price paid:250
positive:fast lense
good build
negative:a little heavy to some
large 72 mm filters
comment:Its big and heavy but there are many long stretched where I never take it off the camera. Being that it is a close focus lens I can use it for wide shots or generic macro shooting. The fast aperture makes it a dream in low light.
reviewer#7576 date: Jun-17-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 HS G
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
price paid:320
positive:Sharp especially center and stopped
Colors
Bokeh
ADI
Fast
Nice macro function
negative:A little heavy
comment: I go this a short while ago, tested it on 7 of my cameras. Sharper stopped down, but very usable. I think the front focus issue may be diagnosed as softness. I am still testing, so I will report back after more testing. Thanks. Very sharp once the focus issue is corrected. People who score this lens low probably have a lack of experience with a good working, accurately focused lens.
reviewer#6979 date: Mar-1-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:tamron 17-50f2.8
minolta 50f1.7RS
price paid:400usd(new)
positive:sharp(even wide open)
fast
accurate focus
focus distance
build quality
negative:manual focusing requires 2 actions
large filters
vignetting on FF
comment:I was lucky to get a good copy(no f/b focusing). I use it mostly for indoor shooting without flash(weddings). Is doing a great job in low light and is sharp wide open but I'm not very happy with its colors. Is not too wide on my A700 but wide enough on A850.
reviewer#6927 date: Feb-18-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 90mm macro
Minolta 100mm macro (1st version)
Sony 18-70 mm
price paid:€150
positive:Sharp, but only when stopped down 1 stop.
negative:Big lens diameter.
comment:I've got this lens second hand. Is is in very good condition. It has smal scratches on the back lens, but this doesn't influense the foto's. Good for landscape, but I want to use it in dark places like aquariums. When I have tested this lens there, I wil update this review.
reviewer#6680 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20mm f/2.8
Sigma 20mm f/1.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Sony 50mm f/1.4
price paid:350 USD (new)
positive:* Wide angle without too much distortion
* Fast aperture
* Good build quality
negative:* Yellow tones
* Soft at f/1.8 with noticeable CA
* Large and heavy for a prime
comment:I needed a lens that was wider than 28mm, full-frame, and faster than f/2.8. I decided on this Sigma because it was wide without causing serious distortion. Sure, there's some, but that's only to be expected with a 24mm lens. Tones are warmer than with Sony/Minolta glass, though not to the extent where it detracts from a picture.

My biggest complaint with this lens is that the image quality is poor when shooting at f/1.8. Images are soft, vignetting is pronounced, and chromatic aberrations are obvious - and this is coming from someone who doesn't pixel-peep. F/1.8 should be a setting of last resort, much like ISO 6400. Shoot at f/2 or f/2.2 and image quality improves dramatically.

This lens fills a very particular niche. Though it's a good performer for what it is, I have trouble recommending it unless you're also in need of something this wide, fast, and full-frame.
reviewer#6648 date: Dec-27-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:300 USD (new
positive:wide angle macro, fast lens (light)
negative:size, slower autofocus, sharpness
comment:I won't compare this lens to any other as it is quite a specific glass, which has no comparable rival in my camera bag.

Wide open is ok only at the centre. Corners suffer too much in terms of resolution, which I hoped won't be the case for macro. I feel that from f/4 up you can get decent corners. f/5,6 to f/11 are the best apertures for this lens in my view. Macro is good, I use it also as a landscape lens with ND filters getting great results. Focus is good and precise.

Overall I like the lens and would recommended it to others if they are looking for something in this focal range with fantastic macro capabilities.
reviewer#6575 date: Dec-14-2009
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:GBP 320 new
positive:Fast
Good center sharpness
negative:Sigma backfocusing (heavy on my lens)
Corner sharpness
Did I mention backfocusing?
comment:Good optics - bad quality control: It's Sigma after all.
Be sure to test on YOUR camera before buying!
I sent it in for focus adjustment, but to no use; they didn't find any problem on their test cameras.
reviewer#6394 date: Nov-16-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:flektagon 35 f2.4, sony 20 f2.8,maf 24-50 f4
price paid:GBG250
positive:coulor, sharpness,close focusing distance
negative:heavy.
comment:Highly recommended lens on aps - it's my favourite 35mm angle. You can get very close to the object,and it is fast, my sample is good when stopped down to f2 already,although is quite haeavy - i hope to replace it with maf 35 f2 once i can afford ff.Auto focusing is surprisingly good , fast and accurate- better than 24-50 or 20mm.Some early samples my require rechip from sigma.
reviewer#6224 date: Oct-15-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:KM 28mm 2.8m, Sigma 24-70/28 EX DG, Kit 16-105.
price paid:$180 USD
positive:Low light, sharpness, compact
negative:Like some other reviews, front group wobbles slightly. No effect. Focus mech "rough".
comment:I bought this lens cheap on Ebay because it didn't work with a Sony. Sigma re-chips for free and if you ask nicely, they'll do a quick cal on the rest of the lens. I got back a great copy after just 1 week. This is my goto low light lens and it continues to please me. Night street scenes, indoor, wow. Excellent light gathering per reasonable front element size. I haven't seen the edge problem that the full-frame users report on APS-C. When I travel and go out at night, this is my default. Also indoor sports for ring-side close range. Reasonably sharp wide-open. Very good from 3.5.
reviewer#5553 date: Jun-17-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50/2.8
Minolta 50/1.4
Sony 50/2.8 macro
Tamron 90/2.8
price paid:Ł273 (new)
positive:+ Close focus
+ Large maximum aperture
+ Sharp
+ Smooth bokeh
+ Manual focus
+ 1:2.7 magnification
negative:- Slow AF for a prime (but better than most kit lenses)
- Can hunt a lot at close distances in low light
- Mild CA
comment:People have spoken about this lens being soft, so I'll start off with that. It's not soft. Centre sharpness is excellent wide-open. You'll notice a fair amount of corner softness on full-frame between f/1.8 and f/2.8, but this goes away if you stop down. On a cropped sensor, corner sharpness is very good after f/2.5, and not bad even wide open. I'd say the lens' sweet spot is from f/8 to f/11. Obviously because of the incredibly shallow depth of field this lens can give, precise focus is critical. But I've used this lens (with an A300) to photograph mediaeval manuscripts for research and gotten clear, sharp text from corner to corner. It's sharpest when focusing close. That's not to say it's bad at infinity focus, just that it's better when you're up close.

Flare is very well controlled. CA isn't 100% absent, but it's also well controlled for the most part - it's never been bad enough to affect any of my prints so far. You'll see slight barrel distortion on the A900 if you view the pictures in their full 24MP glory. On an APS-C sensor, it's hardly noticeable.

Out of camera JPEGs can seem a bit dull at f/1.8, so shoot raw if you're shooting in a situation where you need a wide aperture but also want rich colours. At smaller apertures, the colours are very good. Obviously we're comparing like to like - and not comparing a Sigma to a Zeiss. On all the points I've mentioned, it's way better than a typical kit lens. Bokeh is excellent, creamy smooth and very rarely "busy".

In my opinion, what really stands out about this lens is range of possibilities opened up with its combination of a wide angle, large minimum aperture and very close minimum focus distance - whether it's handheld street or building shots in the evening, close-ups with a wide background or something else. It can take some work to get the best out of it, but that's all part of the process of becoming a better photographer. Check out some of the sample images in the forum. If that appeals to you, go for this lens - you won't be disappointed.
reviewer#5194 date: Apr-9-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 3
flare control: 3
overall: 3.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Most directly, Zeiss T*25/2.8 and 24/2 Distagons. Also CZ 16-35/2.8 Vario Sonnar, CZ 35/1.4 Distagon, Pentax 31/1.8 ltd.
price paid:289USD (used)
positive:-Solid IQ up the middle
-1:2.7 life scale performance
-Wide aperture
-Price
negative:-Moderate distortion and vignette on full frame
-Odd focus mechanism
-Lens group wobbles slightly in housing (pedestrian build, but does not affect performance)
-Susceptible to blown highlights in my use.
comment: Sigma did a brave thing by bringing a wide aperture to this focal range in a full frame lens at such a price. Considering its relatively budget market niche, it would seem a tall order to produce a great performer while pushing the boundaries of science around. Happily, I think results can match or exceed expectation given the modest investment.

I'll just speak my mind on this lens performance in my uses: Sharpness is fine overall. Bluntly, it's very sharp up the middle from 1.8, but the farther you get from the center, the less impressive it gets. Even at f4, the edges are very soft. While certainly capable, there are better options for recording architecture & landscapes, but one may continue to enjoy the Sigma's wide aperture in lowered light scenarios where other wides hide in the bag.

CA's, while visible seem no worse than average by todays standards, nothing to complain about. I haven't encountered any purple fringe yet at all, so it would be easy to suggest this won't be a major problem with this lens. Auto-focus is typical for screw-driven style. It has a tendancy to hunt at close-focus distances, but the manual focus ring would generally be the preferred method for handling focusing at this proximity anyways. With a 45 degree turn, the focus ring used manually is not a precise instrument, but the ring itself is large and tight enough to get the job done. Color and contrast are fine, if a bit plain from 1.8, but these things are always addressed in post. In use on the A900, I noted vignette at wider apertures and a clear barrel distortion, fairly typical results for a lens of this type. My experience tells me there is nothing extra-ordinary about these traits one way or the other with the Sigma. I did note that preservation of highlights tends to be more challenging than with some of my other wides and I found myself shooting under to save highlights.

The real fun however, begins at the Sigma's MFD. Though the height of the front element itself can overshadow ones subject when being only a couple of inches from contact, it is undeniably entertaining to have such a wide view and close proximity. While Sigma label the lens as a macro, it isn't really, but being able to produce a 1:2.7 life scale means very close focusing.

Kelly.

EDIT: People are rating this lens all 5's? This only goes to show a lack reference. Even the most expensive lenses in the world have trade-offs...

EDIT II: Added Zeiss's 24/2 to my repertoire and have adjusted again the Sigma's numbers down a bit accordingly. Its seems the bar has been raised.
reviewer#4963 date: Mar-5-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20/2.8
Minolta 50/1.7
Minolta 24-50/4
Minolta 35-70/4
Minolta Beercan
price paid:200 USD (Used )
positive:Large aperture
Weight is just right
9 blade of aperture
Big MF ring
negative:Push pull AF/MF switching, something is annoying.
comment:This len deliver sharp result on F2 onward. Love it.
reviewer#4816 date: Feb-6-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:I have only kit 18-70 in 24mm so for sure Sigma rocks here in both speed and quality (colors, sharpness, etc)
price paid:about 320
positive:can be used as macro, sigma's switch from AF to MF
negative:the right edge in focusing is NOT INFINITY (probably just mine copy, sure hope so)

somehow limited depth of field even at highest aperture (still could be mine copy)
comment:this is my third prime and I was really confused for the first time, then I realized that right edge of focus is not infinity, I have to roll it to the left a bit to make it focus at infinity which is really disappointing since it's hard not to shift focus by accident while shooting. to be honest I was lame enough to realize this infinity focus issue almost after ...err, 1 year of using :)))
24/1.8 wasn't my duty lens, sigma 105/2.8 is so I don't have as much experience with this lense as with 105/2.8. I'm using it with A100 and it kinda slow in autofocus. But than again I'm manual focus freak so it's not a problem for me while sigma's on lens switching from AF to MF I found pretty useful.
Build quality is not so good and I believe mine copy have some flaws. Still pretty useful in low light but in a macro range. I've tried to make some party shots and most of them was out of focus in both AF and MF (you see, it's hard enough to do good MF while subject moving and you slightly drunk :)

Yet still it's way much better at 24mm than my kit 18-70 lens in any way. In case those flaws are just in my copy I'd recommend it highly otherwise make sure you do most of your 24mm shots in macro range (and this lens is pretty good at it :)

p.s. this lens doesn't works with my marumi extension tube set, could probably be mine copy as well
reviewer#4580 date: Dec-25-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Canon 24/1.4L
Sigma 24/2.8 super-wide II
kit lens
price paid:$265 used on Dyxum
positive:+ sharpness WO
+ pleasant bokeh
+ very close focusing distance
+ colors
+ focal lenght on crop body
negative:- big on 5D body, heavy
- slight yellow cast
comment:After some time and using some superb lenses (Canon 24mm/1.4L, Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50/1.7 and 100/2.8 makro-Planar - very highly rated lenses, all used on Canon 1D) I can not believe how pleasing sharpness at wide apertures my example of this lens had. Very smooth bokeh must be expected when you use this lens at small apertures as well.
What a big difference compared to sig 24mm/2.8 super-wide II. 2.8 version is good travel lens, 1.8 is too big to carry, and rather unbalanced on 5D. 1.8 is perfect for portraits, semi-macro or for more artistic photos. 2.8 seems to be sharper, excellent for landscapes or greater distances. I used 1.8 mostly for indoor photos of family members and pets, flowers, even aphides, etc.
Canon L lens advantage is in having f1.4, which may be quite big difference in dim light. Bokeh is i would say similar. AF speed is much faster in Canon´s USM.
For the money, good copy of sigma 1.8 is a bargain.
reviewer#4413 date: Nov-20-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 85 1.4
Minolta 50 1.4 rs
Minolta 24 (friend's copy)
Zeiss 16-80
price paid:200€ (used)
positive:Bokeh
Sharpness
Minimum focus distance
Colors
Build
negative:16-80 is not very happy on it's shelf
comment:Got it almost new (15 days), it was a bargain.
I didn't expect it could be so good. It's big like 85 1.4.
I think it is better than the minolta 24mm.
The bokeh is wonderful.
Minimum focus distance is extremly close from the lens (maybe 20mm). Make pictures like no other.
No significant CA or flare until now.
Very nice prime combo with the 85 1.4.
reviewer#4331 date: Nov-6-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 11-17
Sony 18-70
Sigma 10-20
Minolta 17-35 G
price paid:349
positive:+ Nice Size & Balanced Feel
+ Great Color
+ Very Sharp
+ Quick AF
negative:- lacks DOF markings
- cheap feeling hood
- not TRULY macro
comment:I absolutely love this lens & find myself grabbing for it a lot.

The color rendition, bokeh and sharpness are truly wonderful...and extremely pleasing to my eye. I love how close I can get to an object and snap off that 'in your face' image ... I don't take 'real' macro shots, so the lack of 1:1 and super close focusing distance isn't an issue for me.


In low light situations, it hunts a little more than what I would expect for a F1.8, but this is not to say it's 'slow' by any stretch of the imagination.

When compared to my Minolta G lenses, the Sigma coating and construction are noticeably lower quality, but in no way does it feel cheap.

If I were to drop this lens, I would definitely replace it without hesitation.
reviewer#3970 date: Aug-14-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:17-35/2.8-4
35/2
Tamron 17-50/2.8
price paid:340 $US (new)
positive:Excellent IQ
negative:2 bad samples in a row lead me to question quality
comment:I wanted this lens for a long time. When it came into stock at B&H and I had the money I snapped it up.

Although I did not get much use out of the lens, it was obvious that the image quality was fantastic. Great sharpness, colors, oof areas. Shockingly sharp at f/1.8 with only a loss of color and contrast.

I felt this lens fits and handles great on the A700. The size and weight doesn't concern me at all.

However, the first copy I got came with an unstable front element section. The lens would not focus correctly most of the time. I returned it for an exchange.

The second copy had 2 problems. First was when the focus ring was in AF mode it would rotate freely and sadly it also would often back focus. The front element section was much tighter, but still did not feel quite right. I've now returned the lens for my money back.

Between the 15/2.8 EX Fisheye (sold) and both of these 24/1.8s I have had 3 EX series Sigmas and they have all had serious focus problems. My old 70-300 APO DG worked fine but the quality seemed questionable (ok for the price though).

Personally, I'm done with Sigma. However, you might not feel the same way that I do and your luck may be better. The 24/1.8 has incredible potential, so if you are interested, try it - but make sure you can return/exchange it if required.
reviewer#2340 date: May-22-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 28/2 RS (Sigma has better bokeh)
Min 17-35/3.5 G (Sigma has much shorter minimum focus distance)
Min 17-35/2.8-4 D (Sigma has much better IQ)
price paid:
missing
positive:very sharp from wide open
very nice bokeh
precise focus (at least for me)
close minimal focus distance
great colors
negative:Nothing that matters.
? 77mm filter
? focus clutch mechanism
comment:I love this lens. Got it used from a dyxum member, and I couldn't be happier with it.
reviewer#1781 date: Feb-7-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron AF 19-35 F3.5-4.5
price paid:320 € (new)
positive:Build looks very sturdy
Flare & distortion are handeld very well
negative:Lens hood can cast shadows with film/slide/FF
comment:Much better picture quality compaired to Tamron AF 19-35 F3.5-4.5. Especialy sharpnes an color are excelent.

I've got the lense last week after 1/2 year of delivery time. This was not so great. Maybe Sigam Germany can improve the ordering process with Japan...

Very fine resultes with film (BW Ilford 400). Lense hood can cast shadows with film/slide/FF.
reviewer#1739 date: Feb-3-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sigma 17-35 EX
Sigma 105 EX Macro
price paid:200 euro
positive:Macro feature is great
Nice bokeh
negative:Although a DG lens it only worked after rechipping
comment:Got this 'little' gem for a nice price on Ebay and after rechipping I'm very pleased with it. The macro was a suprise to me. I've used the Sigma 105 and had some good results with it, but also a lot of OOF shots, you really needed a tripod with that lens. This lens just works as a dream with macro and although it's not 1:1 it produces really nice results handheld. Think that has to do with it being a 'wide' lens.
Highly recommanded!
reviewer#1467 date: Nov-23-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Min 20/2.8 MinO & MinRS, Min 24/2.8 MinO & MinRS, Min 28/2.8, Min 28/2 MinO & MinRS, 17-35 D, Min 35/1.4 MinO, Min 24-85, Min 24-105, Sig 24-70 EX DG, Sig 20/1.8 EX DG, Canon AF 20/2.8 & 24/2.8 & 35/2
price paid:
missing
positive:- 9 blade circular aperture, BIG manual focus ring, its DG, close focus
- distortion for its focal length
- hood
- MF ring doesn't move while in AF
negative:- nothing that really matters
comment:A truely excellent lens, that 9-blade circular aperture needs to be exploited. This lens never disapointed me at all.

The 'macro label' is odd, some say, "hey, its not a macro" ... in the field, that close focus is a REALLY good deal. I've used it sucessfuly for flower and fungi close-ups you can put the item into the scene. You can use the close focus to great effect.

The out of focus is wonderful. An absolute steal. I much prefered this lens to the Min 28/2, the bokeh is better.

I sold it a while back when I thought zooms could work for me, truth is I'm a depth of field control freek and slow zoom cannot replace what this lens does (I now know I need both a zoom and a fast). So, I now have the Sig 20/1.8 ... I haven't had the 20 + 24 together, but I think the 24 gets the edge, sharpness and DG/anti-purple-fringe is better on the 24 and distortion is better on the 24. I've never tried the 28/1.8 EX DG.

Check the size of it before you buy it, some people might get a shock if they've only had normal 24s before.

AF performance is good. manual is wonderfully rewarding, big grip. The two stage (switch and clutch) is a bit silly ... but at least when you are in AF the manual focus ring does NOT move.
reviewer#1354 date: Oct-28-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:18-70mm minolta
price paid:
missing
positive:Build
sharpness
Color
negative:Size
comment:This is the best lens I have as well as the only non-kit lens. I really like the quality of the build, except the size is a bit hard for holding for me (I do have large hands and have been used to holding lens along with camera). I really like the quality of the color and sharpness of the photos I have taken with this lens on my 5d. I have not had a problem with flares or distortion. I bought it used on E-Bay for $220.

**EDIT: Don't do what I did...I sold it...**
reviewer#1135 date: Aug-29-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:50mm primes, 105 macro, and kit zoom
price paid:~280$ (new)
positive:good grip
good build quality
fast
negative:significant chromatic aberration
some distorsion
sometimes flare
comment:good all around lens (gives 36 mm on dynax 7d), good AF, grat for landscapes, a bit worse for indoor photography (distorsion, and some flare in high contrast scenes)
reviewer#1071 date: Aug-7-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Tokina 28-70 f2.6-2.8
50mm primes
price paid:414€ (New)
positive:-light yet sturdy
-mf clutch
-huge mf ring
-a soft protective case for the lens
negative:None really.
comment:This is a great lens. For some the 24 is oddly between 20mm and 28mm primes. As i had non of the three, i chose the 24 as it was wider than the 28 but still almost as cheap. It is usable wide open, tough i have not tested it to show how sharp it is from edge to edge. This lens can not be called soft. It uses large 77mm filters, but thats not very surprising considering the max aparature. It is a bit bulky if one expected a 50mm prime size, tough i do like supporting my camera from the lens, so the size is often welcome. I have not had much problems with flare, but i do not usually cause any with any lenses. I normaly use a CPL with this lens.

The case that came for the lens looks very protective, as it is padded on the top and bottom and does hold the lens tight in place. It does not have much of padding on the sides tough, and i seldomly use it as i do not have a belt to fasten it to.

A lens i can recommed if the focallenght appeals.
reviews found: 30   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 30
  • sharpness: 4.45
  • color: 4.60
  • build: 4.37
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 4.47
  • overall: 4.46

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