Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX Aspherical DG A-mount lens review by uaybalam

reviewer#3894 date: Jul-28-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:2,8/20 Min AF "Old"
3,5-4,5/24-85 Min AF
3,5-4,5/16-80 zeiss
price paid:420 euros (new)
positive:good quality built
non-signifiacative distortion for this type of lens
little bit "soft"
be careful with front lens !!!
comment:Very good zoom !
A little bit soft with digital camera A700 , and very sensible compared to the 16-80 Zeiss in same conditions ...
No big diference of softness with film camera (Dynax 9xi).
The diference beetween sigma 12-24 and 20 Min AF "old" is not very significative ; better sharpness with 2,8/20 and better contrast ,but not so important !!!
be careful with flare of 12-24 !!! very sensible and contrast fell down with it !!!
That was a very good surprise testing this zoom ,because I hesitated with the famous 10-20 sigma.
I prefered buy this zoom for it's compatibility with film cameras or FF digital cameras ...

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 49
  • sharpness: 4.03
  • color: 4.39
  • build: 4.49
  • distortion: 4.49
  • flare control: 3.63
  • overall: 4.21 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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