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

reviewer#3957 date: Aug-12-2008
sharpness: 4
color: 2
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:
price paid:EUR 685 (new)
positive:- Very little Distortion
- Good build materials
negative:- Cheap lens cap
- Focus ring doesn't decouple when in AF
- Colours aint nice
comment:I bought this lens because I wanted something wider and with less distortion than the kit lens. The Sigma provides this in a nice package, rugged build and a fine image quality. Regarding the WA I think flare control is quite good and distortion control is impressive.

However for €685 I expect to get something better than the cheap sigma lens cap that you can't grab in the centre. And the fact that the focus ring doesn't decouple also is a nuisance, it's close enough to the zoom ring to accidentally grip it when in AF.

Update: I sold this lens some time ago, I just didn't like the colour it produced. Also build quality wasn't up to the price. I've decided not to buy Sigma anymore.

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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