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

reviewer#4703 date: Jan-18-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20mm 2.8
price paid:650 USD (new)
positive:So veeery wide!!!
negative:Somewhat stiff zooming. But I'm used to it ... it's a Sigma trademark, of sorts. Also vignetting at the wide end ONLY when the lens cap/ filter holder is attached.
comment:This is an excellent lens for what I do ... which is mainly indoor photography. At 12mm (18mm, APS-C), this lens literally ingests an entire room in one gulp. At 24mm (36mm, APS-C), it's just about right for close-up, head-on shots. In short, this is a great indoor walk-around lens.

This lens comes equipped (new) with a slide-on attachment that not only retains the lens cap, but also accomodates an 82mm filter; so I am not understanding the complaints of others in this area.

This lens is my newest sweetheart! I banished my Sigma 24-70DG 2.8 into my kitbox. My only regret is that I waited so long to get it.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 49
  • sharpness: 4.04
  • color: 4.39
  • build: 4.49
  • distortion: 4.49
  • flare control: 3.65
  • overall: 4.21 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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