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

reviewer#9391 date: Sep-5-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 3
build: 3
distortion: 5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:TAMRON 17-35mm f2.8-4.
price paid:545USD (new)
positive:The widest Full Frame available.
Distorsion is under very good control. Not visible even at 12 mm!
negative:Low quality build,needs to be handlet with extra care!
Need to correct colors.
comment:Bought this at a SALE. The widest angle of view, when I need it it is good to have. Not pinpoint sharp, needs lots of photoshoping. Colors are yellowish.

The TAMRON are way better but does not have 12-17mm area.

Still it is possible to take nice picktures when really needing wide wide angle. Stepped down to f16 corners gets ok.

When working the proffesional way - doing much work for each shot this lens is indispenceable.

I use this lens seldom, but when I do it is always with good results.

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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