Sigma 14mm F2.8 EX Aspherical A-mount lens review by dA100vor

reviewer#4320 date: Nov-3-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:(yet to compare)
price paid:500ish USD (used)
positive:- Built like a tank (all metal)
- AF seems good even in low light on f2.8
- Awesome minimum focus at 18cm!
- You can put front filters on the additional round hood that slides over the built in petal 'hood' (but this causes vignetting).
negative:- FLAAAAREEE (managable with the additional round hood)
- the above mentioned fit-over hood causes vignetting
- BIG curved front element VERY exposed
- might be a bit heavy for some
- reporting as a 16mm fisheye with sony software or just 15mm exif
comment:I thought about having a prime lens in the range of 20mm (of course crop sensor problem there) and this came up and seemed to fit my needs. It is paired with the tamron 90mm macro.

The front element is something to admire, its one sexy 'eye'! A negative is that its quite exposed and you will have to use the blower quite a bit to get rid of dust. The
supplied round slide-over hood increases protection A LOT, but it does cause vignetting a bit. It will help with flaring, but depending on the angle of the light hitting the front element sometimes nothing can be done.

Im impressed with the low light capabilities and f2.8 sharpness, since I find that important. To me, the weight was a benefit in achieving low shutter speeds.
I think with the a700 high ISO quality this lens will let me shoot in even darker conditions handheld.

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A note on the scoring, a lens with such a big curved front element and 'built in hood' (which is more for protection, and even then not that effective) would be a 1 BUT since there is a provided slide-over hood it gets a 3 since it really does help.

Distortion seems it could be corrected in PP easily (from what I think), as for sharpness Id say a score of 4 - 4.5 for f2.8 - f4 at infinity from the shots Ive taken recently.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 4.11
  • color: 4.36
  • build: 4.79
  • distortion: 3.93
  • flare control: 2.79
  • overall: 3.99 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania