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

reviewer#6521 date: Dec-5-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 3.9
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:sony 16-105
Sigma EX DG 24-70/f2.8
sigma EX DG 24/f1.8 prime
Minolta 28/2.8
price paid:380 USD ebay
positive:Low distortion rectilinear
FF wide angle
Sharpness wide open
AF accuracy
muted colors
reports as 15mm
comment:I've had a love vs "I'm not sure if I hate you" thing going with this lens for a while. The flare and focus comments from everyone are just a fact of life with this design. I don't use AF ever with this lens and for landscapes, buildingscapes and artsy that's just fine. Almost always requires some external shading like a card or your hand to control flare. The round adapter is NOT a shade, it's just for the cap. Then right when I think I'm going to sell it, I produce something really nice. My bottom line is that this is an art tool and requires a lot of TLC and attention to make it live up to it's potential but that potential can be really great, especially considering the almost complete lack of distortion on APS-C. It's only a little wider than my Sony 16-105 so I don't break it out unless I'm serious about spending some time trying to work a building or landscape. Still want to try it on FF. Colors need a little boost to match the Sony or old minolta glass. I think that a large box shade would be worth constructing.

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