Sigma 24mm F1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF MACRO A-mount lens review by crlowryjr

reviewer#4331 date: Nov-6-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 11-17
Sony 18-70
Sigma 10-20
Minolta 17-35 G
price paid:349
positive:+ Nice Size & Balanced Feel
+ Great Color
+ Very Sharp
+ Quick AF
negative:- lacks DOF markings
- cheap feeling hood
- not TRULY macro
comment:I absolutely love this lens & find myself grabbing for it a lot.

The color rendition, bokeh and sharpness are truly wonderful...and extremely pleasing to my eye. I love how close I can get to an object and snap off that 'in your face' image ... I don't take 'real' macro shots, so the lack of 1:1 and super close focusing distance isn't an issue for me.

In low light situations, it hunts a little more than what I would expect for a F1.8, but this is not to say it's 'slow' by any stretch of the imagination.

When compared to my Minolta G lenses, the Sigma coating and construction are noticeably lower quality, but in no way does it feel cheap.

If I were to drop this lens, I would definitely replace it without hesitation.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 30
  • sharpness: 4.45
  • color: 4.60
  • build: 4.37
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 4.47
  • overall: 4.46 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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