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

reviewer#4580 date: Dec-25-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Canon 24/1.4L
Sigma 24/2.8 super-wide II
kit lens
price paid:$265 used on Dyxum
positive:+ sharpness WO
+ pleasant bokeh
+ very close focusing distance
+ colors
+ focal lenght on crop body
negative:- big on 5D body, heavy
- slight yellow cast
comment:After some time and using some superb lenses (Canon 24mm/1.4L, Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50/1.7 and 100/2.8 makro-Planar - very highly rated lenses, all used on Canon 1D) I can not believe how pleasing sharpness at wide apertures my example of this lens had. Very smooth bokeh must be expected when you use this lens at small apertures as well.
What a big difference compared to sig 24mm/2.8 super-wide II. 2.8 version is good travel lens, 1.8 is too big to carry, and rather unbalanced on 5D. 1.8 is perfect for portraits, semi-macro or for more artistic photos. 2.8 seems to be sharper, excellent for landscapes or greater distances. I used 1.8 mostly for indoor photos of family members and pets, flowers, even aphides, etc.
Canon L lens advantage is in having f1.4, which may be quite big difference in dim light. Bokeh is i would say similar. AF speed is much faster in CanonĀ“s USM.
For the money, good copy of sigma 1.8 is a bargain.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania