Sigma 24mm Super Wide II F2.8 A-mount lens review by kerrath

reviewer#10783 date: Dec-14-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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:Minolta 28 F2.8
Tamron/Tokina 19-35 F3.5-4.5
price paid:$50/20/30 USD (used)
positive:Metal build is awesome.
Seems pretty wide even on APS-C.
Close-focusing is a treat.
negative:Noisy focus (some copies more than others).
Some copies' paint is sticky.
comment:Good lens for WAY cheaper than the Minolta 24mm.

Sigma and Quantaray versions are literally identical with different branding printed.

Sticky can be cleaned off with elbow grease and alcohol, petroleum jelly, or if you are in a hurry and don't mind rubbing off all the markings, acetone.

I bought an old version of this that says 'Focus Aid & Programmable' and it turns out to be unrecognized on Sony bodies. I use this copy as a reverse macro lens now and it is fairly sharp wide open with maybe 3:1 magnification. Starts to hit some significant diffraction at about 1/2 stopped down.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 73
  • sharpness: 4.51
  • color: 4.36
  • build: 4.29
  • distortion: 4.05
  • flare control: 3.70
  • overall: 4.18 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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