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

reviewer#11582 date: Jan-4-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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 24-50/4
Nikkor 20/2.8 AF-D
Nikkor 35/2 AF-D
price paid:100 USD
positive:Really fast and quiet AF
Contrasty and color accurate
Distortion characteristics are very easy to correct if need be
Small lens with hood to protect front element
Super inexpensive on used market, image quality of lenses 3x to 4x price
negative:Paper thin focus ring, not great for follow focus in video mode
Lens hood is not sturdy
Some purple CA fringing on trees contrasted against he sky.
comment:I bought this sleeper lens on ebay when I needed a higher quality lens than my Minolta AF 24-50/4 (which I also use as a kit lens for travel). Mostly needed it for professional-grade candids at events without requiring much correction for distortion or color, mostly used at f8 with bounce strobe on a Stroboframe bracket. As a WA prime lens, it excels and produces really nice contrasty images, even in panorama mode. Since it is really small, it does not attract attention and fits nicely in a small lens compartment in my Domke bag. I have not tried it on a full-frame camera and rarely use it to shoot wide open, but for my purposes, it behaves nicely and requires little in the way of correction.

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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