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

reviewer#16329 date: Jul-27-2015
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Sigma 20 F1.8 EX DG
Sony E 20 F2.8
Tamron 20 F2.8 OSD
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG HSM
Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Tamron 24 F2.8 OSD
Samyang AF 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
price paid:70 USD (new)
Close focusing
Long 170 degree focus throw
Curved aperture blades
Very little vignette
negative:AF inaccuracy
Barrel distortion
Lateral CA
Sticky coating on rear of lens
Non-reversible hood
comment:This is one of the smallest A-mount lenses available. According to Sigma this was released in 1986 one year after the Minolta AF debut, though a manual focus version of the Super Wide was released in 1981. On an APS-C sensor it is equivalent to a 36 mm f/4.2 film lens--a slightly wide-angle view.

The second copy of this lens works well wide-open even in the corners on APS-C. The first copy was somewhat tilted with the upper left corner being sharper than the bottom right corner. The third copy wasn't sharp wide-open and also had more issues in the corners. The Sigma has a similar amount of simple barrel distortion as the 18-55 SAM II--a bit more than the Minolta AF 24 F2.8. The corners on APS-C are brighter and sharper than the Minolta.

Its one key feature is the word "MACRO" written on the barrel. It has a rather long focus throw and a decent reproduction ratio for a wide lens. Like most of the normal zooms--except the 16-105--my A58 has trouble autofocusing this lens accurately up close. But the long manual focus throw on this lens works well with peaking and magnification.

The focus mechanism sounds a bit metallic especially when operated with the lens unattached to a camera, but its not louder in operation than the DT 35 f/1.8. The Minolta AF 24 F2.8 focuses much quieter and faster.

The original clip-on petal hood is dinky compared to the Minolta hoods. The filter threads do not rotate, but there is no keying for the hood's proper orientation--not that it matters too much for a smaller sensor camera. The hood also cannot be reversed onto the lens for storage nor can a lens cap be used with the hood attached.

There is not much reason to get this lens over the standard APS-C zooms. The Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM has better image quality, but the 1:4 wide-angle, semi-macro capability is unique.

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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