Sigma 24mm Super Wide II F2.8 A-mount lens review by Phil Wood
|Phil Wood#45677 date: Mar-28-2021|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta AF 24mm f2.8|
Minolta AF 17-35 f2.8-4 D
Minolta AF 20-35 f3.5-4.5
Sigma 21-35 f3.5-4.2
Minolta AF 24-50mm f4
Minolta AF 24-50mm f4 RS
Minolta AF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5
Minolta AF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 RS
Minolta AF 24-105mm f3.5-4.5 D
Sony CZ 24-70mm f2.8
Sony DT 16-50mm f2.8
|price paid:||30 GBP|
|positive:||Very short focus distance, cheap|
|comment:||There are two versions of this lens, one has manual focus, the other autofocus - I have both, for convenience the AF version is preferable.|
In terms of performance it produces nice images, but not as nice as the Minolta prime or the Sony zooms (DT 16-50 & CZ 24-70). I do like the discipline of shooting with primes and 24mm is nice to shot on APS-C as well as FF, so I would recommend this lens if your budget can't stretch to a Minolta or better.
Sigma seem to have had a blind spot when it came to hoods, most of their primes in my collection have one issue or another with them. In this case the petal hood clips on to the filter ring, a little insecurely, but not so bad, at least it allows the use of a filter (beware of vignetting). However, it has to be carried and stored separately - the lens cap cannot be attached with the hood on. As a result copies on a well known auction site are often hoodless.
The one area where this lens outperform all others in my comparison list above is in its minimum focus distance - 180mm (Minolta 24mm = 250mm). Sigma use this to justify printing 'macro' on the lens - it isn't a real macro (only 1:5.3), but it does get very close , which enables some interesting shots you can't get with the other lenses without using an extension tube.
Bottom line is that this is an old lens, with old lens issues in terms of flare, absolute sharpness and microcontrast - lens technology has improved in the past 30 years - but you can still have fun and take nice images with this solidly built (only the hood issue stops me giving it a 5 here) lens.
Update 5 Apr 21: Further to the hood issue - I noticed darkening at the edges of some picture and realised the petal hood had slipped around (the clamp on to the filter ring is not very firm). I begin to wonder if the lack of hoods in ebay sales is not because they were lost, but because the owners binned them in disgust. I haven't used the hood at all in recent use.