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

reviewer#9162 date: Jun-20-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:17-70 kit, Mino 28/2.8 Mino 24-105d Mino 28-85.
price paid:GBP 85
positive:Macro-ish, all metal build, mines quite usable wide open.
I do like the easy on/off of the 'perfect' hood. Small & drops in a pocket nicely.
negative:can be a little mechanically coarse at times when focusing. The 'perfect' hood, shame its perfectly useless at shading of the front element.
Well as the only relatively affordable alternative to the Min 24 I must say i am pleased with mine, got this from a Dutch member.thanks Dirk ;-)

Cant say as mine is particularly smooth in the AF, this lens is no classic Min prime in the construction dept. Although to be fair it seems to focus accurately if a little slow compared to my 28/2.8 but this is a lens with macro-ish close focusing. And as others have stated it hits infinity at 3.5-4 metres, so mostly the end to end focus churning is rare unless, it loses lock.

Colour, well I like the slightly hard blue/green seems to work better than the 28 when looking for jpeg's out of the camera, 'vivid' comes out a touch underdone which is how I prefer them. Flare is bearable, loses contrast rather than picking up purple ghosting etc. Things are much improved with a proper rubber folding hood.

All in all a keeper i think until pennies are gathered (if ever :-() for a Tam 17-50, if you can pick one up for a reasonable price then you shouldnt hesitate, they seem to be getting a little more pricey too.


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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