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

reviewer#9982 date: Feb-29-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 3
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:KM 17-35mm
minolta 24mm
price paid:75 GBP
Little distortion
Compact & light
good build
negative:coarse gearing
prone to flare
comment:First impressions:

A little soft wide open, but sharpens up quickly as you stop down. Given I'll mostly be using it at around f8 for landscapes/buildings sharpness will not be an issue.

Distortion is well controlled, the colours are nice but lack the punch of minolta and have a slight yellow cast.

It's well built but the AF gearing sounds coarse. Like many other sigma lenses I've tried it seems to be relatively prone to flare.

For the money, absolute bargain for FF users. It's so compact & light it's practical to keep in your bag.

EDIT: had the chance to compare it with a minolta 24mm, the 2 are very similar but the minolta has slightly sharper edges and nicer colour

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania