Sigma 28mm F1.8 Aspherical High-Speed A-mount lens review by Cliff

reviewer#23454 date: Dec-24-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
Sigma 24mm EX DG f1.8
Tokina 28-70mm f2.6

price paid:$80
positive:sharp & old Minolta color
relatively fast aperture
close focus under a foot
accurate, quick and quiet AF
solid build
negative:Zen finish
comment:Nice old lens. All metal construction, sharp, color much like old Minolta, close focus under a foot. Accurate, fast & quiet AF, works fine on A65 and with LA-EA4.

Zen finish on this copy was mostly removed. That left a plain gloss black barrel with covered depth of field scale that looks a lot like earlier Minolta lenses. It is about the size of the Minolta 28 f2 when extended, but with a wider, actually usable, focus ring. Works nicely as a fast short normal prime on APS-C, it handles a lot like the Minolta 50mm f1.7 does on FF. I like the warmer color better than that of the newer Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG, YMMV.

Several reviews of the LW Aspherical ZEN (aka II) version are of this earlier lens. The somewhat newer version has the scale printed on the barrel.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 5
  • sharpness: 4.80
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.40
  • flare control: 3.40
  • overall: 4.52 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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