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

reviewer#44119 date: Aug-23-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Rokinon AF FE 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Discover 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta MC 28 F2.5
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Konica Hexar 28 F3.5
Sigma 30 F1.4 EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Rokinon 35 F1.2
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Tamron 35 F2.8 OSD M1:2
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
price paid:95 USD (open box)
positive:Fairly compact
Sharp wide-open
Sturdy reversible petal hood
negative:Minor tilt
Minor issues in corners
comment:I am not sure why this nice little lens was replaced by the much larger EX DG lens in 2004. The light weight version that came between these looks identical to this lens other than the removal of the distance window.

The focus throw and minimum focus distance are the same as the Minolta/Sony 28mm primes.

This lens is much sharper than any of the Minolta 28 F2's I've tried or the Canon 28 F1.8. The Sony FE 28 F2 is just as bright as this lens and other than barrel distortion has less optical issues.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.33
  • flare control: 3.33
  • overall: 4.48 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania