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

reviewer#44537 date: Jun-17-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 35/2 RS
Sony 35/1.4 G
Sony/Zeiss 24/2
price paid:60€
positive:sharpness, compact size, aspherical lens, metal construction, good picture quality...
negative:zen coating, hood attachment is stiff, lens-coating from the 80's-90's, not 100% compatible with SLT cameras (in camera focus-limiter and flash compatibility in AF don't work properly).
comment:Actually, I always kept an eye on the "Minolta AF 28/2" until I accidentally bought this lens on eBay for € 60 as new from a dealer on the Canary Islands without any great expectations,
I was just curious what I get for 60 € ...?

The more positive I am impressed by the imaging properties, the sharpness is above average for a lens of the price range with year of construction 1991, so I give "5" in the rating. Newer lenses are of course sometimes better in sharpness.

I completely / professionally removed the zen coating, underneath is a shiny black metal body.
Without ever having it, I think the Sigma is no worse than the "Minolta AF 28/2" and the sharpness is better, I would put it on the same level as the "Minolta AF 35/2".
This is a keeper and seems underrated ...

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.83
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.33
  • flare control: 3.33
  • overall: 4.50 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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