Sigma 28mm F1.8 Aspherical High-Speed A-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 6   
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 ...
reviewer#44372 date: Sep-18-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.6
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:Sony sam 35mm 1.8
Minolta 28 mm 2.8
Sony 16-50 mm 2.8
price paid:120,- euro
positive:Very very sharp.
Fantastic colors.
Good build en weight.
negative:Flare controle
comment:Nice angle of view finer than 35 mm, this is a keeper !!
reviewer#44119 date: Aug-23-2018
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 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
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
CA
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.
reviewer#33745 date: Jan-2-2017
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 50mm f1.4
Samyang 85mm f1.4
Sigma 70-200 f2.8
Tokina 28-70 f2.8
price paid:EUR 135 (as new)
positive:Fast
Lightweight
Sharp
Light distortion
negative:Flare control
comment:Honestly, I was not expecting this sharpness and speed when focusing. I was very pleasantly surprised. I recommend this lens without hesitation. In FF it is a wide focal, and with that opening it is a good ally for nocturnes; In APSC, 28mm are more than enough for a good portrait with atmosphere.

A sample at f1.8 here: https://500px.com/photo/185359725/urban-autumn-portrait-by-javier-díaz-barrera



(Sorry for my English)
reviewer#23458 date: Dec-27-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
overall: 4.6
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 28-85/3.5-4.5
Minolta 35-70/4
Tokina 28-70/2.8 PRO SV
price paid:120 USD (used)
positive:sharp
small and lightweigt
Minolta similar colors
AF is fast and accurate
negative:Flare control
comment:Probably the only defect of the lens is flare control, however, is made in 1990 :)
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 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.
reviews found: 6   

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

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