Sigma 28mm F1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF MACRO A-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#42998 date: Jan-27-2018
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Sigma 20 F1.8 EX DG
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG
Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
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
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
price paid:103 USD (used)
positive:Smooth rendering
Little corner shading
Close focus
9 bladed aperture
Nice soft zippered case
negative:Chromatic aberrations
Inconsistent quality
Noisy, unit focus
Edge sharpness
Pink color cast
Broken distance encoding
77 mm filter size
comment:This is my second used copy of this lens purchased from individual sellers on eBay. I returned the previous one since the left side was very mushy. This one is better aligned. There is less asymmetrical glow along high contrast edges and the corners look somewhat even. "LENS MADE IN JAPAN."

This lens has a great deal of focus plane curvature and chromatic aberration. It certainly doesn't fit the macro designation other than the fairly close focusing ability. It does fairly well for portraiture. The background rendering is quite nice unlike the Minolta wide primes which make a mess of out-of-focus areas. Perhaps misalignments help smooth out-of-focus rendering?

The older, smaller Sigma 28mm F1.8 High Speed is much sharper as is the slightly newer APS-C Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC.

This lens is grew on me. The Sigma EX lenses may not often be as sharp as their current Art series, but they have nice rendering and are much more affordable.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 17
  • sharpness: 4.03
  • color: 4.06
  • build: 4.24
  • distortion: 4.24
  • flare control: 3.94
  • overall: 4.10 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania