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

reviewer#4605 date: Jan-1-2009
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 17-70
Sigma 24-70/2.8
Minolta 28/2.8
Minolta 18-70
Minolta 28-135
price paid:275 USD (new)
positive:Price, Close-focus distance, speed
negative:Weight, filter size
comment:After spending TOO long looking for a used minolta 28/2, I picked up one of these to hold me over. It isn't a bad lens. The field of view on aps-c is convenient for me. I find it a very good walkabout prime. It isn't that sharp wide open, but by 2.8 performs quite well. The close focusing distance is helpful for my style of photography and allows for creative compositions. But its heavy. And it takes 77mm filters for some unknown reason. There is heaps of wasted space around the front element. It looks like they could have used a much smaller filter size if they had designed it differently. Anyway, I'm happy for now. It's built well and the price was right.

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
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