Sigma 90mm F2.8 Macro A-mount lens review by wallyb

reviewer#3442 date: Apr-8-2008
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 f/1.7
Sigma 24mm f/2.8
Minolta 28-85
price paid:$95, Used
positive:-Body built like a tank for being half plastic
-Excellent glass and color reproduction (especially with Sigma's track record), tone is as good or better than Minolta 50mm f/1.7
-Good sharpness throughout corners
-Excellent macro for the price
-Focus limiter
-Nice and fast
negative:-Incredibly sharp, but not quite "tack" sharp like the KM 28-85.
-Quite large, nothing like the KM 50/1.7
-Very noise, very slow AF reminiscent of first-gen AF lenses like the Beercan
-AF sometimes backfocuses too far, but the range limiter helps
-A little bit of flare
-I don't like 52mm filter sizes?
comment:Really wonderful colors, and it's the perfect length for portraiture. Fast so indoor portraits are welcomed by this lens, and it's not "tack" sharp so that adds to a quality portrait lens, too. Also has basically no vignetting, corner softness, or distortion. I can't think of a better portrait lens off the top of my head, and it seems like it would be great in almost any situation that calls for this focal length.

The only real cons are that it's fat, slow, a little dumb, and sometimes shows slight flare, but none of those are deal breakers in any way.

Highly recommended, especially if you can snag it for $150 or less.

rating summary

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  • total reviews: 22
  • sharpness: 4.70
  • color: 4.36
  • build: 4.45
  • distortion: 4.86
  • flare control: 4.32
  • overall: 4.54 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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