Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro Large Aperture Wide Angle Lens for Minolta and Sony SLR Camera
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- This 24mm lens has a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture with macro focusing capability
- 9-bladed aperture diaphragm obtains beautiful and circular out of focus characteristics
- It incorporates a floating focus system and uses two aspherical elements for minimized distortion, spherical aberration and astigmatism
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Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG aspherical macro is one of the EX series lenses. This lens has a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture with macro focusing capability of minimum focusing down to 18cm (reproduction ratio 1:2.7). The iris diaphragm has 9 diaphragm blades to obtain beautiful out of focus image. It incorporates the floating focus system and uses two aspherical lens elements for minimizing distortion and spherical aberration and astigmatism. Internal focus system eliminates front lens rotation, thus allowing the use of a perfect hood and the easy use of polarizing filters. The lens incorporates non-vignetting optical construction, in order to obtain adequate peripheral brightness even at open aperture. This is desirable for digital cameras. The lens also incorporates dual-focus mechanism. It is easy to hold the lens, since focusing ring does not rotate during auto-focus and yet it provides adequate focusing torque of the focusing ring during manual focusing of the lens. The lens materials used in this lens are lead and arsenic free ecological glass.
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When I got the lens I was amazed by it's build quality, as well as the fact that it came with a case and lens hood! These are things I have never seen included in a package from Canon or Nikon. The focusing ring is massive and has a very good feel in the hand. It is exceptionally precise, allowing crisp focus throughout the entire focus range of the lens. The macro works very nicely as well for close-up wide angle shots of building details or objects.
I've tried this lens out on my old Digital Rebel XT, and while the coverage is of course cut down substantially by the nature of the cropped sensor in that camera (feels more like a 50mm than a 24mm), it still retains its sharp optics for crisp imagery.
If your looking for a wide lens on a full frame camera, or pleasantly wide but not too wide lens on APS-C format cameras, I highly recommend the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 Macro.
The quality of this piece is great and it really feels like a real lens. I know smaller and lighter is the point but this is a big piece that feels solid as any Nikkor. A bit loud but at a wedding who cares. Great colors, sharp or sharper than the Zuiko 50mm f2, and just a great buy all together.
Go Sigma for taking a chance on fourthirds! There are not enough reasonable choices unless you use converters and vintage glass as Ive been doing for the past several years.
I would recommend this lens for anyone who wants a fast good old school feeling prime for parties, general wides, bouquets (tough to get with the extra dof you get from the fourthirds sensor).