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Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM : Specifications and Opinions


Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM

The Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM is a wide-angle lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2003 to 2011 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 670 €;
58 users have given it an average vote of 9.0 out of 10.


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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   12-24 mm
 Angle of view   122 - 84.1°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4.5 - 5.6
 Aperture blades   6
 Lenses/Groups   16 elements in 12 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.28 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.14x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, interal
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal Focus   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters  
 Lens hood   Built-in
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   600 g
 Dimensions   87 x 103 mm

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avatarjunior
sent on February 18, 2013

Pros: Unique zoom range. Outstanding control of distortion. In my case, I prefere it over the newer MKII version (sharper but with more distortion). It is possible to use it as a 18-35 mm shift zoom (perspective correction)in an APS-C body using a shift adaptor (for what it is fundamental to have low distortion).

Cons: Not the sharpest lens on earth. The use of front filters is difficult and expensive (but possible).

Opinion: This is a curious lens. I use it on my full frame body (D700) for ultra-wide landscapes. For this, the only problem is the use of filters (graduated and polarizer). You will have to choose between PHOTODIOX (expensive and limited assortment) or COKIN X-PRO (extremely expensive and hard to find, with quite good assortment). In the second case, you will have to make your own adapter for COKIN filter holder. This is not very difficult, but requires some skills (to do it, don't use the original and expensive COKIN filter holder, but a cheap chineese copy). I also use this lens as a perpective correction shift zoom (18-35 mm) mounting it on my NEX 7, using a modified shift NIKON to NEX adapter from KIPON. The original adapter is VERY FINE, but it does not provide aperture control on G-type lenses. The modification I made was to control apperture. This is not an easy modification, but it is possible. The resulting tool is amazing for architectural photography.

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avatarjunior
sent on July 18, 2023

Pros: Economical, interesting focal range, can also be used on film cameras

Cons: does not work on Nikon Z

Opinion: This lens is 20 years old and when you look in the used you have to keep in mind a few things, it is an old lens, and super wide angle if it has taken shots can have problems are delicate, just a micro shift of a lens and it's a mess. It is as soft as all the lenses of 20 years ago. It's a 12mm on FF you have to know how to use a super wide angle is easy to have flares, and know how to use flares. It is not very bright but you know but I use it for interior photos with the tripod, or freehand cityscape is more than enough. It must absolutely be tried before buying (like all the lenses used after all) if it has problems you can see immediately that is at 12 mm the corners are out of focus I tried several before finding the right one I can understand who was disappointed, but the lenses must also be checked in the physical store just take 2 shots and you understand if it works or not. The use on Nikon D600 with 24mpx is great, and on Nikon F5 film is perfect. The autofocus is fast enough. For 3 years it has been giving me a lot of satisfaction. Unfortunately it does not work on system Z. To whom I recommend it: to those who want a super wide angle without spending a capital and also the weight is contained 600 gr.

avatarjunior
sent on December 16, 2022

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Poor materials, poor edge yield, dark

Opinion: Paid very little and resold immediately. I was interested in the focal range of this lens (12 linear and 24 were comfortable) but with that yield and with those materials (the focus ring every time I touched it I was afraid that it would remain in my hands) I immediately resold the lens. Yield at the edges painful, soft and does not resolve even with closed apertures (where normally on a good lens is resolved) Disappointment, stay away.

avatarjunior
sent on December 29, 2021

Pros: Covered field of view on FF, low weight, solid construction

Cons: Sigma materials that covers it, not very sharp at the edges, not very bright.

Opinion: Extremely versatile lens for the focal length that can cover on FF, it was my first lens really pushed on FF, it took the place of the Sigma 10-20 that I used previously. Also with this Sigma I found the same problems that I had previously, low light, difficult to use in closed spaces such as poorly lit churches, tends to burn the lights that at least in my case are difficult to recover even in Post Production. at present it is found used at great prices, if you find it I recommend it. to start with the wide angles so important is a great travel companion. L I retired recently replaced with the nikkor 14-24 2.8 but I still keep it in the drawer.

avatarjunior
sent on December 25, 2020

Pros: focal hike

Cons: All

Opinion: Purchased (used) from my trusted store to make up for the lack of optics under 24mm.. result is that after 2 days I returned it to the store. My specimen had the following defects: In case of lights present in the scene the light itself was not pointy but always had a kind of halo (tried up to f13), if the light was a little on the side the photo lost a lot of detail, and to finish in LiveView the focus made a mess. Tried both with Nikon d700 and with D800 and D90 always the same problem. I hope I caught the failed specimen ... it was my first sigma and I was very disappointed, Ho Tokina, Samyang and Nikon no one has similar flaws ... Mah




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