Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II reviews: Wide Angle Lens

21 customer reviews

+ This lens has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on image quality.

£529 – £1650 at 5 retailers out of 420 retailers checked

8.9 out of 10 based on 21 reviews.
Diameter: 8.5 cm, 12 See full product description

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Some customer reviews of Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II

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John, Bristol No

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use
Bad points:
Removal of converter for wide angle use stops use of filters
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 May 2016

George, Edinburgh

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Not used it very much but the results to date are good.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Nov 2015

Colin, Winchester Enthusiast that runs a

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
This is the full frame lens version of the APCS lens version I had been using. Thus a natural choice for the Canon full frame I now own. It was a natural choice to buy this well constructed lens that produces high quality images at a highly competitive price.
Bad points:
Nop
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Feb 2016

Tom, London Honest Tom

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Super super-wide, decent image quality. Only canon's new offering pips it but that's mega money. I didn't think twice about getting the Sigma and don't regret it at all.
Bad points:
Narrow max apertures and no image stabiliser.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Jul 2015

John,

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent Lens
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Dec 2015

Kenneth, Bolton Naturally cautious

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Appears to be robust, substantial and the protection to the bulbous lens front is pretty good, especially when combined with the case. Very pleased with the first few trial images in terms of sharpness and colour. At S.E's price, definitely vfm.
Bad points:
Nothing so far but I'm sure I'll eventually find something to moan about.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Jul 2015

John, Sale, Manchester A keen wildlife photographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It is an improved version of the Mk1 lens, being a bit lighter and smaller diameter barrel. Image quality is excellent. I was thinking of buying the new Canon 11-24mm, but at nearly £2000, and with little optical quality improvement, this lens was a no-brainer
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Aug 2015

Product Features

Type of lens Wide Angle
Autofocus Yes
Diameter in cm 8.5
Length in cm 12
Weight (g) 670
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f4.5-5.6

Also known as: Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM, 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM -, Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II EX DG HSM -, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM

 

Manufacturer's Description

This ultra wide angle zoom lens incorporates the latest optical design and provides superior performance. FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, and SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction of colour aberration. Aspherical lenses give advanced performance with a compact and lightweight construction and ensure high image quality throughout the entire zoom range. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and incorporation of HSM ensures quiet and high speed autofocus as well as full-time manual focus capability. This lens has superior peripheral brightness and provides sharp and high contrast images even at the maximum apertures.

Sigma designed and produced the first wide-angle zoom lens, the “zoom gamma 21-35mm F3.5-4”, in 1979. Sigma has since introduced a number of wide angle zoom lenses. The SIGMA 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM is the successor of the SIGMA 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHERICAL / HSM which was launched in November 2003. This ultra wide angle zoom lens is ideal for digital SLRs with a 35mm full frame image sensor and incorporates the latest optical design.

Four FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, and one SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element provide excellent correction of colour aberration. Three glass mold elements and one hybrid aspherical compensate for all types of aberration and ensure high optical performance.

Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting which could otherwise create problems when extraneous light hits the lens’ front element. It also provides sharp and high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range. The design of front lens group minimizes light fall off and increases peripheral brightness.

The wide-angle of view produces striking images with exaggerated perspective, enabling photographers to emphasize the subject. Incorporation of four aspherical lenses provides a compact construction with a diameter of 85mm, overall length of 120.2mm and weight of 670g. The compact construction makes this lens ideal for travel photography. Incorporation of HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures quiet and high speed autofocus, while allowing full-time manual focus override. This lens incorporates an inner focusing system, which eliminates front lens rotation which also minimises fluctuation of aberration caused by the focusing system.

Features:

- Lens Construction: 17 Elements in 13 Groups
- Angle of View: 122 – 84.1 degrees
- Number of Diaphragm Blades: 6 Blades
- Minimum Aperture F22
- Minimum Focusing Distance: 28cm
- Maximum Magnification: 1:6.4
- Filter Size Rear Type (Gelatin Filter)
- Dimensions: Diameter 85mm X Length 120.2mm
- Weight: 670g

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