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Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series

B&H # SI122445MAF Mfr # 200205
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The super wide-angle 122 to 84.1 degrees zoom range of this lens makes it ideal for the tightest of interiors, as well as for dramatic landscape photography.

Using effective arangment of lens elements and advanced technology this lens has super compact dimensions of only 3.9 inches full-length, and 3.4 inches maximum diameter. It is equipped with an Inner Focusing system that will keep the length of the lens unchanged while controlling aberration. The models which are equipped with HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor, available for Sigma, Canon and Nikon camera mount lens) system offer Full Time Manual Focusing.

The super wide angle of this lens also makes it ideal for use with digital SLR cameras, providing a focal zoom range of approximately 19-38.5mm.

Rear Gelatin filter holder
Lens focusing ring does not move during autofocus, making for easy handholding
Four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements are provided for effective compensation of color aberration, which is a common problem with super-wide angle lenses
Two pieces of Glass Mold and one-piece hybrid aspherical lenses offer excellent correction for distortion as well as all types of aberration
Minimum focusing distance of 11" (28 cm) at all focal lengths
As part of the DG line, this lens is optimized for digital cameras
Performance
Focal Length 12 - 24mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 122° - 84.1°
Minimum Focus Distance 11" (27.94 cm)
Magnification 0.14x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 16/12
Diaphragm Blades 6
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.4 x 4.0" (8.64 x 10.16 cm)
Weight 1.32 lb (600 g)
Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series
  • Front & Rear Lens Cap
  • Gel Filter Guide
  • Built-In Hood
  • Case
  • Strap
  • 1-Year Worldwide + 3-Year Extended USA Warranty
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    SigmaZoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series
     
    4.6

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (7)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (4)
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      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is the lens I use the most

      By MarkSchacter

      from Ottawa, Canada

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Angle of view

      Cons

      • Edge softness

      Best Uses

      • architectural
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series:

      Of the five lenses I carry in my bag, this is the one I use the most. My camera body is a Canon 1Ds Mark III. The full-frame sensor allows me to take maximum advantage of the amazing field of view you get at a focal length of 12mm. Yes it's true that there is noticeable edge softness, which can be severe when the aperture is wide open. But the softness is manageable if I maintain an f-stop of roughly 11 or smaller (i.e. higher number) - not hard to do with a wide-angle lens. The payoff for someone like me who does a lot of landscape and architecture work is that I am able to create images that simply could not be created with a lens not as wide as this one. For a photo book project I am now working on that involves a lot of architectural shots, I am using the Sigma 12-24 about 70% of the time. It is indispensable for me.

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      5.0

      Compare like lens to like lens, pls

      By Stunko

      from Jersey City, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Comments about Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series:

            Some people in California who are comparing this particular UWA lens to a 24-70mm F2.8 lens and moan about the Sigma's poor quality should not really be posting product reviews here, IMO. Talk about comparing apples to toiler plungers, wow. There is no pleasing some people, definitely.

            BTW, there is NOTHING WRONG with this lens. But if you want an F2.8 zoom, you nedd to buy an F2.8 zoom and not an F4.5-5.6 zoom, hello!?

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            4.0

            A little bit disapointed

            By Eric P

            from Newport Beach (CA)

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series:

              I read so much about this lens that my expectations were set quite high. Yes it is an amazing product but I am a little bit disappointed by the resolution. A lot of reviews mentionned this lens is quite equivalent to the fabulous Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8.
              No it is not and far from it.

              I also read that Sigma quality is far from being stable. May be I got A ROGUE UNIT.

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              5.0

              very wide lens

              By bob

              from upper marlboro.md

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series:

              very sharp lens
              the DxO software I use makes only small corrections.
              I have not yet tried it on building exteriors. that might need larger correction.
              have to be careful not to bump front element - it's not protected
              I will use it for scenics, interiors and large group shots.

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              2nd time around

              By Roy

              from Corpus Christi, Tx

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Quick Focus
              • Rugged
              • Sharp Focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Can't use filters

              Best Uses

              • Architecture
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series:

              Bought one of these in 2005 for use with my Konica-Minolta 7D dSLR and film bodies. Although I liked the wide coverage, I wasn't impressed with the image qulity; don't remember all the details but remember that sharpness, even in the center, wasn't great. So I traded it in for a KM 11-18/4.5-5.6 D. Since then, I've read a number of reviews that document a wide range in the quality of individual copies of this lens. In short, if you get a good one, it's really good; but you've got a fair chance of geting a lemon, which I did several years ago.
              Now I've got a Sony A900 full frame body and want the coverage that only this lens provides. This time, I got a (very) good one. Sharp, approaching my Sony-Zeiss 16-35/2.8, very little CA. Distortion is very well controlled, and flare control is also pretty good, considering how wide this thing is. Half the weight of the Zeiss, but still well built.
              Some negative things are still there. It has a funky built-in petal shaped "hood" in front, and a 2 piece lens cap. This is threaded to accept 82mm filters, but it vignettes terribly. Not practical at all. And the rear gelatin filter slot is, as far as I can tell, never used by anyone.
              Because of the apparent wide variation in quality, there's no way I'd rate this lens 5 stars. However, I'm very impressed with my new one. And most of the negative reviews I've read indicate that Sigma's pretty easy to work with if you do get a bad one. If you've got a FF body and like the "Big Picture", it's well worth the price.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Lens

              By Tom

              from Jacksonville

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Quick Focus
              • Sharp Focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Special Effects

                Comments about Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series:

                Easy quick focus and sharp. excellent results at all f stops.

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                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Images

                By CamiloRamirezPhotographer

                from Medellin-Colombia

                About Me Professional

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Quick Focus
                • Sharp Focus

                Cons

                • Aceptable construction
                • Difficult to Clean
                • Not SSM for sony

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Landscape Photography

                Comments about Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series:

                I have it with my a900 and the images are very sharp. I was amazed when I zoomed to the corners of a 12mm image, Very good sharp and control of chromatic aberrations. I heard that you have to be sure that your copy are good, because some copies are not so sharp, so please, if you aren't happy with your copy, return it. Mine are incredible.

                One of the problems are that It is the only option that you have for Full Frame, or get the 16-35 carl zeiss, buy you gonna feel that you want more. 12mm it's amazing, and the quality of the image it's almost perfect.
                You got to have to be careful with the exterior glass because it is very exposed, and you can't put any extraprotection there. And for Sony doesn't exist the silent AF version.
                But if you want a real wide angle, get this one, and again, check your copy and compare the images with good lenses that you already have. For example I compare images from my Zeiss 24-70 2.8 in 24mm with the sigma, and the colors, sharp and quality are very similar.

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                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A real gem

                By Rashkae

                from Singapore

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Value
                • High Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sigma Zoom Super Wide Angle 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 (D) EX Aspherical DG Autofocus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series:

                    This is easily the current best wide-angle zoom for the Sony/Minolta mount. Very sharp, great colors. Best of all, it's Full-Frame! All ready for the A900. Sigma is really starting to shine in the wideangle segment.

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