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SigmaW/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (8)
  • Durable (7)
  • Consistent output (6)
  • Easily interchangeable (6)
  • Nice bokeh (5)

Cons

  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (11)
  • Low light (9)
  • Night photography (7)
  • Landscape/scenery (6)
  • Weddings (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A 'Sleeper' Lens

This Sigma lens is an inexpensive, low-light lens that consistently produces high-quality output on my D200. With a 1.5x crop factor, 28mm is a 42mm equivalent, making it a slightly wide normal lens...Read complete review

This Sigma lens is an inexpensive, low-light lens that consistently produces high-quality output on my D200. With a 1.5x crop factor, 28mm is a 42mm equivalent, making it a slightly wide normal lens for me.

Other than the low light capabilities, my favorite feature of this lens is how close it focuses. Mine focuses much closer than the advertised 10 inches--maybe as close as 2 inches for me.

I've used it for landscapes, up-close, wide-angle portraits, night shooting, and general indoor snapshots with great results.

The only downside is that the plastic-y finish feels weird to me. But the build feels solid other than that.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good looking shots, slow focus

Shooting on D700.
I bought this lens to be up close and person in dim, crowded places for available light shooting. As long as I keep a steady hand and my subject isn't...Read complete review

Shooting on D700.
I bought this lens to be up close and person in dim, crowded places for available light shooting. As long as I keep a steady hand and my subject isn't moving terribly fast, I can achieve great shots with this fast lens.

Many shots, however, simply aren't in focus. Often it hunts, but worse its just not fast to begin with. This is critical wide open. Wide open results are satisfying but not extraordinary. Similar Nikon glass, while considerably more expensive, is much more pleasurable to shoot with. I'm still undecided on whether or not to keep it or wait (quite a while) for much more expensive glass.

If you don't need fast focus and value its close focusing ability, its a great lens for the money. Also, as others mention, the manual override is cumbersome.

3/5. Good but far from perfect.

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4.0

Nice, clean wide angle lens

By Marjorie

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

    I love this lens for many reasons. I use it for wide angle views of large spaces as well as group shots at a closer distance. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for a solid wild angle with macro capabilities.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Nice for the price lens

    By Kedon B

    from Bridgeport, CT

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Some blurry focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

    i use this product for product photography, wedding, and low light photography

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    4.0

    Small, fast

    By mickklass

    from TAcoma, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Archetechtural
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

      This is a relatively small, fast wide angle lens that works great on my D700 and D3s. Color rendition and sharpness are very good. The is a good value and far less expensive than the closest alternatives.

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      4.0

      la la la love it.

      By ALF

      from Fort Worth, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

        Bang for your buck... Using this lens for some macro details in product photography and have been super pleased. Using with a D700. Finding myself wanting to figure out more ways to use it.

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        5.0

        great lense for great price

        By taskforce20

        from San Marcos, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

          exellent portrai lense for DX camera

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          • No

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          5.0

          great lens

          By el_txemo

          from Lima, Peru

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • HIgh image quality
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

            It is one of the best lenses I´ve used, I use for fashion, travel, corporate. Really well for fine detail, great colour fidelity and all that for a reasonable price, excelente quality/price rate. I´ve been using it for video as well, it´s great for night video since its very wide f/ aperture

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            • No

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            4.0

            Fast Affordable Wide Angle Lens

            By Mark Rea

            from Stockton, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • cheap
            • Fast
            • Nice weight

            Cons

            • Difficult to focus
            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

            I use this Lens for Event Photography. I had the 18-55mm VR However that lens was too slow, and my 50mm with the 1.5X crop was just way to close. I currently use a D80 body.

            I chose the Sigma 28mm because i needed a wide angle lens that could be opened up wide if i needed it and because it was relatively cheap. My only alternatives were the Nikon 28mm which I've heard wide open has a problem with vignetting or lens way out of my price range.

            So far I've been using it with my SB600 and it has been performing just as I hoped. The focusing is somewhat difficult if you have not played around with it for a while. It has difficulty focusing on things that are dark or black. However on the plus side I have been able to get ridiculously close to the subject and still have it focus. I think 3 inches is about the limit.

            The lens has a nice weight to it that balances fairly well with the D80 body.

            To my disappointment the manual focus system on the lens is unsuable for my D80. In order to engage it I manually have to but the Camera into Manual focus and then pull down the focusing ring, thus making the whole mechanism pointless. It would have been better if they had left it out.

            In the end I'm pretty satisfied with my purchase. The lens offers features not otherwise affordable at this price.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Good looking shots, slow focus

            By CarpeCrux

            from NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

            Shooting on D700.
            I bought this lens to be up close and person in dim, crowded places for available light shooting. As long as I keep a steady hand and my subject isn't moving terribly fast, I can achieve great shots with this fast lens.

            Many shots, however, simply aren't in focus. Often it hunts, but worse its just not fast to begin with. This is critical wide open. Wide open results are satisfying but not extraordinary. Similar Nikon glass, while considerably more expensive, is much more pleasurable to shoot with. I'm still undecided on whether or not to keep it or wait (quite a while) for much more expensive glass.

            If you don't need fast focus and value its close focusing ability, its a great lens for the money. Also, as others mention, the manual override is cumbersome.

            3/5. Good but far from perfect.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Prime workhorse

            By Chris r

            from Flemington, nj

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

              I bought this lens with one thing in mind, using it on my lets adapter. The 1.8 in the video realm is a big plus for what I do. The focus is crystal clear and it just feels right p, when holding and adjusting. I use it on my D3 too, not only I love it, but my clients love it too! I shoot with many different lenses but when going anywhere, this is my "ol reliable"

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              5.0

              wonderful!!!!

              By darlinship

              from missouri

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

                fantastic pictures....portraits of my grandkids...really clear.....

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                5.0

                Great fit to my D700.

                By Brandon S.

                from Rock Hill, SC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Close Focus
                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Sharp
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

                  So far, I love it. I don't see any reason for me to not like it, in the near future. I was in heavy debate between Sigma's 28mm f/1.8, 24mm f/1.8, and 20mm f/1.8 for awhile, but decided on this one for the pricing and great reviews. I've done the super wide angle before, and this definitely isn't that lens. However, on the FX sensor, it's still pretty wide. Shot wide-open at f/1.8 it has a very slight vignette on full-frame, and produces an awesome tone and depth. I'm thoroughly satisfied with this purchase, as this is my 2nd Sigma lens I've owned. Super sharp, and macro capabilities are always fun! I have nothing bad to say about it so far.

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                  5.0

                  An excellent lens

                  By Tony

                  from Tulsa, Ok

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Low Light
                  • Macro

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

                  This is a great lens for low-light situations; it lets in a ton of light & stays decently sharp at f1.8. Past f2.8, however, IQ is VERY impressive.

                  The lens is just wide-enough to be useful on a crop-body, but it is amazing on a full-frame body. It should also be mentioned that distortion is insignificant & hardly (never) noticed (at least on a crop-body).

                  Another major advantage is the macro-ability of the lens; one can almost touch the lens hood to the subject & it will still focus!

                  The only major disadvantages are weight (no big deal to me), the lens will block built-in flashes (you need to buy a real flash anyways) & the AF tends to sometimes hunt in low-light situations. That's about it...

                  In conclusion, one can't go wrong purchasing this lens, especially for the price.

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                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A 'Sleeper' Lens

                  By mtbkid

                  from Littleton, CO

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Sharp Focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

                    This Sigma lens is an inexpensive, low-light lens that consistently produces high-quality output on my D200. With a 1.5x crop factor, 28mm is a 42mm equivalent, making it a slightly wide normal lens for me.

                    Other than the low light capabilities, my favorite feature of this lens is how close it focuses. Mine focuses much closer than the advertised 10 inches--maybe as close as 2 inches for me.

                    I've used it for landscapes, up-close, wide-angle portraits, night shooting, and general indoor snapshots with great results.

                    The only downside is that the plastic-y finish feels weird to me. But the build feels solid other than that.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice lens for the money.

                    By Tiziano

                    from MSP

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Sharp Focus

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Photographing artwork

                    Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

                    I chose the 28mm over the 30mm HSM based primarily on cost. As I'm using a D90 I did not need the lens motor (HSM) although I do have the Sigma 50mm HSM and love it.

                    This lens (28mm) has much less corner distortion than I had expected.

                    It is heavy (some dislike that, hence the 'con') but I actually like the heft.

                      • Similar:
                      • Sigma 50mm 1.4 HSM

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                      5.0

                      Greate lens for the price..

                      By koan

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Value
                      • High Quality

                      Cons

                      • Slow auto focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Street portrait macro

                      Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

                      28mm is my favorite lens. I'm using this lens for every day photography. Lens is sharp even wide open. The macro feature make this lens unique. Just one concern, it has slow auto focus. But for the price you are paying it's a great lens to have.

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                      5.0

                      very good value

                      By locoos

                      from Eilat, Isreal

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Value
                      • High Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Underwater

                        Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

                        I use this lens to shoot mostly underwater scenery and portraits but also for "dry" photos.
                        this lens gives great value for its price. it is very sharp with almost no aberrations and beautiful colors.
                        for fixed 28mm it is highly recommended.

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                        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I'm in love...

                        By Heather the Photo [*]

                        from Baltimore, MD

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Value
                        • High Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

                            I use it in my portrait work. The crispness is outstanding. I have yet to find something I don't like.

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                            5.0

                            Great Fixed focal length fast lens

                            By R. Scott

                            from West Chester, Pa

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Good Value
                            • High Quality

                            Cons

                            • none

                            Best Uses

                            • Low light

                            Comments about Sigma W/A 28mm f/1.8 EX Aspherical DG DF Macro AF Lens:

                            This is a great fast fixed focal lenght lens. I was pleasantly surprised with the build quailty. The lens takes a 77mm filter, this is great because all of my Nikon lens take 77's. Great low light.Fast focusing. All around very good lens.Nice squeeze lens cap (Like the Nikons)

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