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Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II, reviewed by SDB777

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Jan 31, 2016 15:41 |  #1

I will discuss the only downside to this lens first. The inability to accept a 'normal' filter, can make a set-up or even purchase an 'extreme' filter adaptor. But really?
If it were possible to stop the lens further then f/22 that would help, but it is what it is.

The positive side of this lens is the width! You get everything in landscape/nature. But it isn't f/1.2! So what, when was the last time anyone went out and took a landscape photo at that f-stop anyway? And this is the reason I purchased the lens....landscape. Too tight to get that 25mm lens? No problem for this one!

Would I recommend this one? Sure! Everyday of the week!
Will I be selling mine anytime soon? Don't hold your breath, I have a lot of shutters remaining on my Sony a7ii!

Did I mention this was made with full frame in mind? The DG series from Sigma is awesome on a budget!

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Jan 09, 2017 13:35 |  #2

I am looking at this lens, as well as its predecessor (Sigma 12-24mm F/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM IF ASP), mainly due to cost difference (the older version can be readily found for $350-$400).

Are you able to talk about any noticeable differences to help steer me one way or the other?

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Post edited over 2 years ago by AsifSalam.
Dec 06, 2018 14:39 as a reply to  @ upesnlwc's post |  #3

I have the first version of the lens, it is OK because the distortion is quite a lot :(

Also you need to keep that lens horizontal or full vertical where the horizon is in the middle to get an accurate representation.

On the 2nd version they did further improvement on that so that distortion is low but then I rented the new 12-24 F4 and oh boy, that is an invention.

even taking pictures you cant tell if they were taken by super wide lens however the price was way too much and the weight was really a lot to the point i could not be bother carrying that brick.

I do a lot of travel photography and as much as the 3rd version is the best lens for super wide but I stick to the 2nd version due to weight mainly.

I will try to post some photos by tomorrow :)

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Feb 12, 2019 02:44 as a reply to  @ AsifSalam's post |  #4

Sorry to correct you but the mkI had lower angular distortion than the mkII. The mkI was spooky in the way the straights stayed was like an architectural lens. The mkII less so. But with rectilinear corrected lenses, lines stay straight but circles become egg shaped. Where as a fisheye (which isn't corrected) the lines become egg shaped and circles stay circles.

The mkI's achilies heel...other than massive inconsistency and quality control...was that it vignetted massively with mushy corners wide open. It was an f16 only lens for many.

The MKII had far better optics across the focal and aperture range but didn't have the super corrected straight lines that the mkI had.

There is no magic bullet / formula for super wide lenses. But both the mk1 and mkII have interesting takes on the concept.

If you want to go this wide...for many years these two lenses were the only full frame options. Sure the new Canon ef 11mm f4 L wipes this lens optically...but that's a very heavy and expensive lens to compare.

Regards, Gareth Cooper GMCPhotographics
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