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Minolta 28mm f2.8 vs Sigma 24mm f2.8 (Minolta AF)

Miguel Rodriguez , Feb 26, 2004; 09:33 a.m.

Hi there, I am new to wide angle photography. I have a Tamron 28- 200zoom which is not very good, however I can buy a prime sigma 24mm f2.8 for the same price as a minolta 28mm f2.8. Both of them are used in mint condition. I know that the price of a Minolta 24mm f2.8 is quite high (compared to what I'd have to pay for this Sigma). Which one would you recommend to get me started in wideangle landscapes? I already tried some with teh Tamron zoom, and I personally feel attracted to the 24mm, but probably the quality of the minolta glass is better but unless I hear comments that this sigma lens is a bad one, I will buy it. THanks for your help.


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Michael Hohner , Feb 26, 2004; 09:43 a.m.

Maybe you should decide first whether you want a 28mm or 24mm, because there's a big difference in terms of angle of view.

Sam M-M , Feb 26, 2004; 09:45 a.m.

I was debating this recently, and got some feedback on here that the 28 mm is a bit of a dog (if you search on the word "bowser" you'll find the thread) with a lot of distortion. I ultimately decided to go with a 24mm Minolta used from KEH; the cost was under what the new 28 would have been, and the feedback on the 24 seemed good.

Other good advice I got, however, included the idea that the 28 was really a very good size, giving you a wide/normal angle without giving you too much of the "wide" feeling. So it was a tough decision. I expect to get the 28 someday; for me, this was just prioritizing which lenses when.

csab' józsa , Feb 26, 2004; 10:50 a.m.

It's not a bad one.

I had a thread awhile ago where i was asking about a cheaper 24mm alternative to the minolta's 24mm. The sigma was warmly suggested:)

It took me a few months to find it in minolta af mount, at a good price, but i finally did. I really like it, so far, i used it for maybe 30 frames... It's very wide, but there's not much barrel distortion. It also seemed sharp enough for my needs. The only "problem"(not really a problem for me): it's the noisiest AF lens I ever heard (i have the noisy tokina 17mm at-x too...this produces a much worse rattle-sound.)

Dunno how much are you considering for it; i was lucky enough to get it for 50 euro.

sigma 24mm "superwide II" f/2.8 - at f/2.8...[sorry for the high contrast]

marc venton , Feb 26, 2004; 12:34 p.m.

I had a 24mm Sigma which was AF assisted. I swapped it out for a 2Omm EX when I upgraded to a Maxxum 9 (the old 24 wouldn't work with the Maxxum series).

The Sigma EX fixed lenses are excellent. The two wide angles I have had were both outstanding lenses. Minolta's pro glass (G) is fantastic (and very expensive) but their consumer range varies, and I've had a couple of Minolta consumer lenses which were poor. If it's a choice between a Minolta consumer and a Sigma pro, I'd go for the Sigma.

If you can get a second hand fixed Sigma (Ex) then it will serve you well. Look at the reviews here


marc venton , Feb 26, 2004; 12:39 p.m.

I would get a 24 or 20mm lens for wide angle photography. The pro (Sigma EX Tokina Pro, Minolta G) 28-70 zooms will give you very good qualty at the wide angle lens and a 2.8 appature. If archiatecture and big sky landscape you will want the benefits of a 24mm or wider lens. Also if you move to a digital SLR, you're wider lens will be more useful.

Daniel McDonald , Feb 26, 2004; 09:34 p.m.

I picked up used sigma 24mm "superwide II" f/2.8 as it was cheaper than the minolta. I was unsure if I would like the wider view compared to 28mm but I'm glad I purchased it. The lens is solidly built and a little noisy while focusing but it is a great addition to my small lens collection.

Jay B. Stevens , Feb 28, 2004; 03:24 a.m.

If you can afford the Minolta Lens it's is certainly the better product. But I'm afraid M.H. is right, you really need to decide what you want first. ...;)...J

Dominic Tran , Mar 01, 2004; 01:51 p.m.

I have Maxxum5 and Maxxum 2xi, I wonder if a 24mm F2.8 SIGMA SUPER WIDE II MACRO (52)(FOCUS AID & PROGRAM/NOT AUTO FOCUS) lens should work properly on Maxxum 5 and Maxxum 2xi on autofocus mode and manual focus mode. Thanks for your helps .

csab' józsa , Mar 01, 2004; 02:01 p.m.

it does on my maxxum/dynax 5. However, i dunno what you mean by that "FOCUS AID & PROGRAM/NOT AUTO FOCUS" parantheses.

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