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Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

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Review Date: Jan 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $310.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: good value for money, real manual focus!
Cons:
imaging quality at large apertures

Well, you don't get something for nothing. This lens is decently made, handles nicely and has good image quality when stopped down. But it's going back to the dealer. Perhaps I had a bad sample, but it's simply not very good at wide apertures, and that's the whole point of a fast prime to me.

I've heard complaints about Sigma's two-step manual focusing, but I found this to be a plus as the focus ring feels like an honest-to-god manual focus ring with positive stops at both ends of its travel. The auto focus is a bit loud, but I would have lived with it had the imaging performance been better.