Reviews and Problems with Sigma 15-30mm F3.5-4.5 EX DG ASPHERICAL
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Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG Aspherical review by Perudog
3 weeks ago
Summary: If you have recently move to digital full frame ( Nikon d610 in my case), it won"t be long before you want to take advantage of the extra wide angle capability over cropped sensors. If like me you can't really justify the 14-24, this has prove to be a worthy substitute. I find it sharp well balanced on the camera with good colour rendition. It stacks up well with the more expensive f2.8's I have for image quality.
Pros: Terrific value for full frame when Nikon 14-24 is out of your budget...
Sigma 15-30 f/3.5-4.5: Fine lens but not without flaws
Marshal Shlafer, Amazon
16 May 2014
Summary: I purchased this lens (used, like new condition) to take on a trip as something much wider than my Nikkor 28-300mm zoom, since I had to travel light. In my search for an almost ultra-wide zoom, there were slim pickings at a price point I could currently afford, especially a lens compatible with an FX body (in my case, Nikon D610). I quickly became aware of the many critiques of this lens, some I found valid, others not too concerning.
Summary: Very nice lens, AF motor is not the quiet type, but it works great on my full-frame Canon and it is NOT a fish-eye in case that's isn't evident. Good luck finding a replacement lens cap for this one, it's a cheap piece of plastic that some swindlers are selling for $60. FYI it's the same cap as the Sigma 12-24mm.
Summary: The lens is a great performer for sharpness on my Nikon D600 but that's about it. For the range its unnecessarily large. It feels cheap too. The weight of my Nikon Nikkor 28mm (small) feels better than this. The AF/MF ring idea is neat, but useless. The flare is unbelievable. I have shots from INSIDE a church and I have flare. How does THAT happen?? Its rather lightweight - more than you would think with its size - but just feels cheap. The hood mount is lazy design too.
Summary: I was in the market for a wide angle zoom for full-frame Canon cameras (5DMkII). I purchased an older Canon 17-35 f2.8 L lens as my first choice, but I was not very happy with results. I own this lens in the Sigma SA mount, and loved it, so I found this one. I prefer it to the Canon lens, and it cost me less than 1/3 of the cost of the L lens. The overall image and sharpness seems better. AF response time is good - not super fast, but accurate.
Conclusion: I am really quite impressed with this lens on my 5d. It is sharper than I expected with no decentering at all. Sharp to the edges with the exception of the extreme corners, but overall an excellent performer fo an UWA. It is large, but not too heavy. I find the focus plenty fast and accurate enough. There is some viginetting, but this is common in similar lenses as well and very easy to correct.
Pros: Sharp, accurate focus, nice color, well built.
Cons: Some vigeneting on full frame, but easily corrected. Need to watch for flare.
Summary: This lens is worth of its money as fish ball tends to show short distance image sharp and wide open for landscape in background. The cost vs image effect justifies this much cheaper lens. It worths for the purchase compare to costly Canon lens. I am quite satisfied with its performance and fraction of a Canon lens, like 80% cheaper.
Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG Aspherical review by ajdooley
20 August 2011
Summary: I've had this lens since my Nikon F5 days. It went on the shelf when I went to the D100-D200, as I had the Nikon 12-24mm. But when I went to the D700 I retrieved it, and considering it cost even today, 1/4 of the cost of the Nikon 14-24mm, it is a winner. I can live with the loss of 1mm on the wide end for the price.
Summary: i got my copy used off of craiglist for $160. the lens had been well-used, like a divorcee with excess alimony. still, she was clean, with no scratches or dust, and she had a gleam in her eye -- or was that flare? anyway, this lens has already paid for itself a few times. its really wide on FX. center sharpness seems the same at every aperture, except maybe wide open. it's fairly sharp, renders detail well, and has natural colors and good contrast.