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Sigma 15-30mm F3.5-4.5 EX DG ASPHERICAL

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Overall 8
8.0

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.
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Overall 8
8.0

F-stop is strictly 'by wire"

David R. Courtney, Amazon
1 April 2014
  • Summary: I use a Sony NEX-5. The relative shortage of E-mount lenses means that the majority of my lens kit is made up of non-E-mount stuff. Therefore I am always concerned about adapter issues. I bought this lens because it advertised itself as either manual or auto operation, and I fully expected to run it in a strictly manual mode. When I got this lens I was somewhat surprise to see that the aperture was controlled strictly "by wire".
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Overall 8
8.0

Awsome product! Great value for your money!

jm039104, Ebay
27 September 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

sigma FF UWA

E. K. Arnold, Amazon
2 May 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG - Nikon

mhhyam, Ebay
27 December 2010
  • Summary: This review is based on sample of one in late 2010. I have been an avid photographer on film and digital, but not a pixel peeper; for the amount paid, this lens is more than I expected. Good: super-wide FX on Nikon D700. Great details on center and some corners. Color rendition is fine. Bad: Not able to get sharp results on one corner at infinity focus, doesn't matter what the setting is. Sigma quality control issues are well known, lens possibly de-centered.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG - Nikon

mhhyam, Ebay
27 December 2010
  • Summary: This review is based on sample of one in late 2010. I have been an avid photographer on film and digital, but not a pixel peeper; for the amount paid, this lens is more than I expected. Good: super-wide FX on Nikon D700. Great details on center and some corners. Color rendition is fine. Bad: Not able to get sharp results on one corner at infinity focus, doesn't matter what the setting is. Sigma quality control issues are well known, lens possibly de-centered.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

dompap, Fredmiranda
8 December 2010
  • Conclusion: The images taken with this lens are very good and on par with Canon L zooms I own. Versatile focal range - terrific on a crop body. You need to watch for purple flare, but overall, a very good lens at any price level. Highly recommended.
  • Pros: Color, Sharpness, Build Quality
  • Cons: Loud Autofocus, Easily Flares
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

dbehrens, Fredmiranda
11 August 2010
  • Conclusion: The positive of this lens is that it is sharp. I would say almost as sharp as the 16-35 Mk II. However, its Achilles heel is that it is intolerant of direct light. Even the slightest direct light creates purple flares. Having said that - I still have the lens and will keep it until I find something that's on par with the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8. I currently use this with the 1Ds Mk2, 5D and 1D Mk4.
  • Pros: Wide. Sharper than my Canon 17-35L - especially in the corners.
  • Cons: Difficult to use with filters. Flares horribly - even in the slightest direct light.
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Overall 8
8.0

Versatile ultra-wide zoom

gimpelthecat, Ebay
12 April 2010
  • Summary: This is an excellent carry around ultra-wide angle zoom at a very affordable price since it is no longer manufactured by Sigma. Sigma has replaced this model with a 12-24mm zoom. The focal length range really covers the whole gamut when mounted on a full frame DSLR and it is extremely sharp with an exceptional depth of field at f:11.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great wide angle lens

briliantone13, Ebay
21 July 2009
  • Summary: This is one of the sharpest lenses I've used. Great contrast, excellent edge sharpness, both on APS-C and full frame. The one downfall of this lens is the focus drive. It's fairly loud, and slower than Canon USM or Nikon SW systems, but if you shoot wide angle, you're most likely not concerned with that. Sharpness is very close, if not better than the Canon 17-40mm f/4 L. Filter attachment is a little weird with the "filter hood" that goes over the built in hood.
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