SIGMA 24-135mm Asph. IF REVIEW - PART II
Because of the 10 photo per thread limit, I had to split the review into two parts. This is a continuation of Part I.
(Please go back and see Part One first if you haven't already done so.)
24mm - f4.5 (I know the film name says f4..photobucket cut off the '.5' part)
24mm - f8.0
24mm - f11.0
48mm - f3.5 (Note this was to be 50mm but apparently according to the EXIF, I missed by 2mm)
48mm - f4.5
48mm - f8.0
48mm - f11.0
135mm - f4.5
135mm - f8.0
135mm - f11.0 (I think I might have moved the camera by accident on this one.)
The general trend is that as you stop the lens down, the sharpness goes up quite a bit. Some of you may wonder why the sharpness varied a bit and it was because I didn't have a tripod at the time and set the camera on a textbook. When the lens extended to 135mm, it was so long that the camera tipped over. I had to hold it down on the other end with my hand for the telephoto shots. Despite a 2s Self timer, my hand may have attribuited to the expected blur. Another bit of info is that the AF was a little indecisive or it could have been because of the small changes in camera postion when I changed aperture and focal length. I've hyperlinked the image crop labels so you can view the full resolution images. (Note: all images have thus far come straight from the camera, not modifications made whatsoever.)
Overall I found the lens sharpness fairly good and quite adequate for my use. 24mm at the f2.8 max was a bit soft but judging from the full size photos, I don't think one will notice unless really big prints were made. The AF will hunt a bit but find some distinct lines/edges and its fine. I think this may also be the fact that the Samsung only as 5 AF sensors.
Is this lens worth the price?: Yes (Its a real bargain at $99US)
Would You Buy This Lens Again?: Yes
Thanks for reading and I hope that you all have found this informative or not useful.
Last edited by CptOfGondor; 10-03-2006 at 07:33 PM.
Critique and comments anyone? LoL.
Just that I'd love to see some real world shots
At 99 I'd say sure it was a deal but as the suggest retail of what? 399? It
looks to be a pretty poor purchase.
These lenses only cost $99 USD? Or did I misunderstand somewhere?
Well yea. The MSRP at Sigma is $500USD...but if you check out Cameta Camera's ebay store, the lens goes for $99.99US. (buy-It-Now)
So far, I've only seen the Pentax AF mount lens on sale for that price although I've heard that Minolta a-Mount users once enjoyed the same prices.
Last edited by CptOfGondor; 10-08-2006 at 11:06 PM.
Thanks for reviewing... Although this Sigma is nothing very special (own one) it is of great use as a general walkaround use (and nice add-on to weather-sealed K10D due to low price and non-availability of sealed lenses yet :-( ). One thing You missed over 10% was weight- this 530 g is something general but with Pentax Kaf-mount it reads as high as 595 g- so heavier of some camera... :-) Anyway it is a nice piece especially considering its low price and possibility of full-frame usage :-) And one the worst side- zoom creep, You know- always streching out (although setting to 24mm helps 90% of cases... why no lock switch (action lens idea by Sigma? :-) ).
Thanks and happy shooting, JR
Last edited by Reps; 12-13-2006 at 10:27 AM.