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Sigma 24mm F2.8 AF Super Wide II

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Sigma 24mm F2.8 AF Super Wide II

Sigma 24mm F2.8 AF Super Wide II
Sigma 24mm F2.8 AF Super Wide II
Sigma 24mm F2.8 AF Super Wide II

Auto focus successor to the Superwide II (several reviews of this lens were posted there).

1:4 macro capability
52mm filter
6 blade iris
Mount Type: Pentax KAF2/KAF (screwdrive AF)
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amateur dirt farmer

Registered: December, 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Posts: 28,127
Lens Review Date: April 4, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: close-focusing, color rendition, bokeh
Cons: ergonomics, flare, hood vs lens cap
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 8    Camera Used: K-3    New Or Used: Used    Autofocus: 8   

for March SIC, I used a copy of the Sigma Super-Wide II 24mm f2.8 - an AF lens that uses the original Super-Wide's optical formula in a new body with an AF helical... I also have the Sigma OEM 'Perfect Hood' for the lens...

this is a film-era lens, so it's FF, has an aperture ring, and can be manually-focused if need be.... you won't want to, but you can...

let's get this out in the open: I don't like this lens; the ergonomics are awful, it over-exposes everything, and if you shoot anywhere near strong/bright lights, it will implode on itself with lack of contrast, veiling, flares, blown-out highlights, etc...

I also collected four flickr 'explores' in the month of March with this lens, so there's that, too...

anyway - what we have is a reasonably-fast, wide lens with a decent MFD (Sigma insists on the word 'macro', but it is just close-focusing) - it's not a large lens, but the OEM hood is a clip-on, and does not reverse for storage...

but - ignore all that, slap it on the camera, work within its limitations, and:

peach blossoms by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

bridal wreath spirea by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

on the grill... by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

sunrise by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

backlit by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

there are better 24mm lenses out there, but if you want/need an autofocus lens at this focal length, you can't beat the price...

here's the rest of my flickr album for this lens:
Forum Member

Registered: March, 2008
Location: Kyiv
Posts: 69
Lens Review Date: October 17, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $180.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Small, fast, sharp enough
Cons: Soft corners, flare, useless lens hood
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-70    New Or Used: Used    Autofocus: 9   

I was looking for a small fast wide angle prime with good IQ and I think I've found it.

Focus length is very useful for landscapes and street photo and due to small size you don't get additional attention (size is similar to FA50/1.4). Auto focus is noisy as expected from screw drive (same level of noise as FA50/1.4).
Sharpness is very good in the center starting from 2.8, corner sharpness is not bad at 5.6 - 8, enough for landscapes. 2.8 aperture combining with good center sharpness gives additional options in low light conditions and bokeh is not so bad as you may expect from wide angle lens.
1:4 macro - not enough for real macro but more than enough for flowers, etc (again, bokeh is not bad).

Corners are soft wide open but I think this is the price you pay for having 2.8 aperture.
Lens can flare in direct sun, lens hood is bad.
New Member

Registered: March, 2017
Posts: 1
Lens Review Date: April 28, 2019 I can recommend this lens: No | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 8 

Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 8    Camera Used: Canon 5d II    New Or Used: New    Autofocus: 8   

Bought this lens as it seems to have a good reputation. Paid 120USD for it, excellent condition, no dust or scratches. I have a Canon mount one and in original condition not all f-stops work. There is a mod out there which involves putting a micro processor in the lens to get all the F-stops. Mine had it when i bought it and it works as it should. That's only Canon mount specific, because at the time this lens came on the market, Sigma cheaped out and didnt licence from Canon.

Anyhow, about the lens:

- compact and lightweight
- nice image rendition
- reasonably sharp (excellent in the center)
- f2.8 is nice to have
- macro mode, which works great
- pleasing bokeh, not busy or distracting
- chromatic aberrations relatively in control, although present

- strong vignetting right untill f4.5. reasonable till f8, almost gone at f10-f11
- soft corners, reasonable at f8, ok at f10-f11
- interesting, but not very pleasant "moustache" distortion

Canon 24-105 non L profile in LR seems to fix all of the above issues. (Checked with grid sheet)

Autofocus is a bit loud, but never had issues with accuracy. Mine had the Zen body coating, which the previous owner cleaned. I cleaned the remaining coating and the lens looks like new now. Rubbing alcohol and good wet wipes did the trick.

Bottom line is - I like the lens! It will be quite some time that my personal capabilities outweigh these of the lens. I will keep it untill I can acquire a nice zoom glass at the 24-70 range.

If a person shoots landscapes or architectures, thought, this lens is not so good. Its more of a general purpose wide lens.

Registered: December, 2016
Location: London
Posts: 963
Lens Review Date: July 9, 2018 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $66.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good depth of field, handles nicely
Cons: Seemed to have a couple of problems focusing on very distant objects
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9    Camera Used: Nikon D90    New Or Used: Used    Autofocus: 8   

Tested the Nikon version on a Nikon D90 - seems to be a solid performer, had a couple of problems auto focusing on a really distant object (a tower block seen from 1/2 mile or so over water), not quite sure of cause, but manual focus was fine.

I got it with the "Sigma Perfect Hood" which is a total lie - it's a clip on hood, it doesn't fit any better than one that screws on, it won't fit onto filters that are unusually wide for the thread size (52mm in this case), and you can't leave it on and add a lens cap, you have to remove it. On the other hand, it's an OK lens hood, just definitely NOT perfect.

Macro definition is quite good, e.g. the clump of insect eggs on the brown leaf here

and the bee here

Had trouble focusing here:

but overall quite pleased:

I'm reasonably happy with its performance, just not sure that I really need it, so I'll probably keep it for a few months and see if I use it much, and sell it on if I don't

Album of test shots here
New Member

Registered: December, 2017
Posts: 15
Lens Review Date: December 18, 2017 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $82.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharp, low distortion, flat field, close focus
Cons: flare, raspy manual focusing
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 7    Value: 10    Camera Used: Nikon D800   

Nikon version tested on full-frame.

This is a nice little lens that offers great value for not a lot of money. The thing I most appreciate is its performance wide open. At f/2.8, center sharpness is already excellent, edges are decent, and overall contrast is good. By f/5.6, the edges are good, and they are quite sharp at f/8, even if they never do catch up to the center. My copy is not as sharp on the right side as the left, but the difference is only noticeable below f/8.

Wide open, coma is noticeable as a flaring of specular highlights at the edges of the frame. This is pretty well controlled at f/4 and gone by f/5.6.

Focus shift, if present at all, is minimal and not problematic.

If the sun is in the corner of the frame or just outside it, the lens exhibits a lot of veiling flare and obvious ghosts. Use a hood for best results in these situations.

This is a pleasantly light and compact lens. It autofocuses accurately and with acceptable speed. The aperture ring has clicks at every half-stop, which I don't like, so I use a command dial to change aperture instead.
Senior Member

Registered: November, 2006
Location: Germany
Posts: 127

2 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: December 23, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Small, close focusing capabilities, sharp center, good color rendition
Cons: Soft corners wide open, distortion, prone to flares, uncomfortable to handle hood
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 5    Value: 8    Camera Used: Pentax K-1    New Or Used: New   

A nice, small and quite capable lens that can be put to good use on FF / K-1, if one knows its limitations.

What I like:
+ good center sharpness
+ good color rendition
+ you can focus very close - it's not a macro lens by all means, but the close focus capabilities come in handy.
+ small filter diameter (52mm)

What I don't like:
- wide open it vignettes visibly and has soft corners
- distortion is clearly visible in architectural shots and has some "moustache" parts in it - harder to correct than the usual barrel distortion
- direct light can produce very intensive rainbow type of flares
- the original hood doesn't allow to clip on the original lens cap - you must remove it to clip on the cap, and then have to store the hood awkwardly and insecurely in reverse

To combat distortion and vignetting I created a lens profile for Adobe LR/PS which works IMO pretty well - so that can be taken care of. Anyone interested in the profile can download it here:

Here some samples:

Brickwall test shot at f2.8 (uncorrected):

The same corrected with the self made profile:

Close focus & bokeh example (wide open, f2.8):

Rainbow flare example (colors enhanced in PP, but you get the drift ...):

Long exposure example - because of the small 52mm filter thread I could use an 10-f-stop ND filter to create this 30s exposure in full daylight with it:

Registered: January, 2015
Location: mid nth coast,nsw
Posts: 5,608
Lens Review Date: May 31, 2016 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $20.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: bargain price
Cons: not weather sealed

I scored this and 2 other zooms for the equivalent of U$ 60, so I think I paid $20
I used it on the K50 mainly and really liked the images it produced.However, when I got the K1 it really excelled.first shoot was after sundown on my beach walk and the images were superb.Very happy to get this at a bargain price and its always in the K1 bag.I think that itll be great for pixel shifting( haven't tried this lens yet only the DA16-45).Looking forward to the next opportunity.
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2012
Posts: 1,972

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: June 12, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $180.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Top sharpness, rallly wide on film!, FAST AF, metal body and good built, feels solid
Cons: Flares, CD/AF front focusing with K-01, rare to come by
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9    Camera Used: K10D, K-01, Z1p   

This lens is with me for nearly 2 years now. I originally bough it for my K-01 and was really enjoying it immensely, but I always prefered it in manual focusing than AF as it tend to be inaccurate. After using it on my Z1p on film and then on K10D on few occasions with AF on - I can tell you now that this lens is superb on Phase detection Autofcous lenses. My Z1p and K10D focuses in an instant and super accurate, where K-01 really struggles to nail the focus.

My copy came with original lens hood but I replaced it with cheap rubber one for 28mm lens - on APSC offers greater flare control. And you need it! This lens is quite prone to flare - my SMC-K 24mm f2.8 is superior in this single point .. and maybe colour saturation too is sometime more pronounced in SMC K24. But apart from those Sigma is much sharper wide open and in the corners and on edges, AF works great when needed and MF is very easy to use thanks to great sharpness of this lens. At f2.8 is as sharp as none of my other f2.8 lenses apart from SMC-A Macro 50mm f2.8 which obviously is sharper but other than that Sigma really rules. I will never ever part with this lens !

In certain very bright conditions with light in the frame it can flare and lose of contrast is evident , but both are fairly easy to avoid with good lens hood and proper positioning.

Superb lens, I would give it overall 10 if not problems with AF with contrast detection focusing on my K-01.
Veteran Member

Registered: March, 2007
Location: So Cal
Posts: 2,080
Lens Review Date: September 20, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $120.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharp, better coma control than pentax legacy 24mm lenses
Cons: complex moustache distortion, flimsy, poor quality control by sigma
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 5    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 7    Value: 8    Camera Used: K10d, Sony a7R 36mp full frame   

this Sigma 24mm F2.8 AF Super Wide II autofocus lens was the holy grail of 24mm lenses, back when i was shooting with the k10d.

i've owned three of these autofocus versions, and a manual focus version, most of which i tested on the sony a7r.

i dropped one of the three autofocus versions on a rock, from maybe two feet up, and it blew apart like a cheap watch... bye bye $124 :-(

here is a comparison of the three lenses that i have; you can see from the big photos how a couple of 'em have issues on the sides, even at ~f/10... the quality control that sigma did was not up to par to what we see from the old pentax glass:

24mm lens sample variation: Three Sigma 24mm lenses compared

here is one of the those lenses on the 36mp full frame sony a7r, compared to a couple of other legacy slr lenses:

Sigma 24mm F2.8 AF Super Wide II comparison, on the sony a7r
Loyal Site Supporter

Registered: March, 2009
Location: Cotati, California USA
Posts: 4,381

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: May 1, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Versatile length, great color rendering, nice close focusing, and sharp.
Cons: funky snap on hood.
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

This is a wonderful lens that I've finally given a full workout (for one month on my K20d) It's staying in the camera bag. I love the color rendering of it and it's a very nice AF FF lenses as well. I was surprised that it's quite good with a lens reversing ring for macro too (a little hard to use though). It's close focusing feature is a plus. I rated it down just a bit because the manual focus ring on the lens is rather small and just a bit hard to use. It's not really a problem but just not as good as say a Pentax quick shift system.

What else is there to say. This one is a keeper.
Senior Member

Registered: July, 2012
Location: Far North Qld, Australia
Posts: 184

5 users found this helpful
Lens Review Date: March 21, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $220.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, creamy bokeh, solid construction, useful focal length, fast.
Cons: Noisy AF, focus ring is slim for manual focus.
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

This is an excellent, versatile and hard to find lens. Its very sharp, fast, has smooth and creamy bokeh and is of solid construction.

Sharpness: Very sharp across the range but more so between F8-F11.
Aberrations: Tends to overexpose wide open. I have not noticed any chromatic aberrations.
Bokeh: Creamy bokeh, even at f8 when shooting subjects close up. Lovely at f2.8.
Handling: Solid construction, metal mount, narrow focus ring, cumbersome lens hood, light weight. No plasticy cheap feeling with this lens.
Value: Excellent value for money. Useful in a wide variety of situations.

Its a great focal length for landscapes as well as portraits and will also work on full frame models. This is useful should Pentax release a FF dslr. Its quite good for macro work too, and is often marketed for its macro ability but it will not replace a dedicated macro lens. I really like the color output; accurate and rich.

Ive noticed it sometimes over exposes by about 1 stop when shooting wide open, so be aware of this. I manually dial in a -1 exposure value when shooting at f2.8 which corrects the problem. Sharpest between f8 and f11. It seems to expose correctly when stopped down.

The focus ring is very narrow which can be a little tricky for manual focus. This is improved by using a filter so that you have extra room to grip. I haven't noticed any CA.

Autofocus is quite fast, but a little noisy.

All in all this is a fantastic lens and if you come across this little gem, id recommend snapping it up.

I use this with my K-30.

Image Examples:
My favorite shot with this lens so far:
F8 100% crop.
F8 Bokeh:
Veteran Member

Registered: December, 2010
Location: Manila
Posts: 2,185
Lens Review Date: October 14, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $154.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharp, nice contrast, good bokeh, longfocus throw, sub-macro
Cons: the weird coating on the lens' shell
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

I'll write a short review for now and will edit one of these days to show sample pics.
for the meantime here's one:

This lens is a great choice. Like somebody before me said, if you can get one, GET ONE. It's worth it.
Not as sharp as a Limited, true, but for an unknown Sigma, it's practically one of the best finds out there.

the MFD makes it a pseudo-macro - and with its wide coverage (ok, not as wide as the DA21 or DA15..) you can make pretty interesting still life shots, particularly useful in weddings for both video and photos.

colors aren't as punchy as Pentax lenses, slightly cooler on the average, but not that far-off. skin tones are slightly paler, but still nice. not sure how it would fare on snow-scapes... but green leaves, flowers, they look great. contrast is nice too, as well as bokeh, while not that circular stopped down, it's not harsh-looking either.

focus throw is excellent for video and manual camera use.

build is nice, just like the FA50 but a bit heavier.

MODERATE barrel distortion. Not good for close-up portraits, unless they're of long-faced, un-smiling people. no-no for brick walls and parallel lines, unless you're going for that bulgy look. looks worse when mounted on FF. (I put this score under "aberrations" since the distortion doesn't affect sharpness anyway)

AF is noisy, but then again all screwdrive lenses are.

the hood is a hassle putting on and taking off.
Junior Member

Registered: March, 2012
Posts: 31
Lens Review Date: August 16, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $5.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very very sharp and good AF
Cons: Nothing
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

In fact, I was lucky. I've found it in a " garage sale " for " nothing "...5 $ in mint condition, like new, in its box.
For me it has becoming indispensabel and now it is always on my camera. It is very very sharp. The AF is fast and perfect. It's a lens very useful in all conditions.
You can see pictures taken with it on the other part of thsi forum
The only problem, I've observed, it is that I 've to underexpose always EV -1il or -1.5il for a good exposure on my K-x. ( with my others Pentax lens 50mm1.7 or 18-55 ALII it's not he case and I stay on EV 0...Perhaps it's a usual way with the Sigma lens, It's my only one, I don't know...
I've put a rubber lens hood to prevent flare ans protect the lens ( it's really near the front. )
For me it's a great lens and if you have the possibility to have one, take it without hesitation. You 'll be glad with it.
Sorry for my " primitive english " ...I'm french
Inactive Account

Registered: September, 2008
Location: Michigan
Posts: 78
Lens Review Date: April 6, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $164.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Tack Sharp, Great Macro, FAST Auto Focus
Cons: Rubberized coating on metal body clumsy snap on lens hood
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 10    Handling: 7    Value: 10   

This is a sleeper in the lens world and quite a fantastic wide prime. After mounting this lens for the past few weeks. It gave images that pop into the "WOW" sharp as a tack category in my book. The Auto Focus is as quick as any DA limited pancake and that was quite a surprise. Step it down one stop with amazing results. The Macro feature is to die for again producing very stunning results. It tends to hunt a tad at very close range but when the AF locks in the "WOW" factor again shines.

The rubberized coating and lettering/numbering and paint underneath is quite fragile and requires delicate care to keep in good condition but the Metal body is as solid as they come, with quite an excellent build.

This lens is nearly impossible to find in a AF PK mount these days and also can be found re-branded by Quantaray and the Promaster (Spectrum 7 series). If you see one available I highly recommend snapping it up in a heart beat.

About two years ago having foolishly sold a pristine copy of this lens it took two years to find another. The value stated for $164.00 is what I sold the lens for two years ago. Having found my current copy with a set purchased at a tag sale for $11.00 that would not be a fair and accurate assessment for the price of this lens.
Veteran Member

Registered: July, 2009
Location: Saffron Walden, Essex
Posts: 362
Lens Review Date: March 20, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Compact, sharp, 1:4 macro
Cons: Rubberised finish degrades, tiny clip-on hood
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 5    Value: 8   

Nice and compact. Sharp. Useful 'close-up' mode.

The rubber/plastic finish, especially on the aperture ring, degrades with age (possibly due to wrong choice of cleaning solution by previous owner). On my copy some of the aperture numbers have completely vanished.

Hood is tiny, and virtually useless. Also it's a clip-on hood, so you cannot put on the lens cap with the hood in place. (Marked down handling for this)
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