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Sigma 28mm F2.8 Mini Wide II

Sharpness 
 8.6
Aberrations 
 7.5
Bokeh 
 7.8
Handling 
 8.7
Value 
 9.2
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Sigma 28mm F2.8 Mini Wide II

Sigma 28mm F2.8 Mini Wide II
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Sigma 28mm F2.8 Mini Wide II
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Sigma 28mm F2.8 Mini Wide II
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Description:
Sigma Mini-Wide II, Manual focus, later version of the Mini-wide.
See also promaster spectrum 28mm - same lens rebadged.

52mm filter
1:4.5 close focus.
P-KM, P-KA, M42 mount
Mount Type: Pentax K
Price History:



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New Member

Registered: February, 2019
Posts: 12
Lens Review Date: January 15, 2020 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros:
Cons:
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 10    Value: 8    Camera Used: Film    New Or Used: Used   

A nice and very neat well-made 28mm lens. Focus from 4 inches to infinity is impressive. Like many 1980's 28mm and 35mm lenses you'll never get digital sharpness with this on a film camera because the image is not processed through software to artificially brush it up. So you'll get a neat image in the centre and a bit of fuzz around the edges at most f-stops outside of the usual f5.6 to f11 range. As it's not fashionable like Takumar or Pentax M or A lens of the same mm you can pick these up for a fraction of the hyped up price of those brands. Most people will never recognise much difference in the real world and you get a better focus range. Really well-made and mine came with what looks like Pentax A series mount connectors.

Try one with an open mind.
   
New Member

Registered: November, 2016
Posts: 7
Lens Review Date: August 10, 2019 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $45.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: center sharpness, macro
Cons: chromatic aberrations, flare
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 8    Camera Used: Pentax K-30    New Or Used: Used   

Center sharpness of this lens is fantastic, even at F2.8. But the corners suffer from chromatic aberrations and can be a bit distracting. The 1:4.5 close focus ability is very useful. The lens is built well with a mix of plastic and metal. Focus is well dampened but the aperture ring doesn't feel as nice. The Sigma also has issues with flare, but a simple hood can fix this issue.
   
New Member

Registered: October, 2015
Posts: 2

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: October 23, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $27.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Close focus, bokeh
Cons: Chromatic Aberration, soft sides and corners
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 4    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: Sony A7s   

Despite some very serious flaws, there is something about the images produced by this lens that I like.

The flaws:
While centre sharpness is quite good, the sides and corners are weak - even when stepped down. For this reason, it is not a good choice for landscapes where corner to corner sharpness is crucial. In fact, chances are any images taken with this lens will be rejected by micro stock websites because of this.
Chromatic aberration is also quite poor.

The Good
The focus ring is very pleasant to use, the lens focuses really close and I quite liked the bokeh. I enjoyed using this lens for night-time shots of friends and family where the blurred corners and sides masked the lens' weaknesses. There is also a nice 3D quality to images.

I tried a few of these lenses and repaired some too, but ultimately there are better legacy 28mm lenses out there - the Carl Zeiss Distagon 28mm f2.8 is a better choice than this (though about 10x the price).
A word of warning to anyone thinking about repairing one of these: the second element from the front 'bubbles' very easily, so the utmost care must be taken when handling it!

Finally, I did some comparisons between this and the Sony SEL2870, Canon FD 28mm and Pentax-M 28mm f3.5 a while back:
http://www.ashleywootton.com/legacy-28mm-lenses-and-modern-kit-lens-comparison/
   
amateur dirt farmer

Registered: December, 2014
Location: probably out in a field somewhere...
Posts: 19,093

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 4, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $65.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: solid construction, A-ring, sharpness
Cons: prone to flare (put a hood on it)
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 8    Camera Used: K-50    New Or Used: Used   

purchased from eBay (Japan) roughly the same time as a DA 50mm f1.8; took some getting used to as it is prone to flare/ghosting without a hood... I found a Sigma Perfect Hood for it and that seems to have solved the issue... I just am careful around strong light-sources...

great manual lens for my K-50 - quite sharp with nice bokeh...



update - I just finished a month of using this lens for the Single in October challenge:

Pros:

build - while not a large lens by any stretch of the imagination, a substantial feel combined with a well-damped focus ring makes this lens easy to use and a very tactile experience
'A' ring - nice convenience for allowing the camera body to control aperture; this is a plastic ring and feels it, but leave it on the 'A' setting and that's no longer an issue
color rendition - while not quite Pentax-warm, it does render accurately and brightly
focus/sharpness - not bad wide open, but will be become quite sharp after f4 and above; I noticed occasional softness at the edges, but centers are always spot-on (if I am, that is)
bokeh - produces nice bokeh and even some starbursts

Cons:

flare/aberrations - this lens does not like strong light sources unless it is facing away from the source; strong, direct sunlight is the worst and will completely wash away its ability to render colors. I have the Sigma 'Perfect Hood', which is a tulip-type hood, and it does help some, I've just learned to not shoot in those conditions and use it when/where its strengths can shine...

Conclusion:

I do recommend the lens to use, but I honestly think that for a similar or even a bit more money, an SMC M or A 28mm f2.8 is a better lens, if only for the coatings and flare-resistance. I spent a lot of time this month just culling the day's shots to what I could actually use, even if I needed to convert to monochrome to salvage them.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/133285589@N05/albums/72157656953218823
   
New Member

Registered: February, 2015
Posts: 3
Lens Review Date: March 17, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: cheap, construction, performance
Cons: flare/lensehood issue
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

lense its self is well discribed below, I'd better mention about lensehood and what I did.
The original hood of Sigma28/2.8 is a plastic flower cut and cost $15 in well used condition.
Why do I have to pay so much for just a hood with no good looking?
I bought Nikon's HN-3 metal hood for about $5 and it's still available for new!
The HN-3 screw in hood is for filter size of 52mm, can be attached without any adapter.
Hood is designed for 35mm lense or longer, but lot of example on Nikon Ai-As28mm and no problem ever reported.
I tried HN-3 on Sigma28mm and attached to ME-super, this works perfect.
A lense cap?
you can use 49 and 52mm Nikon's or 72mm Canon…oops.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: August, 2013
Posts: 731
Lens Review Date: March 16, 2015 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Build, Price, Fast Aperature, Macro
Cons: Sharpness, Color Cast, Camera Compatibility
Sharpness: 7    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 5    Value: 8    Camera Used: K-5ii   

My copy is in wonderful shape and produces wide shots with a nice bright aperture of 2.8. This lens isn't quite as sharp as I would have hoped, but clears up a bit when stopped down. The lens produces a strange Yellow cast with a bit of Green in the mix in some lighting conditions. This can easily be corrected in post, so no worry there. Also, the lens produces some very strong flare if it catches light just wrong. One more down side, in A mode, the aperture can't be automatically adjusted to a setting lower than f4. This is can be overcome with a manual setting, but it is a bit bothersome.

Over all, the lens can be had at a wonderful price, it is built out of metal and feels solid. Close focusing is a +. I think you may enjoy this lens especially if you have a good copy.

1.) Macro focusing - It is wonderful to get sharp focus up close and still get in a lot of the scene.
2.) Fast aperture - f 2.8
3.) Build Quality - This lens features a all metal construction and feels much like a tank.
4.) If you find one, they can be had at a reasonable price.

the bad
1. Colors lack the Pentax polish but are generally warm and pleasing.
2. The image isn't quite as sharp as I would like, but pleasing all the same.
3. When using the A mode, the aperature won't go lower than f4. You have to manually set it down to 2.8. (oh well, no biggie).
   
New Member

Registered: December, 2014
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: December 9, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp, cheap love its build quality
Cons: need a hood
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

   
Veteran Member

Registered: December, 2010
Location: SoCal
Posts: 515
Lens Review Date: September 17, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp, small, nicely dampened focus ring
Cons: none yet
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 9    Bokeh: 9    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

https://secure.flickr.com/photos/formercanuck/15076414408/
https://secure.flickr.com/photos/formercanuck/15239975236/
https://secure.flickr.com/photos/formercanuck/15262592792/
   
New Member

Registered: May, 2013
Location: Toronto
Posts: 5

1 user found this helpful
Lens Review Date: April 17, 2014 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $56.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp even at f/2.8, close focusing distance, metal construction
Cons: Lens flare
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10    Camera Used: K-30   

The angle of view is extremely versatile, allows for very nice close-ups too. The focus is very very sharp, The bokeh is ok - I'm giving it an "8". Handling is wonderful and focus ring quite nice. The only gripe - (this has already been pointed out by others) this lens has a flare problem.

Nevertheless, I would definitely recommended this lens.
   
New Member

Registered: October, 2013
Location: Naples
Posts: 10
Lens Review Date: November 2, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Optical quality is good for the price (better than Pentax 28 2.). Compact and light.
Cons: It suffers of flare and ghosts, and badly need a hood to keep contrast good (it's not an SMC!). Not Pentax colorurs.
Sharpness: 7    Aberrations: 6    Bokeh: 6    Handling: 7    Value: 8   

I explained almost everything in the Positive and Negative aspect.

For sharpness, distortion and overall immage quality, it's better than the Pentax 28 2.8, except for the coating... it's really far behinde the SMC pentax, in fact there is a great need of using a lens hood to keep contrast good and evade aberration and a loss of sharpness. With an adeguate hood, it beats the Pentax one.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: January, 2013
Location: Kansas City, KS
Posts: 1,577
Lens Review Date: September 7, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Smooth focus, sharp, auto-aperture, nice crop on DSLR
Cons: None that I've found
Sharpness: 10    Aberrations: 10    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I keep this lens on my K-30 more often than not. The angle of view is extremely versatile, from street photography to landscapes and group shots, and the close-focusing abilities produce very nice close-ups of flowers and details of still lifes. It does almost everything!

The focus is very very sharp and my copy has no issues with blurred corners nor CA, at any combination of settings.

The bokeh is not as attractive as my 50mm Vivitar, but it does create acceptable "dreamy" backgrounds wide open, and particularly with some diffused or "golden hour" light.

The handling is wonderful and the focus ring is a pleasure to use. It could be a bit longer, but it is responsive and sure-footed.

Definitely recommended if you're looking for a lens in this focal length.
   
Lens Review Date: December 6, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $40.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: good sharpness, cheap, build quality (for the price), smooth focus ring
Cons: flares (needs hood)
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 10   

I would really buy it, if i had such a nice possibility again! Solid build, very very! smooth focus ring, A-setting. It´s small and a such an universal focal length on aps-c.
   
Inactive Account

Registered: August, 2007
Location: Helsinki
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: October 15, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $80.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small size, sharpness
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 8    Value: 9   

Great little 28mm prime. Very sharp.

Here you can find more my experiences about it:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/42581450
   
Junior Member

Registered: November, 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 38
Lens Review Date: September 27, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros:
Cons:
Sharpness: 9    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 9    Value: 9   

I've used this lens for decades. It always delivers nice results.
   
New Member

Registered: January, 2010
Posts: 23
Lens Review Date: September 27, 2012 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $19.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Close-up, sharper than Super Wide II, solid construction
Cons: Need good light to produce good image
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 8    Bokeh: 8    Handling: 10    Value: 10   

I had the original (Mk I) with Pentax k mount. Compared to its sibling, Super Wide II, I found that, to my surprise, it is sharper on corners/borders and more flare resistant. People often rave about Super Wide II and tend to ignore this sleeping beauty. Grab one while it is still cheap.
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