Camera Gear Reviews

This site focuses on reviewing gear that is outside the mainstream. There are plenty of sites that review the latest and greatest from the big names. The reviews on this site are often of gear that is now only available on the used market, was never reviewed when it was available new, or gear that otherwise interests the author. The reviews presented here are less about science and numbers and more about subjective impressions and feel. Creating this site is work that I enjoy. Hopefully you will find something useful or enjoyable as well.

Sigma 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM

Sigma is an anomaly. At least if you look at their present and past offerings of camera gear. Some of their gear seems well made, well priced, and filling a niche in the market. My experiences with their Sigma EF-500 DG Super EO ETTL flashes and 30mm 1.4 lens have been overwhelmingly positive. At the opposite end of the spectrum lies a large number of under performing built-to-a-price-point gear that seems designed for the first time photographer. The good news is that this 12-24mm ultra wide angle zoom lives in the high rent neighborhood of Sigma's product range.

Impressive build quality. The heft reminds the user of camera gear from a generation (or two?) ago. The focus and zoom mechanisms feel precise and reasonably well damped for an autofocus lens. The short built in lens hood is metal and built to take a beating. Which is good. Because it did.

Sigma 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM

But before getting too far into the bicycle incident, I need to profess that this lens brings out the child in photographers. Although this rectilinear lens does it's job and keeps straight lines straight, we still get to utilize the perspective distortion it creates to have fun. And at 12mm, even on a crop sensor body, it provides a good amount of perspective distortion. This lens was not used for a project. When I borrowed it from it's owner I had no need for an ultra wide. I just wanted to goof around. And that goal was accomplished.