Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG IF HSM Aspherical Lens

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Won "Camera Grand Prix 2004" Award From Camera Press Club

Sigma 12-24 f4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM Super Multi Coating reduces flare and ghosting that tends to occur when using digital SLR cameras. When used with a 35mm or full-frame digital SLR camera, this ultra wide angle zoom lens offers 122 degree super wide angle of view along the diagonal axis.

Sigma 12-24 f4.5-5.6 EX DG Lens

Sigma will always be guaranteed a place in the history books as pioneers of the wide-angle zoom lens. Their advanced super wide angle technology was developed far earlier than any of their competitors. Sigma designed and produced the first wide-angle zoom lens, the zoom gamma 21-35mm F3.5-4.2, in 1979. The wide-angle zoom category didn’t even exist before this date.

The market comprised only standard and telephoto zoom lenses with most people believing that wide angle zooms were impossible to develop. However Sigma’s advanced design and pioneering technology went on to prove them wrong and strongly influence subsequent product development.

HSM means this lens will autofocus on Nikon D40/D40x, Nikon D60, Nikon D3000, Nikon D3100 and the Nikon D5000


Optimized for Digital SLR Cameras Four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements are provided for effective compensation of color aberration, which is a common problem with super-wide angle lenses. Two pieces of molded glass and three aspherical lenses, including two molded glass aspherical lens elements, offer excellent correction for linear distortion as well as all types of aberration. It is an ideal lens for Digital SLR Cameras as well as film SLR cameras.

HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) Equipped with Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) for Sigma, Nikon and Canon. It is easy to revert to Manual Focus by simply turning the focusing ring and overriding the AF. An inner focus system provides high performance and convenience. The non-rotating lens barrel perfectly suits the matched petal shaped lens hood.

Minimum focusing distance of 28cm/11in. at all focal lengths. 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG lens offers a minimum focusing distance of 28cm/11in. at all focal lengths. The super-wide angle’s useful range of view offers the photographer greater freedom of expression.

Fixed Petal-type hood is incorporated This lens is equipped with a fixed Petal-type hood to obtain a superior extraneous light-blocking effect. 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHERICAL HSM LENS RECEIVES EISA EUROPEAN LENS OF THE YEAR 2004-2005 AWARD. The 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHRICAL HSM ultra-wide zoom lens, with an incredible 122-degree angle of view, wins EISA EUROPEAN LENS OF THE YEAR 2004-2005 award. EISA is the largest editorial multimedia organisation in Europe, with a membership of fifty Audio, Mobile Electronics, Video and Photo magazines drawn from twenty European countries. Every year, the EISA Awards celebrate new photographic products such as interchangeable lenses, digital and film compact and SLR cameras. The Awards applaud the products that combine the most advanced technology with the most desirable features. The lens was awarded this prestigious title because of its incredible 12mm focal length, its suitability for both digital and traditional film SLRs and its excellent correction of distortion and flare and last but not least, its reasonable price.

12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHERICAL HSM won "Camera Grand Prix 2004" award from Camera Press Club (Japan) 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHERICAL HSM awarded Camera Grand Prix 2004 Special Prize by Camera Press Club. Except fish-eye lenses, this super-wide angle lens is the only lens that has 12mm focal length and can be used with Digital SLR cameras as well as film SLR cameras. Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements are provided for effective compensation of color aberration, which is a common problem with super-wide angle lenses.

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Lens styleZoom lens
Max Format Size 35mm FF  
Lens focal length12 – 24 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Canon EF, Pentax KAF, Sony Alpha, Sigma SA, Nikon F (FX)  
Angle of view 122 - 84.1 degrees  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F4.5 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0  
Total diaphragm blades 6  
Total Elements 16  
Number of Groups 12  
Coatings / special elements Four SLD glass elements Three aspherical elements  
Minimum focus distance 0.28 m (11.02")  
Maximum magnification ratio 0.14 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Ring-type ultrasonic  
Full time manual focus Yes  
Focusing method Internal  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Physical features
Overall weight600 g (1.32 lb)  
Lens diameter 87 mm (3.43")  
Overall length 103 mm (4.04")  
Sealing No  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Filter annotations Filters cannot be attached to this lens  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code Built-in  
Tripod collar included No
Introduced November 24, 2003

Lens Includes
Built in Petal Shaped Lens Hood, Sigma Four-Year Warranty (Sigma One-Year Worldwide Warranty plus Sigma 3-Year Extended USA Warranty

Fantastic glass, June 25, 2009
By RonAnnArbor (Ann Arbor, MI United States)

I got this for my Nikon D700 when looking for a wide-angle lens that wouldn't break the bank and had a large wide angle view.

Wow, was I surprised by the quality of this glass. It is the widest you can get for a full-format dSLR, and it is sharp across the entire focal range. I won't go into a detailed review here of the the glass -- you can google the reviews and the technical specs.

This is a fine wide angle lens for landscape shooting. It's a bit heavy and large, but the D700 is a great home for it!...One note: there is no way to put a standard filter on this lens, though there are workarounds. Still - with photoshop you can go back and create the filter effects you might have wanted. For purists, you will need to read about how to attach external filters if you need to use one. 

Wow. Great lens!, May 15, 2009
By M. Potvin "" (SC PA)

I'm lucky in that this lens has apparently jumped in price since I purchased to when I'm getting around to this review.

My first experience with Sigma was a 28-300 I had on a camera ages ago. The barrel oil canned and picture quality was so-so. I needed this lens for performing interior and exterior home remodeling pictures as part of a contract job.

First impressions when un-boxing. Wow. This is a different breed of lens than my first Sigma. The lens feels solid and well made. Has a nice carry case that comes with it, even though I don't use them.

My first day of playing with the lens was a cloudless day at a tree preservation high up on a hill. First couple of shots I noticed a lot of vignetting on the LCD. I realized then that the lens hood on the end of the lens slides off easily to expose, Popeye!

When not shooting with the hood, you have to be very wary of the sun angles, as you'll get immense flare from the intense curvature of the lens.

The lens takes some learning because of distortion and your physical relationships to your subject. Don't expect, as with any lens, to throw it on and start shooting keepers.

I've found far more uses for this lens that I originally anticipated. In addition to the interior photography, I've found it quite useful in providing a unique venue snapshot when shooting weddings. I will try to upload some customer photos from the lens.

Press Release
Saturday, 18 October 2003
Sigma Japan has announced a new wide angle zoom lens, the 12 - 24 mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM. This lens is clearly aimed at providing a good wide angle range for digital SLR's as well as ultra wide angle for film SLR's. On the Sigma SD9 (1.7x crop) this lens would provide the same field of view as a 20-41 mm lens, on the Canon EOS-10D/300D this would be approx. 19-38 mm. This new lens will be available in Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Pentax (non-HSM) and Minolta (non-HSM) mounts and has an estimated Japanese list price of 99,000 YEN ($901 at todays exchange rate).
SIGMA 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM Lens

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