In the world of photography those three words have a universal resonance related to quality – in fact it isn’t a stretch to say that Japan dominates the field when it comes to production and market share.
Sony, Sigma, Fuji, Canon, and Nikon are all Japanese products, as well as notable others.
China is making a move with the introduction of their Venus Laowa lens that has the potential to be a game changer in the field of macro photography.
It’s getting high marks, but at least currently doesn’t seem to be posing a serious threat.
Zeiss products have the same resonance if you for the most part overlook the period when made in Russia – funny thing though, I was eager to obtain a Zeiss lens and when I did it was of that period and I wasn’t impressed at all and yet have a Helios, another Russian made lens I think is excellent.
With today’s technology you would think it impossible to make a bad lens, apparently that isn’t true and quality is incrementally attached to price.
The market is flooded with cheap lenses and poor to middling optics, the so called “entry level” that in many ways reminds me of the bait and switch.
Here, this will get you started, and once hooked investment wise it’s only natural you’ll want to spend more and upgrade in what can become an addictive behavior chasing everything new and improved.
The Sigma Dn Art series are cost compatible with those entry level lenses, yet perform like primes, and will run circles around them – vintage prime lenses cost even less in the vast majority of cases and my advice such as it is for a person buying their first camera is to buy body only and get one of the Sigma Dn Art lenses – doing so will build their initial confidence, keep them from becoming discouraged, and ultimately save them bucks by staving off the immediate need to begin upgrading.
Beginning photography shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, nor should it necessitate the need to immediately invest more money and if not able to dampen spirits.
This isn’t the first time I’ve touted Sigma’s Dn Art line nor vintage lenses of which the Pentax Takumars are my favorites, and just for the record I don’t work for either company nor receive a Valentine card and box of candy from them – my intention is solely to pay forward what I believe to be good news.
The above a Petri 55mm f1.8 of the cc auto variety – a good vintage lens.
Shouldn’t come as a surprise that the above photo was taken with a Sigma 30mm f2.8 dn art lens.
Brilliant color, sharp, and cropped only.