About time for another sharp as a knife blog, this one featuring the Sigma 60mm f2.8 dn art lens.
But before I begin I’d like to ask an honest question – what is it with these “unboxing” reviews/videos that seldom if ever offer anything other than watching a pair of hands unbox a new lens and then turn it over and over? They don’t tell anyone much of anything and I fail to see the point.
Having said that and probably upsetting an unboxer person or two I’ll move on to the subject at hand.
This is a “cheap” lens if the definition is to be price, but it doesn’t render cheap images – sure you can pay multiples more but considering todays in camera corrections and sophistication of editing programs I don’t believe anyone unaware of which lens a person used would fail to be impressed by the quality images it produces.
Sigma has had something of a hit or miss reputation – a reputation they are proactively addressing and major kudos to Sigma for acknowledging not everyone is a pro sponsored by a company or has disposable income to pursue a hobby by producing a line of quality affordable lenses of the category in which this lens belongs along with the 30mm and 19mm – all of which can be had for a couple of hundred dollars new.
Having done so goes a ways toward leveling the playing field to degree.
There are those who based on price will out of hand dismiss these lenses – a mistake in my opinion but that’s on them.
This is an auto focus lens lacking image stabilization, for me the missing IS is irrelevant as my lens collection consists in the majority of vintage lenses manufactured before IS existed either in camera or in the lens itself.
The auto focus motor in this line of Sigma’s is characterized by a rattling when unmounted, a little spooky at first but by design and apparently works well as there plenty of positive reviews related to the speed and quality of focus.
There are two versions of this lens – same optical performance and construction, the difference being color ( silver or black) and a slightly perceptible different feel in the black edition.
Complaints with the earlier version that it shows wear marks easier and the focus rings is too thin and could be distorted – maybe so, but I don’t know of anyone who when shooting latches onto a focus ring with a death grip as it’s about finessing their way into the right focus.
Asthetically I prefer the black version for it’s non reflective quality outdoors, but that would be the only reason.
This is considered a prime lens that when mounted on a cropped sensor camera is the equivalent of a 90mm lens and features a maximum aperture of f2.8 with a minimum of f22. and a minimum focal length of about twenty inches . It takes a 46mm filter.
To my way of thinking it’s almost ridiculously light weighing in at a 190 grams, but lights the current rage.
In addition it comes with a canvas zippered pouch and a hood – not bad for a couple of hundred bucks new.
Tastes and opinions may vary but it’s a lens that will serve it’s owner well and more than the worth the price.
Picture angle: 20.4 degrees (Sony E-mount 26.6 degrees)
Minimum aperture: f/22
Lens construction: 8 elements in 6 groups (including one aspherical lens element and one SLD element)
Lens mounts: Micro Four Thirds (also available for Sony E-mounts)
Diaphragm Blades: 7 (rounded)
Focus drive: Ultrasonic linear AF motor optimised for mirrorless systems
Minimum focus: 50 cm
Maximum magnification: 1:7.2
Filter size: 46 mm
Dimensions (Diameter x L): 60.8 x 55.5 mm
Weight: 190 grams