This lens has caused quite a stir ever since it’s been released, many hate it, many like it. Has Sigma actually hit a home run with this lens? Well keep reading to find out.
I’m a person who loves maximum sharpness in my pictures, I don’t want so much to create it artificially so I want to find the best lens and camera out there to give me the result I’m looking for. It’s safe to say that I did a lot of reading before I bought this lens, comparing it numerous times to the slightly more expensive sel3518 from Sony.
To keep this review simple and concise, I’m going to break down the different sections about this lens.
Having owned this lens now for 1.5 years, it won’t be hard to review.
Well safe to say this lens is a beast, it is the highest scoring lens on DXOMark for sharpness on the A6000, rated higher than the elusive Zeiss 55mm 1.8 (on APS-C). the image sharpness is something abnormal, it surpasses the Sigma 60mm 2.8 Art lens. To keep it simple, if you want sharp images, buy this lens, especially at wide open 1.4. as all Sigma lenses, it’s sharp from edge to edge, leaving you with a perfectly sharp picture. Although wide open it does suffer from some purple fringing in the highlights, it’s really easy to remove in post.
The bokeh is mostly nice and creamy, occasionally it is a bit busy but really pleasing throughout and will easily please all Bokeh fans out there for sure.
Sigma’s are known for having a colder tone to the colors, and this lens is the same. I’m not a big fan of the colors of this lens, but that’s what the color sliders are there for and they are actually ok. If you are looking for zeiss style colors, forget this lens. (that’s why it costs 10 times less than the Zeiss)
It’s really big, especially when you compare it to it’s main competitor the Sel3518 which is half the size of the Sigma. For my personal liking, they could have made it a bit smaller. The good news is that it’s light as it’s mostly high quality plastic construction with metal mount.
This is the part I dislike about this lens. The autofocus is slower than a native Sony lens and is not always on focus. I had many times in full broad daylight where the focus didn’t work correctly, and focused on the background when I wanted the foreground. It doesn’t take advantage of the A6K’s series full focus points as it’s a 3rd party lens, I guess there needs to be a limit somewhere. If you are in a low light situations, 3 out of 5 times, the camera will just plain hunt for focus and will take 4-5 seconds to focus on a subject, I heard this happens with a few sony lenses also. The main thing for me was that, ok, if the autofocus doesn’t work, I’ll use manual focus. Much to my surprise, this lens adopts the focus by wire system which makes focusing manually impossible (when compared to manual focus lenses only from years ago). If you turn it slow, it moves real slow, if you turn it fast, it will slide right past the focus point. This is a bit annoying as the most important feature of this lens was glossed over while in the planning stages.
IF you are using this lens for video, make sure you keep on the manual focus because in Autofocus mode, it will throttle and struggle to keep focus on items that are closer.
While most of my review sounds bad, don’t let it have a negative impact on your decision to get this lens. If you are the casual photographer or semipro, you can get amazing results with this lens. In a blind test you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between this lens or it’s zeiss counterparts, and that’s a good thing.
Another important factor to consider is that it’s cheap, much cheaper than any sony native lenses. If you don’t care about OSS for videos and can live with the few things that drive me up a wall, get this lens.
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