2.26.2018

Trailing lens reviews. The Sigma 60mm f2.8 DC DN Art. Nice.....


If you own a small sensor camera, be it a micro four thirds or an APS-C Sony mirrorless, you might seriously consider picking up one of the absolutely cute and very high performance 60mm f2.8 DC DN lenses that Sigma has been making for a number of years now. This is the third time I've owned this lens. I first bought the early version that fit on the m4:3 cameras but it left in a purge on my way toward the Sony system. One of the first lenses I bought for the Sony a6300 (a high performance imaging camera with a huge deficit of handling comfort) was the Sony version of the same lens. And once I migrated back to the m4:3 system late last year it was a lens I quickly searched out.

Here's why: It's small, light, cheap, fun to look at and.....it delivers wonderful and pristine optical performance even when used at its widest aperture. It has a wonderful combination of bite and realism. It's capable of high resolution with high contrast and, one of my favorite lens test sites, Lenstip.com, raves about the overall imaging performance of the lens -- across all the systems for which it is available.

For people who need wide angle lenses because they just can't make up their minds about what needs to be included in their photos and what needs to be excluded from their photos it might be a little long (focal length, not physical dimension...). But, if you like to isolate subjects and have definitive ideas about cropping the focal length is very good on the m4:3 cameras (equivalent to a 120mm on a 35mm, full frame camera) and perfect on an APS-C camera (90mm equivalent).

It also has the added benefit of being able to focus quite closely as you can see below. While it won't take the place of a good macro lens it will let you cut out a lot of extraneous clutter while maintaining high sharpness. My impression about the quality of its out of focus areas is that they are some and smooth and very desirable. (See image just below).


The lens comes with a hood and a small case and is around $240. While the f2.8 aperture may seem inadequate for some low light uses the two advantages bestowed by the limited f-stop are: It's fully sharp and usable wide open and it's comfortably small and portable. 

I consider it one of the great bargains available for all of the cropped sensor systems. You should rush out and buy one right away. If it doesn't fit on your full frame Canon or Nikon DSLR camera (it doesn't) then this gives you the perfect excuse to finally get rid of that old clunker and step into the wonderful world of smaller and more capable mirror-free camera systems from Sony (APS-C), Olympus and Panasonic.

I figure that any lens worth owning three times over is a lens you'll probably want to try.

11 comments:

Joseph Kashi said...

I wholeheartedly concur. It's a wonderful lens on M4/3 and I have multiple copies in both the casual M4/3 kit kept in my car as well as the serious M4/3 set in the Pelican case. You can't go wrong with this lens. It's nearly as sharp as my Olympus 75/1.8 prime, one of the sharpest lenses available, yet it's only 1/4 the list price of the Olympus and comfortably smaller and lighter.

David said...

Kirk,
In your quest for thin depth of field did you think to get the Sigma 50-100 f1.8 in EF mount with metabones speedboster and non-boster adapters?
Or is it just too much hasel?
The 70-140 mm f1.3 boosted and 100-200mm f1.8 fields of view seem interesting. And the lens is currently on sale.
I have read that many GH5 users are using this lens with its brother the 18-35mm f1.8.
Just wondering if you have thought about it and what your thoughts are.

Alex said...

It is a right bargain of a lens, bought a used G3 so I can use this lens, its a damned cheep way of getting near to 135 ok 120. It has to be one of the biggest bargains in lenses now, especially as I paid £45 for mine and the body after selling the kit -£10. Im on my second one after dropping a load of m43 I missed it. The Panasonic 25 1.7 is another bit of a bargain lens as well.

Anonymous said...

You might have just persuaded me...
Mark

Ken said...

I guess it’s good to know you can still surprise me. Whereas you usually make it clear that you’re a portrait guy that rarely likes or needs anything wider than 50mm or it’s equivalent, this time you figured you’d disparage anyone who does. “For people who need wide angle lenses because they just can't make up their minds about what needs to be included in their photos and what needs to be excluded from their photos...” Really? This just jumped out at me as something very un-Kirk-like.

Kirk Tuck said...

Very tongue-in-cheek, Ken. I own and use several wide lenses including the Panasonic 8-18mm. I was riffing off a discussion I've been having with a photographer friend over why some prefer the 50mm or 85mm as their perfect focal length while others are equally adamant about the 28mm or 35mm. It's a long debate tradition in photography. Now, you don't actually "like" wide angle lenses, do you? (joking).

Gato said...

I wish you'd stop writing about this lens -- I sold mine to help pay for the 35-100 2.8 and now you have me wanting it back. LOL

It is a very sweet lens, and for me a favorite focal length. Being mostly a zoom kind of guy I wouldn't use it much, but that doesn't stop me from checking the used lens listings now and then.

Dave Jenkins said...

Wish Sigma would make this lens in a Fuji mount.

Ilya said...

Hello Kirk, weren't you going to post some portraits made with this lens? Or was it about Rokinon?

sierrascale said...

Funny what people agree on to be important. Back in the film days, "serious" photogs looked down on 135 film as being too small. And now, that size sensor is considered "full" frame, and used to denigrate the smaller sizes. All relative in "one upsmanship."

Bob in Louisville, who has mostly m43 and a Fuji.

Anonymous said...

Heh, managed to find a cheap one for sale in the UK ... Order placed.
Looking forward to narrowing my view. I'm more of a normal aov person usually ... Mark