Advice: Sony SEL 50 1.8 or Sigma 60 2.8

Started Aug 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Advice: Sony SEL 50 1.8 or Sigma 60 2.8
In reply to blue_skies, Aug 5, 2013

blue_skies wrote:

EvtK wrote:

Hi All,

I have been reading around on the forums here and I have checked many reviews on both the Sony SEL 50 1.8 and the new Sigma 60 2.8. I can't figure out which one to buy, and I'm hoping to find some advice here. Thanks already!

I'm new to photography and have the NEX 6 with 16-50 and 55-210 glass. I want to expand my collection for the main reason to shoot under low light conditions (in the house). This is because I have a 2 months old son and I like taking some good portrait candids of him. I managed to do this with the kitlens, but on 50 mm I can't get a higher aperture of 5.6. I'm scaring the crap out of the kid, if i get closer than 50 mm

My conclusions from reading around is that the sony 50 mm has some flaws on wide open aperture. Only from f2.8/f4.0 it starts to become a 'good' lens. The sigma has very good IQ out of the box at f2.8. Ofcourse the sony has OSS as a pre.

If I would should portraits in good light conditions, I think I would go for the sigma based on the many good reviews online. But: I want to shoot inside the house, without having optimal light conditions. Would in that case, the sony 50 mm with higher aperture and OSS better suit my needs? I wonder if I, since I'm just starting as a photographer, I would notice the flaws of the sony 50 mm...

Just get the Sigma 60 with the SEL35F18. This will give you the 'long' lens with the extra sharpness, and the 'fast' lens for indoor use, with a wider view, so it is a bit easier to use.

If your kid pictures are a must, and (bounce) flash is not an option, then you will need some extra lighting (1 stop) when using the Sigma 60 over the E50. Don't be afraid to crop with the E35.

The E50 is pretty clean from f/2.2 onwards.

I believe the E50 has nicer OOF rendering (bokeh) than the Sigma.

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Henry

This is a good recommendation. The SEL35 is an excellent and versatile lens. But I think the SEL50 has certain advantages over the Sigma, particularly for indoor low-light shots. This is obvious. The sharpness of the SEL50 is great, even at f2. As mentioned, a flash will be necessary for the Sigma because it is slower. And while the Sigma may be better theoretically as a portrait lens due to its longer length, the SEL50 and SEL35 are also great for portraits. And they both have OSS, which is a real plus for handheld indoor shots. The SEL50 is perfectly acceptable at f1.8, and sharp even at f2.0.

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Another option would be the Sigma 30, which may be the best and sharpest E-Mount lens of them all. Super affordable, sharp, and versatile.

Sigma 30

Sigma 30

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