New NEX-6 user needs first prime - SEL3518 or Sigma 30mm or legacy prime

Started Apr 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
PhotoFactor Senior Member • Posts: 1,588
Re: New NEX-6 user needs first prime - SEL3518 or Sigma 30mm or legacy prime

mgn2 wrote:

I just got my NEX-6 with the kit lens (16-50) a day ago and so far love it. I don't think I will miss my Nikon SLR gear (D40+18-55mm kit lens+35mm 1.8G prime+55-200mm zoom) going forward. I have a Fujifilm X100 which I think is the dog's bollocks and so I'm covered at 23mm with a fast prime.

I want to start building (slowly) a setup with the NEX-6 eventually ending up with 3 more lenses - a wide/UWA zoom/prime, a fast 'normal' 35mm-ish prime and a longer zoom. The very reason I wanted to switch from SLR to the NEX was size and form factor and it doesn't hurt that you can get professional quality IQ (IMHO) with the NEX. So I would like to keep everything as small as possible and would like add a fast normal 35mm prime first.

I am not a pixel peeper, I shoot jpeg only (might experiment with RAW, HDR, etc. but only seldom), and I am not looking for the absolute sharpest lens - just something that is fast, small and renders beautiful colors with decent sharpness just like the lens on my Fujifilm X100.

What should I get -

the SEL 3518 (con is that as it is expensive) or

Sigma 30mm (con is that it is not too fast) or

a legacy prime with an adapter (con is that it may not be small with an adapter and mild inconvenience of focus and aperture control)?

I'm in a very similar situation to you - I have a D40x and just wanted a smaller camera that would shoot high quality photos, so also bought the NEX-6 and have had it about a month.

I picked up the two Sigma lenses on the $199 deal somewhat opportunistically. The 30 is pretty close to a normal lens and not very expensive - it's also pretty small and very sharp. The f2.8 is not so slow when you figure it's barely a stop slower than a 1.8, AND your high ISO performance is way better (more than one stop) than the D40. So you basically have the equivalent low light capability (or better) even with f2.8.

The only thing you lose with Sigma is OSS (stabilization), but I never had it with my D40x lenses and you likely didn't, either. you could always use the PZ kit lens if that's important in some situations.

I also still have my Pentax MX film SLR with Pentax 50 and 28mm lenses. I paid <$20 for the adaptor and have done some playing with the 50, which due to APS-C makes a pretty good portrait lens.

Enjoy your camera!

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