Sigma 19 or 30 for Landscapes

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
SimonOL Senior Member • Posts: 1,691
Re: Sigma 19 or 30 for Landscapes

trax87 wrote:

I don't mean to take away from the OP's thread, but as a new NEX 6 owner this is a very relevant thread for me.  I have both the 16-50pz and the 55-210.  I was planning to buy the Sigma 2 lens kit at B&H, but have been wondering if that is the best way to spend that $200.  I am looking for a basic lens set that will work for typical situations and travel -- next trip is Florida where I will be doing things both inside and out (wildlife, beaches, street/city shooting and museums).

Do the Sigmas have a place or might I be better off trying some legacy glass? At $200 for 2 good primes, the Sigmas seem hard to beat, but as pointed out, there is some overlap and I would really like a faster lens than the kit for lower light/indoor use.

The Sigma lenses certainly have their place. They give very sharp results (corner to corner) are very light weight and cheap compared to other e-mount lenses. As previously mentioned in this thread, they're ideal if you want to make big prints or like pixel peeping.

They're not great for low light conditions - part of the reason they are relatively cheap is that they do not have OSS which is worth a couple of stops of aperture (or more) in terms of being able to hand hold the camera at slower shutter speeds and get acceptable results.

For low light, the E35 and E50 lenses are much better choices if you need auto focus, light weight and compact dimensions. But, you pay much more for them.

If you can deal with manual focus and can accept more bulk, legacy lenses can be a good option. There are some really great lenses out there which can still be cheap (for example, the Konica 50mm f/1.4 which often sells for around $80, so less than $100 including an adapter. This is far from the cheapest option, but is underrated IMO).

Sometimes, there's no substitute for the convenience of auto focus; you need time to develop the skills to use legacy lenses effectively, and sometimes you just don't have the time.

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