Advice: Sony SEL 50 1.8 or Sigma 60 2.8

Started Aug 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
Cailean Gallimore Veteran Member • Posts: 6,083
Re: Advice: Sony SEL 50 1.8 or Sigma 60 2.8

Cailean Gallimore wrote:

Hin Man wrote:

Cailean Gallimore wrote:

I have both and they are very good.

In good light, the Sigma beats the 50mm 1.8.

In low light, the 50mm 1.8 beats the Sigma just because of it's speed.

My 50mm 1.8 focuses slower than the Sigma, and occasionally misses focus altogether, when wide open. This doesn't happen with the Sigma.

Optically, I would say that the Sigma is better, but not by a mile.

If you're not afraid of raising the ISO a bit - and you shouldn't be, the Sigma is fine under normal domestic lighting.


I have two side questions to ask. If you have the SEL 50mm f/1.8 and pretty happy with it. How do you justify buying the 60. Do you see the two lenses compete in usage or you see that they do fit in complimenting each other for different shooting scenes?

I mainly use the 60mm for street portraits where I find the focal length to be just right for me. The 50mm is pretty much only used for indoors portraiture.

There is some overlap, but they are two very different lenses. That 10mm difference is bigger than it sounds.

I have the first version of Sigma 19 & 30 along with the SEL 50. The Sigma surprise me in a good way: the good sharpness, AF and less hunting make them charming. How does the size of Sigma 60 with the hood on compare to the SEL 50? Which one is taller when the hood is mounted?

With the supplied lens hoods attached the Sony is longer by @ 40mm. That's quite a bit longer.

I actually love the 50 for its color, contrast and good speed but if there is one little gripe to share about the SEL 50 is on its slower AF and occasional hunting indoor. The lens hood is also a bit big when mounted.

My Sigma focuses faster and more accurately than the 60mm, though the 50mm performs well enough in most cases.

Honestly speaking, I think the Sigma is the better lens.

Thanks for the help,


(I meant to say that the 'Sigma focuses faster than the 50.')

I'm not a great fan of the way the Sigma 19 and 30 render out of focus areas (bokeh,) but the 60 has nice creamy/dreamy rendition. Perhaps not quite as nice as the 50, but nice nontheless.

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