Sigma 30 and 19... which one to keep as a general purpose / portability lens ?

Started Jun 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
rogjil Junior Member • Posts: 44
Re: Sigma 30 and 19... which one to keep as a general purpose / portability lens ?

Amamba wrote:

So, after much trial & error, I finally settled on 18-105 as my walkabout lens.

I feel that I have too many lenses now. They don't burn a hole in my pocket, but I'd rather not have lenses I use little.

What I have in E-mount is Sony 18-105/4, 18-55, 50/1.8, Sigma 30 and Sigma 19. Plus, a few A-mount and manual lenses.

With the purchase of 18-105, the 18-55 will go. It's a black version and very good as long as the kit lenses go, but it's outclassed by 18-105 and the portability factor can be relegated to one of the primes.

I will not sell 50/1.8 as it's probably the best IQ lens on Sony E-mount, plus the only other lens that's as good in low light is a much more expensive and less sharp 35/1.8.

So, I now need to figure which of the Sigmas to keep. I don't think I need both.

30/2.8 is a tad sharper (not drastically) and a bit better for portraits, plus just a tiny bit smaller. However, too long for landscapes.

19/2.8 is good for walking around in a city, still usable for portraits (full body), not noticeably longer, less of a universal lens but I feel it would complement 50 better.

So, 18-105, 19 and 50 less 30 ?

What would you do ?

When I checked lens usage in lightroom, I found 43℅of my images shot with the Sigma 19 and about 30% with the Sigma 30. So for me I would keep the 19. However I have just spent two weeks using a Samyang 12 mm just about exclusively, so my preference is for wider angle lenses.

Also checking images I really like I have way more from the 19, so rather than think about which lens is sharper or maybe a better focal length, which of the two lenses for you has provided the better result. Pick that one.

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Sony a6000 Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN Samyang 8mm F2.8 UMC Fisheye Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS +2 more
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