21 July, 2015

The Sigma E-Mount trio

Zeiss 50mm Loxia - Fortitude Valley, Brisbane [click image to enlarge]

A recent post in SonyAlpha Rumors pointed out how well the less expensive E-Mount lenses were selling on Amazon. This reminded me of the strength of the Sigma trio.


Sigma came to the E-Mount party with three lenses that form the classic primes kit: A wide 19mm f/2.8 (28mm equiv), a "standard" 30mm f/2.8 (45mm equiv) and a moderate telephoto 60mm f/2.8 (90mm equiv). These are all autofocus, but they're not stabilised and they're not super-fast. That's how Sigma kept the lid on the prices. (And they all share the same filter size - 46mm.)

I'm a prime guy, and a trio like this reminds me why. The kit zooms that we're used to seeing are slower and less sharp. They do, however, have stabilization. But think about this. The 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit zoom for the A6000 is f/5.6 at it longest (75mm equiv). The Sigma (at 90mm equiv) is f/2.8 and is one of the sharpest lenses you can get for a NEX camera. Talk about bang for your buck....

Yes, there are better primes, and some of them are stabilised; but they are usually twice the price or more.

But something else is happening. Many Sony users are moving to full-frame with the A7s. And soon there will be a new A7000 (or whatever it might be called). This is going to mean a buyer's market in both new and used NEX-7s, NEX-6s and A6000s. Any of these outstanding ASP-C cameras linked to the Sigma trio will be a powerhouse kit for almost no money. (Well, okay, some money.)

For anyone who wants to do photography (but lacks an inheritance), I think this is a super opportunity.

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