Lens review

Sigma A 60 mm f/2.8 DN

6 August 2013
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

  • Solid-looking casing of high build quality,
  • Brilliant image quality in the frame centre,
  • Very good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • Very low chromatic aberration,
  • Well-corrected spherical aberration,
  • Imperceptible distortion,
  • Good correction of astigmatism,
  • Moderate vignetting,
  • Noiseless autofocus,
  • Sensational price/quality ratio,
  • Very good standard accessory kit.

  • What a pity it isn’t a tad faster…

I stopped believing in Santa Claus somewhere around 1978 but Sigma might make me start to believe in him again. Why? If several months ago somebody told me that for the price of about 200 USD you can get a lens produced completely in Japan, made mostly of metal, with outstanding resolution right from the maximum relative aperture, a device correcting most of the basic optical aberrations very well, with a hard case and a hood included in box (something that other brand name producers add only to lenses costing several thousands USD) and two-year warranty period which can be optionally extended to three years, I would tell them they were off their rocker. Sigma made that pipe dream come true – because of their product I do feel it’s high time I started to believe in Santa Claus again…

In fact the only thing that might make me complain in this test is the fact that Sigma doesn’t offer this lens with other mounts that the Micro 4/3 and the Sony E. In both of those systems the 2.8/60 parameters face fierce competition which is also sensibly priced (e.g. the Olympus 2.8/60 Macro and the Sony 1.8/50 OSS). I think the Sigma 2.8/60 would be greeted far more warmly by the users of such mirrorless systems as the Canon EOS M, the Fuji X or even the Samsung NX. I do hope the launch of new mounts is just a matter of time.

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P.S. the only flaw in the cons list is a bit spurious. If this lens was faster, I am sure it would also be bigger and it wouldn’t cost 200 USD.

Sigma A 60 mm f/2.8 DN - Summary