Review Sigma 60mm F/2.8 DN|Art Lens for Micro Four Thirds- MFT, M43
February 7, 2014
This is my review of the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Lens (Micro Four Thirds). The Sigma 60mm DN is part of the Sigma DN series of lenses that were specifically designed for Compact System Camera’s (CSC’s) or the Mirrorless System Camera’s (MSC’s). There are currently three DN lenses that are available in the market, the Sigma 19mm f2.8 DN Lens (Micro FT), Sigma 30mm f2.8 DN Lens (Micro FT), and the Sigma 35S963 60mm F2.8 DN Lens (Silver) (Micro Four Thirds). All Sigma DN Lenses are currently available in two mounts, the Micro Four Thirds and the Sony NEX Mount.
Lens Construction : 8 Elements in 6 Groups
Angle of view : 20.4 deg.
Number of Diaphragm Blades : 7 (Rounded)
Max Aperture : F/2.8
Minimum Aperture : F/22
Minimum Focus Distance :19.7in (50 cm)
Filter Size : 46mm
Why I bought the lens?
I was looking for a high quality lens that has more reach, than my M.Zuiko 45mm F/1.8 and will give me great image qualtiy. My first choice of course is the great M.Zuiko 75mm F/1.8, but because of the high price, I had second thoughts. Then I saw this lens in Silver for only $239 compare to $899, I immediately fell in love with it and decided to give it a try. Upon opening the box, I was impressed, it came with a nicely padded case like most sigma lens, it also came with a lens hood, zuiko lenses doesn’t come with one.
Performance? It’s just amazing, to summarize it all. I love how the bokeh is rendered, although it’s not an F/1.8, I can still get a nice background blur when I need to, it’s fast enough at F/2.8 and Autofocus is reliable and fast, and best of all, it’s very affordable.
Sharpness? From all the photos that I have shot, I can say that they are sharp even when used wide open. When I’m not shooting sports, it became my habit to shoot in aperture priority, and with this lens I shoot wide open at F/2.8 most of the time.
I used to own the first version of the DN lens, the 19mm F/2.8 DN and the 30mm F/2.8 DN. The newer DN lenses has faster and more accurate af, and the image quality is better than the old version, when shooting wide open.
I based findings from the photos that I shot, and after using it for more than a week, I’m really satisfied with it’s performance. I wish Sigma will make more DN lenses like this for Micro Four Thirds cameras.
The overall build quality of this lens, is on the high end. Feels good to handle. It is mostly made of plastic with a metal lens mount. The absence of focusing grip is not a problem for me, I actually like the smooth finish and I don’t see any problem when using it in manual which I rarely do.
The rattling sound present from the previous generation of DN Lenses are still there. This rattling sound is only present when the camera is powered off and it does not affect the performance of the lens in any way. It disappears as soon as you power on the camera.
- Affordable prime lens
- Fast AF
- Lightweight and Compact
- Great Image Quality
- Great build Quality
- Slick Design
- None as of the moment….
The Sigma 60mm F/2.8 DN Lens is a great lens, it produces high quality images and is such a joy to use. If you are looking for a lens for your MFT System Camera, look no further, you’ll fell in love with it. Reasons to go with this lens, affordable, an excellent lens with excellent image quality, it has fast af, good design, what else would you look for? I highly recommend this lens
Where to buy?
Sample Images from the Sigma 60mm F/2.8 DN and OM-D EM-5