The Sigma DN Monsters – Part 2
– Featuring Robing Ng as Guest Reviewer
Image: Guest-Reviewers (L) Trisha Lim & (R) Robing Ng.
08th January 2016, Singapore – Like the new Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART which we had published in Part 1, the popular Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN EX gets its ART upgrade too. Now it is formally known as the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART. With the focal range, most mirrorless systems will get an effective focal range of 120mm while the Sony E Mount gets 90mm. For this lens, we invited Robing Ng to be our guest reviewer doing the review side by side with Trisha Lim.
Although the 60mm ART looks like a taller twin to the 30mm, well it almost is. Sharing the same full metal construction, the lens exterior is identical with the 30mm with a simplistic and no-fuss design. Although slighly taller at 60.8mm x 55.5mm, it is still very compact for a lens with this focal length. Weighty but still light at 190gm, the 60mm is easy to bring around without a toil on your shoulder.
The Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART features the same 7 blades aperture (Rounded) that produces beautiful bokehs – some say same it is even more beautiful than the 30mm due to the telephoto range that resulted with a more shallow depth of field in addition to the rounded aperture blades. It focuses from wide open to F22 and it starts focusing from 50cm from the front. Magnification wise, it is pretty standard at 1:7.2 for small & compact lenses.
Image: (L) Trisha’a Sony a7 & Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art (R) Robing’s Sony a7 & Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Art.
On the optics, it is slightly different from the 30mm, it has 8 elements in 6 groups including Special Low Dispersion glass (SLD) & Apherical glass for all that correction from possible CA, distortions etc. The lens front accepts 46mm screw-on filters and everything else is pretty similar to the 30mm.
Robing Ng was given this lens for the weekend along with Trisha Lim for the review. Let’s check out Robing’s images that were shot with his Sony a7 and paired to the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART.
“The Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART’s metallic body feels good to the touch. It is classic yet exudes a class of its own. The metallic barrel/ zoom ring is smooth to the touch and it makes the lens feel much more expensive than it really is. For those that has sweaty palm, I will recommend the use of gloves.”
– Robing Ng.
“The round blades aperture produces interesting and near “perfect zero” bokehs! There isn’t really anything much to complain about!”
– Robing Ng.
“At 60mm, I have used it for street photography and am very impressed with the images that this lens had produced. Instead of me adapting to the lens, it feels more like the lens had adapted to my style of shooting. I have also used it for landscape in the above example. While many may not agree that I was using a medium tele for landscape, I would like to share that tele lenses produces very straight corners unlike wide angle lenses that distorts at the side.” – Robing Ng.
“Sigma lenses have been long known for its clarity and sharpness, including this chap. Its unimaginable that a lens of such size and cost, could produce such sharpness. Be it landscape or portraiture, the images produced great sharpness and clarity.” – Robing Ng.
“The Editor (AL) informed me that this DN Art does not comes with Sigma’s famous Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM) but instead, a newly desgined Linear-AF that literally carries & shift the Elements Groups for focusing – whatever that means. In my own words, the focusing is quiet, fast and accurate!” – Robing Ng.
“On overall, the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART is a value-for-money lens. High quality images, nice color rendering, fast-quiet-accurate focusing and the humble asking price, seriously you should get one too!”
– Robing Ng.
Ed: Robing Ng had said it all and yes, I agree – you should buy one too!
Thank you Sigma Singapore for the lens!
Thank you Robing for reviewing the lens!
Buy your Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART here.
Read Trisha Lim’s Review on the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART here.
For other Sigma Articles by Ourshutterjourney.com, click here.
** Sigma had re-organized their whole lens line into 3 category.
They are “C” Lens, “A” Lens & “S” Lens.
C Lens = Contemporary Lens Line
Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, Sigma’s high-performance Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Lenses in this category are Standard zoom lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, high-magnification zoom lenses.
A Lens = Art Lens Line
Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, Sigma’s Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Lenses in this category are Large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, macro lenses, fisheye lenses.
S Lens – Sports Lens Line
While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, SigmaSports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. Lenses in this category are Telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses.
For more information, please visit http://www.sigma-global.com
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