Need advice on cheap Sigma lenses!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Ramirez, May 20, 2013.

  1. Ramirez

    Ramirez Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2011
    I found cheap second hand Sigma lenses through a retailer.

    Sigma 19 and 30, both at f2.8 for 85€ piece, second hand.

    Are they worth anything? Which one should I order if I order?
  2. chipbutty

    chipbutty Mu-43 Top Veteran

  3. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    I have both, but I've only really used the 19mm. I love it, very nice image quality and bokeh. I've used both the 14mm f/2.5 and 17mm f/2.8 and prefer it to both even though it is physically a larger lens.
  4. jziegler

    jziegler Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2012
    Salem County, New Jersey
    I have both, and use the 30 far more. I find it useful for portraits. I find the 19 to be a slightly odd focal length, but the price was right, and it is still a good lens.

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  5. chasm

    chasm Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 2, 2010
    Don't hesitate. Both are excellent. I have them both. My only regret is that the 30mm isn't a 35mm - if it were, then the pair would give the same focal lengths as my beloved Canon SureShot Tele from the late '80s (38/70mm twin lens)
  6. mh2000

    mh2000 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2010
    The 30 has become my very most used lens. I can't say anything against it. It might not be the very best lens ever made, but it is certainly a rock solid performer. It flares kind of like the P20, which isn't great, but it is acceptable. CA is reasonable. Sharpness is fine. I also have come to really like the FL... I thought I wanted a 25, but think this is working out to be more useful. I guess you have to ask yourself if f2.8 is fast enough... it is for me for most my shots.

    Honestly, the 19 is reported to be a little better than my Oly 17/2.8, but the 19 is way way bigger and I like the pancakeness of the 17... also like it being 17mm and not 19. I would never consider the 19 for myself, but people love it.
  7. With_Eyes_Unclouded

    With_Eyes_Unclouded Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 17, 2012
    They are both great lenses. Not without their shortcomings; somewhat bulky, slow to startup/wake up (esp. the 19mm), not super fast. But you can't beat them for the price and then some. Keep in mind that 85 euro is about 25-35% lower than what they go for new nowadays (speaking of the old versions).
  8. chipbutty

    chipbutty Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Many experience a slow start up with the Sigma lenses but on my G3 it's very fast. No issue at all. One other thing I love that never gets mentioned is the wonderfully smooth focus ring - better than rings on my other Panasonic lenses.
  9. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Do you have the new Art version? My girlfriend has the old 30 and a G3. There is a start up delay and focus ring is crap, barely turns. Image quality is excellent however.
  10. cdmicha

    cdmicha Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    Echoing what others have said- they are both good lenses. I bought both and thought I'd use the 30mm more often (I love portraits!), but as time has gone on, the 19mm is my go to lens for walk around photography, street photography, and even some really fun portraits.

    So, long story short, as long as it's from a reputable dealer (and perhaps gives you some way to return them if they have any issues, being second-hand), they're hard not to like.
  11. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Though I've never used either, I spent a bit of time on the Sony NEX forums, and the Sigmas seem to have a very nice reputation on there...
  12. chipbutty

    chipbutty Mu-43 Top Veteran

    No it's not the new Art version. I wonder if Sigma made upgrades to this lens without advertising it? It's a hair slower to start up than my Panasonic lenses. Barely noticeable.

    Enjoy looking at your pics over on Flickr.

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  13. audiodrive

    audiodrive Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    I've been using the Sigma 19mm for half a month now and I'm enjoying using the lens. No problem with the startup on my E-PM1.

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  14. PaulGiz

    PaulGiz Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 3, 2013
    Rhode Island, USA
    I have the new style 30mm. Optically it is no different from the old one.

    Image quality is excellent, sharp and contrasty with good color rendition. Focus is instantaneous and it is excellent at 2.8 with great center sharpness and very nice bokeh.

    If you like razor sharp, stop down to 5.6 and yow.

    I'd recommend the lens even if it weren't so inexpensive.

    At the price it is an excellent purchase.

  15. RichardB

    RichardB Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Nov 19, 2012
    Maryland, US
    The 19mm and 30mm are both very good lenses. They both have useful, natural looking perspectives. They are good enough that I sold off my Nikkor manual focus primes in similar lengths.
  16. AceAceBaby

    AceAceBaby Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 21, 2013
    I have the older 19mm, and my experience is the same as chipbutty's: no start-up delay that I can tell, and a really smooth focus ring.
  17. arson519

    arson519 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 10, 2013
    im glad i bought both mine start up right away if there is any delay i cant tell and both are excellent performers good sharpness
  18. Ramirez

    Ramirez Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2011
    I will pass on the Sigmas for now.

    I have the Fuji XF 35 f1.4 for low light and "bokeh" work.

    As I wrote in my "Olympus OM-D kit" thread; my OM-D is primary my "adventure outside in the nature" camera.

    I haven´t had a decent tele zoom for years and I found the OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO 40-150/4.5.6 ED black to go with my black OM-D for 115€.

    I just ordered it.

    It is going to be fun to have a longer reach :)
  19. Ramirez

    Ramirez Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2011
    Changed my mind!! I´ll go for it all!

    I pushed the button on the Sigma 30 mm 2.8 EX DN !!

    I couldn't resist it anymore! A cheap and quite good IQ prime.

    I probably will order the Sigma 60 too if I'm very satisfied with the 30.

    These will serve to help me in low light video recording mostly.
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