Using the Sigma 19mm f2.8 the first time: some experiences

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by JoFT, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. JoFT

    JoFT Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    Within my investigation about the "Nifty-Fifty" equivalent in the µ43 lens I got a tryout with the Sigma 19m f2.8.

    Having the 30mm f2.8 already their was no big surprise but quite a bit of applause to Sigma: offering our community a remarkable good lens for a fair price..

    I do have a couple of photos integrated into the blog entry. It would be nice to get some comments on it.

    µ43 for Photographic Beginners Part 4: Sigma 19mm f2.8 A

    My verdict:
    First of all: The Sigma 19mm is a good lens - here I have no doubt. It has a remarkable good price performance ratio. It is a recommendation for beginners who want to have a good lens which is faster than than the kit lenses. It is fun to use it.

    But there are limitations as well. With f f2.8 an 19mm we are talking in terms get bokeh comparable to 38mm f5.6 under Full Frame conditions. This means that the hyperlocal condition starts somewhat around 8,5m - and for subjects in 1m distance the Depth of field is nearly 24cm... Not really perfect conditions for creamy bokeh...

    For me having the phantastic Panaleica 15mm f1.7: This will remain my lens of choice. It is smaller, it has more than 1 f-stop more speed and it is comparably sharp with amazing color rendering....

    Here som samples:

    Quite selective in terms of bokeh

    And here some night shots...


  2. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    I own this lens too.
    I use it mostly if I want my body + lens to be small. For instance when I take my camera with my bike. In these cases it is a replacement for my 12-40 or SMC Pentax lenses. The lens performs better as a lens than yours truly does as a photographer.
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  3. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    It's my favorite lens on m4/3. I've had both the first version and the ART version and can tell no difference in optical performance, though for aesthetics, the ART matches my EM5 quite nicely.

    It's my "go-to" lens for 'normal' situations.
  4. JoFT

    JoFT Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2014
    Can you tell me what you mean?