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Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN -Micro 4/3 400963

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Micro 4/3 400963
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Product Details

Style: Micro 4/3 400963
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007F7G6WW
  • Item model number: 400963
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 21, 2012

Product Description

Style: Micro 4/3 400963

19mm F2.8 EX DN

Customer Reviews

Well built and good image quality.
Ryan
I have this for my Sony NEX to replace the kit lens and it is great.
Chris
Sharp as a tack and fast in focus also.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Peter Yang on July 4, 2012
Style Name: Micro 4/3 400963
"There are NO BETTER LENS for $199". This lens is an absolute winner!
- Edge to Edge Sharpness that match my $1200 Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM for less
- Ultra Fast AF speed even on 2yrs old Panasonic GF2
- AF is completely "SILENT" for video shoot
- Useful Focal Length (19mm = 38mm FF) similar Field-of-View as common point/shoot
- Short (20cm) Minimum Focus Distance for great close-up
- Amazing Bokeh (see bottom)
- Amazing PRICE (I'm constantly pinching myself this performance for $199?)

>> Beautiful Bokeh <<

While "bokeh" taste maybe subjective, most would agreed upon that (1) Big-Round shaped bokeh highlight is more pleasant than Elliptical-shaped-Cat's-Eyes highlight, and that (2) Smooth + Soft color transition is better than Harsh-Edge lines. Sigma 19mm delivers on both counts.

>> 38mm is Great Focal Length, much like Canon 24-105L on Rebel <<

Sigma 19mm = 38mm on Micro4/3 format, which is the same focal length as your typical POINT/SHOOT: (1) wide enough to cover wide landscape, and (2) tight enough so people in your photograph aren't dwarfed by the surroundings. Coincidentally, Sigma 19mm has the same Field of View as a Canon EF 24-105L on Rebel T1i, T2i, T3i, T4i: [ 24mm x 1.6 CropFactor = 38.4mm ]. If you love 24-105L on canon rebel dslr, you're love Sigma 19mm on Micro43.

>> Process of Elimination <<

- Olympus 17mm - great price and usual focal length, but lens softness, CA, and AF NOISE kills it

- Panasonic 14mm f/2.5 - Compact size, but poor corner softness + severe vignette in the corners. Search cameralabs review, 14-42mm kit lens is actually much sharper, less vignetting, and have image stabilization

- Panasonic 20mm f/1.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric T TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2012
Style Name: Sony E 440965 Verified Purchase
Bottom Line:
If you need across the frame sharpness stopped down on the NEX, this is the lens to get for this focal length. However, it doesn't really offer a lot over the kit zoom if you aren't concerned with corner quality.

Pros:
Very Good overall image quality

Cons:
A bit large for the aperture size/focal length compared to similar lenses
Can produce some ghosts from bright point lights in a frame (might be an issue for night shooters)

Review:
This lens is a little bigger than the 30 mm f/2.8 sibling, it has a hood attachement point and a bit of extra length in the barrel as well. It is still roughly the same size and both are smaller than the kit zoom, but not if you combine them.

The one major problem on the NEX system right now are lenses that are sharp corner to corner, but this one does a fairly good job at the extreme edges when you stop it down to f/5.6, definitely better than the kit zoom.

Lens distortion is visible, but not bad for the class at about 1.5% barrel distortion. CA isn't bad, but I did notice some purple fringing towards the edges of the frame. Lateral CA is visible, but not bad. Pretty average.

The focus elements clunk if you tip the lens end-to-end with the camera turned off, this is because they are free floating and use a linear motor (electromagnetic motor) that requires power to position the elements. The drawback here is the lens will drain the battery a bit faster, but when Sony improves their NEX focusing system, this lens should be able to focus faster.

So I recommend this lens, but only for those that know what they are getting. Most people will be just fine with the kit zoom, and if you want a large aperture prime pick up the Sony 50 mm f/1.
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Style Name: Micro 4/3 400963
Good sharpness across the frame. Fast and accurate AF with very quiet operation. A very good bargain 38mm equivalent for your MFT. The focusing ring is easy to use in MF assist/focusing by wire when filming. A good buy. Not as sharp as a Leica or Zeiss lens but it is quite good especially for the money. Also not alot of distortion or flare or internal reflection from what I could see in the files I have made thus far. I personally really like this focal length for MFT. A good cheaper option to the 20 1.7 by Panasonic or Leica 25mm DG 1.4. Both are however a tad sharper and certainly faster. But they are 2X to 3x more $$$ too. Lastly bokeh is quite good for a 19mm. It is still 19mm afterall folks;-)! It is a nice small lens. I will use this and the anticipated 17mm 0.95 Voigtlander (once I get it in May) for probably 80% or more of my filming.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By LGO on June 5, 2012
Style Name: Sony E 440965 Verified Purchase
I rate this lens 4 stars.

This review is based on my use of this lens on an NEX-7. The test was conducted with the NEX-7 mounted on a tripod. Shutter was released by timer or by wireless infrared remote.

This lens performs quite well on the NEX-7. It is very sharp at the center even wide-open and the borders improves visibly at f/4.0, becoming better at f/5.0 but does not really improve after that and never does come close to the superb sharpness in the center . Unlike the kit lens, one can shoot wide-open with this lens on an NEX-7 with good results. Contrast is average at f/2.8 but is very good by f/4.0. Distortion is a bit more than what I would have wanted but is easily corrected in post-processing.

Compared to the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8, color is a bit muted and less saturated but is not at all objectionable and is typical of most Sigma lenses. Flaring resistance is average though it could have been better due to its design of having fewer elements and grouping. Chromatic aberration (CA) is there regardless of aperture setting but not to the extent to be overly objectionable and can be removed in post-processing.

The lens is priced reasonably at less than $200 but I would not consider it as an exceptional value given its built and performance. While it is true that this lens is priced considerably much less than the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8, there are several factors that explains why I consider this lens as of average value. This is why I rate this lens at 4.5 stars instead of 5 stars.

First is the aperture of f/2.8. This is better than the kit lens but a one-stop difference would have been ideal.

Second is the built quality.
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