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4.0 out of 5 stars Pro Level, but not for everyone, July 4, 2012
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This review is from: Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN-Sony E 440965 (Electronics)
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/1.8 as it is very different than the kit lens as it is 3 f/stops larger aperture at 50 mm, which is something anyone can notice. Get this if you really need the corner performance improvements for large prints, etc.
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Initial post: May 14, 2014 3:47:07 AM PDT
For many of us, the Sony Nex is an aerial video kit. For this purpose, this lens surpasses the Sony offering (the SEL16F28) by a wide margin, and we mostly couldn't care less about zoom lenses. Also, the 35mm f1.8 is a better prime lens than the 50mm. 35mm is a much better focal length for a prime.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2014 3:58:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2014 4:03:39 AM PDT
Eric T says:
My point was the kit lens is good at 35mm f/4.5, not so good by 50mm f/5.6, so people are likely to notice more difference in quality and aperture with the 50mm.

35mm isn't a better focal length. You might need either a 50mm or a 35mm. Depending on what you are doing one will work better.

Ps I don't think the SEL35f18 was available when I wrote my review.

Posted on May 14, 2014 4:28:14 AM PDT
Eric T says:
To add a bit more. When I wrote this 2 years ago, the choices were 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8, 24mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8. My suggestion for the 50mm was because it was most different than the kit. The 19mm f/2.8 is better than the kit, but only if printing large. Aperture isn't really very different so the lens doesn't open up new avenues of photography. So I strongly recommend the 19mm, but only for people who know what they are buying.
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