Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN Art E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#38880 date: Jun-14-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Samyang 12 F2
Rokinon 16 F2
Sony E 16 F2.8
Tokina AF 17 F3.5 AT-X
Sigma 19 F2.8 DN Art
Sony E 20 F2.8
Minolta AF 20 F2.8 & RS
Sigma 24 F1.8 EX DG
Sony 24 F2 SSM Distagon
Tamron 24 F2.8 OSD
Samyang & Rokinon AF 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
price paid:179 USD (open box)
positive:Center sharpness wide-open
Minor complex barrel distortion
Includes hood and pouch
negative:Even slower optically than the slow 30/2.8
Curved focus plane
Lack of Fast Hybrid AF support
Aluminum finish wears poorly
comment:After the lovely 30mm F2.8 Art, I was hoping for similar performance from it's slightly larger brother. I also purchased a second well used copy for $123. This copy had some obvious tilt as the right side is much sharper than the left.

The Sony E 20mm F2.8 pancake is better stopped down across the frame. The Sigma is good for centered subjects wide-open. This behavior is at odds with uses suggested by their physical size difference. The A-mount 16-50mm F2.8 SSM kit zoom has much better image quality than either of these but does't work well with E-mount cameras.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.33
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.33
  • distortion: 4.33
  • flare control: 3.67
  • overall: 4.27 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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