Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Art E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#39917 date: Aug-10-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Sigma 19 F2.8 DN Art
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Rokinon 50 F1.2
Yongnuo 50 F1.4
Zeiss C/Y 50 F1.4 Planar
Canon EF 50 F1.4 USM
Sigma 50 F1.4 EX DG HSM
Minolta MD 50 F1.4 & AF & Sony (D)
Minolta MD 50 F1.7 & AF & RS
Sony FE 50 F1.8
Canon EF 50 F1.8 STM
Fotasy 50 F1.8
Konica AR 50 F1.8
Vivitar 50 F1.8
Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM
Sony E 50 F1.8 OSS
Minolta MD 50 F2
Neewer/Meike/Vivitar 50 F2
Konica AR 52 F1.8
Minolta MC 55 F1.7
Minolta SR 55 F2
Lensbaby 56 F1.6
Konica AR 57 F1.4
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
Tamron SP 60 F2 Macro
Sigma 65 F2 DG DN
price paid:123 USD (used)
positive:Size and weight
Almost no visible CA
Sharp wide-open corner-to-corner
Quiet, fast AF
negative:Corner shading
Very minor pincushion distortion
Electronic manual focus doesn't allow small adjustment
Comes with a tiny hood sized for a 19mm wide-angle lens
comment:This was purchased from an individual seller on eBay who was selling the entire Sigma F2.8 Art trinity. This is a black copy in very good condition. This one came without the original soft case. The retail price has been $239, but there was a long period when it was $209. "MADE IN JAPAN"

I didn't think it could actually be true, but this lens is even sharper than the 30mm F2.8 Art. Though a difference is only visible in the corners on 20 MP A5000. There is just the faintest hint of lateral CA in the extreme corners wide-open.

The field-of-view is nearly identical the Minolta MC 58 F1.4, and wider than the Tamron 60 F2. Both the Sony DT 18-135 and Minolta AF 35-105 report 60 mm at the same field-of-view. The Tamron macro has much less corner shading, but strong lateral CA. The focus plane is very flat.

Just like the other two F2.8 Art primes, it is not a bright lens being dimmer than other F2.8 primes. The image quality is definitely there wide-open.

It is larger than the 30/2.8 and 19/2.8, but it is still much smaller than the 58/1.4 and 60/2 on adapters. It is only slightly larger than the all manual Fotasy 50 F1.8. That lens is also very similar in overall image quality at the same apertures. The Minolta AF 50 F1.4 is also quite similar in image quality with much less corner shading but more chromatic aberration.

Like the Tamron 60 F2 and the other F2.8 DN Art lenses, the front element sits very close to the ends of the filter threads.

Sigma seems to have very tight quality controls. The brushed surface of the anodized focus ring is quite prone to show scratches. Judging by this lens's current condition the black finish actually seems to hold up better than the silver finish.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.60
  • build: 3.90
  • distortion: 4.80
  • flare control: 4.30
  • overall: 4.52 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania