Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN Contemporary E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45715 date: Jun-12-2021
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta MC 55 F1.7
Sony FE 55 F1.8 Sonnar
Minolta SR 55 F2
Lensbaby 56 F1.6
Konica AR 57 F1.4
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
Tamron SP 60 F2 Macro
Sigma 60 F2.8 DN Art
Sigma EX 70 F2.8 DG Macro
Samyang 75 F1.8
Tamron SP 85 F1.8 USD
Sony FE 85 F1.8
Canon EF 85 F1.8 USM
Minolta MD 85 F2
Sony 85 F2.8 SAM
price paid:619 USD (new)
Image quality
Smooth operation
Quick, internal focus
Lens Compensation
negative:Size, weight, price
Pincushion distortion
Focus breathing
A bit of lateral CA
Only F2
"Mount with dust- and splash-proof structure"?
comment:I had purchased this lens from the same seller for a bit less two months ago, but they were backordered at the time. The Sigma 45 F2.8 DG DN has become one my favorite lenses, and the Sigma 60 F2.8 DN Art was the most impressive lens optically for APS-C, so I had high expectation for this lens. I quite like the 60ish mm focal length of lenses like the Minolta 58mm F1.4.

This lens is surprisingly large especially next to the Samyang 75 F1.8. It is heavier than the Sony FE 85 F1.8. It is smaller and lighter than both the new and old Sigma 70 F2.8 Macro primes. Like the 45, the aperture control operates much nicer than the one on the Sony 20 F1.8 G. "MADE IN JAPAN"

This lens is sharper in the center than the 55 Sonnar, the Samyang 75, or the Sony 85 F1.8. The Samyang 75 is close to half its price and weight. APS-C users can stick with the APS-C 60mm primes.

In back-to-back testing it focuses at least as quickly as the FE 1.8/55 Sonnar.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.67 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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