Sigma's New 65mm f/2 Lens Looks Ridiculously Sharp


Sigma recently announced a trio of not-so-fast primes for Sony and L-mount cameras, the most curious of which is the 65mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary. Ås either a long standard or a short telephoto, it’s not your typical length, but how does it perform?

Probably the immediate comparison to this lens is the AF 75mm f/1.8 from Samyang, a lens that couldn’t feel more different in the hand to the metal construction seen in Sigma’s lenses. As a result, the Sigma is significantly heavier and at 14.3 oz (405 g), it’s almost twice the weight of the Samyang which comes in at 8.11 oz (230 g). Furthermore, the Samyang is 10 elements in 9 groups as opposed to the Sigma’s 12 in 9. 

Christopher Frost is impressed with the sharpness and most of us knew in advance that this was going to be an impressive performer. By contrast, the Samyang will be softer but this is to be expected given that the Sigma is almost double the price. The Samyang is reduced right now at $329 down from $399 (check out my review here), while the Sigma will be available from mid-January for $699 (though B&H Photo reckons it will start dispatching on December 24).

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