So far from the initial three lens Sigma announcement, we’ve looked at the exciting Sigma 35mm F1.2 Art for Sony FE and L mount. In this review we have a look at Sigma’s contemporary 45mm F2.8 for Sony FE and L mount.
- Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- High-Speed AF with Stepping Motor
Design and Construction
Sigma contemporary lenses are popular because of their compact size. This is the case with the Sigma 45mm F2.8. For Sony a7 and Panasonic S series users looking for a compact versatile prime lens, this lens fits the bill. Weighing only 215grams and being the size of some kit lenses, the Sigma 45mm F2.8 will be a bag staple.
The aesthetic of the lens is reminiscent of a vintage film lens. In addition it houses a clicky aperture ring which unfortunately cannot be de-clicked for video users.
Performance and Image Quality
Autofocus performance on the Sigma 45mm F2.8 is great but does seem a bit slower when utilising electronic features such as EYE AF from Sony. Overall the speed is quite rapid, the lens is relatively quiet and didn’t seem to struggle on either the Panasonic or Sony system.
Image quality from the Sigma 45mm is great (especially for the price) but not exceptional. Shooting at F2.8 images are a bit soft and really start to sharpen up when stopped down to F4 to F5.6. At F2.8 does show pleasing bokeh results however if you are used to the look coming from the Art series, it doesn’t quite pull the same contrast.
The construction of the lens does help it combat against harsh flaring but there is minor distortion present. This should be an easy fix with a lens profile correction. Overall the lens does present a sound image quality.
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