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Old Jan 29, 2013, 1:15 PM   #1
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Default Sigma announces new 60mm f2.8 and enhanced 19mm and 30mm f2.8 for MFT and NEX

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/01...-nex#specs30DC

On my first read I thought they were making a 30mm f1.4 for MFT and got really excited, but apparently they don't see a need to speed up the existing MFT lenses... wtf sigma?

Anyways it is good to hear the news that Sigma is adding another lens to their MFT offerings with this new 60mm f2.8 which hopefully should be under the $500 price of the Zuiko 60mm offering a lower cost alternative.

It will also be interesting to see what the redesign brings to the 19mm and 30mm both said to be sharp already, really too bad they didn't make them f2.0.

On a related note B&H has a bundle deal on the first version of the Sigma DN lenses, buy the 19mm f2.8 and the 30mm f2.8 for $199.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...LYMPS_PAN.html

damn tempting to get in on the close out deal while it lasts.
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http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/01...-nex#specs30DC

On my first read I thought they were making a 30mm f1.4 for MFT and got really excited, but apparently they don't see a need to speed up the existing MFT lenses... wtf sigma?

Anyways it is good to hear the news that Sigma is adding another lens to their MFT offerings with this new 60mm f2.8 which hopefully should be under the $500 price of the Zuiko 60mm offering a lower cost alternative.

It will also be interesting to see what the redesign brings to the 19mm and 30mm both said to be sharp already, really too bad they didn't make them f2.0.

On a related note B&H has a bundle deal on the first version of the Sigma DN lenses, buy the 19mm f2.8 and the 30mm f2.8 for $199.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...LYMPS_PAN.html

damn tempting to get in on the close out deal while it lasts.
I wonder if they're just repackaged versions of the "older" lenses. Still, nice to see the 60. If only someone would get the point and gives us a long prime.
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Eventually, if they keep increasing the focal lengths and keep the aperture at f2.8, they'll do something I would consider. 19, 30 or 60mm f2.8 non-macro primes....nah.

The 60mm f2.8 SHOULD BE inexpensive.

120mm or 150mm f2.8? Absolutely. I would be all over a 150mm f2.8.

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I wonder if they're just repackaged versions of the "older" lenses. Still, nice to see the 60. If only someone would get the point and gives us a long prime.
They have said the new 19 and 30 will be metal bodied instead of plastic bodied. They've also said there will be additional quality control to presumably make the lenses better.

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Eventually, if they keep increasing the focal lengths and keep the aperture at f2.8, they'll do something I would consider. 19, 30 or 60mm f2.8 non-macro primes....nah.

The 60mm f2.8 SHOULD BE inexpensive.

120mm or 150mm f2.8? Absolutely. I would be all over a 150mm f2.8.
yeah I question the value of the 60mm if it doesn't do macro it is really too long for portraits and likely not enough bokeh especially considering how good the 45mm f1.8

I agree a long f2.8 prime would be great. My preference would be a 300mm f4.0 or faster but that's just me, I find 300mm is my ideal birding focal length. I suppose a 200mm f2.8 or even the 150mm f2.8 with a TC could fit the bill too.

Fwiw Tamron also announced a 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 with in lens stabilization which should make the Panasonic crowd happy.

http://www.43rumors.com/four-new-mft...m-from-tamron/
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Well I certainly don't need two lenses with focal lengths only 11mm apart and the fact that my 14-42mmII Oly isn't that shabby. I think I would rather invest in a used Panny 20mm. On another note, I can easily close my wallet, there is nothing in there that would cause it to bulge when closed. Sigh...........
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The exciting news here is that Tamron's jumping into the game.
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Yes, and it makes real sense for any third-party lens to include built-in stabilization so they appeal to both Olympus and Panasonic users.
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I just hope that Tamron will come up with something more exciting, not a simple match to what Sigma is offering. I bought the 30mm last year when it was on sale for $150. It's a decent lens but I wish it was faster (well, I always knew that f2.8 is far from being fast). If Tamron makes an equivalent lens but f2.0 for the same price, that would be real exciting.
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I just hope that Tamron will come up with something more exciting, not a simple match to what Sigma is offering. I bought the 30mm last year when it was on sale for $150. It's a decent lens but I wish it was faster (well, I always knew that f2.8 is far from being fast). If Tamron makes an equivalent lens but f2.0 for the same price, that would be real exciting.
For a $100 lens , f/2.8 is actually pretty good. It is better than the f/3.5 on the kit lens.
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I'm believing that in IQ alone, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the Sigma lenses and my kit lens. The 2.8 would be a little better than the kit lens though.
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