- Better than a kit zoom.
- Not much to mention here, but the by-the-wire focusing
better than the Sony 18-55mm kit lens.
- It's not trying to do a lot, but it does it well
- Good performance at $200 with full accessories.
- Performance is better than the price would reflect.
for kayaking: 9/10
For kayaking this lens is
near perfect for what it is: light, sharp, moderately fast and quite
cheap. It's also
not terribly fragile, and for $200 it doesn't break the bank if it does
suffer a mishap. The colors and contrast look natural (compared to the
kit lens) and this lens blows away Sony's 16mm
f/2.8 in all aspects except AF
speed. I give this little gem two
big thumbs up considering the price. It's not perfect, but it's very
good and moderately priced, and performs better in the real world than
test chats tend to show. Price-performance goes through the roof if you
can find it and the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN
for sale as a
To get a feel for size,
here is a common
household item compared to the 19mm Sigma EX DN with the lens hood
attached. I'd say it has about 1/3 the mass of a beer can.