I got back a couple of days ago from Labor day at the beach. I of course took the new Sigma 60mm (s60mm) along and took a very large number of pictures with it. At my count I came back with about 500 images from the trip, edited down to about 350 and about 2/3rds of the pictures were taken with the s60mm.
This lens is just fantastic! I still have nits, but the image quality is absolutely unimpeachable.
It is sharpest from wide open in the center, the corners hit peak at maybe f/3.5, but really the difference between wide open and f/3.5 or anything short of the diffraction limit is almost unnoticeable.
Only a few pictures today and my full Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN lens review is going to wait a couple of months. I want a lot more sample images and a larger variety. Plus I want to see if any other strong points or weak points appear over the next couple of months. I probably won’t have the time for too much photography the next couple of weeks, but I’ll see what I can fit in. I am renovating part of the unfinished space in my basement in to a guest bedroom and office and I have 2 weeks to get the insulation and electrical/network wiring done before my in-laws come to help drywall the ceiling and relocate the baseboard heater pipes. In there I have two new Ale’s that I need to brew up and a third that is almost ready to be bottled (I started Homebrewing a couple of months ago, because of course I needed yet another hobby). I am attending the Maryland Renaissance Festival a couple of times in mid-October where I hope to have a lot more chance to use the s60mm, a full review of the lens should follow. In the mean time I plan on writing up my m.Zuiko 12mm f/2 review and also some of the other pictures I took from the beach. While there I had the opportunity to visit and tour El Galeón while it was in Ocean City; I took lots of pictures.
Sigma 60mm f/2.8: f/3.5, 1/800s, ISO200
Sigma 60mm f/2.8: f/4, 1/1600s, ISO200
Sigma 60mm f/2.8: f/4.5, 1/1600s, ISO200
Here is a 100% crop of the above. I love my little girl, but you can even pick out the pores in her skin (even with the perfect skin of youth!) as well as all of the fine hairs if you look closely enough (B&W doesn’t reall help with the contrast to see it, but even still you can pick it out). This is deffinitely a lens that you’d want to soften skin details at least slightly if you are using it as a portrait lens and don’t want the wrath of the woman you are photographing to fall upon you. Click the image for the 100% view.
Sigma 60mm f/2.8: f/3.2, 1/60s, ISO200
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4: f/4, 1/160s, ISO200
What would a post be without a PL25 picture? It is still my favorite lens.