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In the highly competitive world of cameras, efficiency is always the name of the game—and more often than not, that comes with a hefty price tag. But the Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN contemporary lens proves that excellent quality image doesn’t always have to break the bank.
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Sigma 45mm f2.8 DG DN lens – one you didn’t know you needed
When it comes to buying a lens, it’s easy to fall prey to the more popular—and more expensive—brands in the market. But the Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN contemporary lens is actually the lens that you didn’t know you needed. It’s efficient, light, small and fast, which make it a good investment for any photographer that’s looking for an efficient lens but doesn’t have a huge budget.
This newly developed native lens is designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras and it is available for both the Sony E-mount and L-mount that’s used in Leica, Panasonic and Sigma cameras. The company is yet to announce if the lens will also be available for R or Z mounts.
It’s lightweight and easy to handle
At just 215 grams, the Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN contemporary lens is one of the most lightweight lenses out there. But while some photographers will think that lightweight camera kits have poor build quality, this isn’t the case for the Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN contemporary lens. The lens and lens hood are both made from aluminum, which explains why it’s very light.
Sigma had to sacrifice some features, however, in order to make this lens as compact as possible. It has no maximum aperture and stabilization, which isn’t really a problem since most mirrorless cameras already have these features built-in. It also has a physical aperture ring that can be set from f/2.8 to f/22. There is also an “A” setting that switches the control back to the camera body.
It’s impressively efficient
The Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN contemporary lens will definitely surprise even the most discerning photographer. Its 45mm focal length may seem unusual for some, but its efficiency can actually be compared to a 50mm. Those who tested the lens were also impressed by its minimal focus breathing, which means that the focal length isn’t affected as much when adjusting the focus ring. This is excellent for videographers who like to change focus while shooting because it doesn’t really affect the quality of their videos that much.
It’s pocket friendly
Perhaps one of the best things about the Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN contemporary lens is its price. At just $549, the lens is a lot more affordable than its more popular counterparts. It is also priced almost similarly to the Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4, which is another iconic lens from Sigma’s lineup.
The verdict for Sigma 45mm f2.8 DG DN
If you’re looking for a lens that lets you capture beautiful portraits or street photos, the Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN contemporary lens can definitely get the job done for you. And the best part is, it wouldn’t break your back and your bank, but it’s still efficient enough to be an excellent investment.