A quick first look video at the Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds.

So far very impressed with this lens.  I’ve not had much chance to get out and shoot with it because we’ve had pretty much non-stop rain here for the past week, and I don’t like to judge a lens on taking random shots around the house as that is not how I, or many of you I’m sure, will be using this lens day-to-day.

When I have managed to get out, I am extremely impressed with the lens, especially given the price.

The Sigma focuses very quickly, much quicker than the Panasonic lens, which is starting to show it’s age in that respect now – given how quickly I know the E-P3 can focus, it is a constant disappointment when I couple it with the 20mm f/1.7 lens. The Sigma is pretty much on a par with the newer Olympus lenses.

I’ve done a few side-by-side comparison shots with the Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 lens and they are almost too close to call!  The 20mm looks perhaps slightly sharper in the corners when looking at 100% crops, but I’m going to do more shots at different apertures to see how it really compares.  So far though, if you don’t really need the f/1.7, I’d highly recommend buying this lens over the Panasonic.

I’ll be doing an more in-depth review when I’ve had the chance to really test the lens out.

Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN at WEX Photographic (UK)

In stock at Amazon UK for £163 and Amazon US for $199. Stock is selling out quickly, so if you want it, I suggest you order quickly!

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