Summary: Zooms may be handier for taking snapshots, but the zooms packaged with most interchangeable lenses aren't good for much more than snapshots. They're soft around the edges, the contrast is low, and they don't let in much light. This lens- and the other new Sigma lenses- costs about as much as a cheap 14-42mm zoom, but it is astoundingly better.
Excerpt: I needed something longer than the 12-32 zoom for my GM1 and the promised new compact Lumix 35-100 will only be available at the end of the year. On that basis, I figured that it would make more sense to go longer than the Olympus 45/1.8 and would make a better fit with the GM1 than the Olympus 75 (never mind the Lumix 35-100/2.8).
Excerpt: This is definitely sharper than the Sony 50mm 1.8, although without stabilization. It is small and fits well on my Sony 5N. I wanted a couple of fixed lenses to use with it. I also have the Sigma 30mm. The only downside is the slick focusing ring, if you plan to manually focus. If not, that's a non-issue.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Summary: Just got back from a 2 week trip where i used this lens about 20% of the time. I echo what everyone says here - very much held its own against my other M 4/3 lenses from Olympus and Panasonic most of which cost almost twice as much as this one. So why only 4 stars? I find that 60mm (120mm equivalent) is kind of an odd focal length. Too long for indoor portraits and for outdoor scenics, not really long enough for sports or wildlife.
Summary: Received mine this week with the e-mount for my A6000. Pointed it at a 24x36 inch Edmonds USAF 1951 chart at a distance to just fit the whole chart. Only shot jpg because my Windows Vista computer cannot yet use the Adobe ACR 8.4 camera upgrade so results appeared limited. With my other lenses at best apertures I get group 1 element 2 or 3 at center but never across the whole image circles. That corresponds to about 80 lpm to 100 lpm, line pairs per millimeter.
Excerpt: Quite simply put, this lens is an incredible value. Its very sharp, even wide open with great contrast and color. I use this lens on an Olympus E-PL1 and autofocus is acceptably quick (though I realize it would be faster on a newer m43 camera). The build quality is very good (especially at this price) and the hood (which I leave permanently attached) and the lens case are a bonus.
Pros: Great Color and Contrast, Inexpensive, Sharp Even Wide Open
Outstanding Lens, Great Inexpensive Alternative To Olympus 75mm f/1.8
4 June 2014
Summary: I was salivating over the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens for awhile but never pulled the trigger on the $800 lens. Along came the Sigma 60mm with a similar telephoto focal length but 1 1/3 stops slower. The big upside to the Sigma was it selling for 30% of the price of the Olympus. After reading all the positive reviews of the Sigma and an in-depth review on LensTip, I pulled the trigger on the Sigma 60mm f/2.8. I couldn't be happier!
Excerpt: So, this may be the overall best m43 lens I have at present (it's a tough call between this and the Panasonic 20). This Sigma is sharp wide open and easy to use. Before purchasing I read the reviews which said this was a great value (I agree), wonderfully sharp (I agree), and that the smooth metal barrel makes it hard to manually focus (I'm not sure I completely agree there). It's easy enough to focus and AF works fairly fast and far faster than my 20mm Panasonic.
Excerpt: I got this lens to use with my Panasonic Lumix GH3 and GX7cameras. Even at full retail (US$ 239), this lens is quite a value; on sale, even more so. I usually assess the optical quality of my lenses by viewing their images at 100% magnification. The Sigma does not disappoint; it's as good as anything else I own. Usage is straight-forward; the autofocus works well with my Panasonic cameras. The lens is actually smaller than I expected, another plus.
Summary: Using it on my Olympus Pen without any issues. Great value for the price; very sharp lens and focuses quickly and smooth. Fantastic build quality. With the micro 4/3 sensor size it is a longer focal length. Great for portraits.