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Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN vs. Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 - Which Lens Should You Buy?

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Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN vs. Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 - Which Lens Should You Buy?

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Sigma recently released a new zoom lens with APS-C sensors for mirrorless cameras, the 18-50mm / f2.8 DC DN lens. According to the company, this is the smallest and lightest f / 2.8 zoom lens ever manufactured for mirrorless APS-C cameras. If you're unsure whether to buy it, compare it to another lens with nearly identical features, such as the Sony 16-50 f / 3.5-5.6. The features of the Sigma 18-50mm / f2.8 DC DN and Sony 16-50mm / 3. 5-5.6 lenses are compared in this article to help you decide which one to buy.

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN vs. Sony 16-50mm f/3. 5-5.6 - Which Lens Should You Buy?

If we talk about specifications, the Sigma 18-50mm  f/2.8 DC DN lens is 2.9 by 2.6 inches in size. Its weight is about 289 gm. It has a minimum aperture of f/22. The minimum focus is at 4.72″. Whereas the Sony 16-50 f / 3.5-5.6 lens is 1.18 by 2.55 inches in size and weighs only 116 gm. As you see the latter is comparatively lighter and easier to handle. Its minimum aperture is f/22-36. The minimum focus is at 9.84". Both are lightweight, compact, and offer an all-in-one zoom facility.

 

SAMPLE IMAGE:  Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Photo Credit: dpreview.com

 

 SAMPLE IMAGE: Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6

 

The Sigma lens, with its 18 mm focal length, produces sharp and detailed images in the case of landscape photography where the Sony one falls behind it with its 16 mm focal length. In the case of portraits, you can shoot at the whole zoom range with the aperture of f/2.8 using the Sigma lens, but if you are shooting at 50 mm with the Sony lens, you should raise the aperture to f/5.6. This change affects the backgrounds. When both the lenses are zoomed at 35 mm, the Sigma lens delivers better performance than Sony. The bokeh effect created by the Sigma lens is worth mentioning. At the same focal length and aperture, it offers a shallow depth of field of much better quality than the Sony lens.

 

 

SAMPLE IMAGE:  Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Photo Credit: dpreview.com

 

 

  SAMPLE IMAGE: Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6

 

While doing videography, the Sigma lens is a better option for focus breathing too. you will also get much more options to create a bokeh effect in the background in the Sigma lens than the Sony lens. But here the latter wins over with excellent zooming features. You will get a motorized zoom in Sony that will make your zooming much smoother than usual. But the zoom motor is audible, and so if you want to keep the in-camera audio.  The Sony lens also provides optical stabilization, which the Sigma lens does not. 

As you get to know by now, the Sigma 18-50 mm f/2.8 is better than the Sony 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Now which lens you will choose depends on the type of photo you click or video you shoot, which are the features you think must be in your lens, and the lack of which features you can compromise with. The price is also to be considered. The Sigma lens costs about 40,682 rupees and the Sony lens costs nearly 22,290 rupees, that is, the Sigma lens has almost double the price of the Sony one. If you are on a tight budget, go for the Sony 16-50 f/3.5-5.6. But if you are very particular about the qualities you want in the lens, the Sigma 18-50mm  f/2.8 DC DN lens will be the right option for you. 

Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC. 


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Sigma recently released a new zoom lens with APS-C sensors for mirrorless cameras, the 18-50mm / f2.8 DC DN lens. According to the company, this is the smallest and lightest f / 2.8 zoom lens ever manufactured for mirrorless APS-C cameras. If you're unsure whether to buy it, compare it to another lens with nearly identical features, such as the Sony 16-50 f / 3.5-5.6. The features of the Sigma 18-50mm / f2.8 DC DN and Sony 16-50mm / 3. 5-5.6 lenses are compared in this article to help you decide which one to buy.

Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN vs. Sony 16-50mm f/3. 5-5.6 - Which Lens Should You Buy?

If we talk about specifications, the Sigma 18-50mm  f/2.8 DC DN lens is 2.9 by 2.6 inches in size. Its weight is about 289 gm. It has a minimum aperture of f/22. The minimum focus is at 4.72″. Whereas the Sony 16-50 f / 3.5-5.6 lens is 1.18 by 2.55 inches in size and weighs only 116 gm. As you see the latter is comparatively lighter and easier to handle. Its minimum aperture is f/22-36. The minimum focus is at 9.84". Both are lightweight, compact, and offer an all-in-one zoom facility.

 

SAMPLE IMAGE:  Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Photo Credit: dpreview.com

 

 SAMPLE IMAGE: Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6

 

The Sigma lens, with its 18 mm focal length, produces sharp and detailed images in the case of landscape photography where the Sony one falls behind it with its 16 mm focal length. In the case of portraits, you can shoot at the whole zoom range with the aperture of f/2.8 using the Sigma lens, but if you are shooting at 50 mm with the Sony lens, you should raise the aperture to f/5.6. This change affects the backgrounds. When both the lenses are zoomed at 35 mm, the Sigma lens delivers better performance than Sony. The bokeh effect created by the Sigma lens is worth mentioning. At the same focal length and aperture, it offers a shallow depth of field of much better quality than the Sony lens.

 

 

SAMPLE IMAGE:  Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN Photo Credit: dpreview.com

 

 

  SAMPLE IMAGE: Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6

 

While doing videography, the Sigma lens is a better option for focus breathing too. you will also get much more options to create a bokeh effect in the background in the Sigma lens than the Sony lens. But here the latter wins over with excellent zooming features. You will get a motorized zoom in Sony that will make your zooming much smoother than usual. But the zoom motor is audible, and so if you want to keep the in-camera audio.  The Sony lens also provides optical stabilization, which the Sigma lens does not. 

As you get to know by now, the Sigma 18-50 mm f/2.8 is better than the Sony 16-50 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Now which lens you will choose depends on the type of photo you click or video you shoot, which are the features you think must be in your lens, and the lack of which features you can compromise with. The price is also to be considered. The Sigma lens costs about 40,682 rupees and the Sony lens costs nearly 22,290 rupees, that is, the Sigma lens has almost double the price of the Sony one. If you are on a tight budget, go for the Sony 16-50 f/3.5-5.6. But if you are very particular about the qualities you want in the lens, the Sigma 18-50mm  f/2.8 DC DN lens will be the right option for you. 

Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.