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Make Your Sony Feel Like a Leica

Sony shooters are now blessed with an array of fairly fast 35mm prime lenses, a glaring void in its lineup not too long ago. The latest addition is the Sigma 35mm f/2, a faux-vintage lens that brings a lot of tactile refinement to a compact and classic form.

Another Masterpiece?

“A classic reimagined” is how Sigma’s website describes its new (ish) 35mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary, part of its recently released I series of lenses for Sony and L-mount cameras. The entire range draws heavily on vintage aesthetics, and Sigma’s engineers have not only created something rather beautiful to look at but lenses that have a physicality to them that make them particularly distinctive when attached to a Sony body and far from out of place when slotted onto a Leica.

Clickable aperture rings on electronic lenses don’t get any better (though filmmakers will wish that it was de-clickable), replicating the feel of a high-quality, all-mechanical lens and making you forget that there is no direct connection between the twist of your hand and the shift of the blades. It even sounds good, and it makes particular sense on the Sony a7 III, given that changing apertures with the thumbwheel is not a smooth experience.

The focus by wire ring is equally deceptive, the dampened metal ring giving a haptic feel that’s completely in keeping with the elegant, slightly cinema styling.

Given the other compact 35mm offerings available, Sigma has done well to differentiate the DG DN from the competition

All three are similar in size, each sporting nine rounded aperture blades and each giving autofocus and sharpness performance that won’t disappoint anyone given their respective prices. With only a single gasket (at the bayonet), the Sigma theoretically offers the worst protection against the weather, but it is clinically sharp, and for me is by far the most beautiful of the three and gives the best shooting experience in terms of physicality. If such things are important to you — and to Leica owners, they weigh heavily — it’s a no-brainer.

In addition, you get a metal lens hood to match the metal construction of the lens itself and a minimalist magnetic lens cap that’s a nice touch as long as you overlook the fact that it’s impossible to remove if the lens hood is attached. Everything about this lens feels precise down to the millionths of an inch, whether it’s the seams on the lens barrel where the various rings slide alongside one another or the satisfyingly snug fit of the lens hood. 

Conclusion

Sigma has done an excellent job with this compact, classically styled lens, and we are confident that it will be the best seller by far of its I series glass. I shoot a lot at 35mm, and were I forced to choose, it would be an obvious choice over the others; the 24mm f/3.5 and the 45mm f/2.8 don’t tickle my excitement in terms of their maximum apertures, though the 65mm f/2 would be a nice addition where I allowed a second.

Sony users are now even more spoiled for choice at 35mm; Panasonic shooters will welcome the addition, and a fair chunk of the Leica crowd may be tempted given its looks and tactile shooting experience, as this feels like a different proposition compared to other non-Leica L-mount lenses.

Sigma has created something innovative in terms of design that delivers in terms of performance.

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Best Sony Camera 2021: Full-frame, APS-C and Compact

Over the last few years, Sony has mounted a strong challenge to the dominant duo of Canon and Nikon, overtaking Nikon to become the number two player. The best Sony cameras come in all shapes and sizes, from high-speed sports shooters to high-resolution mirrorless models, to highly compact pocket cameras. So the best one is ultimately the one that’s right for you and your needs!  

They’ve largely achieved this success by concentrating on the more premium, higher end of each market – whether that be full-frame, APS-C or compact – and delivering the most high-tech product that they possibly can at that time.

This is a common trait that applies to all of the Sony cameras in this list, from the breath-taking new Alpha 1 full-frame mirrorless to the excellent A6100 APS-C model, to the niche Cyber-shot RX0 II action camera.

What is the Best Sony Camera in 2021?

Here’s our list of the best Sony cameras that you can buy in 2021:

Best Sony Mirrorless Camera 2021

Sony don’t make DSLR cameras, unlike their main rivals, Nikon and Canon, instead choosing to concentrate on developing an extensive range of Alpha-branded full-frame mirrorless cameras.

This has resulted in them being the number one full-frame mirrorless camera manufacturer for a long time now, although they’ve recently faced some stiff competition from the likes of Canon’s EOS R system and Nikon’s Z-series.

Sony make a full-frame camera for seemingly every market niche – the A7R for landscapes, A9 for sports, A7S for video, A7 for all-round, and the A7C as a super-compact option.

And in January 2021 they launched the flagship Alpha 1, a stunning camera that takes all the best features from the other Alpha series models and combines them into one 8K, 50 megapixel monster.

Best Sony Compact Camera 2021

As cheaper compact cameras have declined in popularity over the last few years, Sony have switched tack to making the best possible compacts instead, whether they be for recording video, stills, action, or wildlife.

The cream of the Cyber-shot crop are are undoubtedly expensive compared to their main rivals, but they are also invariably the best in their particular class.

Whether it be the ZV-1 for vloggers, RX10 IV for wildlife, RX100 IV for all-round use , or the RX0 II for action, they all share one thing in common – to try to be the absolute best that they can.

Sony Camera Buyer’s Guide

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A selection of the Sony cameras tested for this article.

If you want a short version of the reviews below, here are my recommendations of what Sony camera body to invest in:

  Want the best resolution and image quality? Get the Sony a7RIII or the latest Sony a7RIV – the 42.4 (or 61!) megapixels files will leave your jaw on the floor.

  Want the best AF performance of any camera on the market? Get the Sony a9. Any shots you miss will definitely just be user-error!

  Want the best full frame performance out of the smallest body? Get the Sony RX1R II, which also happens to be the most tactile, involved and enjoyable Sony camera I’ve ever shot with.

  Want the best all-round mirrorless interchangeable lens camera of the year? Get the Sony a7III – incredible performance with an attractive price to match.

  Want the best APS-C sensor performance? Get the Sony a6400, which has the added benefit of a front-facing screen for vlogging/selfies.

  Want the best performing compact that fits in your pocket? Get the Sony RX100 VI, a compact marvel with a wide angle to long range zoom lens.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Sony camera is the best?

When it comes to Sony cameras, our number one pick is the Sony a7III. The a7III is a near-to-perfect full frame mirrorless camera that’s versatile, sharp, and packs an impressive number of features for its price.

Which Sony camera is best for video?

There are a number of Sony cameras that are great for video. One of our favourites is the Sony a9, which offers 4k video and a set of powerful video-shooting features.

Is Sony a good camera brand?

There’s no denying that Sony have some of the best mirrorless cameras on the market today. While Sony may not have as many lenses or accessories on offer as other brands, they are continually expanding their range and the quality of their products is impressive.

What are the Sony Alpha cameras?

Sony Alpha is a camera system introduced by the company back in 2006. In this range are a number of interchangeable-lens cameras, including DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

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