I recently went walking with my camera, as usual, but I was feeling lazy. I didn’t want to take my whole bag with me, but I wanted the versatility of different focal length lenses…so what to do?! I decided to put my Sigma 28-300mm lens on my camera and that would cover all my bases. If I wanted to shoot wide, I could. If I wanted to take a close-up, I could. Portrait? Done. It seemed like the best choice.
Until I came home and looked at my images.
And then I remembered.
I remembered why I never use this lens! Because I don’t LIKE this lens, that’s why!
Why don’t I like it?
I find all the images I shoot with this lens are soft. Especially portraits. They are never crisp and sharp, even when my focusing is bang on.
Here are some of the portraits that I shot with it. Do you see how they are soft, especially in the eyes?
Now compare those to this one shot with my Canon 85mm. See how sharp the eyes are. Beautiful!
For awhile I thought that the photos from this lens were only bad if I shot indoors, in low light, but these were shot outside…in the daylight. Granted, it was early morning, so perhaps it is partially a low light issue. But still. These look muddy and soft. Very disappointing.
But all in all, it was disappointing going through these images after the shoot. I just can’t take the chance of using this lens if I want sharp images. I’ve had this lens for years now, and I have to say, I have disliked it from the first time I used it. For years, I thought something was wrong with me and my shooting, because my images were always soft. Until I got some good Canon lenses. And then I realized it was my lens. Not me!
So, I don’t think I will be using this lens again. It just isn’t worth it.
Next time, I’ll just take my bag.
What about you? Have you used Sigma lenses? What has your experience been? Did I just get a “dud”? I know some people love them. Unfortunately, my experience has not been the greatest. But I’d love to hear from you…Feel free to share below!