Sigma 50mm F2 DG DN | C review

The Sigma 50mm F2 DG DN | C is a thoroughly ‘contemporary’ nifty fifty for Sony E and Leica L mount mirrorless cameras

Sigma 50mm F2 DG DN | C
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With its f/2 aperture, this isn’t the fastest ‘nifty fifty’ out of the traps but it’s refreshingly compact and lightweight, and feels really nicely balanced on full-frame mirrorless cameras. It has refined handling characteristics, complete with an aperture control ring, and delivers super-lovely image quality, all at a very reasonable asking price. What’s not to love?


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    Fairly fast f/2 aperture

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    Reasonably compact and lightweight

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    Excellent all-round performance


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    No aperture ring de-click option

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    Not fully weather-sealed

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    Limited range of mount options

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The Sigma 50mm F2 DG DN | C delivers an entirely natural perspective for shooting with Sony E and Leica L mount full-frame cameras, with its standard 50mm focal length. As such, it’s ideal for general shooting as well as for environmental and half-length portraiture. Mount the lens on an APS-C format body, and you get an ‘effective’ focal length of 75mm, making it well suited to tighter head-and-shoulders portraits.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.