The L-Mount Alliance has completely transformed the opportunities for owners of Leica’s SL and SL2 cameras. Previously, buying the undoubtedly excellent native SL lenses was a major commitment. Now, with the addition of Panasonic and Sigma lenses to the range, there are some stupendous bargains to be had.
One such is the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art lens which occupies a unique spot. There are currently no macro lenses available from Leica or Panasonic, other than the 24-105mm zoom which is supplied in the S1 and S1R kits and the APS-C 60mm Leica TL.
The 70mm Sigma is a thus a welcome guest at the dinner table. With superb build quality and optical performance, this is an L lens that everyone should have in their bag. And with a recommended price of £499, it also offers exceptional value for money.
During the lockdown, I’ve taken the opportunity to try out the macro capabilities of this lens in the garden behind my home. The results are well up to my expectations and I have to say that I am tremendously impressed, especially when the bargain price is taken into account.
I have to keep reminding myself that this is just one of a large range of Sigma Art lenses that offer remarkable performance and value for money. Even the little 45mm f/2.8 is a lightweight gem, despite belonging to the “lesser” Contemporary range.
At last, the SL or SL2 owner has a vast choice of lenses covering a wide range of prices. The images below demonstrate the macro capabilities of the 70mm lens, but it also performs well as a portrait lens and in general photography.