A Review of the New Sigma 90mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens

Premium portrait lenses usually offer apertures of around f/1.4 and sit at prices around $1,500 to $2,500. If you just want a portrait-length lens without ultra-narrow depth of field or the high price tag such lenses come with, one with an aperture like f/2 or f/2.8 could be a better choice. Sigma's new 90mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens seeks to fill that need at an affordable price, and this great video review takes a look at the image quality and performance you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this excellent video review takes a look at the new Sigma 90mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens. Coming in at $639, the 90mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary offers portrait photographers a more affordable alternative to lenses like an 85mm f/1.4. It comes with a variety of useful features, including:

  • One aspherical element and five special low dispersion elements for reduced aberrations and increased sharpness
  • Manual aperture ring
  • Knurled metal components
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh
  • Light weight and compact size
  • Stepping motor for smooth and quiet autofocus
  • All-metal body with weather-sealing for working in a range of conditions

Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts on the new lens. 

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2 Comments

Tetsuo Sabin's picture

Nice compact lens, but I’ll take a 85mm 1.8 entry level over this.

Tetsuo Sabin's picture

Same price or cheaper on most platforms, a tiny bit bigger, much faster for low light and more depth of field.