Ebay is a dangerous place. One moment you see a funny-looking lens with an eye-catching chunky focus ring in related searches, the next you’re awaiting a parcel from Japan. There might have been some online research done in between those two events, but not much since there’s just one (very good and quite comprehensive) review, an entry in Lens DB, a YouTube video, and a few forum threads, all speaking of this little-known lens in very favourable, if not gushing, terms.
Sigma introduced the 45mm f/2.8 DG DN lens last year for Sony E-mount and Leica L-mount cameras. It is part of their Contemporary line of lenses. Sigma had four goals when designing this lens: small size, high optical performance, a short minimum focus distance, and exceptional build quality. I believe they succeeded on all counts …
Love stories come in more dramatic varieties. But they’re never more true. The 45mm f2 Minolta MD lens was attached to an SR-T 100x I bought in a now-defunct thrift store in Munich. The X-700 followed from eBay soon after. It’s an early model, produced in the 80s when the X-700 was still an exciting and new camera. Automation for the masses.