Bang for the Buck: Sony NEX-C3 and Sigma Dual Lens Kit

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Amin Sabet, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    You can get a like-new Sony NEX-C3 on Ebay for about $250.

    Meanwhile, B&H has the Sigma 19mm and 30mm f/2.8 lenses for NEX in stock for $199.99 total (for both lenses) with free shipping. Sigma is bringing out revised versions of both of those lenses, hence the sale, but these first versions are excellent in their own right.


    That's less than $500 altogether for a kit that:
    • has sensor image quality that is pretty much at par with anything this side of full frame
    • features truly excellent wide and normal primes
    • is as small and light as you can ask for

    I don't think there is any better deal than this in the world of serious compact cameras.
  2. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    The combined price of the two lenses is pretty amazing. The NEX turned out to not really be my thing, but if it had of been this would of been of interest to me...
  3. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

    Dec 15, 2011
    I've only been involved in non-P&S photography for about four years now. In that time frame the changes with regard to IQ-to-Cost ratio are really stunning. This kit suggested by Amin is another example of that, and maybe the best example out there right now.
  4. tympman

    tympman New Member

    Jan 31, 2013
    How are the fit and finish of the sigma lenses? Are they similar to my Pan 14mm and oly 17 2.8?
  5. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    I would say so. They seem well made and are nice looking too.
  6. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Veteran

    Mar 7, 2012
    If you can still find them in stock at Sears, the C3 kit is $201.74. My local Searses had it in stock until a couple of weeks ago.
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  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    It's been a long time since I was in a Sears. I would have never guessed they had a camera section.
  8. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Veteran

    Mar 7, 2012
    The camera section is on par with what Target has. They do have some decent cameras. I'm waiting for the Sony A35K to drop to $249. It's been stubbornly stuck at $349.