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Sigma 30 mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM

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Manufacturer Sigma
Model 30 mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM
Lens style Normal
Focal length 30 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Angle of view 45 o
Closest focusing distance 0.4 m
Maximum magnification 1:10.4
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type AF HSM
Lens Construction 7 elements / 7 groups
Filter diameter 62 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Sony A / Minolta
Sigma
Pentax K
Four Thirds
Canon EF-S
Dimensions 76.6 x 59 mm
Weight 430 g
Additional information 2 SLD elements and 1 hybrid aspherical lens
Average rating (11 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (11)
  1. lobo
    lobo 25 October 2011, 10:02
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    IP 194.25.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 220 €
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: soft corner wide open, too much distortion for a fixed focal, bulky and heavy

    Pros: sharpness and contrast wide open allready very good in center of frame - where it matters at F1,4, closed down even better, fast an snappy AF, good build quality

    Summary: I love this lens, itīs fully usable wide open. I never regret swapping it with the Nikkor 35/1,8

  2. vietlh81
    vietlh81 6 October 2011, 14:13
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    IP 193.48.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 300
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: No HSM for Pentax Sony. AF hunting in low light. Big and heavy. Maximum magnification is only 1:10.

    Pros: Bokeh, color rendition sharpness are excellent. Build is very good.

    Summary: King of 30mm for APSC (no competitor) Pentax has only 31mm 1.8 but very expensive.

  3. Kazaam
    Kazaam 6 March 2011, 15:38
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    IP 119.31.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 433 US
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: My copy got a bit front focus. Sometime defocus.

    Pros: Very sharp wide open. Good color and contrast. Fast.

    Summary: A must have for APSC user.

  4. rx78gp03
    rx78gp03 13 February 2011, 02:38
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    IP 114.79.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: Rp. 4.168.
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Bit random AF, worse CA in strong light and wide aperture (1.4-2)

    Pros: Excellent center sharpness, quick AF (even in dim light /w D5000) , warm color (i like that), nice bokeh. Usable result even at 1.4.

    Summary: Good all around lens for nearly every condition, especially in low light situation.

  5. rx78gp03
    rx78gp03 13 February 2011, 02:38
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    IP 114.79.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: Rp. 4.168.
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Bit random AF, worse CA in strong light and wide aperture (1.4-2)

    Pros: Excellent center sharpness, quick AF (even in dim light /w D5000) , warm color (i like that), nice bokeh. Usable result even at 1.4.

    Summary: Good all around lens for nearly every condition, especially in low light situation.

  6. zhjiln
    zhjiln 1 February 2011, 08:53
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    IP 71.195.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 280
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: terrible AF accuracy. weird 62mm front. abysmal corner to corner even stopped down to f8. noticeable distortion. massive color fringing, vignetting at all apertures. EX speckle finish disappears fast with use.

    Pros: fast and quiet HSM AF. focus ring feels smooth and heavy, solid build. 30mm wider than canon 50mm. F1.4 is amazing bokeh. sharp at the center f1.4 to f5.6 .....

    Summary: great bokeh from this lens, i use this lens only for low lit videos, as it is not useful for any kind of photography. stars are streaks not points. portraits are distorted, not wide enough for landscape, AF is too horrible for fast motion. do not buy this lens unless you find it under 300 dollars.

  7. trm42
    trm42 15 December 2010, 20:31
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    IP 88.112.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 370
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: No weather sealing Slowish AF speed (even with E-5) Focus distance is just ~40 cm A bit yellowish results compared to lenses from Olympus Image is a little softer than 25 year old OM Zuiko 50mm f1.4 and OM Zuiko 50mm f1.8 More barrel distorted than needed (close ups feels awkward) Heavier than would be nice for 4/3 (the lens is designed for APS-C size)

    Pros: Fast Build quality is fine but not amazing (compared to Oly lenses)

    Summary: I have some kind of love/hate -relationship with this glass. Sometimes it feels awesome, sometimes it feels like total crap. Focal length is pretty good. The IQ drops too much for my taste when used more open than f2.0. Great for low light shooting, but perhaps the Oly 50mm f2 macro would be better for most uses. Depends what kind of focal length you need, the price is about the same, but Oly 50mm has better IQ and it can be used as a macro

  8. Prometheus
    Prometheus 12 December 2010, 17:55
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    IP 79.203.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 439
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: - Soft Borders/Corners, needs f8 to become even decent - quite heavy (due to the build quality... I like it though) - CAs can be visible sometimes - AF is very fast not as reliable as USM canon primes

    Pros: - sharp in the center, even wide open - tack-sharp in the center from f1.8-2.0 on - great build quality (though heavy) - very pleasing bokeh, perfect for shallow depth-of-field fotografy - focal length quite unique, it's the only ultra fast standard prime for APS-C

    Summary: It's simply the only real fast standard prime for APS-C! A perfect equivalent to any 50mm f1,4 on FullFrame, even optically no worse than most of them. Great walkarround lens, when a zoom ist to large/heavy. Simply put: its's THE standard prime for APS-C at large apertures! Have to love it, with all it's flaws.

  9. Joan
    Joan 4 August 2010, 12:45
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    IP 82.136.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 270 euro's
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Unsharp corners @f/1.4-f/2, AF-accuracy is not to good.

    Pros: very usable @f/1.4 except the corners, bokeh is good

    Summary: Good low-light lens. Nice to be able to play with depth of field with a 30mm

  10. Coops
    Coops 8 July 2010, 17:37
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    IP 99.235.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 450
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: would like a closer MFD

    Pros: I enjoy the lens for the accurite autofocus, nice bokeh, colors. I would recomend to anyone.

    Summary: great lens and great value

  11. gusetee
    gusetee 3 September 2009, 07:50
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    IP 84.77.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: €350
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Bad corner performance (sharpness, coma), AF errors usually in dim light, low contrast (compared to Nikon 50mm), a bit too much distorsion

    Pros: Excellent center sharpness, even at f/1.4, AF speed, low vignetting, very good color representation and low CA's. No flare or ghost are visible.

    Summary: Is an excellent lens for indoor and low light. A very good performer from 1.4 to 2.8; I prefer other lenses from 2.8

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