Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM

Last updated (30 May’10):
- Review by WhatDigitalCamera.com

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM is a standard lens. The lens features 30mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4. The lens construction has 7 elements in 7 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 45 degrees (SD format). Closest focusing distance at 15.7 inches and has a filter size of 62mm. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM lens weighs 15.2 ounces and it measures 2.97 inches in diameter and 2.3 inches long.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera.com reviews the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM and writes;
“The lens produces very consistent results across the most useful part of its aperture range, from f/4 to f/8. Wide-open performance is weaker but not unacceptable and the resolution figures are almost always between 0.2 and 0.3 cycles/pixel. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview.com.au reviews the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM and writes;
“Although not offering spectacular performance, Sigma’s 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM produces sharp enough images and has few enough inherent faults to suit most photographers…”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell.com reviews the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM and writes;
“Bokeh is nice! Out-of-focus backgrounds get soft and don’t distract. Typical for lenses with aspherical elements, out of focus points of light in the corners can acquire bizarre shapes… This Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens is great for hand-held shooting in the dark, especially with a little practice to get perfect focus for more critical things. For daylight use, my 18-55mm kit lens is sharper. “
rating: N/A

Photozone.de reviews the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM and writes;
“enter performance is exceptionally high but the borders are not all that impressive. The other image parameters such as distortions, vignetting and CAs are Okay but nothing to rave about.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Ephotozine.com reviews the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM and writes;
“It makes a lot of sense. The picture quality alone, putting all the acquired knowledge of digital capture from the last few years into a simply constructed lens will pay dividends for those of you who purchase this lens. Me? I don’t really want to send it back!”
Rating: ★★★★★

The-digital-picture.com reviews the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM and writes;
“The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens is somewhat soft wide open and steadily improves to quite sharp at f/2.8. Corner sharpness trails center sharpness by a stop or two. Bokeh from the 8-blade aperture is nice. Colors are decent, contrast is good. CA (Chromatic Aberration), though not absent, is very well controlled. Flare is well-controlled. “
rating: N/A

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User Opinions

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM User Reviews

Great Lens–Also available in Nikon and Canon mounts too! | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought this lens for my Sigma SD14 and it is superb. On the SD14 it acts as a 51mm standard lens for 35mm full framed dslr. Its also available in other camera mounts for Nikon and Canon. It focuses quickly, limited by the cameras own AF system. Good prime lens for the money. At F2.0 or higher the lens is sharp from center to the edges. Below that, it softens below f2.0 towards the edges. Produces pleasing bokeh. I recommend this lens. “ – by Gary Mercer

Exceeded My Expectations | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have taken some of the sharpest pictures I have ever taken with this lens. I have found my sweet spot on the aperture to be at f.8. The pictures are so sharp at that setting. With the aperture at f.1.4 the bokeh is wonderful.” – by Alan Johnston

Sigma 30 mm f 1.4 Focus Satisfactorily Adjusted | Rating: ★★★★★
“I give the Sigma 30 mm f 1.4 lens five stars for being what it has become for me: sharp, fast, reasonably priced, and with a good bokeh–a good multipurpose prime lens.” – by Tomás

Sigma 30mm + Canon T1i | Rating: ★★★★★
“The focus is tack sharp – on par with the Canon 50mm F/1.8 (aka “the Nifty Fifty”). I have no focus issues at all – the autofocus gets it better than I can do manually even if I do live display and 10x zoom. It is soft at 1.4, softer than the 50mm at 1.8. But, by the time I step it to 1.8 it is very sharp – and I have 1.6 and 1.4 available in super low-light or to really tighten the DOF.” – by D. Deavours

A unique lens, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The good thing about this lens that it is indeed F1.4 lens. It’s quite sharp in the center right from F1.4. Stopped to 2.0 the center is excellent and most of the frame is good. At F5.6 even the far corners are good (but not excellent). In most situations the bokeh is pleasing making the lens suitable for portraits and subject isolation in general.” – by Pseudorandom Person

Great lens if you have a camera that has micro focus adjustment | Rating: ★★★★★
“I really like this lens but I wouldn’t buy it unless I had a camera with the ability to micro adjust. If you’ve got a 50d or higher than it’s probably a safe buy. Once I adjusted the focus on my camera I can honestly say that the pictures that come out of this lens are truly special. Even wide open at 1.4, the pictures of my son are sharp with great colors and contrast.” – by Canon man

Hood and nice case included | Rating: ★★★★★
“There are plenty of reviews about image quality so I won’t repeat them here, suffice it to say I am happy with this lens. What did please me was that it came with a hood and an excellent zip-up case that is well padded. I find it hard to part with money for Canon lenses that do not include these inexpensive accessories that cost them less than a couple of dollars to manufacture. I’m pleased I bought this Sigma lens and recommend it to others!” – by S. Hampton

great Sigma Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have had the Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens for a couple of months and I love it. It is on my Nikon 300s. Its performance in low light is amazing, group pictures indoors are lush without the washed out appearance of on camera flash units.” – by Banker “overdraught”

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Samples

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Sample Photos

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- Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Sample Photos @ The-digital-picture.com
- Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Sample Photos @ Amazon.com

Manual

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM User Manual

- Download Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM User Manual (PDF – 1.1Mb)

Features

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Specifications

Designed to match the APS-C size image sensors of Canon digital SLR cameras, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens is an ideal choice for a wide range of applications, including snapshots, portraiture, indoor shooting, and landscape photography. The 30mm lens relies on two special-low-dispersion glass elements and a glass-mold aspherical lens. Combined, the construction details correct for all types of chromatic and color aberrations. The lens is also equipped with a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that supports quiet, high-speed autofocus, but also turns off should you prefer full-time manual focusing. Other features include a maximum aperture of f/1.4, a 62mm filter mount, and a one-year warranty.

Specifications

* Focal length: 30mm
* Maximum aperture: f/1.4
* Lens construction: 7 elements in 7 groups
* Angle of view: 45 degrees (SD format)
* Number of diaphragm blades: 8
* Minimum aperture: f/16
* Minimum focusing distance: 15.7 inches
* Maximum magnification: 1:10.4
* Filter size: 62mm
* Corresponding AF mounts: Canon
* Dimensions: 2.97 inches in diameter and 2.3 inches long
* Weight: 15.2 ounces
* Warranty: 1 year


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