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Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Silver)

You Pay: $199.00
Product Highlights
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount Lens
  • Standard Length Prime Lens
  • 60mm Equivalency in 35mm Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 11.8"
  • Inner Focusing System
  • Linear Autofocus Motor for Quiet AF
  • Two Glass Molded Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating

The silver 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras from Sigma is standard length prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Its focal length is equivalent to a 60mm lens in the 35mm format and its minimum focus distance is 11.8" (30 cm). Its f/2.8 maximum aperture is ideal for shallow depth of field imaging and allows it to maintain sharpness in low light situations. An inner focusing system means the lens does not extend when focusing and its newly developed linear autofocus motor is accurate and quiet. Sigma's Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even at the maximum aperture, and with two glass molded aspherical elements including a double-sided aspherical element, aberrations are kept to a minimum. The result is accurate color definition and sharp imaging across the frame. A metal exterior provides durability and handsome design.

Standard length 30mm prime lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras with a 60mm focal length equivalent
Maximum aperture of f/2.8 is effective in low light situations and able to create lovely shallow depth of field images.
Inner focusing system and linear autofocus motor for efficient, smooth, quiet and accurate focus.
Two glass molded aspherical elements, including a double-sided aspherical element and Super Multi-Layer Coating minimizes aberrations and reduces flare and ghosting for sharp, high contrast images.
A brass bayonet mount has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.
Part of Sigma's new "Art" class of fast aperture, sharp prime lenses
Performance
Focal Length 30mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 60 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Micro Four Thirds
Format Compatibility Micro Four Thirds
Angle of View 39.6°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.8" (29.97 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 7/5
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:46 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.39 x 1.59" (60.8 x 40.5 mm)
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Silver)
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • LH520-03 Lens Hood
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    Sigma30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Silver)
     
    4.4

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (6)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)
    • Easily interchangeable (4)
    • Consistent output (3)
    • Nice bokeh (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (4)
      • Weddings (4)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Low light (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      An excellent and affordable normal lens

      I was just about to buy the original version of this lens (which was consistently reviewed positively), when I saw that Sigma had introduced a second generation version due to come out in...Read complete review

      I was just about to buy the original version of this lens (which was consistently reviewed positively), when I saw that Sigma had introduced a second generation version due to come out in just a few weeks. I'm glad I waited. It's one of the few "normal" lenses available for the m4/3 line. And it's a lot less expensive than the the Panasonic/Leica 25mm, the nearest comparable focal length. At 30mm, it's on the long end of normal, but that actually suits my shooting style better than the wide normals like the Panasonic 20mm.

      The lens is (supposedly) optically identical to its predecessor, but has a greatly improved build. The body is solid metal that has plenty of heft. It autofocuses on my Olympus OM-D very rapidly and almost silently. Manual focus is very responsive and feels far less "fly by wire" than the Olympus lenses I have used in the past. It's much closer to the old manual focus feel. A real plus! The focusing ring is smooth metal, however, so its grip isn't as good as the textured focusing rings found on most lenses. I think Sigma preferred esthetics over function here.

      Image quality is very good and the lens looks nice and bright through the finder. While f2.8 isn't the brightest glass available, it's a lot better than the usual kit zoom that comes with most m4/3 systems.

      A reversible bayonet lens hood and soft case come with the lens. The hood fits too loosely and comes off easily, especially when in the reverse storage position. Definitely annoying.

      Overall, I am very pleased with this lens and think that the second generation version is definitely an improvement over the original design. If you're looking for an affordable standard prime, this is a good place to start.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Nice image, but look out

      Image quality on the Sigma 30mm f2.8 is nice for a lens in this price range. Looks great and is compact. However, there is no manual/auto focus switch on the outside, which...Read complete review

      Image quality on the Sigma 30mm f2.8 is nice for a lens in this price range. Looks great and is compact. However, there is no manual/auto focus switch on the outside, which means you can only switch between the two in-camera. So, don't buy this if you're planning on using it with the Black Magic Pocket camera. Some people report that it works fine with their pockets, but it definitely did not with mine. And I haven't seen any indication that either Sigma or Black Magic is serious about developing support for this lens in the near future. Shame, as I was looking foward to getting the new 65mm and 19mm. Could've been a great little lens kit for a reasonable price. Better off buying the 30mm 1.8 for Canon and the new MetaBones Speedbooster.

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      4.0

      IQ and quality amazing for the price.

      By Retired and enjoying it

      from Western Massachusetts

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

        I bought Sigma's 60mm f/2.8 DN to use with my Olympus E-M10. The results from the 60mm were excellent, so when the 30mm f2.8 and the 19mm f/2.8 went on sale, I ordered both. The 30mm has not disappointed and I can't believe Sigma is selling this lens so cheaply. The images from the 30mm are very sharp and have excellent image quality. The build is also excellent with a metal body and mount The body is also unique looking because the focus ring is smooth shiny metal instead of the typical ribbed plastic or rubber. The lens also comes with a hood and a small case to store it in.

        The lens only has two abnormalities that kept me from giving it five stars. It uses a floating element as part of its design and when the camera is powered-down or goes to sleep, the lens rattles. The other quirk is that when the camera is turned-on or woken-up, it takes a second or two before you see an image in the EVF or LCD.

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        5.0

        GREAT LENS

        By divel52

        from Bogota-Colombia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Silver):

          I will never understand why everybody wants 1.8 prime lenses for micro four thirds. 2.8 is more than enough, period. I Use it with Olympus M-10Very well built lens,it has a hood MR OLYMPUS MAN" do you hear this???? how can a company that make such great cameras be so mean!!!! for God sake just for your company's image put the hood and disguise it with the price!!! all your lenses come without hood SHAME ON YOU. It's pathetic.This lens has everything, hood and case and great qualityI am glad I bought it and the price is just peanuts. As good or better than an Olympus lens WELL DONE SIGMA!

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice image, but look out

          By Disappointed BMPCC user

          from New York

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Nice image
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • No Support For Bmpcc

          Best Uses

            Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

            Image quality on the Sigma 30mm f2.8 is nice for a lens in this price range. Looks great and is compact. However, there is no manual/auto focus switch on the outside, which means you can only switch between the two in-camera. So, don't buy this if you're planning on using it with the Black Magic Pocket camera. Some people report that it works fine with their pockets, but it definitely did not with mine. And I haven't seen any indication that either Sigma or Black Magic is serious about developing support for this lens in the near future. Shame, as I was looking foward to getting the new 65mm and 19mm. Could've been a great little lens kit for a reasonable price. Better off buying the 30mm 1.8 for Canon and the new MetaBones Speedbooster.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good buy !

            By Ghg3333

            from Easton, Pa

            Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

            Have not used the lens a lot but by my informal tests, shooting pics of my cats, the lens is sharp at most f stops. From 3.5 to f8 it's very sharp.
            I can't comment on the manual focus as at this point in my life the auto focus is better than I am.

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            5.0

            This lens delivers much pricier results

            By Anthony

            from Newark, DE

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

              A bargain-priced lens so versatile that it can be left mounted to your camera most of the time.

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              • No

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Quality at an affordable price.

              By Cross005

              from Brooklyn, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video

                Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

                I got this lens for Christmas and boy was I surprised. The build quality is pretty decent for a consumer lens. I was surprised at how light weight the lens is. I use it primarily for shooting video on my Panasonic GH3. I like that the lens shipped with a good quality soft case and lens hood. Auto-focusing is quick and quiet. In terms of features, the Sigma 30mm offers all the basics that I need from a prime lens.

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                • Yes

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                (0 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Works fine

                By Di

                from TN

                Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

                But had to return because found the lens more fitting

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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Crystal clear

                By JRS

                from New England

                Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

                A wonderfully sharp lens that rivals Panasonic lenses and buries the ner Made in China Olympus lenses. Love it.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Great Lens at a Bargain Price

                By Jack

                from Tallahassee, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Almost no distortion
                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Sharp optics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

                  This little 4/3 lens from Sigma is a real gem - especially considering the price. It's plain, light, and yes - the innards rattle, as other reviewers have mentioned. Never mind, that's the way it's made and it doesn't hurt a thing!

                  The optics are great - sharp images with just about 0 distortion and vignetting. I've used this lens for closeup and landscape photography, and it does a great job in all instances.

                  It's particularly useful for "walk around" and closeups, as its 60mm (equivalent) is ideal for those photographic events.

                  I highly recommend it - you can't go wrong with this lens!

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                  (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  NIce near normal lens

                  By MDW

                  from Meridian, Idaho

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Silver):

                        Nice near normal lens at a nice price.

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great bang-for-the-buck!

                        By Bill

                        from Newport Beach

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great for video
                        • Inexpensive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

                          Nice upgrade from the previous Sigma 30mm. Nice fast prime at a low cost.

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                          • No

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                          (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          An excellent and affordable normal lens

                          By Don C.

                          from Greer, SC

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Affordable
                          • Good image quality
                          • Responsive Manual Focus
                          • Solid Metal Build

                          Cons

                          • Focus Ring Smooth
                          • Lens Hood Very Loose

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday shooting
                          • General purpose

                          Comments about 30mm f/2.8 DN Lens for Micro Four Thirds Cameras (Black):

                          I was just about to buy the original version of this lens (which was consistently reviewed positively), when I saw that Sigma had introduced a second generation version due to come out in just a few weeks. I'm glad I waited. It's one of the few "normal" lenses available for the m4/3 line. And it's a lot less expensive than the the Panasonic/Leica 25mm, the nearest comparable focal length. At 30mm, it's on the long end of normal, but that actually suits my shooting style better than the wide normals like the Panasonic 20mm.

                          The lens is (supposedly) optically identical to its predecessor, but has a greatly improved build. The body is solid metal that has plenty of heft. It autofocuses on my Olympus OM-D very rapidly and almost silently. Manual focus is very responsive and feels far less "fly by wire" than the Olympus lenses I have used in the past. It's much closer to the old manual focus feel. A real plus! The focusing ring is smooth metal, however, so its grip isn't as good as the textured focusing rings found on most lenses. I think Sigma preferred esthetics over function here.

                          Image quality is very good and the lens looks nice and bright through the finder. While f2.8 isn't the brightest glass available, it's a lot better than the usual kit zoom that comes with most m4/3 systems.

                          A reversible bayonet lens hood and soft case come with the lens. The hood fits too loosely and comes off easily, especially when in the reverse storage position. Definitely annoying.

                          Overall, I am very pleased with this lens and think that the second generation version is definitely an improvement over the original design. If you're looking for an affordable standard prime, this is a good place to start.

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                          • No

                          Share this review

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