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Sigma30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital
 
4.6

(based on 390 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (254)
  • Strong construction (249)
  • Nice bokeh (226)
  • Consistent output (199)
  • Durable (196)

Cons

  • Heavy (59)
  • Slow focus (36)
  • Blurry focus (25)
  • Tough to attach (16)
  • Lens creep (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (282)
  • Night photography (197)
  • Weddings (155)
  • Video (145)
  • Landscape/scenery (98)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (155), Semi-pro photographer (99), Casual photographer (46), Enthusiast (25), Pro photographer (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (277), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lots of Pros, some Cons.

Using this on my Canon 7D, so it's close to 50mm normal.

Cons first:
- At anything faster than f/2.0 the lens has a soft fuzzy look to...Read complete review

Using this on my Canon 7D, so it's close to 50mm normal.

Cons first:
- At anything faster than f/2.0 the lens has a soft fuzzy look to it. I think this is normal, but it's very strong at 1.4.
- It's heavier than expected. Surprising actually. But it's built really tough.
- The focus ring is a little too stiff for my taste, but it's useful when you're shooting video so that your rack focus isn't too jarring
- Auto-Focus is SLOWWWWW. This has to me my biggest complaint. At a very narrow focus range, it's also hard to get the right thing in focus without using manual. But the fulltime manual override works well.
- Chromatic Abberation (however you spell it) is BAD below f/2.2 - yes, you can fix this in photoshop, but its a pain. Price you pay for a super fast lens I guess...

Pros:
- Heavy duty build, just a little heavy.
- Really sharp, crispy images starting at f/2.5, no distortion.
- Lens hood is free, always use it
- Great for video. Amazing images, out-of-focus is creamy looking. Bokeh looks nice too.

Final Judgement:
Again, really gorgeous images when you have enough light and plenty of time to focus correctly. I was going to return it, but after using it for video, it proved very useful in low light - created really beautiful footage and smooth manual focusing. With video, you don't do much zooming anyway, so the fixed 30mm was a good trade-off for a superfast f/1.4.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good, but not superb.

This lens is overall great. fast, sharp focus, very sharp image overall. The only problem i noticed right away was a blue ghosting on high contrast objects, such as black and white...Read complete review

This lens is overall great. fast, sharp focus, very sharp image overall. The only problem i noticed right away was a blue ghosting on high contrast objects, such as black and white text, or even outdoors where a light wall meets a darker colored background. This only occurs within the f/1.4-2.8 range. Sadly, i bought this lens specifically to use in that range. The ghost color is not particularly noticeable at 1:1 or less, but if you need to crop to a certain area, you'll be out of luck.

Also notable, is that in the f/1.4-2.8 range, objects are not as sharp as they would be in higher ranges. It almost has the effect of a very soft filter, even when in perfect focus.

Overall, a good, sturdily constructed lens. Fast and accurate AF, and great overall sharpness.

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5.0

Sharp!

By Mark

from Lebanon, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • APS-C only

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

This is comfortably the sharpest lens I have ever used. Great for portraits, landscapes, low light, and making busy backgrounds go away. Sigma even provides a nice padded lens case for it, which sits in my closet because the lens is 'stored' on the camera.

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4.0

Loving it!

By Shel

from WV

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Front focus
  • Tough To Attach

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Night Photography
  • Portraits
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

When I first got this lens I was using a Canon T3i. There were major Front Focus issues as well as CA and I was going to return it. Before I returned it my new 7D arrived so I tried this lens with it, and WOW, what a difference. No more Focus issues and the CA has also been resolved. I am in Love with this lens. It has amazing Bokeh and my photos have a clarity they never had before. I would definitely purchase this again but would recommend it only if you don't use a Rebel. Not that anything is wrong with the Rebel series, it's just that this lens seemed to be better suited for a higher end camera. Can't wait to purchase my Mark III and see how great it is with it!

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3.0

mixed bag, but worth it for me

By camera dad

from PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Blurry Focus
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

PROs: Wide angle F1.4 works wonders indoors. Good build quiality. Pleasing shallow DOF. Nice sharpness F2.2 and up. Nice hood/case.CONs: Unreliable autofocus in low light, especially tracking moving subjects (e.g., kids jumping off couch) and flat objects like focus charts. A bit soft at 1.4, but this doesn't matter unless you need to make prints larger than 8x10I'm not a pro photographer, so I can accept some missed shots. For me, getting this lens under $ is still worth it.

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5.0

30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens

By KJ 2Kam

from Tampa

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video

    Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

    Great Lens for the price what could ask for

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    4.0

    Great Normal Lens for APS-C sensors

    By aflocka

    from Minnesota, USA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast
    • Focus ring
    • Manual-override Focus
    • Rugged
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Aperture Adjust Noise
    • Focus noise
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Portraits
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

    I wanted a "normal" focal length prime, and this was the lens closest to that 50mm length in my price range. I'm guessing the price drop on this was a way to clear stock in anticipation of the updated release from Sigma, but I'm just happy it did. this is an excellent price for this lens.

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    5.0

    Very satisfied

    By vlaanderen3

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

      I'm not a pro photographer by any means, but I do very much enjoy it as a hobby. I wanted to upgrade from my canon 50mm f/1.8 and this lens seemed to be a worthy successor, so I made the purchase. I have been thoroughly satisfied with this lens and the pictures it puts out. I know that it is not a "perfect" lens, but it has been doing a very good job for me.

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      5.0

      Perfect Lens!

      By Brandi K

      from Fort Worth, Texas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

        I purchased this lens to take on our family vacation this past week. I wanted to have a faster lens for indoor and low light shots than what I currently owned but didn't want to break the bank account either. I was more than pleased with my indoor shots from this lens, as well as my outdoor night shots. I captured some great fireworks with it! Definitely happy that I purchased this one.

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        5.0

        Brilliant

        By Riz

        from Brisbane, AU

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

          Pros: - Amazing build quality- Very sharp even at f/1.4. Don't listen to other reviewers, they have probably never used a prime lens wide open. - No front or back focussing issues like other reviewers have mentioned as well- great field of view- fast autofocus Cons:- Not many at all- has quite a bit of vignetting at f/1.4, but eases up around f/2. Nothing post processing can't fix- lens hood average build quality

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          5.0

          Excelent!

          By HiFlow50

          from East Longmeadow, Ma

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Great low light
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Loud Auto Focus
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

          I have been using this lens a lot the past two weeks since owning it. Its it awesome across the board, then again I am coming from a Canon kit lens. I find at 1.4 its great with macro shots and at 2.0 its sharp as a tack during. It's also a great low light lens, took some city scape shots the other night and was impressed with its quality.

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          5.0

          Excellent Lens for the money

          By abbott830

          from San Jose,CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Excellent Hood
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Quiet Motor
          • Really Good Build Quality
          • Sharp Focussing

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Slightly Soft Below F28

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

          Impeccable build quality, extremely smooth, buttery bokeh..the lens performs incredibly in low light.This is going to be my carry on lens from now on.

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          5.0

          Phenomenal indoor lens

          By sclarkenator

          from Utah

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Heavy I Enjoy The Heft
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Kids

            Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

            I am relatively new to the SLR world and use mine primarily for photographing my 4 kids (0-6 yrs old).

            The pictures I take with this lens are so sharp and the colors are so vivid I am amazed. I can take pictures in a relatively dark room and still have it turn out beautifully.

            I haven't come across many dislikes yet (other than my 2-yr old being drawn to touch the lens everytime she sees it).

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            5.0

            excellent

            By Fredouskys

            from Tucson, Arizona

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Night Photography

              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

              It is an amazing product for use in low light and excellent for large video shots.

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              4.0

              Good lens, decent value

              By jfc

              from Chicago

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

              Bought this for my Canon body (XSi). Had a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens for about $100, this one costs three times as much. This one performs better in low light (not a suprise 1.4 vs. 1.8 f stop), however, the Canon has slightly better sharpness. This is a direct comparison of the two units I got, not saying it'll universally apply. Still a great lens. Much better build quality on the Sigma however.

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              4.0

              Great for its price

              By Shakti Smaran

              from Hyderabad,India

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

              The lens is sharp enough at f/1.4, but focusing is not that great. Build quality is good too.

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              5.0

              Awesome lens

              By SheldonA

              from Montreal, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

                Very happy with the lens especially after I Macro adjusted it on my Canon 7D. Very sharp results even at 1.4 with proper camera technique.

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                4.0

                Love his lens.

                By Robin

                from Athens, GA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

                  Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

                  I love this lens. I have always purchased Canon lenses. I was surprised at how wonderful the colors are and the bokeh is great.

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                  4.0

                  Great Lens, Exceptional for the money

                  By Mark

                  from Lebanon, OR

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Sharp
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • No DOF Scale

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

                  I've wanted a sharp, fast standard (for APS-C sensor)lens and Sigma delivered precisely that in their 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the lack of a DOF scale.

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                  5.0

                  Great!

                  By Geno

                  from South Carolina

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

                    I love this lens. The image is sharp and the focus ring is smooth. The focal length is perfect, allowing you to move in for good close-ups or back up for medium shots.

                    Used with a Canon T4i for video production.

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic on my 7D

                    By Veo Photog

                    from Illinois

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

                      I'm in love with this lens. Was a little worried it wouldn't be as sharp but my results have been wonderful. Gives me so much more space to work with on my crop factor camera than my Canon 50mm.

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                      5.0

                      i would buy it again

                      By catalin

                      from tucson,az

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Canon Digital:

                        Fast prime lens. Perfect for Canon crop sensor.

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