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

(based on 391 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (259)

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    (109)

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    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (254)
  • Strong construction (250)
  • Nice bokeh (227)
  • 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 (283)
  • Night photography (198)
  • Weddings (156)
  • Video (146)
  • Landscape/scenery (99)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (156), Semi-pro photographer (99), Casual photographer (46), Enthusiast (25), Pro photographer (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (278), 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

Good lens

By silverstandart

from Helsinki

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I like this lens. Good made, not big but a little heavy.
    4 days usage makes this impression.
    I got this lens as secondhand one. 240 euro.
    and I am satisfied on 95%.
    I found only 1 small minus:
    In value F1.4, F1.6 the autofocus is not so precise, a little blur (in 30% images, indoor with lamps light).

    Good lens for everything.

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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

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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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      • No

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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

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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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