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Sigma30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Autofocus Lens for Nikon Digital
 
4.3

(based on 61 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (38)
  • Strong construction (32)
  • Consistent output (25)
  • Durable (23)
  • Nice bokeh (20)

Cons

  • Blurry focus (9)
  • Heavy (5)
  • Slow focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Night photography (27)
  • Low light (24)
  • General purpose (14)
  • Landscape/scenery (12)
  • Weddings (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (15), Enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (6), Semi-professional (4), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (24)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Lens!

I purchased this lens online after reading several reviews. With front focus problems being so prevelant, I knew I may need to send it back to Sigma for adjustment once it arrived. Yep!...Read complete review

I purchased this lens online after reading several reviews. With front focus problems being so prevelant, I knew I may need to send it back to Sigma for adjustment once it arrived. Yep! When shooting an object at 4' the lens focused about 2" in front, just enough to make the subject appear soft. Sent it to Sigma for warranty repair the next day and had it back in about two weeks... excellent service, front focus problem corrected. It's a stout piece of glass that balances quite well on my Nikon D40 & D40x. I recently shot a high school basketball tourney in a dimly-lit gym (with dark brown walls inside!!!) using this lens and my D40x. At f/1.6 - 1.8, 1/500 second and ISO 1600 the images were well exposed, sharp and could be significantly cropped. The lens' clarity/resolution meets and probably exceeds the resolution of the camera's 10.2MP sensor. If you purchase this lens (online) be prepared (as I was) you may need to send it back to Sigma for adjustment. Be sure to tell them what camera body you'll be using it on so they can adjust it accordingly. In a nutshell: focus on this lens is fast and quiet, it produces nice boke and it's one of the sharpest lenses I've ever owned.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Forget it

Main advantage of this lens should be speed of f/1.4 (low-light hand-held open-wide). But it has problems with AF system and that's very annoing especially open-wide of course when you have such...Read complete review

Main advantage of this lens should be speed of f/1.4 (low-light hand-held open-wide). But it has problems with AF system and that's very annoing especially open-wide of course when you have such little DOF.

In comparison with this Sigma, Nikkor 35/1.8 costs much less, has pricise AF and need cheaper 52mm filters. There's no doubt about choice between them.

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5.0

Great lens for every occasion

By Nacho

from Miami

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • F14 In A Very Unexpensiv
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

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

I bought this lens to replace a Nikkor 24 2.8 as I wanted a couple of f-stops to use ina a variety of situations.
I'm not a fan of zoom lenses as I prefer to have the "human" point of view that this 30mm can provide, since it is very similar to a 50mm in 35mm format.
I like the bulk style, although I recognize not everybody does, it gives me confidence in the fabrication of the product. All metal enclosure and camera attachment. I think I'll have a lot of fun with it.

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5.0

Amazing Lens

By El Fotografo

from Miami

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

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

    This lens is for wedding pictures with out a flash, i use it on f 1.4 and ISO 1600 and the results are amazing.

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Dukes

    from PA

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Sharp, fast focus.
      Really a great prime lens

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      4.0

      My Normal Lens

      By Red Sox Fan

      from Douglas, MA.

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This lens is great in low light. Will work fantastic for close up portraits, landscapes, indoor with poor lighting. This is my "Normal" Lens on my D3100, giving me the same view as my eye would, until I am able to upgrade to a Full Frame Nikon. This lens is a workhorse. Very nice bokeh!

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        3.0

        Viewfinder Yes! Live View No!

        By G-Pa John

        from Miami, FL

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        Pros

        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

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

        Even though many previous reviews warned about the problems with this lens I had to take a chance. Too bad! It functioned well when using the viewfinder, however, live view on my Nikon D3200 was a blurry disappointment. It seems this lens just can't function in that mode. I could have used manual focus but that defeats the purpose of the lens. It's well constructed and strong. Maybe another model could work but not this one. Back to the Nikon 35mm, f1.8 for proper operation. B&H was great handling my return and exchanging it for a different lens.

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        3.0

        Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM

        By DL

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus
        • Heavy
        • Slow Focus
        • Tough To Attach

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

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

        big dissapointment, 9 times out of 10, would not focus properly

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        2.0

        Didn't focus properly on Nikon D300

        By Ed

        from Dallas

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus

          Best Uses

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

            Looked perfect for my needs but did not auto-focus consistently. I returned the lens. B&H return policy is one of the reasons I keep trading with them. They have never let me down!

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            5.0

            Good Lens

            By Sloanj

            from Washington DC

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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 Nikon Digital:

              Good general use lens for daily shooting and low light photography. Lens is solid and appears to be able to give many years of use. No focus issues on my Nikon D90 or D50. Very hard to keep focused at f/1.4 but its a physics problem and not a lens issue. Have taken several hundred pictures with in in the last four weeks and have no complaints. It does what it claims to be able to do.

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              4.0

              Really nice around prime

              By Memorymaker

              from Ontario Canada

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • 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 Nikon Digital:

                Locally the lens cost twice as much as through BH and though I have read mixed reviews I find the lens a great performer. Wide open pretty descent results and very useful in low light conditions. Stopped down to 2 or more it is nice and sharp. I certainly recommend this lens and enjoy it as a versatile lens for everyday use, wide enough for most uses while still useful for portraits.

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                2.0

                I really did want to love this lens...

                By showhots

                from Cincinnati, OH

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Blurry Focus
                • Heavy
                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

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

                  I bought this as an affordable lens to use specifically in low light venues for concert photography. Unfortunately this lens (out of the box) does not function properly in low light.

                  I had read the several reviews here stating that the auto-focus had issues with focusing in front of subjects. I really thought that I would be able to adjust the auto-focus on camera... Wrong Next step? Return for Nikon 35mm f/1.8G or send off to Sigma.

                  For me, this lens focuses dead sharp in well lit conditions. It's really quite nice. In low light (where I planned to use it), even with fair stage lighting the lens struggles terribly to lock focus, and when it does, it's always off. To me, it seems that this lens has a terrible time finding enough contrast on any point to lock on auto-focus. I've tried everything. I really did want to love this lens...

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                  5.0

                  Very sharp!

                  By outtheresomewhere

                  from Idaho

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    This lens is fast auto-focusing, very sharp, and offers excellent color resolution. It is also quiet--very satisfied. Nice to have a normal lens--uncomplicated and reminds me of the old film-shooting days.

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                    3.0

                    Had to Return - used on Nikon D7000

                    By mjconns

                    from Omaha, NE

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Purple Distortion

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I was really looking forward to this lens... It was my first f/1.4 and after the awesome price drop, I couldn't pass buying it!

                    However... I had two issues with this lens that lead me to return it.

                    First, there's a major back-focusing problem. I have the Nikon D7000 and I can adjust it manually in the body to correct this. Annoying, and alone I couldn't live with it, but that was not the major flaw to me.

                    The MAJOR flaw was that when shooting wide open, or anything greater than f/2.0, there is a terrible purple fringe! Highly noticeable and makes the 1.4 completely useless! I showed it to a local repair shop and they recommended returning it as it was too noticeable to do anything about it.

                    I do love the lens; it is CRISP as heck for shooting at lower apertures, but I had to return it as I really wanted some fast glass and I thought this lens would do the trick. The two problems, primarily the major one, made it not worth owning as it was not going to meet my needs.

                    Oh! Almost forgot: Manual focus feels rugged; it's not a smooth feeling (almost as if sand was wedged in side; kind of a grinding feeling). I could live with it, but it made the lens feel a little cheap.

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                    4.0

                    Great Lens but didn't have manual focus

                    By jassdoit

                    from arcadia, ca

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    It has great bokeh in the photos. The lens is heavy but durable. It will be better if it has the manual mode.

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                    4.0

                    Nicer than Nikon's with one exception

                    By dr venkman

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Slightly Soft Focus

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I bought this to compare against Nikon's 35mm f/1.8 DX. The Sigma has a much nicer build quality, faster AF speed, and a much nicer feel to the focus ring. However, I think the Sigma version is a touch less sharp than the Nikon. Under normal circumstances I don't think it's noticeable, but you'll see it if you are a pixel peeper.However, this lens is quite a bit larger than the Nikon version. It's more the size of a 50mm and weighs quite a big more due to the all-metal construction.

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                    5.0

                    very nice lens

                    By ssi

                    from atlanta,ga

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

                    Great lens for potrait.

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                    4.0

                    Great sigma lense

                    By Matt

                    from Staten Island, ny

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This lense is great for the price super fast takes great photos

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                      2.0

                      Focus is not easy

                      By The Runner

                      from Falls Church, VA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Blurry Focus
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

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

                      Really Hard to Focus
                      Not really sharp but desent
                      It has a nice bokeh
                      really fast f/1.4 for 30mm
                      not so much of a different from nikon 35mmDXf/1.8 at night, the nikon 35mm is much sharp and much faster at focus
                      I like that is 30mm it make litle difference at small room compare to a 35mm

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                      5.0

                      Fast, sharp compact lens

                      By stmbtbob

                      from Steamboat Springs, CO

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

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

                        Choose to primarily shot night sky. Fast lens with sharp image works well.

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                        4.0

                        Sweet glass

                        By JJL Media

                        from Purchase, NY

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Great in Low Light
                        • Great value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Very Sharp

                        Cons

                        • Auto Focus Not Great

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        This is my first prime lens and I am in love. It works great with me Nikon D5100. I got it about 3 weeks ago and haven't taken it off since. I rarely like to use my built in flash and with this lens I never have to, 1.4 is great and still sharp. The autofocus doesn't always get it right, but I prefer to focus manually in most situations anyway.

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                        4.0

                        New Prime Lens for D-90

                        By BU Bear

                        from Wharton, TX

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatility

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Portraits

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

                        I have a friend who does wonderful portrait work with his Canon DSLR and a 28mm f/1.8 lens. I wanted to find something comparable to try on my D-90. The friend suggested I get the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens. I took his advice and have been pleased so far. We are planning a UK trip in the near future and I hope to give the lens a workout!

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