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Sigma30mm f/1.4 EX DC Autofocus Lens for Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (15)
  • Nice bokeh (8)
  • Strong construction (8)
  • Consistent output (7)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Night photography (10)
    • Low light (7)
    • Weddings (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Portraits (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great general use lens

    [Using on a Sony a200.] This lens is actually approximately 45mm in terms of a regular film type 35mm SLR. This lens therefore makes images very close to the same scale that you...Read complete review

    [Using on a Sony a200.] This lens is actually approximately 45mm in terms of a regular film type 35mm SLR. This lens therefore makes images very close to the same scale that you see by eye. That is, depth of field and so forth are about the same as the human eye, and, what you see is what you get.

    The first noticeable thing after mounting the lens is that the viewfinder is considerably brighter than with the standard zoom lens. the next noticeable thing is the lens auto-focuses very fast and quietly. The lens does not have a tendency to 'seek' when focusing: it goes straight to the focus point. And then, the images are sharp.

    Some things learned by use:

    1. The lens comes with a good hood. It is cup / bowl shaped, with a couple notches to allow you to get your fingers into the filter(s). Even so, getting my fingers to my circular polarizer with the hood on is difficult. I tend to remove the hood and adjust the polarizer, and then put the hood back on.

    2. The lens hood will mount backwards for storage when you don't need it, or for when putting the camera away in your kit bag.

    3. The lens is excellent for snapshot type photography. Such as pics of your pets, kids, grand kids, and so forth. No flash is usually required.

    4. The lens is good for taking travel photos, taking some pics when going to the park, and so forth.

    5. The lens really excels for people pictures. Such as candids when walking around town. The fast focus really helps. For taking more serious portraits and semi-portraits, its good also.

    6. Taking close-ups of, say a flower, can be done fairly easily. If very close and using f1.4 - f2.8 or so, you may find some of the image blurred out because of limited depth of field. So, you might need to step back a bit when using a wide open f stop.

    7. Using inside in a dark church can be done. Makes the headache of doing candids for a wedding much easier. Again, no flash is usually needed.

    8. For landscapes, you will need to move your two feet, since there's no zoom. For some shots, wind-up mounting the standard Sony zoom.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Focus is very loud

    Good build quality and sharp image.
    But very loud focus.

    Good build quality and sharp image.
    But very loud focus.

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    2.0

    Focus is very loud

    By RJ

    from CT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Loud

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

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

    Good build quality and sharp image.
    But very loud focus.

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    5.0

    Very nice for Sony a65

    By Jeff S

    from NYC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This lens completely met my expectations for use:
        1) Sharp, fast focus for kids, pets, action in bright light
        2) Nice for portraits or snapshots indoors without a flash.

        Don't expect it to completely replace the need for flash indoors in low light or with motion.
        NO significant abberation
        Compatible with latest software for Sony a65

        Only con (minor)
        Attaches to the body well, but alignment is not as easy or as smooth as my Sony lenses.

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        5.0

        Wonderful lens on APC camera

        By mcbarnet007

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          This is my perfect everyday lens. It's wide, fast and sharp. AF on the Sony A57 is fast and accurate. Color and bokeh are beautifully rendered.

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          4.0

          Great Lens, wish it had HSM

          By Ray

          from MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No HSM

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Weddings/Events

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

          Purchased this lens the moment it went on sale for my A77. Great lens overall, and plenty sharp enough for my use. The bokeh is very good and perfect for portrait. The lens bag is a nice touch. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the lack of HSM. The Canon and Nikon versions both have HSM and Sony went without for the same price.

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          5.0

          Awesome fast lens on crop sensors

          By Conor

          from Halifax, Nova Scotia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Video

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

            This lens has lived on my camera since I got it, awesome walk around lens, I've used it for portraits and a few landscapes, I like that it is a 50 mm equivalent on a crop sensor. Overall I am very pleased with it's performance . Fast, auto focus is silent and fairly accurate even wide open. I have also used it for some minor video shooting and am very pleased with its performance in that arena

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            5.0

            Love this little lens

            By Lynn

            from Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I wanted a fast normal lens. This one seems to fill the bill. I'm glad I ordered it. I'm just getting used to it, but so far it's everything I wanted it to be. It's a little heavy, but all the lenses I have for the Maxxum 5D are heavy-so not a problem.

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              5.0

              Great Lens!!! Very happy with it!!

              By Morgan589

              from Saint Louis, MO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I am a concert photographer and wanted this lens for the focal length and fast aperture. I have shot two shows with it so far and it performed awesome!! Is was surprisingly sharp even at the large aperture settings. I would highly recommend this lens...very nice. Nice build and feel to this lens too and very quick AF.

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                4.0

                Great Portrait Lens for APS-C Cameras

                By JT

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Depth of Field
                • Lightweight
                • Low Light
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Portraits

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

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

                This 30mm f/1.4 is a great portrait lens for 1.5 crop factor cameras like my Sony a350. It is excellent for no-flash low light indoor shots like weddings, receptions, parties, etc. Its also good for fast motion outdoor shots like kids and pets playing. Maybe not the best for sports where a longer lens would be more helpful.

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                5.0

                Wonderful lens

                By A700 Lover

                from Savannah, Ga

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  No problems. Sharp focus, super fast. I used this at a wedding (thinking I'd use if for just a few shots) and ended up not taking it off the camera. Perfect for low-light situations, as well as bright outdoor scenes. I found it great for portraits.
                  So far I have had no major problems. Auto focus works well, but can be slow in lower light (as with most lenses). Well built, and much preferred over my Minolta 28mm 2.8 lens. Great upgrade at a decent price. It's a sturdy lens, and when added to my A700, battery grip, and flash, it was a lot to carry around all day, but totally worth it. I'd rather have a nice heavy lens than a cheap plastic one. You won't regret the purchase.

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                  4.0

                  elegant and produces the goods

                  By Bob

                  from Darwin, Australia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Quick Focus
                  • Sharp Focus

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I am into low light photography and even like to under expose a little on some occasions to bring out the richness of the colours. The Sigma 30mm f1.4 is just the ticket and I look forward to it becoming one of my more used bits of kit.[...]

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                    5.0

                    LOVE MY NEW LENS

                    By DOWNTOWN PHOTOGRAPHY

                    from ST PETERSBURG FLORIDA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sharp Focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

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

                      I TAKE ALOT OF PHOTOS AT EVENTS AND PORTAITS AND LOVE THIS LENS, ITS FAST AND GETS MORE PEOPLE IN THE SHOT WITHOUT GOING WIDE ANGLE LENS

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                      5.0

                      Great general use lens

                      By Mechanic

                      from East Coast USA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Low light photography
                      • Quick Focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography

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

                        [Using on a Sony a200.] This lens is actually approximately 45mm in terms of a regular film type 35mm SLR. This lens therefore makes images very close to the same scale that you see by eye. That is, depth of field and so forth are about the same as the human eye, and, what you see is what you get.

                        The first noticeable thing after mounting the lens is that the viewfinder is considerably brighter than with the standard zoom lens. the next noticeable thing is the lens auto-focuses very fast and quietly. The lens does not have a tendency to 'seek' when focusing: it goes straight to the focus point. And then, the images are sharp.

                        Some things learned by use:

                        1. The lens comes with a good hood. It is cup / bowl shaped, with a couple notches to allow you to get your fingers into the filter(s). Even so, getting my fingers to my circular polarizer with the hood on is difficult. I tend to remove the hood and adjust the polarizer, and then put the hood back on.

                        2. The lens hood will mount backwards for storage when you don't need it, or for when putting the camera away in your kit bag.

                        3. The lens is excellent for snapshot type photography. Such as pics of your pets, kids, grand kids, and so forth. No flash is usually required.

                        4. The lens is good for taking travel photos, taking some pics when going to the park, and so forth.

                        5. The lens really excels for people pictures. Such as candids when walking around town. The fast focus really helps. For taking more serious portraits and semi-portraits, its good also.

                        6. Taking close-ups of, say a flower, can be done fairly easily. If very close and using f1.4 - f2.8 or so, you may find some of the image blurred out because of limited depth of field. So, you might need to step back a bit when using a wide open f stop.

                        7. Using inside in a dark church can be done. Makes the headache of doing candids for a wedding much easier. Again, no flash is usually needed.

                        8. For landscapes, you will need to move your two feet, since there's no zoom. For some shots, wind-up mounting the standard Sony zoom.

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                        5.0

                        Es un lente fabuloso -is a great lens-

                        By Fabricio Sánchez

                        from Torreón, Coahuila, México

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quick Focus
                        • Rugged

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Night Photography

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

                          [...] -I have little time with the fantastic and I think it is easy to use, fast auto focus very good, I personally like to use in manual mode in my alpha 100, strongly emphasizes its brightness.-

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens

                          By DJ Jose

                          from Miami, FL

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Quick Focus
                          • Sharp Focus
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Night Photography

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

                            I bought this lens for taking shots at nightclubs, concerts, and night shots. So far I'm really happy with the lens. It's super fast, very sharp and the large aperture is a must for dark lighting with no flash photography. It works very well with both manual and auto-focus on my sony alpha 200.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Sweet little lens

                            By Davyboy

                            from Menorca, Spain

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

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

                              I switched to Sony so I could use my Minolta lenses and since doing so I've bought several lens from B&H, including the Zeiss 85mm which I love - but this little lens makes me smile every time I use it. I use it as the default lens on my second body. It's ideal as a portrait lens and delivers great results.

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                              5.0

                              One Fast Lens!

                              By Duncan

                              from Adelaide, Australia

                              About Me Getting started

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Sharp Focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Night Photography

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

                                Having used compact digital cameras for so long, I'd forgotten just how good it was to get low-light, indoor shots without the harsh edge of a flash.
                                I bought this lens to complement a 18-250mm zoom on my new Sony A300. It was a good move because I find that even with the Sony's steadi-shot image stabilisation, getting good indoor and night-time shots at f4 is hard!
                                As expected from Sigma's "EX" badge, the auto-focus on this lens is fast and sure. And of course as far as image quality goes this lens is not the limiting factor (the A300's noise performance is what's letting me down I think).
                                So, for those who prefer ambient lighting to flash-photography, especially built-in flashes, this is a nice fast lens that gives you options.

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