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Sigma30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras
 
4.5

(based on 109 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (92)
  • Consistent output (51)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (46)
  • Easily interchangeable (44)
  • Nice bokeh (33)

Cons

  • Slow focus (19)
  • Weak casing (13)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (56)
  • Low light (51)
  • Weddings (21)
  • Night photography (20)
  • Video (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (59), Semi-pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (10), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (100), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sharp, lightweight, perfect for travel.

Got NEX-7. Not a fan of zoom lenses. Had to go for two week trip. Zeiss 24/1.8 was out of stock. What my options? Looking on price and few reviews,...Read complete review

Got NEX-7. Not a fan of zoom lenses. Had to go for two week trip. Zeiss 24/1.8 was out of stock. What my options? Looking on price and few reviews, I said to myself - OK, let's try it. After two week trip and 1.5K images here my observations: rattle - yes, it exists but it's described in documentation and not a so bad at all, personally I do not think it's even worth to mentioning. My assumptions - sound comes from diaphragm control not autofocus, I will explain bellow. Some people complaint about f/2.8 - ok, it's written in spec. It's what we got. I am pretty sure Sigma folks can design faster ones but they have budget, weight and other constraints. So, I am not complaining. As result, please do not expect a nice bokeh from it, "yes" you can back ground blurred and defocus but not to degree what it can be artistic. Now let's move to real thing - looks like Sigma engineers created a small miracle in target price range - f/2.8 with 7 elements from which 2 are aspherical. What's for? Answer - sharpness. Yes. It's really sharp. Comparing to Zeiss ZM 50/2 Plannar , I have nothing to complaint about. Colors are different, depends on your taste, but sharpness - same great level. I am impressed. Weight? - 135g / 4.8oz. it's feather like. Makes perfect travel combo for me. One more think what is not actually mentioned - it's internally focused. So, no air (dust) goes inside. It's sealed enclosure. Autofocus? I do not use it much, focus peaking on NEX-7 is perfect but when I needed it's there and works fast and silent. Only one problem which I observed, npot a show stopper, it's process how diaphragm works, looks like when camera just turned on it takes some time for internal motor to engage so it adds to startup time. Kit lens doesn't do that. But I am not in rush, so quality of images is more important. Sigma stripped down a lens hood in order to keep price low, so do your self a favor get one (see my recommendation bellow). Do not get this ugly UV filter which will destroy all len's qualities and introduce more flare. Hood will do much better job.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wanted to love this lens, but I don't.

Let's start with the good. This lens is priced right, takes sharp photos and for the asking price it seems constructed well. If you are on a serious budget and want a...Read complete review

Let's start with the good. This lens is priced right, takes sharp photos and for the asking price it seems constructed well. If you are on a serious budget and want a "normal" focal length prime that is sharper and faster than the kit lens, you will most likely appreciate this lens.

Now for the bad. This lens though built good enough for the small asking price, does not give any sense of confidence. I find the build inferior to that of the Sony 18-55mm kit lens shipped with my NEX-5N. Something also upsetting is it's strange autofocus design, being some "linear" Sigma technology. What I do know is straight out of the box and when mounted on my 5N shut off, the lens makes a loud rattle when shaken. This only goes away when you power up the lens. It may seem trivial, but when walking around with the camera off, you constantly feel and hear the rattle/clunk. I cannot stand it and I worry the elements will damage themselves over time if the camera is moved about shut off.

Another concern with the build quality is the construction itself. Mine was shipped with a large piece of debris (appears too large to be dust) stuck to the inside of the front element. Since this was inside the lens itself there was no way for me to get it out with my Rocket Air or a microfiber cloth. This was a deal breaker and resulted it me returning the lens for store credit. I will be purchasing the Sony 50mm f/1.8 instead, and learning to deal with the extra reach.

What I did notice in testing this lens for several days before boxing it back up (had to wait for B&H to reopen after holiday week), was the auto focus was noticeably slower and less accurate than my 18-55mm kit lens. It would often hunt to find focus and routinely fail. I have always read about Sigma lenses having this issue, but I finally experienced it first hand. Very frustrating indeed.

To the defense of this lens, it does take sharp photos and is reasonably faster than the kit lens. I found having the extra stop or so (I believe the kit can only muster of f/4 of 4.5 @ 30mm), does help give you a chance of an ISO lower than 3200 in low light.

I really

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5.0

Great for my NEX-3

By John of Livermore

from Livermore, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

    Bought a NEX-3 from Sony Refurbished about a year ago. Love it b/c of all the reasons I moved away from my Canon XSI

    (1) Small and light
    (2) Automatic face detection/focus
    (3) Video recording

    Now decided to upgrade from the kit lens and read great reviews on this lens as a walk around replacement, specifically IQ.

    So far it's been great. Love the smaller size and the low cost. Got it bundled with 19mm for $200.

    Sold the kit back to B&H for $100...2 lenses for $100 is a great deal. BTW, also got a legacy 135mm f/2.8 w/e-mount adapter for $20 total - this is a great way to improve IQ for a low cost.

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    5.0

    In the end - it's the results that count

    By Bob

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

      Purchased this lens and the 19mm at the same time. Having read other reviews, I expected lightweight plastic lenses with metal mounts. Yes, I had read about the internal click when you shake the lenses like maracas. In my tests both primes outperformed the kit lens. In fact, sharpness of the 30mm was superior @ 3.5 (mildly stopped down, vs the kit set @ f7.1. Excellent quality across the frame. I intend to utilize these optics on my NEX-6 and NEX-3 for my critical work. By the way, these guys are not finished to the degree my Hassy lenses are - but as far as I know, nobody criticized Picasso for using cheap looking brushes either.

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      5.0

      Great lens for the price

      By some guy

      from albany, ny

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

            simply a very nice lens at a great value.

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            4.0

            Imaging is good, there is loose

            By Dayong Si

            from Brookline, MA

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            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Lens Creep
            • Poor in Low Light
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

            How you use the product:
            use it in nex c3

            Things that are great about it:
            Imaging is good,

            Things that aren't so great about it

            But, there is loose in lens and shake. And when use in nex-c3, it is slow. in nex 3n it is faster.

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            4.0

            Very Good for Portraits

            By bayoubooger

            from Houston

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Clunky Sound Inside Lens

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

            mainly bought for portraits.

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            4.0

            medium wide angle

            By Al

            from Edmonton, Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Lens Creep

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

            Nice Boke, wide angle

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            5.0

            Great lens!

            By Jake

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

            Tack sharp. Its performance rivals that of Leica lens! Amazing engineering!

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            5.0

            Great lens and value

            By tropicalphotos

            from San Diego

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Carry Around

              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

              This is a really great carry around lens. It's sharp and a very good value. Super stoked on the deal I got when I purchased this and the 19mm.

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              5.0

              very good

              By edith10199

              from ky

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

              I use it on sony nex-5r. it's a good auto lense. the pictures took by it is very good and the colour is gorgeous

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              4.0

              Takes NEX cameras to the NEXT level

              By Mirrorless enthusiast

              from Huntsville, AL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Good value
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Sharp

              Cons

              • Not Pdaf Compatible

              Best Uses

              • Candids
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

              I got this lens because I was dissatisfied with the 16-50mm Sony power zoom kit lens, and don't mind carrying two or three primes around with me. While not a truly fast lens, it IS fast compared to the Sony 16-50, and WAY sharper too. The best thing is that this lens is extremely sharp, even wide open, which makes the f/2.8 maximum aperture truly usable. Some people don't like the bokeh, but I find it to be pretty nice, usually. Yes, the lens is plastic, but it feels nice and seems durable. Only thing I would wish for is that it was PDAF compatible on PDAF-capable NEX bodies (it's not) Overall, an extremely good value.

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              4.0

              Good Lens

              By Gtran

              from Bothell, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                  My NEX-EA50UH kit lens and this lens have the same exposure setting in the AE mode (I set my Sony kit lens at ~30mm). I believe this lens has more saturation than my kit lens and it is a sharp lens (I was kind of surprised). When I turned the lens left and right gently, one thing gets my immediate attention is the lens elements assembly floats in the barrel and I am not sure why Sigma design it like that. Another thing is the Alignment Dot on the lens is very humble design so it does not catch my eyes right away. Other than that, it is neck to neck with my Sony kit lens.

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                  5.0

                  Get one while you still can!

                  By Norwest Grommet

                  from Melbourne, Australia

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Street photography

                    Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                    Get these (30mm & 19mm) sharpies before they run out. At $ for both they're a NEX owners bargain of the year.

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                    4.0

                    Great lens

                    By Pak

                    from Detroit, mi

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                      I use this as my primary lens. It is a practical photo legnth that gives a great full picture.

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                      5.0

                      Not a "Thoroughbred" but great.

                      By wally

                      from Long Island ,New York

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                        I hesitated to buy the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for my Sony Nex-5N but finally ordered it.After examining the first pictures taken with this lens ,I was very pleased with the results and I am very happy. It is light and made from plastic and not metal except for the mount, which is metal.It is not a Pro lens but solid. The focus is fast and mounts smoothly. The pictures are crisp and sharp. I am a happy camper

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                        4.0

                        Bang for the buck

                        By Chris the Lars

                        from Sweden

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Could Have Been Smaller
                        • Weak Casing

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                        Bought it with the 19mm bundle which makes it almost unbeatable when it comes to price/performance.
                        Yes it would have been nice if it had been a little bit smaller and yes it would have been nice to have some kind of stabilizer (especially for the video) but for that price you get a really good lens.
                        Sharpness is superb in the center and the corners is almost as good. If you do not put you main object/focus right in one of the corners you will not notice any lack of performance. The picture will just end up very, very sharp.
                        Very light weight and convenient package together with Nex-7.

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                        4.0

                        Great first lens!

                        By Napoleon1327

                        from Durham, NC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                          I really like this lens as an everyday prime lens. The image quality is excellent, the autofocus is speedy (although a little slower than the kit lens) and the price can't be beat!

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                          5.0

                          Astoundingly good

                          By richiemccaw

                          from Singapore

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                            I got this lens as part of the twin lens package a day before I got a second hand SEL24F18Z. Naturally I took a few test shots to see how much better the 24mm was.

                            Perhaps surprisingly, or not surprisingly (as some have commented previously), both the 30mm and the 24mm were just as sharp! Now I havent actually took many shots with the 24mm to see how good the much vaunted colour rendition is.

                            However based on what I can see on the camera screen, pictures from both the 30mm and 24mm were just as sharp, which is pretty darn amazing given that the 30mm costs about a tenth the price of the 24mm and weighs so much lighter.

                            It's really a no brainer if youre looking for a sharp lens for the e mount. As many have said before, it is absolutely one of the most value-for-money items I have ever gotten.

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                            4.0

                            Great, Sharp Lens

                            By Speed92211

                            from Brooklyn, NY

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                              Good sharp lens. Bought this for my Sony NEX-5N. I keep this lens on it, instead of the kit lens now.

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                              4.0

                              Cheap and good

                              By Jojo the nice guy

                              from Sydney, Australia

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Not Std 49mm
                              • Ugly

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                              Light weight and extremely cheap lens. Great for my holiday snap shots up and about in New York city. Great indoors and out doors.

                              I was satisfied with its auto focus accuracy and speed.

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                              5.0

                              Great lens!!

                              By Rd

                              from Tn

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens for Sony E Mount Cameras:

                                Great lens. This lens takes great pics. Very clear and for the price you can't beat it. Very highly recommended. Thanks to B&H for fast shipping and great customer service.

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