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Sigma30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon
 
4.5

(based on 30 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (17)
  • Strong construction (16)
  • Durable (14)
  • Consistent output (12)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (9)
  • Night photography (9)
  • Weddings (9)
  • Video (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Deal

I got to use this lens for a short while. I love Sigma's new design of their lenses. Very slick and clean looking.
I've never used the predecessor to this so I...Read complete review

I got to use this lens for a short while. I love Sigma's new design of their lenses. Very slick and clean looking.
I've never used the predecessor to this so I have no comment on that subject.

Pros: Light and small packing a large aperture. A very reasonable 30mm. Excellent bokeh. Looks pretty sharp wide open.

Cons: Still a significant bit of color fringing wide open. Even stopped down it's clearly present at 100% but not as bad. Not to worry too much since post can remove a lot of it.

Side note: I used this on my 5D Mark III. It may say EF-S but it will mount up to a full frame camera and work fine. There is no significant vignetting either.

As far as DOF goes. Don't fret, since it's 30mm even wide open you still have good working room.
At 4ft/1.2m subject distance you have a 3.3in/8.5cm DOF.
At 8ft/2.4m subject distance you have a 1.16ft/35cm DOF.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inaccurate Focus-sent it back

My use for this lens is a fast "normal view" for my T4i. Mostly indoor capability where a longer focal length is too close. It's wide aperture allowed me to take...Read complete review

My use for this lens is a fast "normal view" for my T4i. Mostly indoor capability where a longer focal length is too close. It's wide aperture allowed me to take pictures without flash that would normally require my ISO to be way too high. The build quality is it's best attribute. Focus is pretty well dampened, solid lens, weighs just a bit more than the camera itself--still a good balance. Sure it's soft, but it still beats having to shoot at ISO 12800. The problems were the autofocus. Mine had severe front focus issues. I set my tripod out and fixed the focus on one point using a doll's head. Nothing was in focus. So I paid another $ for the dock. It took several attempts, but I was able to adjust the focus using Sigma's dock. However, the best I could get was 40% of shots in focus. The rest were either front focused or back focused. At this price point, I'm expecting better. I understand the DoF is really narrow at wide aperture. I compared it with my 50mm "fantastic plastic" both at 1.8 and at the same 1.65" DoF (which means the 50 had to be farther back) and the 50 was significantly better at 70% in focus. Only when I force the 50 to rack all the way out between each shot, did it start to perform about the same as the Sigma. Thing is, my 50 only cost $ and I did not need to buy an extra dock and spend several hours adjusting focus. I sent the Sigma lens and dock back. Considering the price of the lens+dock, time adjusting, and poor focus performance, it's just not worth it to me.

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5.0

Fantastic

By Bob

from Maryland

Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

Such a great lens. Extra bucks for that little wider aperture is always worth it. This lens can go anywhere

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5.0

Awesome Lens!

By Tyler the Tech

from Temecula, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

    This lens is absolutely amazing! Exreme;y sharp images, quiet/accurate autofocus. It is definitely worth the $. Nice weight, great build quality. Really shines in low light performance. I mainly use it for video and my interviews are looking spectacular.

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    5.0

    Great Street lens

    By DV

    from Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Great Colour Rendition
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

    I used this lens for events & street photography I've probably taken 10000 shots so far. This lens does have troubles focusing at 1.4, but that is the only real problem I've had. It's sharp and gives great color, bokeh looks really smooth as-well .It feels strong and durable, in-fact I've dropped it twice with no problems.
    Just overall a great lens that just works, definitely recommend it.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Blowing my mind

    By Brian B

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

      This is the best lens for the value in our arsenal. We use this lens for videography on our Sony A7s. Fantastic artistic look, incredible bokeh, great in low light, etc etc etc. We use primarily for documentaries & weddings.

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      2.0

      Inaccurate Focus-sent it back

      By Tim

      from NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Inconsistent focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

      My use for this lens is a fast "normal view" for my T4i. Mostly indoor capability where a longer focal length is too close. It's wide aperture allowed me to take pictures without flash that would normally require my ISO to be way too high. The build quality is it's best attribute. Focus is pretty well dampened, solid lens, weighs just a bit more than the camera itself--still a good balance. Sure it's soft, but it still beats having to shoot at ISO 12800. The problems were the autofocus. Mine had severe front focus issues. I set my tripod out and fixed the focus on one point using a doll's head. Nothing was in focus. So I paid another $ for the dock. It took several attempts, but I was able to adjust the focus using Sigma's dock. However, the best I could get was 40% of shots in focus. The rest were either front focused or back focused. At this price point, I'm expecting better. I understand the DoF is really narrow at wide aperture. I compared it with my 50mm "fantastic plastic" both at 1.8 and at the same 1.65" DoF (which means the 50 had to be farther back) and the 50 was significantly better at 70% in focus. Only when I force the 50 to rack all the way out between each shot, did it start to perform about the same as the Sigma. Thing is, my 50 only cost $ and I did not need to buy an extra dock and spend several hours adjusting focus. I sent the Sigma lens and dock back. Considering the price of the lens+dock, time adjusting, and poor focus performance, it's just not worth it to me.

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      5.0

      DSLR Noob Thinks this Lens is amazing

      By MekMekRock

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

        I bought this lens wanting to shoot my newborn son. I decided on this over the 85mm because I was told that I would find this more versatile. Whether or not that is true, I don't know. I do know that I've taken many low light shots of him with this lens and the crisp clean photos have me receiving constant compliments. I own a Canon 50mm 1.8 and this Sigma blows it out of the water. The body I use is the T2i.B&H shipped the lens out quickly. I have no complaints except now, I want more glass!

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        4.0

        Good Effort by Sigma

        By djadler

        from New York

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Affordable
        • Durable
        • Strong Construction
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Chromatic aberration
        • Vignetting

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

        I used this lens for a lot of walk-around photography which included many indoor and outdoor scenarios. The new Global Vision lens redesign has really changed my view of Sigma lenses. This lens exhibits great build quality and fits on the camera really nicely, even on smaller cameras like the Canon Rebel series. Because of its wide aperture it allows for a lot of artistic expression with depth of field not afforded by most kit lenses. Being a normal focal length optic, this lens does not display much distortion, but there is a slight amount of the barrel variety. As the old adage says time and again, you get what you pay for, and this lens is no exception as it has some drawbacks. The out of focus elements can be a bit distracting if they are not blown out enough and the lens is affected by quite a large amount of chromatic aberration on harsh highlight transitions. Also, there can be quite a bit of vignetting in the corners at wide apertures, although I have not found this to be distracting and it can be easily compensated for in post-production. All in all, at this price, definitely worth checking it out for any APS-C sensor camera as an every day walk around lens option.

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        4.0

        Amazing lens

        By EGB

        from Oklahoma

        Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

        love everything about it came in good time

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        4.0

        Solid and Fun Standard

        By JT Ryan

        from Crested Butte, CO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

          I bought this lens as a prime to travel with, that got me closest to that nifty fifty feeling you get with a 50mm on a full frame. I think it fits that place pretty well on crop sensors. Produces good color and auto focus is decent. The focus ring feels pretty solid, but could be smoother. The 1.4 is awesome! Really awesome bokeh. For, the money, its a great choice, and I'm happy with the purchase.

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          5.0

          You'd think I was a pro with this lens!

          By PlanBjz

          from Austin, tx

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Noisy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

          Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

          I'm using a Rebel T1i and the lens works great. Perfect low light prime lens and the 1.4 setting offers the ability to shoot amazing photos with blurred backgrounds.

          Lens is noisy when focusing during video.

          Very fast focus.

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          5.0

          Great lens for DSLR video

          By Ant M

          from San Juan, Puerto Rico

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

          This lens is a must if you are starting with DSLR video or if you want to add a great lens to your collection. I use this lens with my Canon T3i in order to film small events and interviews and it has never let me down since I bought it. The image quality is great, it easily competes with Canon L series. Also, it does a nice bokeh effect and it works very well under low light situations. The auto focus is very slow when I compare it to other lenses, but I don't mind because I shoot/film in manual mode most of times.Sometimes, when I use this lens for photography, I can see some purple chromatic aberrations in some of my pics. It doesn't happen very often, but it is something that you should take note if you plan to use this lens for photography.Overall, since I use mainly this lens for filming, I give it 5 stars.

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          2.0

          autofocus issues

          By Etienne D.

          from Montreal, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Blurry Focus
            • Issues With Canon

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

              Just bought one to learn there's back/front focus problems with my canon 7d. Quite disappointed. I think i'll buy back the 28mm 1.8 from canon.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Love this lens

              By skippy

              from minneapolis

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

              I was looking for a wider angle lens to replace my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. After reading review after review and comparing the Sigma 30mm to the Canon 35mm 2.0 and 28mm 1.8, I settled on this lens. The focal length on this lens is perfect for photographing in small spaces and the bokeh is stunning. The other canon lenses mentioned above do not even compare when it comes to bokeh. The one downfall of this lens is that it does have a hard time getting sharp images in low light, but the Canons 28m and 35mm were not much better. I love this lens and all that I am able to capture with it! This lens is built solid too. Even the canon 35mm (for $) felt like a toy compared to this lens!

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              5.0

              Go-To Lens for video, prep shots.

              By Adam Welch

              from Oklahoma City, OK

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

                While there may not be a "perfect" lens in the world, the combination of features and price make this 30mm come darn close!

                Having shot with the predecessor to this iteration of Sigma's 30mm f/1.4 I had a good idea of what to expect, though I've been thrilled with the improvements in build quality with this version. Metallic body and noticeably smoother focus ring make this lens a joy to shoot with. Auto Focus is acceptably fast and quiet, no issues there, though I'm frankly more of a manual focus puller...

                Pair this lens with a decent body, monopod/tripod, and maybe an ND filter for some real outdoor action, and you've got a pretty powerful photo/video tool.

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                5.0

                Good news from Fukushima

                By gbdz

                from Réunion Island

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Build quality
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Looks Darn Cool
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Picture quality
                • Quality

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

                The Japanese family company Sigma has been producing third-party lenses for decades already. Thus far their policy has been offering "good enough" products for prosumers on a budget. At the price, the products were good but not comparable to the original brand quality.

                With the 'Art' series lenses this has changed.
                Their flagship 35mm f/1.4 for full frame bodies has impressed the testers and the users all over the world. It is not cheap., just under 1000 dollars but its results are superior to for example the Canon 35mm f/1.4 L, which is an old design.

                I got the 30mm f/1.4 for my SL-1 which has been my reserve body.
                The first shots I got took me by surprise: This thing is clearly something not seen before. The pictures are clear, crisp, color neutral and, what seems to be the most important thing for people nowadays: SHARP.

                The picture quality is far superior to all my other lenses, and I got 'L'.

                The lens is quite big and heavy even for its size. There is a lot of high quality glass inside. The body is constructed of composite that feels like metal and is supposedly immune to changes of shapes and measures according to the temperature.
                It looks good, like something with a German family name starting with a Z or an L.

                The focusing is fast and exact. The ultrasound motor seems to bother some dogs but this is the same with Canons USM.

                This is my favorite lens. It changed the status of the EOS SL-1 completely as the results it produces are on par with the 5D III with the old 24-70 screwed on...unless, of course, you are making wall-size posters.

                Sigma is about to launch an 'Art' series 50mm f/1.4 which has tested better than lenses with 4 times the price tag. Maybe there will be a 85 mm 'Art' lens as well. This means I am not getting the Canon 85mm f/1.2 but I'll wait for the Sigma.

                For the EF-S (APS) sensor cameras this is the thing.
                Arigatoo, Sigma, aistimas!

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                5.0

                Wow, I love this lens.

                By Drummer

                from Nj

                Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

                Keeping very busy learning the great lens.

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Dan

                from Southington, CT

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

                  First off, I will say I am an armature photograph and see photography as a hobby rather than a career. For my purposes, this lens is fantastic.

                  To start, the build quality of this lens is amazing. I upgrade to this lens from a 40mm Canon pancake lens with a max aperture of 2.8. Compared to that lens, it's weightier and larger, however I love that about this 30mm. The 40mm felt toyish to me and was constructed of plastic; this Sigma is made mainly from metal. To me, that's not a huge deal because like many of you reading this review, we take good care of our equipment, however the Art lens feels more professional and if you were to take it out on the trail, it could withstand a bump or two. Compared to other Sigma lenses I own, this is by far the best constructed; I also own the 10-20mm and the 18-250mm. The 10-20 feels well built and hefty, but 18-250 is frankly cheap feeling, however you should have no concerns about this 30mm.

                  What I love the most about this lens is the fantastic depth of field it provides. The bokeh of the lens is smooth as silk and allows the subject of the image to be captured brilliantly. It isolates the subject and forces the viewer to examine it, rather than what might be behind it. Also, if there is light behind the subject, the bokeh of it is spherical and not at all angular. The 1.4 max aperture is a great feature and the low light performance is incredible. It makes taking photos with friends and family at gatherings much more enjoyable and less frustrating. Since the lens lets in more light, you can capture your photos with a shorter shutter speed making your images less shaky and crisper when their on screen. However, there are other lenses out there that are cheaper and also shoot at f/1.4, (even the Canon f/1.4 50mm is cheaper than this), so why look at this lens?

                  Compared to other f/1.4 lenses on the market, the 30mm obviously lets you capture more in the frame. On a crop sensor, this is huge. Almost every crop sensor Canon makes has a multiplier of 1.6, so really this 30mm lens is the equivalent of a 48mm on a full frame camera. I love this focal length. Even with aforementioned 40mm pancake lens I had, I found myself clearing a path as I constantly had to back further away from my subjects to capture the entirety of what I wanted. At times I was roughly 12 feet away from a group of four people if I wanted to fit them all in... and that was on a 40mm... I'd be even further away from subjects on a 50mm, which really led me to this lens.

                  What if I wanted to shoot a small subject and wanted to fill the frame? The 30mm would be disadvantageous in this scenario right? Well... not really. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of only roughly a foot. If I did want to get an isolated image of a still, I could shoot it closer with this lens, filling the frame to a distance which is close to that of what a 50mm lens would achieve with a minimum focusing distance of 1.5 feet.

                  There have been complaints about front focusing / back focusing with this lens... I have had no problems with this. Even so, Sigma does make a USB mount for Art lenses where you can adjust them on your computer. I do understand though that when you spend close to 500 dollars on a lens, you should not have to buy another accessory to perfect it; luckily I don't have this issue, but it's nice to know that 5 years from now if I am noticing discrepancies, I could correct for it.

                  The video quality seems fine - I rarely shoot video - however the main issue that I have is that its noisy when auto focusing. The mic does pick it up and it is off putting when viewing videos. For me, not a big issue as I mainly shoot stills.

                  As an armature photographer, I am very happy with this purchase and upgrade from my 40mm pancake. At the end of the day, this lens takes super sharp images, is extremely versatile (more so than a 50mm), adds great DOF to images, performs fantastically in low light, and is built strongly enough to serve you well into the future. There is really not much more a hobbyist could ask for.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Patrick

                  from Stavanger, Norway

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

                    I'm not a professional photographer by any means, and when shopping for a fast prime lens I shopped around a lot. I'm extremely happy with this purchase. After playing around with it for a couple of days, my friends that do photography for more of a living started making comments like "Great bokeh" right away, which is awesome to hear.

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                    5.0

                    Easy, high quality, all around prime len

                    By RDB360

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

                      High quality construction, beautifully crisp photos, perfect field of view (with Canon EOS 70D in my case) for walking around photography. With this kind of crispness you don't even miss the zoom, and it's far smaller and lighter than zoom lenses. Great indoors with F1.4 capability; obviously this won't be the lens you need for wildlife or distance shots.

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                      5.0

                      Worth the Money, 100%

                      By Matt

                      from California

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon:

                      I currently shoot on a Canon T1i, and what I've always learned is to invest in the glass before the body. This was the perfect option for a crop sensor photographer like myself, and right out of the box I loved this lens! The autofocus is fast and super super quiet. It's heavy, but that doesn't change my opinion one bit about this lens. It's a great step for people who are wanting to get a prime lens that will do more than what the Canon 50mm 1.8 will do or the kit lens. If you are on the border of weather or not to get the lens, GET IT!

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