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Sigma30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon
 
4.5

(based on 44 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Nice bokeh (24)
  • Strong construction (22)
  • Durable (18)
  • Consistent output (17)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (13)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Chromatic aberration (3)
  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (26)
  • Night photography (14)
  • Weddings (13)
  • Landscape/scenery (12)
  • Video (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (4)

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

Great Lens for Close-Ups

By Louis

from Topeka, Kansas

Verified Buyer

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

We are using this lens to shoot video. The lens gets great depth of field and works great for an close ups and extreme close-up. We are going to do more experimentation with the lens but have been impressed so far. The build quality seems good. It has some heft to it. We use a to of Canon lenses, and this one is as good a build as those, if not better.

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5.0

Great lens

By BJ

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens to replace the 50mm for my Canon 70D. The crop sensor puts this lens closer to actual 50mm, and the results are great. Beautiful bokeh. Fast focus. Razor sharp where you want it to be. Heavy for the size, but obviously made extremely well; I suspect it will be very durable.

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4.0

nice lens, works with metabone speedbooster for m4/3

By BenBen2014

from Arcadia, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Sigma has been making very sharp lens, love the sharpness in the center even when wide open. Too bad, there are lateral chromatic aberration at the high contrast area.

I used it with metabone speedbooster it works great for both Panasonic and Olympus camera (GX8 and EM1). It didn't show up the updated value of aperture (still f1.4 max)

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4.0

Raises the value of your crop sensor

By ADH

from Southern California

Verified Reviewer

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

Last year I made the switch to full frame and parked Sigma's 50mm F1.4 Art lens on my 5Diii. I thought full frame was the most amazing thing, and I could never go back. Then I started doing a little bit of video work, so I dusted off my SL1 to use as "camera 2."

When the SL1 was my only camera, I used an EF 50mm F1.8, EF-S 24mm F2.8, EF 75-300mm, and EF-S 10-18mm. I had always heard that lenses were more important than the body, but I never got myself to buy "expensive" lenses until after I had an expensive body. This lens is an "expensive lens" that isn't expensive.

For the first video session I had a Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 on the SL1 and the 50mm on the 5Diii. The footage from the SL1 was noisy garbage in comparison to the 5D. I needed to get that ISO down. I then looked into Sigma's 24mm F1.4 Art lens to fix this problem, but I found the much smaller, lighter, and cheaper 30mm F1.4... The footage was remarkable. The difference next to the footage from the 5Diii was negligible.

Since then I've been using my SL1 more often than my 5Diii. The setup is less than half the weight, roughly half the size, 1/4 the price, and 9/10 the image quality (for what I'm doing, anyways). For day to day use and for travel, this lens has been worth every penny. It's made me pick up an old body that was previously collecting dust. If I'm actually doing a shoot, though, I still try (and try and try and try) to get my money's worth out of the 5Diii.

AF clicks during video, and lens has a little CA sometimes, otherwise it would get 5 stars from me. Build quality is amazing, solid, clean. It's not a huge lens (like Sigma's 50mm F1.4) which is great. Any time I talk to a friend wanting to switch to full frame, I recommend this lens first.

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5.0

My Main Lens

By StephanP

from Oregon

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Clicky AF during video playback

Best Uses

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

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

If you use APS-C and can't afford the Sigma 35mm ART, this is the best alternative. I shoot live music, portraits, and anything else I can point my 70D at. I've had this lens since 04/17/2015 and it's my main lens. I take it everywhere. It's built like a tank. I've dropped it once on my 70D. The lens hit the ground but only the protective filter was broken. It's been hit many times in mosh pits and giant crowds and still works perfectly fine. I've also used it in some almost extreme weather conditions. It's smaller than the 35mm and more compact. I always use the lens hood even at concerts and shows. I use a protective filter at all times and regularly clean the lens with a Gerlitz microfiber cloth.

Some things to consider: I've experienced a lot of chromatic aberration in the past. Although, this became less and less as I became more proficient at properly exposing my shots. I can usually remedy any CA in Lightroom or Photoshop. If you put this lens onto a full frame body (such as a 5D) there will be drastic vignetting.

It's great for video however there's audible clicking from the auto-focus during video playback even when using a muffled external microphone on the mount. The clicks are drowned out when shooting loud bands and music however (see the videos) and the image quality is brilliant.

I would say that the auto-focus speed is about average when compared to Canon lenses such as the canon 50mm 1.4. Make sure your settings are properly exposing the images and use AI-Servo even at f/1.4. I almost always use f/1.4 at concerts. The accuracy depends on the movement of you and your subject, the amount of light, and if you've properly exposed your shot or not. Most of my images come out extremely sharp. My images with the 30mm + 70D are sharper than with 6D + Canon50mm 1.4.

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5.0

New standard lens!

By Jacob the car guy

from Gilbert, AZ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

I am an automotive photographer in AZ and this is an amazing lens for it, it is somewhat hard to get used to its focusing because the depth of field is so shallow. But once you get it, it is tack sharp. I love this lens, build quality is 5 stars and looks great too.

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5.0

Best lens purchase ever

By BeachBum

from Middletown, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bokeh
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Portraits

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

    I purchased this lens for taking low light shots and increasing the bokeh on my shots of people to blur the background. This lens has become my favorite of the 4 lenses I own.

    Wish I would have purchased this lens sooner!

    Michael

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    4.0

    Expected Quality, Received Quality.

    By BecomeAPrime

    from Palmdale, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Blurry Focus
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

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

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

    I use this mainly for YouTube vlogging and for taking stills when I have good control over my ability to move to get the shot. This lens when it hits proper focus is considerably sharp for the cost. Front focusing can be a minor issue sometimes but the dock will correct that if you have it. This lens will hunt for focus sometimes in low light situations. Auto focus is just not consistent enough to be a reliable go to lens in my opinion.

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    5.0

    Loving it so far

    By Trish

    from Oklahoma

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

    I've had it about a week and love it. No focusing issue like some people seem to have had. Definitely my favorite lens at this point.

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    5.0

    Great small lens.

    By ajfotofilmagem

    from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I have owned Canon 50mm F1.4 and was never satisfied with the sharpness contrast chromatic aberration when wide open. Sigma 30mm Art, has much better image quality when F1.4, and the widest angle is very useful. There is some purple fringing when wide open, but improved dramatically in F1.8.

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Cheerabbits

      from NY

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

      If you want great quality photos with a beautiful blurred background then this is the lens for you.
      It's very important to invest in a good lens which can really change how your photos look

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      4.0

      Fantastic with the 7D

      By D.Shepherd

      from Yorkshire, England

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None found yet

      Best Uses

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

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

      I bought this lense because I wanted to achieve smooth bokeh for portraits and something that would give me an edge in low light, well, aIl can say is that it performs amazingly! This is now my daily lense in place of the Canon 1.8 which doesn't even come close. Yes there is slight chromatic aberration under bright light but nothing that can't be fixed quickly in PS or by dropping down the aperture to f1.8/2.0. I will say that I am being picky when I say that as only an experienced photographer will pick up on it when scrutinising their own images. Using it with the APS-C cropped sensor on the 7D makes it the equivalent to a full frame at 48mm (30mm X 1.6) but also reduces the amount of vignette visible. The lense has a very solid well built feel about it and is also very compact and light compared to the full frame equivalent. The motor and focussing is quiet, fast and sharp which also makes it ideal if you want something to use for videography. So far, so good, well done and thank you Sigma.....your turn Canon!

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      4.0

      so far, so good

      By midlevelvideo

      from Philadelphia, pa

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video

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

        For your frame of reference, I bought this lens specifically for use in videography, so I could give an artistic look to indoor interviews that I do on a regular basis, mostly in corporate office settings for startup companies that are looking for artistic and unusual framing. Since I have a camera with an APS-C sensor, I needed a lens that would let me get close enough (the 50 mm was not cutting it) to my subject that I could conduct interviews in places with not a lot of available space (ie. corporate boardrooms, office cubicles), and that the aperture would open wide enough that I could record the interviews in most cases without the use of supplementary lighting. I would say this camera met all these criteria easily (especially the getting close enough part)...It's great to have a lens that opens to 1.4 (the kit lens I was using only opened to 3.5), so you can film interviews at lower ISO settings, even in low light situations, and when it is open past the 2.2 range it really will give your interview footage that nice hazy background people look for. The lens is a lot sharper than the one that I was using (again kit lens), and it doesn't seem to fool you in the viewfinder (ie. I've had lens where it will look sharp in view finder but the footage winds up being not so much). This lens produces fairly sharp images the majority of the time, and it's easier to find the focus. Not sure why I'm not giving it 5 stars, maybe I expected the look of the final product to be a little nicer, but overall it really performs well in the ways that I wanted it to, and it will definitely bump your footage up several notches if you are considering upgrading from something like a kit lens. As a side note, i was considering the 18-35 mm Sigma for this as well, and would have preferred that for the flexibility, but purchased this one because it was a few hundred dollars cheaper. I don't regret doing that. Honestly, I don't need to get any closer than what I can with this 30 mm lens, the only place where I might want something like that is with photographs that I have to take of the offices after I do the interviews, but my other lens also works fine for that...also I never use autofocus so cant' comment at all on that. I would def recommend for somebody looking for similar performance...

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        5.0

        GREAT all around lens

        By DCHANG

        from Danbury, CT

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I was recommended this lens by a good friend and it goes great with my new canon 60d. I'm a beginner so this is easy to use and has great quality.

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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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              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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