Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN C E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44156 date: Oct-30-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Discover 25 F1.8
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sigma 30 F1.4 EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
price paid:286 USD (used)
positive:Bright
Good contrast
9 aperture blades
Lens Compensation
negative:Softness/aberrations
Warm color cast
Curved focus plane
Moderate barrel distortion
Lack of optical stabilization
Size & weight
comment:I bid too much on this used lens on eBay. Sigma's retail price is $339. The lens did at least include all of the original packaging. "MADE IN JAPAN"

The barrel distortion is quite noticeable as is the axial chromatic aberration.

This lens has a directional glow on hard edges much like the older Sigma EX primes probably indicating an alignment issue. The corners are also very uneven with the top right being the worst. The little 30mm F2.8 DN Art lens has much better image quality.

PDAF points outside of the center on the A6000 do function in AF-C at least with the lens wide-open. Stop down any amount and points on the edges stop functioning.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 4.75
  • distortion: 3.75
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.35
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