Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC A-mount lens review by phazemstr

reviewer#1501 date: Dec-3-2006
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-75 2.8 minolta
28-105 2.8 Tamron
50mm 1.7
85 1.4
price paid:~$400 new
Center Sharpness
negative:1:10 magnification ratio
Corner Sharpness at 1.4
APS-C sensors only
Not SSM on Minolta, but SSM on canon/nikon
comment:This lens is a joy to use, I got it the day before Halloween and it handled itself in a dark environment very nicely wide open. The size of the lens is a definite plus, and the hood works without any vignetting. It handles flares very well, I have taken some photos with the sun without any cloud cover (stopped down), and received little if any flare. There is some CA at f/1.4, but by f/2.0 it is very well managed. The focal length is great as a walk-around lens and the only real negative I have found is that the magnification ratio can leave something to be desired. I've put a 12mm extension tube on it before, and since the focal length is so short the working distance for focus ends up being between one inch and 5 inches. The image quality is still great of course. If you need a fast normal lens with great image quality and can live with the reproduction ratio, this is the lens for you.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 50
  • sharpness: 4.61
  • color: 4.68
  • build: 4.52
  • distortion: 4.56
  • flare control: 4.52
  • overall: 4.58 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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