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

reviewer#1693 date: Jan-23-2007
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Tamron 18-200, Minolta 50 mm 1.7, Phoenix 100mm macro, Sigma 105mm macro, CZ 16-80
price paid:380 (used)
positive:Amazing low light performance lets you work in dark conditions handheld, a very usable focal length, great build and focusing, fast AF, and nice sharpness.
negative:Nothing major.
comment:Not too much to complain about. Amazing performance in low light makes it very flexible and I love how bright the viewfinder is with the huge aperture. I've gotten handheld shots on this that I couldn't get on any other lens. The color is nice and it is very sharp. The AF is very fast too and I think 30mm is about the perfect focal length for a normal lens on a cropped sensor body like the A100. The build is very solid and the focusing ring is well damped and huge which makes this a fun camera to use MF.

rating summary

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  • 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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