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

reviewer#2042 date: Mar-26-2007
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-70 f/3.5-5.6
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro
price paid:
positive:"Fast Normal" for digital
Bright viewfinder
Excellent for indoor shots
negative:Cropped sensor size
Slightly soft at f/1.4
Razor thin DOF
comment:This lens is excellent for avaliable light shooting, and for anyone who wants the 45-50mm "Normal" range with a DSLR. DOF at f/1.4 is very shallow and it can be difficult to focus correctly - focus bracket! Build is IMO excellent - an all metal body which is very solid feeling, nice strong petal hood, and a positive if slightly "geary-feeling" manual focus ring. The quality of the padded softcase included is an extra bonus.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania