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

reviewer#5433 date: May-22-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 1750
*minolta 50mm f/1.7 rs
price paid:RM1800 (+/- USD520)
positive:*i love the size. not as petite as 50f/1.4, but it's just nice.
*sharpness is good at wide open (f/1.4).
*colors are great. nothing to fault here.
*focal length is PERFECT.
*blazing fast focusing on my a350!
negative:*focusing noise is kinda annoying.
*min focus length is 1 feet. i wish it's shorter (like my tamron 1750)
*for APSC sensor, it's expensive!
comment:this focal length represents the TRUE 'standard' focal length given the 1.5x crop factor of an apsc sensor. so, it's very easy to get true-to-eye view shots. i'm quite amazed of the fact that i've not taken the lens off my camera, despite after almost a week of acquiring it, with >300 shots under its belt.

for a person who owns a fast lens (tamron 1750), this is a strong statement to how versatile the 30mm focal length is. it's also perfect for photo journalism work.

and with f/1.4, it has a superb capability to isolate the subject from the surroundings.

i particularly like the fact that i can stay with iso 200 in almost all light conditions, without having to go to iso 400 (unless i have to), and still able to shoot within reasonable shutter speed.

i truly recommend this lens to.... ANYONE!

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