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

reviewer#6681 date: Jan-5-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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:Sigma 24mm f/1.8
Sony 50mm f/1.4
price paid:389 USD (new)
positive:Comparable field of view to a 50mm lens on a full frame camera. Center is sharp wide open.
negative:Somewhat expensive, not full-frame compatible, yellow tones compared to Sony/Minolta glass.
comment:This is a fantastic prime for a crop-sensor camera. It has good center sharpness wide open, a natural field of view, and the wide aperture is great for low-light work. Until the 35mm f/1.8 SAM came out, I considered this a must-have lens for crop sensor cameras. My only complaint is that it, like all other Sigma lenses, gives colors a somewhat yellow tone when compared to Sony/Minolta glass. It's not the end of the world and actually works well for some shots, but be aware of it.

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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