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

reviewer#7803 date: Aug-10-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:Sony 50mm f1.8
CZ 16-80 Zoom.
price paid:£349
positive:Solidly built
Generally good distortion control
Much Cheaper than the 35G!!
negative:A little soft wide open at the edges of the frame.
comment:This little lens has surprised me in it's performance. I have read about the magic of the 35G but from reviews couldn't se that it was much better than this lens.

I am really pleased with this lens, solidly built and trial shots have pleased me. The edge softness wide open is not a major issue.

I bought it specifically for it's low light capabilities, compared to the CZ16-80 which is very sharp at this focal length. I will report on my findings shortly (wedding this weekend)!

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