Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 6   
reviewer#44321 date: Jun-17-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SELP-1650
A mount DT lenses (on LA-EA1/2 or A58)
Lots of wide and standard A-mount lenses & macros, Sony/Minolta/Sigma, on APS-C & FF.
price paid:£75 (CEx)
positive:Amazingly sharp wide open, corner to corner
Small, though not quite as short as I'd like
Nice looking
Usable and reversible bayonet hood
All distortions very low
negative:Rattle when off
Battery drain when on
Very slow to start up on my camera.
A petal lens hood would have been nice
Focus ring too smooth to be sure you're turning it
comment:An amazingly sharp lens, sharp corner to corner wide open, rather like the Sony DT 35mm f1.8. Seems sharp at all apertures, and fairly sharp near MFD, so aperture hardly matters.
The quoted magnification is 1:8 which sounds poor but tests closer to 1:7, and is actually quite usable for close-ups with a little cropping (example - I can image part of my hand without digital zoom). There's just about enough background isolation for that, and bokeh is reasonable (not the best, not the worst).
MF is okay, though the shiny focus ring on the 'A' version makes it difficult to be sure you are focusing it, and if you squeeze harder the metal ring distorts and sticks on whatever is inside. DMF on the Nex 6 is nice, though.
I'm not convinced about the fast hybrid AF it's supposed to support; whenever you refocus it always goes away form the right focus first and then goes back, so it's a bit slower than (for example) the Sony DT35mm on the A58 or LA-EA2.

For a long time I've been looking for a digital equivalent to the old Rollei 35 pocket film camera (with 40mm Zeiss Tessar) I took around most of Europe for over two decades, and this combo is looking closer to that than most for IQ and convenience, though nothing quite matches the original. :-( But it's the right FL and more or less the right size (I can't quite fasten the poppers on the neoprene case like I can with the SELP1650), so I expect to be using this a lot.

But it does have one major annoying fault - slow start up. On the Nex-6 I get a dark screen (EVF or LCD) for two seconds, then a white one for two seconds, and between 5-6 seconds after switching on it is usable. I can leave it on as a workaround, but it makes the SELP1650 power-zoom seem quick!

Edit: I've returned the lens and downgraded the build to 2 for what I consider to be unacceptable design flaws. I have no idea why they removed the rubber focus grip from the earlier model, unless they wanted to make it pretty, but now it is difficult to focus manually because my fingers slip on the shiny metal. I can put some rubber bands around it, but I shouldn't have to. When carrying the camera around the neck, the lens rattles continually when off which is very annoying (even though I'm a little deaf). It stops rattling when on, presumably because the electromagnets in the focussing mechanism are powered, but then it drains the battery very quickly. Coupled with the extremely slow startup (slower than the 16-50 power zoom!) the lens is a pain to use whether you leave it on or off. Which is a pity since the optics are great.
reviewer#34764 date: Jan-28-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Discover 25 F1.8
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Zeiss Touit 32 F1.8
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
price paid:170 USD (new)
positive:Sharp wide-open corner-to-corner
Quiet, fast AF
Soft storage case
negative:Slower T-stop than other F2.8 lenses
Mild barrel distortion
Shiny aluminum focus grip
Moderate Size
Undersized hood
46 mm filter thread (shared with the Discover lenses)
comment:This is the first lens I've bought brand-new in nearly 2 years. I ordered it at my local camera shop, and it arrived in a couple of days. I had ordered a used copy 2 months prior through Amazon but never received it. Considering the very minor discount, I am glad I didn't end up getting the used copy. This lens seems to be permanently on sale new for $170 though the list price is $200. Sigma once had a deal for the original version of this lens and the 19 mm together for $200. "MADE IN JAPAN"

Judging from other reviews there seems to be some sample variation with this lens, especially the DXOMark results from the two versions. So, I wasn't sure what to expect, but this copy seems to be excellent. It is sharper corner-to-corner wide-open than any other lens I have, and it maintains that lead when stopped down. Though to be fair the DT 30 F2.8 Macro is sharp corner-to-corner at 1:1 just not at lower magnifications.

There is really very little to criticize. There is a tiny amount of lateral CA--very similar in color and amount to the 16-50PZ at the same focal length--less than the DT lenses. There is some very minor barrel distortion similar to the 16-50PZ and DT 30mm Macro. The Sony DT 16-50 F2.8 SSM has nearly no distortion at 30 mm.

The T-stop seems to be about T3.2 wide-open compared to most other F2.8 lenses, and if that is accurate the little Neewer 28 F2.8 is more like T2.5.

It is a small lens, but it is larger than several E-mount lenses. It is basically the same size as the full-frame Minolta 50 F1.7 or 28 F2.8 not counting an adapter. The 16-50PZ kit lens is significantly smaller when retracted but is certainly much larger when zoomed to 30 mm.

The front element is comically small and the 7 curved aperture blades seem to sit very close behind it. The rear element is fairly large and similar in size to one on the 25/1.8 but more recessed.

Unfortunately the included LH520-03 circular hood is shared with and sized for the 19 mm lens. It is also larger in diameter than it really needs to be, but it does reverse onto the lens securely for storage. Replacements are also very affordable compared to Sony hoods.

This lens is well-supported by Capture One, and seems to communicate lens-profile information to the A5000. AF with the A5000 seems as good as the native Sony lenses.

Overall an excellent budget everyday prime lens. I only wish I had bought it sooner!
reviewer#33752 date: Jan-11-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 60mm f2.8 Art DN
Sony 30mm f2.8 A mount
Sony 50mm f1.8 A mount
Minolta 28mm f2.8 Emount adapter
Sony kit lens
price paid:£104 (new)
positive:Great value, compact, colours and sharpness, but not so good as the 60mm, which is awesome. As an alternative to the kit lens, it's a good buy.
Nice case .
negative:Hard to specify but if comparing to the 60mm Art then not so appealing.
comment:Bought in the Black Friday sale for a great price but sold it shortly afterwards. Not a major criticism of the lens per se in a standalone comparison. If you were open to one of two prime choices, 60mm f2.8 DN and 30mm f2.8 DN I would choose the 60mm. If you want 30mm for size or other reasons, go for it.
reviewer#29661 date: Aug-17-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony 20mm 2.8
Sony 35 mm 1.8 SAM
Sony 16-50mm 3.5-5.6
price paid:169USD plus tax
positive:Great quality build for the price.
Very sharp from wide open > Sony 20mm >> kit zoom
Friendly angle of view
Fast focus (using center spot on Nex6)
negative:Slow apperture: would have loved this to be at least a f2.4 if not 2.0.
Relatively large especially given slow apperture (without hood it's a little larger than Sony 20mm with its hood attached.
comment:Bought this as a birthday present for a friend and got to play with it. Probably the best bang for the buck for E Mount APC. If considering getting into E mount, skip the kit zoom and just get this one. The sharpness of this lens is very impressive. I did not notice any distortion; despite some of the reviews I read, flare was well controlled as was purple fringing (with the hood on and a BW UV filter). This is not a Zeica marvell but its not costing much and if lost its easy to replace.
reviewer#11953 date: Aug-17-2014
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55mm
price paid:200 USD refurb
positive:Impressive normal angle prime lens. Sharp, fast enough on a6000 sensor for sure, quick focusing also. Lightweight, compact. I have silver version on silver a6000 and it's very sexy. Excellent fit to e mount, feels very well built.
negative:none have shown up yet.
comment:I have all three Sigma Primes 19-30-60 and I love them. All have 46mm filter diameters so one CPol and one VND will be used on all three lenses. The rattle of the lens is mentioned as a neg, but it is not, it's designed so. Pana-Leica m43 do the same (??? cousins ???) I use with 10, 16 and 26 mm Nex Extension tubes for great macro. Album started at https://www.flickr.com/photos/roguemd/sets/72157646228764951/
I would highly recommend to all my friends.
reviewer#11719 date: Mar-11-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 50/1.8
SLR Magic 35/T1.4
Zeiss FE 35/2.8
Zeiss FE 55/1.8
price paid:150 USD
positive:Light, sharp, good contrast
negative:Slow F2.8 aperture.
Nice but cheap build feeling.
comment:I used it only on A7 in both crop-mode and FF mode.
On A7, optically is on par with Zeiss 35/2.8. The same sharpness and contrast. If it will exist in FE mode, it will be an instant hit.
In FF mode, with the baffle removed, it was very very clode to the performance af the Zeiss 35/2.8
reviews found: 6   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.83
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 4.33
  • overall: 4.50

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