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

reviews found: 10   
reviewer#24491 date: Feb-7-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony E 16-50mm OSS
price paid:£99.00
positive:Excellent resolution, compact and light
negative:Nothing at this price
comment:Excellent value from Sigma, very sharp.
reviewer#12046 date: Dec-4-2014
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55 E
Sony 16/2.8 E
Sony 16-50 E
Minolta 40/2.0 M-Rokkor
Minolta 28/2.8 M-Rokkor
price paid:$80 USD
positive:Sharp wide open, best at F4.0
Focus is fast and accurate, on par with 18-55 Sony.
Color is virtually identical to Sony 18-55, and 16/2.8
Good separation of subject to background. Not so great bokeh, but a good 3D quality.
negative:Flare
comment:Found this for sale used for $80. Could not pass it up. We were on vacation in the San Francisco Bay area and I was visiting all the remaining camera stores from when we lived there. Once on my NEX6, it seldom came off. Focus is on par with all the sony E lenses I own, color is virtually identical, perhaps a touch warmer. The 2.8 gives it better separation of subject to background, especially on faces.Bokeh is OK, but not its best feature.

The only real negative is flare, just awful if you have sunlight in the picture without a lens hood, which was not included by Sigma. I tried several hoods and finally settled on an old Nikon Coolpix HN-E5000 hood that I got for $4.24 ($1.25 for the hood, $2.99 Ship) from B&H. This looks silly, it's at lest 3/4" longer than the lens, but it sure solved most flare issues. For anyone else with this lens, B&H may still have a few left.

While I mostly use MF lenses with the NEX6, I enjoy having a few AF lenses when I travel. This will be the lens that sits on the camera for those trips.
reviewer#11528 date: Dec-7-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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 own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 E OSS
price paid:139 USD (used - KEH)
positive:- very sharp
- very light
- small
- linear AF motor provides silent, quick, and accurate AF
negative:- Linear AF motor is gearless, and when the camera is off or asleep, it's unlocked, allowing the focus group to move freely, making the lens sound kind of cheaply made. (it's not)
- no hood and exposed front element don't make for the best flare resistance
comment:- This lens is sharp. really sharp. there's a deep area of sharpness across the frame, and the corners are only slightly softer. Stopped down, it's sharp all the way through.

- The color is typical Sigma fair, less saturated than Sony/Minolta, but plenty colorful and contrasty.

- Build isn't cheap by any means, but the new linear AF motor doesn't lock the focus group in place when the lens is off, and the knock-knock of the elements makes it *sound* poorly built.

- I've noticed a small amount of distortion, and the lack of a hood and the exposed front element has shown a little flare in certain situations.


Overall, it's a really badass lens for what I paid. The new global vision version comes with a hood and a different barrel design, but I think that if you can snag this lens for significantly less than the cost of a new one, go for it. It smashes the kit lens at the equivalent focal length hands down.
reviewer#11496 date: Nov-23-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 19/2.8 EX DN
Minolta and Sony 50/1.4 on A900
price paid:€99,- used
positive:Light, cheap, sharp
negative:Build quality, f/2.8
comment:No-brainer, it is a very good lens. Sharp and contrasty. However, I preferred the 19mm to the 30mm - could be the focallength, but f/2.8 at 30mm on APS-C isn't giving you a lot of OoF. Color is a bit too neutral for my taste.

I dropped mine and it broke. So, build isn't that good. Considered replacing it with another one, but I decided to buy a Sony 35/1.8 OSS.
reviewer#11462 date: Nov-10-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:SEL1855, SEL50f18
price paid:80 euro used
positive:It's small, light weight and doesn't cost a lot. Costs aside this lens delivers nice results.
It's sharp, colour rendering is pretty.
negative:Auto focus is a bit slow. The lens feels cheap, especially when the camera is off or the lens isn't mounted the tic-tac noise isn't pretty. The lens has no stabilisation, it's a low light lens without stabilisation.
comment:I think you should own this lens, at least when you like primes. Because I find what the people and all the reviews were saying is true...
reviewer#11452 date: Nov-8-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
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:Sigma 19mm f2,8 EX DN
price paid:bought it in a set
positive:Size, weight and performance. Super sharp, even on f2,8 in the corners.
negative:Plastic feel and looks
comment:Nice lens to have for making 'close-up' pictures without distortion. During citytrips it is hardly extra weight to take this lens with me. Don't use it as much as the 19mm lens.
reviewer#11444 date: Nov-7-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:35mm 1.8f SAM
19mm Sigma EX DN
Minolta 50mm 1.7f
Tamron 90mm macro
Sigma 60mm Art
price paid:100USD (with the 19)
positive:Lightweight
Very Sharp
Compact
Focus ring
negative:Rattles when the camera is off
Bad flare control
No hood
No OS
comment:Very lightweight. Nice focus ring (wide and well dampened).
Sharpness is on par with my macro lenses - which is to say very good. It is as sharp as sharp can be from corner to corner at f/4. This doesn't happen to the 19mm at any aperture. The only prime I have that is as homogeneous at this is the 60mm from Sigma.
Bokeh is not its forte. The 60mm is better is that area.
It is almost always on my camera since it is a very versatile FL.
The kit lens is undoubtedly no in the same league concerning sharpness, but the color rendition of the kit lens and the 35mm SAM is more saturated (mainly the reds).
Flare is a little awkward and I could not find a hood for it, so I use my hand.
All in all, I love this little bastard so much!
reviewer#11443 date: Nov-7-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:- Sony SEL 35mm f1.8
price paid:€140
positive:- inexpensive
- very sharp
- light
- low distortion
- great focal length
- bokeh is nice
negative:- only f2.8
- autofocus not as good as the Sonys
- a bit large
- build is rather cheap
comment:I use this lens wide-open most of the time. Sharpness is that good! I like the focal length and I sometimes wish the Sony 35mm was a bit wider.
reviewer#11426 date: Nov-2-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Nex 50mm f1.8, 16-50
price paid:£120
positive:Cheap and sharp.
negative:A bit long, a bit slow, feels cheap and no stabilisation.
comment:As a general walk around lens I prefer the 16-50 and as it's slow, unstabilised and not small it doesn't find much alternative use.
reviewer#11411 date: Oct-30-2013
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN
Sony 18-55mm
price paid:90 EUR new
positive:very sharp
good contrast
colors
nice bokeh
low distortion
comes with softcase and hood
negative:something clattering inside the lens when the camera is turned off
comment:this lens is very sharp wide open and has a nice bokeh. highly recommended and at the low price a no-brainer!
reviews found: 10   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.80
  • color: 4.50
  • build: 3.60
  • distortion: 4.60
  • flare control: 4.20
  • overall: 4.34

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