Reviews and Problems with Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC /HSM
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Excellent image quality and bokeh, but know what you are getting
M. Morris "the generalist", Amazon
6 April 2013
Summary: Photographers expect excellent image quality from a prime - contrast, color, bokeh, and sharpness. This lens delivers on each front, with one partial exception: the Sigma 30 delivers excellent center sharpness even at f/1.4, but it has poor edge and corner sharpness. This makes it a great short portrait lens, but a poor landscape lens. It delivers the contrast and color needed for landscapes, but if output at large sizes, you'll notice the edge and corner weakness.
Great lens for video, not the sharpest for wide aperture pictures.
12 August 2012
Summary: Brand new. Seems like it's going to serve me very well. Have noticed issues with image sharpness at wider apertures. Also, focus ring is a little grainy, but still consistent and not jerky. Lens is hefty, strong, and feels well built.
Summary: (Sigma 30mm 1.4 with Canon 60D) I read lots of great reviews mixed with lots of not so great reviews for this lens. But for the price, I had to take the chance. (I bought this used here in mint condition from an Amazon seller.) Yes, it's true that the picture quality is somewhat "soft" and "fuzzy" wide open at 1.4. That was very obvious. BUT...like many of us have learned, it's much sharper closed down a bit from the largest aperture.
Summary: Updating my original review since receiving my new copy of the lens. For those wondering, my review has jumped from 1 Star to 4. This piece of glass is THAT nice. I spent two days putting this lens through the ringer shooting stills and video of a group golf outing, rehearsal/dinner, and the wedding the following day. Shot the majority of the images between 4.0 and 8.0 - anything larger was overexposed in the bright sun.
Summary: Perfect lens if it focused properly out of the box. Lens has a little front focus on my Rebel t3i. Sent to Sigma for calibration with camera body still waiting for it to return. Otherwise good quality lens.
Focusing Issue: Commit to Sending it in for Calibration
Tommy C "Reviewer12", Amazon
27 July 2011
Summary: I won't go into the technical details of this lens but rather a history of this lens and how I finally got a focusing Sigma 30mm Canon 20D: Initially, this lens was paired with my Canon 20D. The first set would not focus correctly. Using the Amazon refund policy, I attained a second set. This one seemed to be focusing better but still had a tendency to front focus.
Summary: Reasonably priced, fast standard lens! Bought this for my Canon 7D. Center sharpness at f1.4 is much better than canon f1.4. Works well against direct and bright light, no flare or ghosting.HSM is a bit louder than I would have thought. All in all I am happy with the lens for my uses.
Pros: Great solid heavy build, Nice Bokeh, Smooth and weighted focus
Summary: If you're looking for a good lens for shooting video... THIS IS IT! Given that when shooting video in dimly lit environments you will need a wide aperture, this lens is perfect. The 30mm viewing angle relates closely to a 50mm lens (35mm film camera) once the image is cropped. This gives a natural viewing aspect. Also, if you're shooting video it is a necessity to do all your focusing manually. This makes the autofocus issues really become not a problem.