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Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX HSM DG

 
sdblade
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Nov 08, 2012 20:16 |  #1

So I've been looking for a new prime and this is an ideal focal length for my needs. The problem is that I've read far too much on the internet about the quality control issues in particular the focussing problems surrounding this lens. Does anyone have this lens and would they recommend it or should I be looking at the Canon 24mm f1.8 instead? For the amount of use this lens would have I can't justify the price of the Canon L equivalent. Thanks.




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Invertalon
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Nov 08, 2012 20:24 |  #2

It was great optically... AF can be hit/miss. But overall I was quite happy with it when I owned it alongside my 7D.


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Nov 08, 2012 22:16 as a reply to Invertalon's post |  #3

There is a Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC and a new 35mm f1.4 DG. But there isn't a 30mm f1.4 DG. That said, I assume you mean the DC.

Excellent prime. Been shooting with the same copy since 2006, and probably 90% of the time wide open.




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davomate
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Nov 08, 2012 22:43 as a reply to LightRules's post |  #4

Love mine, terrific shots in natural light, inside and out. I bought mine locally so it would be simpler to have it recalibrated under warranty, if needed. It was not.

An example of what it can do, from the Melbourne 2012 Zombie Shuffle.

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Sirrith
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Nov 08, 2012 22:56 |  #5

Great lens. Tried 3 of them in total, none had any issues. Definitely recommended.


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mickeyb105
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Nov 09, 2012 00:03 |  #6

Add me to the list of happy Sigma 30 1.4 owners. Night and day difference over the 50 1.8 ii I used to own to the point where I have to remind myself that it isn't an L lens—it just performs very near that level.


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Stone ­ 13
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Nov 09, 2012 01:49 |  #7

My Sigma 30 was a fantastic lens about 85% of the time. I had no complaints optically, IQ is just about as good as it gets in this range, but the af consistency eventually caused me to replace it.


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sdblade
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Nov 09, 2012 09:39 |  #8

LightRules wrote in post #15224680external link
There is a Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC and a new 35mm f1.4 DG. But there isn't a 30mm f1.4 DG. That said, I assume you mean the DC.

Internet blindness, caused by researching too many lenses in a short time.;)




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sdblade
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Nov 09, 2012 09:39 |  #9

Thanks for the recommendations, time to purchase!




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Mike ­ Martin
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Nov 09, 2012 11:31 as a reply to sdblade's post |  #10

I just bought one two weeks ago. Fantastic lens.

Enjoy!


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Nov 09, 2012 18:22 |  #11

sdblade wrote in post #15226180external link
Thanks for the recommendations, time to purchase!

You won't regret it. It's a great lens.




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kilobit
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Nov 09, 2012 18:47 |  #12

I had one.
sold it when I went FF.

was very happy with it.

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bobbyz
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Nov 09, 2012 19:45 |  #13

Loved mine on 1.3x crop. Then moved to FF and got 35L. Very very close to 35L. Some copies have AF issues so buy keeping that in mind.


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jakefreese
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Nov 09, 2012 19:53 |  #14

I have one and am pretty happy with it. I am going to sell mine to get the 35mm 1.4 since I am working to going full frame.


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A5forfighting
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Nov 10, 2012 04:47 |  #15

Love mine, It was perfect right out of the box. love shooting wide open
its small, lightweight, one of the most used lens in my bag.
Wait for a sigma deal, they have them all the time.

got a awesome price a few moths back from unique camera


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