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Is Sigma 30mm f1.4 Good?

 
ezella
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Jul 16, 2012 21:10 |  #1

I use 7D with 24-105L lens, now i need a faster lens coz 24-105 is f4, i consider 30mm f1.4 for shooting inhouse, wedding, portrait and a little bokeh purpose. Is it good?




  
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Ray33
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Jul 16, 2012 21:17 |  #2

The short answer is yes, but qualified.

You are honestly better off doing a search on this lens forum because there is a wealth of detail to answer your question


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helenachh
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Jul 16, 2012 22:24 |  #3

It's good. The only issue I have is the minimum focusing distance.




  
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bobbyz
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Jul 16, 2012 22:34 |  #4

One the best lenses I owned. I only used it on my 1dmk2 and I couldn't find any difference when comparing 35L on my 5d at f1.4.


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jnaks
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Jul 16, 2012 23:49 |  #5

its one of the best lenses you can buy for a 7D. loved it for the reasons you are assuming ;)


If you can read this, you don't need a macro | 7D + 5DIII + Waaaay too much spent....

  
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Jul 17, 2012 01:53 |  #6

I only tried it once on a crop body and ai relly liked the images I got, as stated above the only problem I had is the focusing distance.


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AliZaman
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Jul 17, 2012 02:13 |  #7

I have one and i like it on my 7D. Its really sharp and a great walk around lens for a crop body.
the one caveat to this lens, is that it can front/back focus. at f4 and up you cant really notice it, but when you're at 1.4 the DOF is razor thin and you can see the lens miss focus. I put up with it for a while(shooting only at F4 and up), but i just microadjusted the AF a few hours ago and i'm happy with the couple of snaps ive taken so far.

heres some sample shots and then a couple showing the results i had after adjusting.
F4

IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7465083718_b42356c27c_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/alizaman/746508​3718/  (external link)
Washington DC (external link) by AliZaman (external link), on Flickr

F13
IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7246/7499166068_18731815fb_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/alizaman/749916​6068/  (external link)
Project 365 - July 03, 2012 (external link) by AliZaman (external link), on Flickr

F4
IMAGE: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8014/7587898044_ac6a85ba53_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/alizaman/758789​8044/  (external link)
new york (external link) by AliZaman (external link), on Flickr


and after making a +15 microadjustment:

IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7127/7588539862_995ba2fc02_b.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/alizaman/758853​9862/  (external link)
crop (external link) by AliZaman (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/alizaman/758854​0038/  (external link)
crop 2 (external link) by AliZaman (external link), on Flickr

Canon 5D2 | Canon 24-105L | 430ex II

  
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A5forfighting
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Jul 17, 2012 03:09 |  #8

I love mine, no trouble at all, and unique camera has them on sale quite often. Good luck and you'll love it !


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Jul 17, 2012 03:19 |  #9

sharp cheap good build quality light and small
color aberration, focus issue, bokeh are short comes


Fly me away.

  
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Sirrith
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Jul 17, 2012 05:59 |  #10

Judsonzhao wrote in post #14727960 (external link)
sharp cheap good build quality light and small
color aberration, focus issue, bokeh are short comes

Bokeh is very good, what do you mean?


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p32shooter
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Jul 17, 2012 06:19 |  #11

love mine on 40d but at f1.4 dof seems like 1"


wants for Ls :D , now have 400do;500f4is,600f4 :cool::cool: off to birding and airshows:):):)

  
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Jul 17, 2012 06:20 |  #12

bobbyz wrote in post #14727185 (external link)
One the best lenses I owned. I only used it on my 1dmk2 and I couldn't find any difference when comparing 35L on my 5d at f1.4.

this is an interesting statement
i was once in the market for this lens and despite POTN's general very positive outlook on this lens, a lot of the other review sites were relatively mediocre about this lens, I found.
It got me to question the lens and to aim (eventually) for the 24 1.4 ii
which while is a slightly different FL, for my own uses, I didn't think it was a deal-breaker.
to note, i am not specifically against any third party lenses, and at first I was really excited about the lens....
i would be happy to hear other people's takes on how they read the other online lens reviews (maybe they have biases that are unknown to me)


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50 1.8 II, MP-E65, 85 II, 100 IS
8-15 FE, 10-22, 16-35 IS, 24-105, 70-200 f4IS, 100-400 ii, tamron 28-75 2.8
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bobbyz
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Jul 17, 2012 08:32 |  #13

I never look at online review sites.:)

My personal tests show very little if any differences between 30mm f1.4 and 35L. But at the time I was using lowly bodies (for some here on POTN) 1dmk2 with 30mmf 1.4 and 5dc with 35L. Same pixel density and quite similar foca length. Check these results;

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1129125
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1130267


5dmk3, 35L, 85L II, 300mm f2.8 IS I, 400mm f5.6
Fuji XT-1, 14mm f2.8, 23mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, 56mm f1.2, 90mm f2, 50-140mm f2.8

  
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pdx_btk78
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Jul 17, 2012 08:56 |  #14

I really like the sigma 30 on my 7D, but it was a lens I found I really had to work at and practice to start getting good results shooting at f1.4. I used it to shoot indoor low light situations on my pets, and in the beginning it often miss focus on the subject I'm attempting to track, but it was more of an user issue. The only thing I would say is that I swear it doesn't focus much faster at f1.4 than the 16-35L f2.8 for indoor use.


5D Mk III & 7D | 430 EX II
Canon 50mm f1.2L | 16-35mm f2.8L Mk II | 24-105mm f4L IS | 70-200mm f2.8L IS Mk II | Σ 150-500mm
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scroller52
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Jul 17, 2012 11:00 |  #15

prob one of the best primes for crop period....


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