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Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC Art : Specifications and Opinions


Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC Art

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC Art is a standard lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2013. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 443 €;
37 users have given it an average vote of 8.9 out of 10.


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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Canon EF.

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Nikon.

Sony A-mount: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Sony A-mount.

Pentax: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Pentax.

Sigma SA: this lens is compatible with reflex and mirrorless APS-C Sigma SA-mount.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   30 mm
 Angle of view   51.3°  (equivalent to a 45mm in Fullframe 24x36mm format)
 Format   APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/1.4
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   9 elements in 8 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.30 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.15x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal Focus   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   62 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   435 g
 Dimensions   74 x 63 mm

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avatarsupporter
sent on February 19, 2016

Pros: Build, Ergonomics, Finish, Sharpness, Useful angle of view, A pleasure to use, lenshood

Cons: Pronounced barrel distortion,Back focussing AF, backlit colour fringing at wide apertures noticeable in some conditions, image quality is/reported to be less than FX Art 35mm f1.4 and 50mm's, less common pre-owned in Nikon mount, 62mm filters large for a standard fixed lens.

Opinion: Replaces my Nikkor DX 35mm f1.8, which did the job and had fine sharpness throughout the aperture range but was not a pleasure to use - and so I didn't use it much. The EX predecessor to this Sigma was apparently very popular but suffered very poor edge sharpness wider than f4, for some reasons, this Art replacement has not been that well received or that popular. Why? Possibly because it is so overshadowed by the (reported) ground-breaking performances of the FX 35mm and 50mm's f1.4. I've not had a chance to try either of these but would say that the 30mm DC is around 40% less expensive than the 35mm DG and has just one aspheric element, whereas the better two have more. So, look at this 30mm at providing a solid but not outstanding resolution curve, equating that of a more traditional 50mm f1.4 - though it out performs my old Nikkor D 50mm f1.4 wide open by a good distance. With this Sigma, you can use f1.4 should you wish to or need to use it, Open aperture's central definition and contrast is impressively very good, but won't blow you away. Corners don't fall off noticeably wide open either and on stopping down it gets better. At f2.8, interior shots handheld at 1/30 sec inside my local cathedral are punchy and sharp when viewing at actual pixels, across the frame, which is about what you would expect from a 'normal' quality 50mm f1.4. You could shoot between f2.8 and f8 happily all day knowing that resolution exceeds that of all current DX sensors. Smaller than f11 and diffraction kicks in and f16 is the minimum aperture. I also like the 45mm equivalent angle of view, that little bit wider than the 52mm of the 35mm Nikkor DX, which was just too long for street and environmental shots, which is where this Sigma excels. It's the same angle of view that the eye naturally takes in. Build quality and solidity is a major plus but is twice the weight of the little plastic Nikkor 35mm f1.8 DX and is almost as heavy as my Nikkor 16-85mm VR! But as it stubby and short, this size and weight makes it seem heavier than it is and on the D7000 does make for quite a well-balanced if rather heavy combination, which I rather like but not everybody will. Whereas the Nikkor was popped into a pocket for emergency lowlight use, the Sigma is carried like a celebrity, with its own proper case coming as standard. Now, the downsides - the AF on my sample backfocusses by quite a degree - a minus "12" (scale 0-20) is needed to be set in the D7000's 'AF fine tune' data bank. That figure is actually less than my Sigma's 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 Apo HSM, which require even more adjustment. The new Sigma "Dock" might rectify this but that's an option I don't want to try and is yet more expense, after all. For me though, the biggest fault is the rather marked barrel distortion - for portraits and live music shots this is not an issue but for interiors, then it definitely is. For a fixed focal standard it is unacceptable, but for me is the only bad point in an otherwise almost perfect package, a lens that is a joy to have on the camera and to use, to be proud of and which is an extremely sharp lens in almost all conditions. Many Nikon users will find their little cheap Nikkor 35mm f1.8 DX's perfectly adequate and will not feel the need to spend twice as much getting the vastly superior build quality, very usable f1.4 aperture and very much more pleasurable to use Sigma 30mm f1.4 Art. Canon and other users have less choice and so may be a much more attractive option. 9/10

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avatarjunior
sent on November 12, 2021

Pros: Colors, blurry, sharpness, construction, resistant to dust and water even if officially not tropicalized, for portraits is even better on FF

Cons: Barrel distortion, the clamping clip of the hood tends to wear out (it resolves with a superglue tip).

Opinion: Professional lens for optics and construction, by far the best in normal focal lengths for right (at least on nikon) if not the best ever. I traveled there for 1 year from China to the Middle East: all my equipment came back battered while this lens is the same as new and despite officially not being tropicalized inside it does not even have 1 grain of dust. Extremely underestimated optics, the vote here on juza can only be affected by the fact that many right users do not have a camera with fine AF adjustment, they do not have the experience to manage an f1.4 lens or to appreciate a high-level glass because really a rating of 8.9 when bottle bottoms have 9+ does not make sense. Used for years on d90 and then on d750 (I recommend, on FF without hood!), incredibly it is on the latter that gave me the greatest satisfaction. It perfectly covers the aps-h format (36mm equiv) and for photos with FF subject isolation it gives splendid results with a "romantic" vignetting formed by light drop and loss of sharpness, more immersive and "real" than that which is obtained simply by darkening the edges in post. Remarkable sharpness (very high even at f1.4 at short distances, an f2 blade), but the thing I find truly extraordinary is the ability to return balanced and vivid colors even in dirty light conditions, where my other lenses (including the Nikon 85mm 1.4G and 50mm 1.8G, 18-105, 24-120 f4) show the side. After years I bought the FF 35mm art version and they have the exact same character. Contrasted even in full-aperture backlight. In my case the AF on d750 works perfectly and consistently with only fine calibration in the machine. It was fairly fine even on the d90 which has a dated and no adjustment AF. The valid blur, the beautiful and particular color rendering typical of the art, the high microcontrast and the soft and aberration-free fire-out transition zone even at full aperture give images of great three-dimensionality. If you use it on ff the subjects seem to come out. The 50mm 1.8G has remained almost always in the backpack and the 85mm 1.4D I have not seen it in the same way. If you take pictures for the holidays ok, but if instead you aspire to serious results anyone who understands a minimum of photography knows well that the comparison with the 35mm 1.8 dx or the various 50mm nikon is not even to think. A pleasure to use, I would buy it another 1000 times.

avatarjunior
sent on October 19, 2019

Pros: Simply the best fixed lens for aps-c in the normal focal range

Cons: a bit of full-opening chromatic aberration on high-contrast, heavy, non-tropicalized silhouettes

Opinion: Very sharp even on the 24 mp and with bokeh of great quality. Those who say that it is soft at full opening I think have some focus problem, because even at f/1,4 is fine, to the intermediate diaphragms then it is sharp all over the frame. It can also be used on FF with 1.2x cropping becoming a 35mm f/1.4 equivalent of very high quality at low cost. It removes from the embarrassment those who meditate to switch to a larger format to have less depth of field: used from f/1.4 to f/2 the detachment of the planes is remarkable with the advantage then to keep the ISOs down. Real cons, from my point of view, are the weight (although this increases the stability of the set-up) and the lack of tropicalization.

avatarsenior
sent on May 17, 2019

Pros: Autofocus fast, usable at full opening and very sharp as soon as you close a little the diaphragm, brightness, colors, accessories (padded bag and lampshade), excellent construction...

Cons: ... but that also means heavy target, (on Canon) AF to be calibrated with usb dock. The noise of the AF is heard a lot in the videos.

Opinion: The angle of view is a 50mm equivalent, but thanks to the lower real focal length you have a little more margin in handling the pdc ad f/1.4. Bright, great blurry and colors. As written by others, ta is not very sharp, vignette and there is a lot purple fringing even in situations of contrast not so extreme - while remaining perfectly usable, for me.

avatarjunior
sent on May 30, 2017

Pros: Precise and silent autofocus. Discreet, full-aperture image quality improves even better by closing a great contrast.

Cons: Purple fringing in extreme contrast conditions.

Opinion: Bought used (as new) on Amazon. Perfect focus (does not present my exemplary phenomena of back / front focus). Beautiful colors. Good definition. There is no lack of stabilization. Used on Canon 7D mark II I do not find any serious defects except purple fringing in extreme contrast conditions. You have to pay a little attention. I would recompose it




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