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09/27/2006 04:33:56 PM · #1
Does anyone have any experience with this lens or any comments to share? I've been looking but have not been able to find any reviews whatsoever. Maybe its a fairly new lens???
09/27/2006 04:52:39 PM · #2
goign to lenses, and putting 30mm 1.4 into the search engine on teh left side and clickign sigma brought this up ... //www.dpchallenge.com/lens.php?LENS_ID=1189 ,

that was only teh canon... and it shows who has this lens on DPC, I'm sure that some of them would love to tell you about the lens, by ppming them...

I'm sorry I dont have this lens, as from what i see in the thumbnails it look s very nice! You could probably aske as the nikon, people who also ahve this lens

Message edited by author 2006-09-27 17:36:48.
09/27/2006 05:29:51 PM · #3

i got mine last week. i've used it around the house, to shoot a birthday party saturday and at the fair last night...

love it...

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11/13/2006 05:44:35 PM · #4
Hi I have had this lens since early this year and I love it. I use it on my Canon 350D and it is one of my favorite lenses. The pictures are just great and compared to the price it gets a 10 on my scale.
11/13/2006 05:53:32 PM · #5
To anyone that still don't belive that 3rd party lenses manufacturer can make top knotch lenses they should try out this one. It's probably as sharp as my Nikkor 50mm f1.8 at any apperture.

I use it all the time for low light like concerts, weddings, and other.

It's wonderfull.

But you must be ready for milimetric deph of field, even at not so close subject. This lens teatched me to pin point focus, because at f1.4 any more or less centimeter can mean a ruin photo or perfect focus. If you get soft results before blaiming the lens test your focus. :)
11/13/2006 06:04:20 PM · #6
I love mine. It's smaller, lighter, and much faster than my big, clunky zooms. And 30mm is a "normal" focal length for your Canon 30D. The Canon 50mm f/1.8 is a great lens, but it's not a "normal" lens for a 1.6X crop camera. If you want a normal prime, you really need 30mm (or so).

Bottom line: A 30mm prime is a GREAT choice for anyone with a Canon Rebel, 20D, or 30D. I'd feel naked without mine :P

11/13/2006 06:10:00 PM · #7
want one, though it's not at the top of the list of wants, it's pretty close ...

edit: for the want of a comma ..

Message edited by author 2006-11-13 18:10:25.
11/13/2006 06:31:28 PM · #8
Does it come with a lens hood?

11/13/2006 07:02:37 PM · #9
Here are a some shots I took with this lens...

This was shot wide open (f/1.4) at ISO 800. I love the shallow DOF...

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Stopped down to f/2.8...

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Stopped down to f/5...

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Message edited by author 2006-11-13 19:10:25.
11/13/2006 07:08:24 PM · #10
Originally posted by jmlelii:

Does it come with a lens hood?

yes. and even w/ a nikon, it's a wonderful lens...

11/13/2006 07:12:00 PM · #11
Originally posted by kudzu:

Originally posted by jmlelii:

Does it come with a lens hood?

yes. and even w/ a nikon, it's a wonderful lens...


Yes, sorry, my post was a bit Canon-centric ;) It's a great lens for anyone with a 1.6 crop camera OR a 1.5 crop camera :)
11/14/2006 04:33:38 PM · #12
The only negative thing I can think of is the distortion, which it has quite a lot off and some vignetting.

I correct for that in Photoshop with the Epaperpress PT-lens plugin. There is not a specific Sigma 30mm correction set. But I have found that the distortion correction for the Zeiss Distagon 28mm f/2.8 for a Contax SLR comes close.
With Photoshop 6 I could just select The Contax SLR and the lens, but with CSII it gives an error. So I took the Zeiss from the Contax SLR set to the Nikon D70 set and now it works again. Interesting that the distortion of the Zeiss and Sigma are this close.
For the vignetting you can use the slider.

At my pbase site there is a gallery with fullsize 6mp samples from the D70.
11/15/2006 01:41:37 PM · #13
I bought one about a month ago. There was something wrong with the first one that I got. It was extremely difficult to get good sharp pictures out of it. I sent it back and the second one that came in is great. I really like it.
11/15/2006 01:47:36 PM · #14
i used mine with some great results for my headware shot... don't let the 5.6606 score fool you, it's a wonderful lens...

i'll show you which one it is, but only if you promise to give me a 10...

*(btw... for those missing the sarcasm gene, that's a joke...)
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