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June 12, 2012

Sony Nex-5n and the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens – Sample Pics and 100% Crops!!

Nex-5n and the Sigma E-Mount 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens

I took a bunch of sample photos with the Sigma E-Mount 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens and the Sony Nex-5n and I again tried to get a decent variety of images for your viewing pleasure. This time I found an old abandoned Chemical factory and got some shots from outside the fence. I also grabbed a few other random shots of a sign and a few buildings.

The Sigma 30mm E-Mount lens goes for a very modest $199, and for the money the lens seems like a solid option for a fast prime. I’ll let you take a look at theses images first, then I will give you my impressions of the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens in the closing remarks ;)

Key Features:

  • 30mm f/2.8 Lens
  • Equivalent to 45mm in 35mm
  • For Sony E Mount Camera
  • Aspherical Design Prevents Distortion
  • Focuses to 11.81? (30cm)
  • Multi-Coating Reduces Ghosting and Flare
  • Linear AF Motor for Quiet Operation
 
Nex-5n and the Sigma E-Mount 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens

Nex-5n and the Sigma E-Mount 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens

 

High Res Sample Pics w/ 100% Crops

This first pic was kind of a surprise as I did not expect roses to be growing on the old fence :) What I like about this sample shot is how noticeable/ drastic the separation is before and after the focal plane. I was at the minimum focus distance of ~12 inches for this image as well, just to let you know.

Be sure to Click the photos for the Gallery style version!!

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 250, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 250, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 250, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 250, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO 200, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO 200, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO 200, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO 200, Hand Held

 

Here’s a standard 3/4 view of a run down building. I framed the shot so the top left corner had some harsh contrasting lines to see how the Sigma optics holds up in these tuff conditions.

 F/2.8

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 100, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 100, Hand Held

 F/2.8

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 100, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/160sec, ISO 100, Hand Held

 F/5.6

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 200, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 200, Hand Held

 

Here’s one of those cool historic signs I love to photography. I gatta have at least 50 of these signs by now ;)

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/320sec, ISO 100, Hand Held, ISO 200, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN Lens @ f/2.8, 1/320sec, ISO 100, Hand Held, ISO 200, Hand Held

 

Here’s a bunch more sample pics with two 100% Crops for each image. Be sure to Click the photos for the Gallery style version!!

 

And here’s a few more shots taken at f/2.8, f/5.6, and f/8 with a 100% Crops.

Be sure to Click the photos for the Gallery style version!!

 

Closing Remarks

The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN lens performs quite good in my opinion. Its not as sharp as the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens however for comparison. Sharpness is consistent across the whole frame though with only a slight loss at the very corners at f/2.8. Chromatic Aberrations are slightly visible in the corners, but are very well managed in my opinion as most lenses show more. As a side note, the tiny bit of purple fringing is easily fixable in lightroom 4 under the lens correction settings ;)

Moving on tho the build quality, it’s also pretty good. Again, not at the same level as the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens in my opinion, but the focus is smooth and the AF motor is quiet as advertised. The lens cap fits good and the E-Mount itself is rock solid. The lens is very lightweight and fairly small considering the size of most other Nex lenses. It’s not a pancake lens by any means, but is smaller than most of the other Nex lenses.

For $199 I highly recommend this lens!! Can’t beat the value for dollar in my opinion. Be sure to check out all the Sony E-Mount lenses in my E-Mount Lens Guide >>

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Jay



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6 Comments


  1. Ace Disgrace

    Nice review Jay, Would love to see a comparison with the Sigma 30mm VS SEL30M35 in real world use.


  2. Jack

    How is the lens in video mode?
    Is it silent?is the AF fast and does it make any noise?

    thanks

    jack


  3. Lou

    I use the NEX-7 with LA-EA1 adapter and Sigma’s 30-1.4 lens. Give that a try sometimes, somewhat soft in the corners, but hard to beat in sharpness. Another bargain on the NEX is the Tokina 12-24, excellent sharpness all over, the wide lens with the best corner sharpness I have ever tested on it. I use the Nikon mount version of the first issue of Tokina’s 12-24 F4. It is bulky, but let me tell you that it is worth to carry it around.



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