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    Sigma E-Mount 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Lens Review

    Brandon was recently asking about the newer Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Lens that is now available for Sony E-Mount. It's a crop factor lens designed for the A6000/ A5000 style camera bodies, which helps make the price point relatively low @ $339 US.

    I found an excellent review by my friends over at Mirrorless Lessons/ Mathieu Gasquet on youtube...

    High Res Sample Photos from the review are here: http://www.mirrorlessons.com/2016/05...e-mount-aps-c/



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    Great review, but the the lens is a bit too costly new, considering one can purchase the Sony SEL35F18 with stabilization NEW for only 50 dollars more. And used one for about $300.
    Not to mention the Sigma art 30mm new for $170
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldNoob View Post
    Great review, but the the lens is a bit too costly new, considering one can purchase the Sony SEL35F18 with stabilization NEW for only 50 dollars more. And used one for about $300.
    Not to mention the Sigma art 30mm new for $170
    You can't compare those lens price wise, as neither is a f/1.4, IMO $339 is dirt cheap for glass this fast.
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    Mine will be arriving today

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenHealy View Post
    Mine will be arriving today
    Please let us know how it works for you. I've been thinking about this lens for awhile. Reviews kinda go both ways, depending on what is evaluated. Sony also has a 28mm/2 that seems interesting. Not the same speed but FE coverage.

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    Yeah, I'm curious about your thoughts on this lens as well. I was thinking about getting it when I get the A6500 for review, because it is the best option for speed at that focal range and price point in my opinion. At least on paper.... Real world can be a totally different story though. Usually when you see reviews that are all over the place it means the lens is not the greatest, or the production of the lens is not consistent. All the other DN lenses I have reviewed though, and they were overall excellent I thought. We shall see...

    Thanks,

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    Well first shot with it and me looking for a different angle of that bridge . Not sure I'm experienced enough to offer a valid opinion on the lens really

    DSC00470 by Darren Healy, on Flickr

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    Based on that frame Darren, I would say it's at the very least a good lens Great photo as well! Cool angle of the bridge and s-curve composition going on. Flickr says f/10 and the sharpness looks great to me in this frame at that aperture.

    Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Based on that frame Darren, I would say it's at the very least a good lens Great photo as well! Cool angle of the bridge and s-curve composition going on. Flickr says f/10 and the sharpness looks great to me in this frame at that aperture.

    Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more...

    Jay
    Thanks Jay , i'll do my best

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    luv the shot and composition...because lights of car dont go all the way road wise...try an edited out shot of those.....bit distracting how the just end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    luv the shot and composition...because lights of car dont go all the way road wise...try an edited out shot of those.....bit distracting how the just end.
    DSC00469 by Darren Healy, on Flickr

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    Did you add the car lights to the original frame? Otherwise, incredible editing work removing them, wow! I like it better with the lights Totally subjective when it comes to this sort of thing, as it is distracting, but for whatevrr reason I like the added element....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Did you add the car lights to the original frame? Otherwise, incredible editing work removing them, wow! I like it better with the lights Totally subjective when it comes to this sort of thing, as it is distracting, but for whatevrr reason I like the added element.... Jay
    Like you said, this is subjective. I prefer the second version and I agree the editing is great, including the light glow aspects, etc. Initially, I didn't even see those lights, I was way more intrigued by the bridge ditching down. Disturbing but creative perspective.

    When you continue testing the lens, try to go towards the wider apertures, i.e. f/2 and wider. This is the acid test on a lens this fast. And if you can comment on focusing speed, hunting, low light response, flaring, that sort of things.

    Good stuff!
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    I wish i could edit that well but the 2nd was a frame i fired off after the car was there . I'll try this week to get something at the wide end for you guys

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    Ok just took 6 shots . Tripod mounted , first 3 wide open from approx 4 feet .
    1. focussed on bus 2. on large dog head . 3 on eye of teddy .
    4.5,and 6 same focus in reverse but at f1.7 .
    Focus seems instant to me . No editing etc , Jpegs straight from camera using a remote . Hope this helps

    DSC00552 by Darren Healy, on Flickr

    DSC00553 by Darren Healy, on Flickr

    DSC00554 by Darren Healy, on Flickr


    DSC00555 by Darren Healy, on Flickr

    DSC00556 by Darren Healy, on Flickr

    DSC00557 by Darren Healy, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenHealy View Post
    DSC00469 by Darren Healy, on Flickr
    Luv it great frame and good editing....

    Both frames are good...but luv this one very moody....especially with blown bulb in front light pole
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    Thanks for the review and sample images, looks like an amazing lens and a great value! If I didn't have this focal length covered already it would definitely be a top contender.

    @DarrenHealy, awesome picture of the bridge! Almost looks like CGI its so sharp and clear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brandon View Post
    Thanks for the review and sample images, looks like an amazing lens and a great value! If I didn't have this focal length covered already it would definitely be a top contender.

    @DarrenHealy, awesome picture of the bridge! Almost looks like CGI its so sharp and clear.
    Thanks very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Luv it great frame and good editing....

    Both frames are good...but luv this one very moody....especially with blown bulb in front light pole
    Its an incredible structure and my Dad was brought up in the village at the north side of it so i kind of feel drawn to it

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    Excellent "lab" test photos and based on those images I can say with reasonable confidence the lens is pretty awesome! I can see noticeable distortion on the horizontal dresser or cabinet, but other than that, which is understandable considering the focal length, it looks awesome! Buttery bokeh rendering and no other noticeable lens flaws visible to me.

    Thank you for taking the time to snap those shots and excellent test for those in the market looking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Excellent "lab" test photos and based on those images I can say with reasonable confidence the lens is pretty awesome! I can see noticeable distortion on the horizontal dresser or cabinet, but other than that, which is understandable considering the focal length, it looks awesome! Buttery bokeh rendering and no other noticeable lens flaws visible to me.

    Thank you for taking the time to snap those shots and excellent test for those in the market looking...

    Jay
    I'm pleased with the lens and in love with the camera

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    Here is another quality review of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Lens courtesy of my friend John Sison



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    I am still so jealous we dont have a bridge like that in my country...8-(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Excellent "lab" test photos and based on those images I can say with reasonable confidence the lens is pretty awesome! I can see noticeable distortion on the horizontal dresser or cabinet, but other than that, which is understandable considering the focal length, it looks awesome! Buttery bokeh rendering and no other noticeable lens flaws visible to me.

    Thank you for taking the time to snap those shots and excellent test for those in the market looking...

    Jay
    Yep its there but easily fixable with PS warp tool....or PS wide angle lens options if no lens profile available yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    I am still so jealous we dont have a bridge like that in my country...8-(
    No, but you seam to have the most gorgeous landscapes ever and no snakes if I'm not mistaken?

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    That bridge shot is one I would love to have in one of my folders.
    The different stages of focus is an interesting look and I found it informative.
    So a thumbs up for the lens but I don't think it will go on my A77.
    Good thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    No, but you seam to have the most gorgeous landscapes ever and no snakes if I'm not mistaken?

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    At the moment guys its 05.57 very very windy and there is snow on the ground and worst of all I have to leave for work in 35 minutes
    Flying to Barbados in 6 weeks to do a cruise , can't wait i hate the cold weather .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    No, but you seam to have the most gorgeous landscapes ever and no snakes if I'm not mistaken?

    Jay

    yep great scenery.....but no decent bridge......
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    Went out to watch a local band on Saturday night so decided to give the A6000 + Sigma 30mm a go . Pleased with the results in low and changing light .
    Focus was snappy at all times 1/100 th f1.4 iso 400
    DSC00672 by Darren Healy, on Flickr

    1/100th f2.5 iso 3200

    DSC00735 by Darren Healy, on Flickr

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    great shots really nice....
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