Another new lens – Sigma 30mm f1.4

(Originally posted June 18th, 2007) I spent the past weekend in Portland, Oregon. As is usually the case I take advantage of the fact there is no sales tax and prices tend to be a little more reasonable than up here in the great white north of Canada. What did I bring home? Well, the quarterly hard drive, this time a 500GB for all of $109 US, 16 GB of compact flash cards for $10 per GB and a new Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens.

This is a lens that I have had my eye on for a few months. Of all the lenses I own (not many compared to some) I didn’t have anything faster than f2.8 maximum. While with digital it’s easy to just increase the ISO there have been plenty of times where a high speed lens could have been of use.

My first impressions are:

The lens is a little soft in the corners until stopped down to about f2.8. I can live with this as the type of work I’ll be using the lens for this won’t be an issue. As with most of the higher end Sigma lenses, the 30mm f1.4 is very well built and focuses quickly on my D2X. I’m sure I’ll have a better report later but these initial impressions are important.

A few samples from the Sigma 30mm f1.4 below.

Sigma 30mm f1.4 - hosta

Sigma 30mm f1.4 - hosta

Sigma 30mm f1.4 - hosta

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