Opinions of Sigma 30 mm 1.4?

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  1. fridgeymonster3 macrumors 6502

    fridgeymonster3

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    I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with the sigma 30 mm 1.4. It would be used on a 7D. I'd be using it for shooting inside, just family gatherings, etc that my wife wants pictures of. I have the 24-70 2.8L, but I still feel that is limited by f2.8 inside and that the 1.4 would be a big help. I do have a flash that I can bounce, but I'd really like not to bounce flashes all over the place at gatherings such as Easter dinner :)

    I've read about the AF issues, and I've never owned a sigma lens before, but this one has me intrigued. Any opinions on it, preferably on crop body as I'm trying to get a 50 mm equivalent on a FF, but I'll take opinions regarding IQ and AF, etc, from anyone! Thanks!
     
  2. anthemus macrumors regular

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    Currently I use the Sigma 30mm 1.4 - very fast indoor lens. Overall shooting on the Canon 7D it has been great. Depth of field is amazing and produces great pictures. Once in a while it does search if you're in low light, I often shoot in manual mode. Overall its a solid lens. Its in rotation with my Canon L 24-105mm so it holds it own.

    Here's a review of the lens:

    http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-30mm-f-1.4-EX-DC-HSM-Lens-Review.aspx
     
  3. witness macrumors 6502

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    I have an Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 which is a fantastic lens (despite being cheap), especially for individual portraits, but 50mm is no so good for indoor group shots. A 30mm 1.4 seems like a good choice, though you'd probably still need reasonable size room to get more than a few people in the shot.

    There's a review with sample shots here http://vinereview.blogspot.com/2010/03/sigma-30mm-f14-review.html
     
  4. fridgeymonster3 thread starter macrumors 6502

    fridgeymonster3

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    Thanks for the review. I was already pretty set on it, just wanted to see what people here thought. On another note, how do you like your 24-105 L? I'm considering selling my 24-70 for the extra reach to 105, but I really like my 24-70. Any experience with both?
     
  5. anthemus macrumors regular

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    Before getting the L and the 30mm I was using a Sigma f/2.8 18-50mm. Really liked it. Going to the L I like the range and with IS and only being an f/4, I pretty happy with it. I kept the 30mm for more evening shots and indoors. Now just looking for a good telephoto and my lens bag should be good for a while.

    Thanks.
     
  6. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    I borrowed a sigma 30/1.4 for a while and shot a thousand frames or so with it. Wide open was pretty soft in the corners and it flared like crazy. The build quality seems decent and it is a solid feeling lens, but just not my thing.

    I have used it at a few weddings where I find a 50 way too long, but in general I personally do not like the focal length. I know it is a classic focal length and I am supposed to like it, but I just don't. If you are looking for 30 mm though, there aren't many choices, canon pushes you to 35 mm. If I have to shoot in bad light and can't use a flash, I am happier with the sigma 30 1.4 than a canon 50 1.4. Again, this is just my personal opinion.

    As far as the 24-105 goes, it's definitely decent and works well as a portrait lens with good light, but I am hurting for another stop and have been actively looking to switch to the 24-70.
     
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