Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM ART Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras, USA Warranty

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About Sigma 30mm f/1.4

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM ART Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras (USA Warranty) is a prime lens designed for Nikon DX format cameras. Its 35mm focal length equivalent is 45mm which places it in the category of standard focal length lenses. With its particularly fast maximum aperture of f/1.4, the lens will perform very well in low light situations and provides shallow depth of field focus. With updated optical configurations (9 elements in 8 groups), as well as rounded aperture blades, the lens delivers sharp detail and nice background bokeh. Its minimum focus distance is 11.8" (30 cm).

The lens' optimized light distribution helps to minimize field curvature preventing a loss of image quality at the edges of photographs and its double-sided aspheric lens element minimizes spherical distortion. A rear focusing system combined with a newly developed autofocus algorithm and Hyper Sonic Motor provide smooth and accurate autofocus. Fulltime manual focus is also supported. As part of Sigma's "Art" line of lenses it is compatible with Sigma's new USB Dock, which enables firmware updates and focusing adjustments.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (47),Strong construction (36),Consistent output (30),Nice bokeh (24),Durable (23),Lightweight (23),Easily interchangeable (20),Rugged (19)
Cons:
Heavy (10),Slow focus (6),Blurry focus (5)
Best Uses:
Night photography (36),Low light (33),Weddings (19),General purpose (18),Landscape/scenery (15),Portraits (9),Sports/action (7),Video (4),Good in low light (4),Special effects (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (22),Enthusiast (14),Semi-pro photographer (11),Semi-professional (6),Pro photographer (3),Professional (3)

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Features

  • Fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 allows fast shutter speeds for clear low-light imaging and shallow depth of field focus
  • A Hyper Sonic Autofocus Motor (HSM) offers fast, smooth and quiet autofocus
  • Compatible with the Sigma USB Dock which enables firmware updates and focusing adjustments

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Specifications

Compatibility
Nikon DSLR Cameras
Focal Length
30 mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 45 mm
Aperture
Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
Minimum Focus Distance
11.8" (29.97 cm)
Magnification
0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
1:6.8
Groups/Elements
8/9
Diaphragm Blades
9
Image Stabilization
No
Autofocus
Yes
Tripod Collar
No
Filter Thread
Front: 62 mm / 2.44"
Dimensions (DxL)
Approx. 2.91x2.48" (74x63 mm)
Weight
15.34 oz (435 g)

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 65 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Out-of-this-World Performance

I paired this lens with my D7100, and when I look at the results, I think I'm shooting with a medium-format digital. I couldn't ask for better color, sharpness, autofocus, build quality - you name it. In the week I've owned, it, I've used it for nature, landscape and city walkabouts both day and night. It has the perfect focal length for all kinds of general photography in the DX format. And the 1.4 speed opens up great possibilities for low-light and subject isolation.

Reviewed by 65 customers

 
5.0

Killer lens!

By

from Hendersonville  -  Photo Enthusiast

You need to have this in your bag! I bought this lens for a few main reasons. I wanted a really fast aperture for low-light conditions and a prime lens. The Sigma for me has it all. Its sharp, crisp and extremely quiet. Auto focus at f1.4 for me was a challenge at first. the more you use it the easier it becomes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far so good

By

from Iowa City  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've had this lens for about two weeks. Not a lot of time to develope an opinion but just some initial observations. It's going to be best as a portrait lens, the focus is sharp and accurate when the subject is close (say 2-12 feet). I think the focus speed is good, but not as good as say my Nikon 17-55 or some other Nikon AF-S lenses. The biggest drawback or deficiency seems to be focusing on subjects that are 15-35 feet away. Maybe since the angle is wide, faces are small at that distance but for whatever reason it is consistently out of focus at those distances. AF tracking is not super fast and responsive as say a Nikkor AF-S lens. On the plus side a close subject is always tack sharp, the contrast is high and the colors are vibrant and crisp. I don't know if it will be a good landscape lens given that it does not seem to focus well at distant subjects. OTOH, it is sharp (when its in focus) and it renders colors and contrasts well. So if you're shooting on a tripod and have time to manual focus, maybe it will be a good landscape lens. The construction seems rugged and tough. Overall I think the lens is a good bargain.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Out-of-this-World Performance

By

from Newtown, PA  -  Pro Photographer

I paired this lens with my D7100, and when I look at the results, I think I'm shooting with a medium-format digital. I couldn't ask for better color, sharpness, autofocus, build quality - you name it. In the week I've owned, it, I've used it for nature, landscape and city walkabouts both day and night. It has the perfect focal length for all kinds of general photography in the DX format. And the 1.4 speed opens up great possibilities for low-light and subject isolation.

 
4.0

Great lens

By

from Amsterdam, the Netherlands  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Real good lens for just about everything. Amazingly build, real solid. Beautiful bokeh with 9 blades

 
5.0

Great prime for Canon APS-C

By

from Madison,WI  -  Photo Enthusiast

Solid Image quality, and a much needed focal length for APS-C sensors. Focuses pretty quick, but not as quick as canon's USM. Great build quality. Highly recommended as a first prime to go with a standard Zoom. I use this alongside my Canon 15-85USM for low light situations, artsy bokeh up close, or when I want to carry around something a little lighter. Highly recommended.

 
4.0

GREAT LENS

By

from Houston, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great for indoor portraits and landscapes as well. Great bokeh. Some problems with consistency in autofocus, but a solid B+ in my book (I've owned/rented quite a few prime lenses and this is based on a price/performance "ratio").

 
4.0

I really like my new 30mm f/1.4

By

from Pierre Part, LA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use my new lens for low light applications, I also got is at a great price on sale.

 
4.0

Superb Quality

By

from Las Vegas  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have a Sony Alpha 700 that I bought with a Tamron 18-250mm F3.5 lens, and I wanted a fast lens that could double for portraits as well as scenery. The Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens fits that purpose very well. It produces very sharp images in limited light situations. While the Tamron images at 30mm are fine at F4.0, they are not quite as sharp as the Sigma at that same setting. Conversely, and surprisingly, the Tamron lens appears to have a bit of an edge when both are stopped down to F16. I can only guess that my automatic spot focus setting may not have been exactly on each time. I blew up the pictures and attached them so you can judge for yourself. For wide angle photography, I am very happy to use the Sigma lens in a stitched panorama mode, so even its lack of wide angle is acceptable to me. I suspect I'll use the Sigma as my primary lens and only switch to the Tamron (zoom) lens when I can't get close to my subject.

 
4.0

Fast and normal

By

from So Cal  -  Photo Enthusiast

Although this is no tiny Pentax Limited pancake, it is not unwieldy. On the APS-C "cropped" format, 30mm is about a "normal" angle of view. For me, it is better than the 50/1.4 I had before. And, the focal length fits between the 21 and 40 I already have. Wide open is a bit soft as you would expect, and the thin DOF makes critical focusing a bit problematic. Still, I'm happy to have it though at the regular price I would be hesitant to get it unless I had a real need for it, which I don't.

 
4.0

No HSM for Pentax

By

from Long Beach  -  Photo Enthusiast

The Pentax version has no HSM. Still, it focuses pretty fast, and the noise is no worse than other lenses.

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Jordan D  will it work with a D5100?
BRIAN H  Yes, it will work in every way (autofocus, shutter control, metering etc.) on a D5100.
Alf L  How doez it compare optically to the 35 1.4?
Trent D  I can't say specifically for the 35mm, but i have used the 50mm f/1.4. and have used both apertures 1.4 and 1.8 on that lens. The extra light captured by the 1.4 aperture allows you about two clicks of faster shutter speed (i.e. if the 1.8 is fully exposed at 1/40 seconds, the 1.4 would be fully exposed at 1/60 seconds). I would assume the 35mm will be similar in nature as the only difference is the focal length. If you are an amateur, you probably won't notice the difference.

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