Goodie #3: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens

A new lens - Sigma 30mm f/1.4
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Since Jason Ng (appleguy on Flickr) let me try his Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens on February 28th, it was in the back of my mind. I know I rented and talked about the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens, but I think I’ll get more use out of this one.

Once my tax return got deposited, I ordered the lens. While I’ve only had it for three days, I’m pretty much in love with it.

Initial thoughts and observations

  • It’s solid. My Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II feels like a toy compared to it.
  • Focusing is quick, smooth and quiet.
  • Taking portraits wide open (f/1.4) creates awesome bokeh.
  • Lighting which would usually require ISO 1600 with my 50mm f/1.8 lens is doable at ISO 800.
  • The lens and hood look slightly glittery.
  • The lens cap design is better than Canon’s.
  • I don’t think I have focusing issues. That’s a relief.

I’m glad I got it over the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. On a crop body (1.6x), 30mm looks good.

The first photos from my new lens

Fine, don't wait for me
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More jolly than ever
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I know, right?

Time to get out of this funk and make some more awesome photos.🙂

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

3 thoughts on “Goodie #3: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens”

  1. Aha, good work, Bryan. Have fun with that, it looks like a good one. I recently got around to buying a 50mm f/1.8 and already I notice the huge difference in shooting with my aperture wide open simply in cases where I’d need a high ISO before. The bokeh is simply irresistible too.

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  2. This was the first lens I bought for my DSLR almost two years ago and you bring up all the points that I love about it. I use it all the time and I hope you continue to enjoy the lens.

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