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Gary Wolstenholme reviews the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens for APS-C format cameras. It is available to fit Canon, Nikon and Sigma cameras and costs around �260.
The Cheapest way to own and enjoy a Sigma Art lens, at least for DX cameras. As long as you don't make direct comparisons and expectations with their legendary 35mm f1.4 Art for FX, which is almost twice the price and size and you should be pleased with the results.
The original EX 30mm f1.4 found many fans (apparently - I never have tried one) as it is a useful 45mm in 35mm terms, which is actually more usable for more situations than the 52mm equivalent of the Nikkor 35mm f1.8 DX, which Nikon owners can enjoy and for many is an excellent little lens, but is cheaply made and plasticky, certainly when compared to the solid and fairly weighty Sigma Art here.
I've used it for live band shots in very dimly lit pubs but even more usefully, wandering around the urban night streets of London. I like to use an aperture of f2 for such where the image is very sharp with biting contrast, though I will open up even to f1.4 if I have to. F1.6 and f1.8 also give good results. Peak resolution is around f4-f8.
It's not stabilised and it's easy to let the potential image quality to be wasted by letting shake take its toll. 1/30 sec is really a minimum, ideally 1/60. The decent hood helps keep flare at bay.
At first, I did have problems with backfocussing - rather than spending extra on the Sigma 'dock' I simply worked out how much I had to alter the fine tune AF and dial it in the camera (D7000, now D7100).
So, it's very good rather than superb or amazing and if you don't spend too much on one and bear in mind its very few limitations, then the lens is good to use and can provide some very fine results.
I bought mine secondhand in mint condition from MPB, PX my almost new Nikkor 35mm f1.8 DX
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