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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Old 25th September 2009
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Wink Sigma 30mm f1.4

Can anyone please give me their experiences of this lens (good or bad) as I am finding myself tempted to buy one!
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Re: Sigma 30mm f1.4

Edward,

I can't offer first hand experience of this particular lens but I can strongly recommend Sigma Len's I have the Sigma 10-20 and the 18-50 f/2.8 both are superb and could highly recommend both I think the 18-50 is far better than the Oly 14-45 and 14-42, very crisp and f2.8 across the range. I also have the Sigma 150mm Macro and 50-500 Bigma. So as you can see I like Sigma's.
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Old 25th September 2009
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Re: Sigma 30mm f1.4

I have one and I love it, Sigma is known for less than perfect quality control so buy from someone who will take it back if it is not right, I didn't but mine is very good, don't know for sure if I was just lucky or are sigma's QC issues overstated
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Question Re: Sigma 30mm f1.4

Will the camera auto focus with this lens or will it only work manually?
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Old 3rd October 2009
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Re: Sigma 30mm f1.4

it does auto-focus
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Thanks! now I have that confirmed I have decided to buy one!
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Re: Sigma 30mm f1.4

Barrie Norman you stated that the sigma 18-50 is superior to the oly standard kit zooms, I would be interested in your experiences with the 18-50.
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Re: Sigma 30mm f1.4

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Will the camera auto focus with this lens or will it only work manually?
this was part of an AF test program I did following fw1.4 on the E3



doesn't look much of a challenge - until you know the exposure required 10 sec at f1.4 iso 160! there was almost no light at all

this is a good lens - but not a great lens (IMO)

I have a good copy and, following fw1.4, it's absolutely stunning AF in my E3 - but it remains under par at F1.4 v HG and SHG glass.

AF is fast and quiet though...
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this was part of an AF test program I did following fw1.4 on the E3



doesn't look much of a challenge - until you know the exposure required 10 sec at f1.4 iso 160! there was almost no light at all

this is a good lens - but not a great lens (IMO)

I have a good copy and, following fw1.4, it's absolutely stunning AF in my E3 - but it remains under par at F1.4 v HG and SHG glass.

AF is fast and quiet though...
Thanks for the picture & info, its been a great help!
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