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Old 22nd July 2008
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Anyone used the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM ?

Has anyone used this lens and if so how does it perform ?

Im asking because it seems a close match to the "nifty 50" that Canikons rave about for there camera's

Another question regarding this type of prime lens (sorry if its a stupid one), would this type of lens be suitable for macro shots ?

I understand that it would be good for indoor, low light stuff (due to its 1.4) and also portrait shots ?

If it would work for macro also then I might be tempted to save my pennies and rob the kids piggy banks.

Edit, just noticed Sigma do a 24mm in 4/3 which is even closer to a nifty 50 except its 1.8 and not 1.4
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Re: Anyone used the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM ?

Hi,

I don't have experience of that lens I'm afraid, however is the effective FL of a Canon nifty fifty not around 80mm as most canons bar the full frames have a 1.6 crop factor? I could be well off the mark here though.

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Re: Anyone used the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM ?

I got one and is very happy about it.

A bit soft at 1.4 but 2.0-2.8 it's very sharp.

Closest focus distance is 40 cm., so a marco it's not.

John Foster at BIOFOS has a very well ballanced and honest review:

http://www.biofos.com/esystem/s_30tst.html

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Re: Anyone used the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM ?

I'm extremely satisfied with this lens, and consider it my favorite. You can see some of the images at www.whitezulu.com. There's no other lens to compare with it.
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Re: Anyone used the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM ?

Mine lives on my camera, i use it a lot, it doesn't focus close enough to be macro and sigma's fast 50 would be a better portrait lens but as a fast general purpose normal lens it is brilliant
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