Review Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

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Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art) Nikon F mount increase.

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  1. In short
  2. History
  3. Main Specifications
  4. Assembly
  5. Focusing
  6. Image quality
  7. Lens features on APS-H and Full Frame (+ source)
  8. Sample photos with source
  9. My experience
  10. Differences from Sigma 30 / 1.4 HSM
  11. Differences from Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX
  12. Differences from Sony 35 / 1.8 DT
  13. All Sigma Art Series Lenses
  14. Prices
  15. Video review
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In the review, I will refer to the Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A lens as Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art. This review shows the Nikon DX version of the lens for Nikon F mount cameras, but I will make footnotes in the description for other systems as well. The Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is also available for Canon EF / EFS, Pentax K-mount, Sigma SA-mount and Sony / Konica-Minolta A-mount (this is what the lens looks like with these mounts).

Very important: Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art should not be confused with two similar lenses Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 EX DC HSM (older version) and Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary)  (version only for mirrorless cropped cameras).

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

In short

The Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is a great fast lens for SLR cameras with an APS-C sensor. In fact, this is a universal fix for a very wide range of tasks.

If a quick squeeze on the lens, then:

  • Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is The best full-time autofocus fixed lens for cropped SLR cameras with APS-C sensor (at the time of this review, spring 2020)
  • Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is a good replacement for the original Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX (the main differences are described in the relevant section), for the original SMC PENTAX-DA 1: 2.4 35mm AL and for the original Sony DT 1.8 / 35 SAM
  • Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is a logical development of an older development Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 EX DC HSM (the main differences are described in the relevant section)
  • Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art one of three Sigma ART lenses DC (the other two are Sigma 18-35 / 1.8 Art и Sigma 50-150 / 1.8 Art)
  • EGF Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art for Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony cameras with APS-C sensor (i.e. for cropped cameras) equals 45 mm, that makes him standard (in terms of focal lengths) lens. On Canon cameras with APS-C sensor EGF is 48 mm. On old cameras Sigma SD9, SD10, SD14, SD15 EGF is 52.2 mm.
  • Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art easily covers Canon APS-H frame и Sigma sd quattro h, Giving EGF about 39 mm. Despite the fact that this is a cropped lens, in the version for Canon EOS it uses the EF mount rather than the EFS mount, and therefore is easily mounted on all CZK Canon EOS
  • popular mirror systems such as Canon (for EF / EFS mount), Pentax (for K mount) generally do not have such super-fast lenses optimized for APS-C sensor
Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art) Nikon F mount


Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art became an update for the famous and popular predecessor Sigma 30 / 1.4 EX DC HSM.

As a result, there are three similar Sigma lenses:

  1. February 14, 2005 announced Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 EX DC HSM [for SLR APS-C]
  2. January 29, 2013 Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC announced | A (Art) [for SLR APS-C] (from this review)
  3. February 23, 2016 announced Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary) [for mirrorless APS-C]

Separately, it is worth highlighting an alternative for the Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art - a zoom lens with a very high aperture Sigma 18-35 / 1.8 DC Art and full-frame-like lens Sigma 35 / 1.4 Art.

And Sigma has another less light 'thirty' - Sigma 30mm 1: 2.8 DN | A (Art) for mirrorless cameras Micro 4/3 and Sony E.

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art) Nikon F mount

Main technical characteristics of Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A:

Review Instance Name The lens barrel bears the following inscriptions 'SIGMA 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A ø62 MADE IN JAPAN 013', the review shows the lens serial number 53497246
Basic properties
  • DC - the lens is designed for SLR cameras with an APS-C sensor, in this case it is an analogue 'Nikon DX'
  • A (Art) - a line of modern Sigma lenses aimed at maximum optical quality
  • 013 (2013) - lens year marker
  • HSM (Hyper Sabout nothing Motor) - ultrasonic focusing motor, in this case it is analogous to 'Nikon SWM'.
  • AF / MF - simple focus mode switch
  • IF (Iinternal Focusing) - internal focus
  • Full-Time Mannual Focus - continuous manual focus control, analog Nikon 'M / A'
  • Super Multi-layer Coating - super multicoated optics
  • ASP (Aspenherical) - aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • USB Dock Compatibility - compatible with Dock Station for flashing and / or reprogramming (adjust focus, etc.)
  • MCS (Mount Cversion Service) - the lens supports service replacement of the mount for another system
  • TSC (Thermally Sbackgammon Composite Material) - thermally stable body material
  • Sigma A1 MTF - special quality control system
  • Lack of aperture control ring, analog 'Nikon G'
  • Bayonet hood included
  • Important: a lens from a third-party manufacturer, which imposes some restrictions on its practical use
Front Filter Diameter 62 mm
Focal length 30 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 45 mm
Zoom ratio 1 x (this is a fixed lens)
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon DX,

There are also options for:

  • Canon EF / EFS (namely the EF lens mount)
  • Sony / Minolta A
  • Pentax K (namely the lens mount) KAF3)
  • Sigma SA (started production on February 19, 2014)
Number of aperture blades 9 rounded petals
Tags window with a focus distance scale in meters and feet, mark of bayonet mount and mount / fix hood
Diaphragm F / 1.4 to F / 16

The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control occurs through the camera menu (analog Nikon G - lens type)

MDF 0.3 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 6.8
The weight November 435, XNUMX

According to my measurements:

  • 427 grams of the lens itself
  • 492 gram lens with two caps and a lens hood
  • 709 gram box with lens (whole set)
Optical design 9 elements in 8 groups, 1 aspherical ASP element (shown in pink on the optical diagram)

Optical design Sigma 30mm 1.4 artImage of optical circuit clickable

Lens hood Plastic, bayonet type, LH686-01
Manufacturer country MADE IN JAPAN (Lens made in Japan)
Production period Since January 29, 2013, in February 2016, it has been supplemented with a similar lens, but already for mirrorless crop cameras in the face Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC DN | C (Contemporary)
Price View on E-katalog

Sigma Launches Very Interesting Art Lenses 20/1.4, 24/1.4 и 28/1.4, it would be really cool to see their “reduced” counterparts for cropped cameras. For example, 24 / 1.4 in some cases would be much better suited as a standard lens for cameras with an APS-C sensor (it would give EGF 36 mm). For example, the Fujifilm APS-C mirrorless system has an interesting FUJINON ASPHERICAL LENS SUPER EBC XF 23mm 1: 1.4 R (gives EGF 35 mm). The Micro 4/3 system has a wonderful OLYMPUS M.ZUKIO DIGITAL 17mm 1: 1.2 PRO (EGF 34 mm). For Sony E, Canon M, Fuji X on the approach of Viltrox 23 / 1.4 and Tokina 23 / 1.4.

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art) Nikon F mount


The lens came to the review completely new, in an original small box, which contains a warranty card, an addition to the warranty card, a leaflet about the new concept of Sigma A / C / S lenses, a huge manual in different languages, a wardrobe trunk, packing bags, a hood and the lens itself with front and back cover.

The wardrobe trunk has a belt clip, the main valve with a zipper and two sliders.

Assembly is carried out only in Japan. To the touch the lens is pleasant and weighty, its weight is about 430 grams and almost half a kilo with hood and covers. The Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art uses small 62mm filters. For the sizes of Sigma cthbb ART lenses, I have prepared small video on your Youtube channel.

In itself, this is not a very large lens, in appearance it is similar in size to Nikon 50 / 1.8G. Even on Nikon DX series small amateur cameras, the lens has a good weight balance.

The serial number of the lens is indicated on its front side, to the right of the focus distance scale (when viewed from the bayonet side). It is written in small print, I suspect that over time this inscription will be erased. Typically, serial numbers are placed on the front side only with the most expensive and TOP lenses in order to quickly identify a particular instance in large companies and services.

The focus ring is rubberized, wide enough, the base of the focus ring is metal. The lens body is made of composite material - TSCThermally Sbackgammon Composite (Thermally Stable Composite), which is less sensitive to temperature changes than conventional polycarbonate. Such a composite avoids deformation of the case with a large change in ambient temperature. This material is used by Sigma to manufacture its' A | ART ',' C | Contemporary 'and' S | Sport '. In addition, the lens has metal bayonet mount. Plastic thread for filters.

The body has a bayonet mount mark and a mark for quick attachment of the hood. The lens uses a sturdy plastic hood Sigma LH686-01, which is fixed in special slots located near the front lens of the lens. The hood is large enough to have arrows labeled 'IN / OUT' to rotate in the desired direction. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the focus ring and focus mode switch is lost. The hood has a grooved ring that makes it easier to manipulate.

The diaphragm consists of 9 blades; at F / 1.4-F / 4 values, very smooth circles of blur discs are obtained, but with further closure, 9 facets become more clearly visible.

Overall build quality is at a high level.

It's important: Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is not a protected lens, it does not even have rubber lens mount seal.

Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art supports working with usb dock, and also theoretically supports replacing one mount with another (done exclusively at Sigma service centers). If someone suddenly once made such a replacement, please describe your experience in the comments.

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)


To focus, the lens uses a special ultrasonic focusing motor 'HSM' (Hyper Sonic Motor) ring type... This is an analogue of Nikon SWM / Canon USM / Pentax SDM / Sony DDSSM motors. In this case, the Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is similar in Nikon terms to an 'AF-S' type lens.

The lens will automatically focus on all Nikon DSLR cameraseven on amateur series models Nikon DXthat do not have a built-in focus motor: D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D3500, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600as well as mirrorless cameras Nikon Z with adapter FTZ / FTZ II.

During auto focus, the motor does its work very quietly.

The lens auto focus speed is average, closer to high. Focusing speed is enough for comfortable work in most photo tasks. But still I expected a much higher focus speed, maybe the speed depends a little on the camera used and the firmware of the lens itself.

On the network you can find reviews about the lightning-fast speed of autofocus, but the instance that I had in the review did not show such a reaction, and the lens run time from infinity to MDF and vice versa is several times faster than modern whale lenses with a stepper motor, such as Nikon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 AF-P or Canon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 STM.

With box lens from review had an explicit front focus (focused in front of the subject). Front-focus was always at all focusing distances, and the closer the subject was, the stronger the focus error. On cameras with the ability to fine tune the focus, you can easily fix this ailment (in my case, on Nikon D700 I indicated an amendment +6). But it's better to fine-tune the focus with dock stations and utilities SIGMA Optimization Pro (there is support for the Russian language). In large cities, you can rent this station.

The Pentax version is especially famous for the poor autofocus performance, performing many misses. On my Nikon autofocus cameras, I didn’t have any particular problems, but still I want to note that focal tenacity worse than original similar lenses. There are also rumors that the newer the camera, the worse Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art works on it.

The focus ring is rubberized and in manual focus mode rotates approximately 90 degrees. When extreme positions are reached, the ring does not abut, but continues to rotate freely. The focus ring rotates quite tight. Manual focus is not very convenient. Direction of rotation of the focus ring does not match with original Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX. In automatic focus mode, the focus ring does not rotate and you can hold the lens behind it.

It's important: the range of distances is very 'knocked down' from one meter to infinity from which manual focusing is very inconvenient and difficult. Focus manually through JVI at distances further than 1 meter it is so difficult that even with a careful approach to F / 1.4, I got no more than 10% of the pictures with the correct focus.

Lens has internal focus, during focusing, the front lens remains stationary, only the rear group of lenses moves, the so-called rear focus system (рисунок) Optical design and focusing are designed in such a way as to avoid loss of image quality at different focusing distances. It is possible to use various filters without any problems. I easily used Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art with a polarizing filter HOYA 62mm PL-CIR.

The lens has a window with a focus distance scale in meters and feet. The number of values ​​on the scale is small, the scale itself is not very useful. There are values ​​only for 0.3, 0.4, 0.6, 1, 2 meters and an infinity mark. Infrared scales and labels for working in the infrared spectrum are not.

The minimum focusing distance is 30 cm, and the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 6.8 (significantly worse than Sony DT 35 / 1.8where it equals 1: 4).

There is a lens housing focus mode switch 'AF | MF Focus' (auto focus / manual focus). Lens supports continuous manual focus control (Full-Time Manual Focus). This function only resembles native functions. Nikon 'M / A' or Nikon 'A / M'. The mode is more similar to the analog from Canon - Canon FTM, or to the 'A' mode for some Nikon DX lenses, for which it is described in detail here. In short, it is convenient to perform manual focus in the auto focus mode 'AF' (switch position on the lens) is possible only if the camera uses the focus mode 'AF S'or' AF-A 'and only after successful automatic focusing. In focus mode 'AF-C'' camera can counteract manual focus control. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art does not turn off auto focus when you start to rotate the focus ring manually, due to which different incidents can occur. Original Nikon lenses with function 'M / A' immediately turn off the auto focus completely and only listen to the manual control of the focus ring. But if you use the focus method with the button AF ON (or the button programmed for this function, or the remote control), you may not feel the lack of a full mode Nikon 'M / A' or Nikon 'A / M'. This is a pretty subtle little thing that can be quickly understood only in practice.

Focus Features:

  1. Important: the quality of the Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art focus in Live View greatly depends on the camera used and the lens firmware, as well as on the system used for the lens.
  2. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art has a rather mild 'Focus Breathing' effect (changing the viewing angle during focusing). During focusing towards the MDF, the viewing angle decreases (usually with internal focusing lenses, the angle increases).
  3. Focus Shift (focus shift, changing focus distance due to iris)
  4. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art does not have a hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens to infinity under any external temperature conditions. For accurate aiming at infinity, you can’t just bring the focus ring to its extreme position
  5. The lens transmits the distance to the subject in the camera and is Nikon D-lens equivalent. Transmitting the focus distance affects metering, especially when using the flash. In simple situations, the Nikon SB-910/900 flash in i-TTL modes worked correctly with this lens
  6. Important: Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is a third-party lens. It may happen that it will not work correctly with some cameras. Details on this issue are considered by me. here
  7. Teleconverter compatibility unknown
  8. The lens works correctly with the Nikon FT1 adapter, which allows you to mount lenses with Nikon F mount on mirrorless cameras Nikon 1 (but maybe there are features or exceptions)
  9. Unknown compatibility with Nikon FTZ adapter for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras
  10. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art supports docking station, with which you can update the lens firmware, as well as adjust / fix the focus
Lens hood Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Lens hood Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Image quality

With the quality of Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art, almost everything is in perfect order. This is a sharp, contrast lens with little distortion and very little vignetting. The only serious drawback is significant freezing.


  • in the center of the frame at F / 1.4 in terms of resolution, the lens is good, but with the closure of the aperture, sharpness increases significantly
  • there is a slight drop in sharpness to the edges of the frame at F / 1.4, but even at the edges and corners of the image it shows acceptable sharpness already at F / 1.4
  • good / excellent resolution in the center of the frame on covered apertures after F / 2.0
  • good / excellent resolution in angles on covered apertures after f / 4


  • there is a slight distortion
  • the overall level of distortion is at a level typical for such lenses
  • the nature of distortion is unified, easily corrected in the editor


  • the overall level of vignetting is at a level typical for such lenses
  • noticeable vignetting is observed only at F / 1.4 and is no more than 2/3 steps in the corners of the image
  • vignetting is enhanced with focus towards infinity
  • vignetting almost disappears at values ​​after f / 2.0
  • vignetting is easily fixable in the editor


  • have a strong friging (longitudinal chromatic aberration, which in the zone of blur tint contrasting elements in green or purple), which is one of the strongest disadvantages of the lens. Friging decreases significantly after F / 2.8. Example.
  • also transverse chromatic aberrationwhich are most noticeable at the edges and corners of the image on open apertures
  • closing the aperture to average significantly reduces the number of HA


  • the aperture on the values ​​after F / 8 is poorly rounded, but notice this is not always possible
  • the lens tolerates side and backlight well
  • in many scenes, the lens can create nice bokeh

For Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art, there is a lens profile in popular RAW converters, which simplifies the automatic correction of some distortions.

Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art was released in early 2013, when 24 MP APS-C cameras already existed on sale Nikon D3200, D5200Sony SLT-A77SLT-A65, and therefore, most likely, the lens was immediately designed to work on sensors with a high pixel density.

Wardrobe Case Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Wardrobe trunk Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art). Appearance taken from bhphotovideo

Full frame capabilities and APS-H

The lens is designed to work with cameras with APS-C sensors (crop factor around 1.5). But the lens feels good on Canon APS-H Cameras и Sigma sd quattro h with Kf = 1.3X, creating minimal vignetting.

Serious vignetting is already present on full-frame cameras. Vignetting increases while focusing on infinity. The smallest vignette is visible when focusing on the MDF with the F / 16 aperture fully closed. At infinity and at medium focusing distances with F / 1.4 and shooting in RAW, completely fix vignetting through the editor fails.

Vignetting on Nikon D700 (FX, ISO mode 1, RAW-> JPEG native converter, vignette control disabled) and its gain is clearly shown in the selection:

Archive with source RAW on Nikon D700 in FX mode (full frame) here.

Some Nikon full-frame cameras have additional crop modes, such as 5: 4, 1.2X, 1.3X, which can help get rid of some of the dark corners.

Of course, at the full frame, the sharpness to the edges and corners of the image drastically subsides.

Examples on the Nikon D40

No panic, below are examples of other cameras! On camera Nikon D40, which has only 6 megapixels (low pixel density), the lens is very sharp in the center of the frame already at F / 1.4, but at F / 2.0 a miracle happens and you can get the so-called “ringing” sharpness all over the frame. Examples of pictures on Nikon D40 I included it simply to show how the lens works on the CCD sensor, its character and pattern in certain situations. I love contrast sets of "lens + camera", in this case Nikon D40 + Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art shows a very nice and unusual bunch. On-camera JPEG or RAW converted by the original Nikon Capture NX-D v 1.4.6 utility.

Review made with love.

RAW / JPEG source files can be download from this link (130 files, 500 MB).

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Examples on Nikon D7100, Alexey Volzhsky

A few examples on Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art and Nikon D7100 (24 MP, APS-C) shared Alexey Volzhsky:

Examples on the Nikon D7500, Vladimir Shishov

Sample photos on Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art and Nikon D7500 (20 MP, APS-C) the photographer dressed Vladimir Shishov. Much more of his work can be seen. on his personal website or on the page in Instagram.

Examples on Canon EOS 60D APS-C, Igor Korzh

Examples of photographs on the Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art lens in the version for Canon EOS cameras with EF / EFS mount and camera Canon EOS 60D (18 MP, APS-C) shared by a photographer Igor KorzhHis Instagram.

Examples on Pentax APS-C, Alexander Umenov

Examples of photographs on a Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art lens in a variant for Pentax cameras with a KAF3 mount and a camera Pentax K-70 (24 MP, APS-C) shared by a photographer Alexander A Lumenoff UmenovHis Instagram.

Examples on Nikon D5100, D90, Vladimir Kirin

Examples of photographs on a Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art lens and cameras Nikon D5100 (16 MP, APS-C) and D90 (12 MP, APS-C) shared Vladimir Kirin, here his intstagram и VK group.

Examples of full-frame Canon EOS 5D mark III, 5D mark II, 6D, Mikhail Kaspersky

Examples on Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art in the version for Canon EOS cameras with EF / EFS mount and full-frame cameras Canon EOS 5D mark II, Canon EOS 5D mark III и Canon EOS 6D shared photographer Mikhail Kaspersky.

Examples on Canon EOS 50D APS-C, Mikhail Kaspersky

Examples of photographs, as well as source files for the Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art lens in the version for Canon EOS cameras with EF / EFS mount and camera Canon EOS 50D (15 MP, APS-C) shared by a photographer Mikhail Kaspersky.

Original RAW photos (Canon '.CR2') can be download from this link (72 files, 1.5 GB).

My experience

For some reason, no other manufacturer of photographic equipment does not produce such lenses for their digital cropped SLR cameras with an APS-C sensor. Of the original lenses for popular cropped mirror systems, it is generally very difficult to find fast full-time fixed lenses. It seems that manufacturers have conspired and ignore the cropped mirror segment. The same lenses that exist significantly lag behind the Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art. Of those that come to mind, only one or two of these can be distinguished: Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX, PENTAX-DA 35 / 2.4 и Sony DT 35 / 1.8, other similar ones have either been developed for a full frame, or for mirrorless crop, or is it again Sigma in the face of an older model Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 EX DC HSM.

30 mm on a crop is generally more convenient than the more common focal length of 35 mm. By the way, Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art on cameras Sigma SD9, SD10, SD14, SD15 with Kf = 1.74 it practically turns into a classic fifty kopeck piece (EGF 52 mm).

Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is a very attractive solution for owners of cropped cameras. But as a single lens, especially for everyday use, still Sigma 18-35 / 1.8 Art will be much more practical.

Given the migration of many professional photographers to full frame, you should consider whether Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is needed. Perhaps it makes sense to take on the full-frame growth Sigma 35 / 1.4 Art, which in the general case is in no way optically and functionally inferior to the cropped version.

Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is exactly that one lens, that one prime, with which you can go on cropping for a long time, since there is practically nothing more worthy with about the same price tag.

During the preparation of this review, I tried to talk with all the photographers I could find and who worked with this lens. Almost everyone praises its optical performance and complains about the autofocus. Therefore, I believe that all the same original Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX is a more balanced and optimal solution. But for other systems, the choice is not so obvious.

And a little bit of the classic flame: 30 / 1.4 in terms of EFR and equivalent aperture in the understanding of the depth of field corresponds to the full-frame lens 45 / 2.1, and therefore a regular fifty-fifty lens at full frame in some situations can give a more interesting picture, especially if it's more or less modern 50 / 1.8, for example, Nikon 50 / 1.8G.

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art) mount Sigma SA

Differences from Sigma 30 / 1.4 EX HSM

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 EX DC HSM 8 years older than Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art.

Positive changes:

  1. new lens has become optically more advanced
  2. the quality of the case materials has improved (the old version had a more easily soiled case with characteristic Sigma velvet)
  3. increased number of aperture blades (from 8 to 9)
  4. reduced minimum focusing distance (from 40 cm to 30 cm)
  5. maximum magnification ratio increased (from 1: 10.4 to 1: 6.8)
  6. the AF / MF switch appeared in versions for all bayonets (for example, the old version did not have such a switch for Nikon F)
  7. the diameter of the front lens (but not the threads for the filters!) of the new lens has decreased significantly (can be considered a positive change, since the chances of damaging the front lens are reduced)
  8. new lens supports docking station
  9. The new lens theoretically supports bayonet replacement service

Negative changes:

  1. the new lens has become larger in size
  2. the new version has fewer special optical elements. The old version in its optical scheme, in addition to 1 aspherical element, had 2 more low-dispersion elements
  3. the new version has a focus distance window
  4. the new version costs significantly more (if you compare prices at the start of sales)
  5. the old version was released under the 4/3 mirror mount (4/3 SLRs have been superseded by Micro 4/3)

The weight has not changed much, the lenses use the same diameter for 62 mm filters, the same focus ring travel and are functionally very similar to each other.

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art) mount Sigma SA

Differences from Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX

Below I have indicated the main differences from a similar and very popular original lens Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1: 1.8G SWM Aspherical:

  1. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art gives a wider viewing angle (30 mm vs 35 mm)
  2. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art has a 2/3 foot wider aperture
  3. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art has a focus distance scale
  4. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art has more aperture blades
  5. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is a newer lens
  6. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art supports a docking station, which can simplify the elimination of some errors in the lens
  7. Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX lighter and more compact
  8. Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX has a smaller diameter for light filters
  9. Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX costs about 2.5 times cheaper
  10. Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX has a more convenient and understandable mode Nikon 'M / A'
  11. Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX can close aperture up to f / 22
  12. Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX possesses a dust and moisture tight bayonet seal
  13. Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX has a slightly better maximum zoom ratio
  14. Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX better understand Nikon cameras

In general, I consider Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX still a more balanced solution. But balanced doesn't mean better.

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art) Nikon F mount

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art) Nikon F mount

Differences from Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM

Below I have indicated the main differences from a similar original lens Sony DT 1.8 / 35 SAM (SAL35F18):

  1. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art gives a wider viewing angle (30 mm vs 35 mm)
  2. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art has a 2/3 foot wider aperture
  3. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art has more aperture blades
  4. The Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art has a fixed focus ring during auto focus and constant manual focus control. The Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM ring rotates during auto focus and must not be touched
  5. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art uses internal focus, but the Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM has a retractable trunk
  6. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art uses a metal mount (Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM has a plastic mount)
  7. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art was launched 3 years later and is a newer lens.
  8. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art supports a docking station, which can simplify the elimination of some errors in the lens
  9. Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is an optically more sophisticated lens, while Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM uses an older and simpler 6/5 circuit
  10. Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM is more compact and almost 3 times lighter
  11. Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM has a smaller diameter for filters
  12. Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM costs about 2 times cheaper
  13. Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM can close aperture up to F / 22
  14. Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAM has a much lower MDF and a much better maximum magnification ratio (1: 4 vs 1: 6.8)

Unfortunately I did not work with Sony DT 35 / 1.8 SAMand therefore it’s hard for me to say exactly how much worse or better is Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art.

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art) Nikon F mount from the official site.

All Sigma ART Lenses

The Sigma A (Sigma Art) lens range includes the following lenses:


For full-frame cameras (series DG) with mount Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA:

  1. Sigma 14 mm 1: 1.8 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, 16/11, December 2017 [AliExpress]
  2. Sigma 20 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, 15/11, October 2015 [AliExpress]
  3. Sigma 24 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, 15/11, February 2015 [AliExpress]
  4. Sigma 28 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, 17/12, September 2018 [AliExpress]
  5. Sigma 35 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +A, +Pentax, +Cine, 13/11, November 2012 [AliExpress]
  6. Sigma 40 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, 16/12, September 2018 [AliExpress]
  7. Sigma 50 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +A, +Cine, 13/8, January 2014 [AliExpress]
  8. Sigma 70 mm 1: 2.8 DG MACRO | | | A (Art), +L, +E, 13/10, February 2018 [AliExpress]
  9. Sigma 85 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, 14/12, September 2016 [AliExpress]
  10. Sigma 105 mm 1: 1.4 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, 17/12, February 2018 [AliExpress]
  11. Sigma 135 mm 1: 1.8 DG | A (Art), +L, +E, +Cine, 13/10, March 2017 [AliExpress]
  12. Sigma 12-24 mm 1: 4 DG | A (Art), 16/11, November 2016
  13. Sigma 14-24 mm 1: 2.8 DG | A (Art), 17/11, February 2018 [AliExpress]
  14. Sigma 24-35 mm 1: 2 DG | A (Art), +Cine, 18/13, January 2015 [AliExpress]
  15. Sigma 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 DG OS | | | A (Art), 19/14, February 2017 [AliExpress]
  16. Sigma 24-105 mm 1: 4 DG OS | | | A (Art), +A, 19/14, October 2013 [AliExpress]


For full-frame mirrorless cameras (series DG DN) with bayonet Leica l и Sony E:

  1. Sigma 14 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art), 19/15, June 2023
  2. Sigma 20 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art), 17/15, August 2022 [AliExpress]
  3. Sigma 24 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art), 17/14, August 2022 [AliExpress]
  4. Sigma 35 mm 1: 1.2 DG DN | A (Art), 17/12, July 2019 [AliExpress]
  5. Sigma 35 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art), 15/11, April 2021 [AliExpress]
  6. Sigma 50 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art), 14/11, February 2023 [AliExpress]
  7. Sigma 85 mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A (Art), 15/11, August 2020 [AliExpress]
  8. Sigma 105 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN MACRO | A (ART), 12/7, October 2020 [AliExpress]
  9. Sigma 14-24 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN | A (Art), 18/13, July 2019 [AliExpress]
  10. Sigma 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 DG DN | A (Art), 19/15, November 2019 [AliExpress]


For cropped SLR cameras (series DC) with mount Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA:

  1. Sigma 30 mm 1: 1.4 DC | A (Art) +Pentax, +A, 9/8 [1 ASP], January 2013
  2. Sigma 18-35 mm 1: 1.8 DC | A (Art) +Pentax, +A, +Cine, 17/12 [5 SLD, 4 ASP], April 2013 [AliExpress]
  3. Sigma 50-100 mm 1: 1.8 DC | A (Art) +Cine, 21/15 [4 SLD, 3 FLD, 1 HRI], February 2016 [AliExpress]


For cropped mirrorless cameras (series DN) for Micro 4/3 and Sony E:

  1. Sigma 19 mm 1:2.8DN | A (Art), black/silver, 8/6 [3 ASP], January 2013
  2. Sigma 30 mm 1:2.8DN | A (Art), black/silver, 7/5 [2 ASP], January 2013
  3. Sigma 60 mm 1:2.8DN | A (Art), black/silve, 8/6 [1 ASP, 1 SLD], January 2013


  • +L means that there is a version of the lens adapted to work on mirrorless cameras with a bayonet mount Leica l
  • +E means that there is a version of the lens adapted to work on mirrorless cameras with a bayonet mount Sony E/Sony FE
  • + Pentax means that there is a version of the lens with a Pentax K mount (rare)
  • +A means that there is a version of the lens with Sony A mount (rarity)
  • + Cine means that there is a version of the lens adapted for video shooting, usually CINE versions are released simultaneously for ARRI PL, Canon EF and Sony E
  • black / silver - case available in black (black) and silver (silver)
  • 19 / 15, 7 / 5 and similar designations indicate the number of optical elements and groups in the optical scheme of the lens

Additionally, you can look at all lenses SIGMA CONTEMPORARY (C) и all lenses SIGMA SPORT (S). Here here there is a short video about the rulers and markings of Sigma lenses.

Video review

Link to this video on my Youtube channel.

Price Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art

Prices at popular online shoppers are available look at this linkor in the price block located below:


Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art is a very functional and useful lens for owners of SLR cameras. In general, this is a standard standard fast fix, unique in its kind. For Nikon cameras there is a good analogue in the face Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX, but for Sony A there is Sony DT 35 / 1.8but for Canon and Pentax mirrored systems, finding something like this is very difficult.

10 main advantages:

  1. convenient focal length for working on cropped cameras with APS-C sensor
  2. record aperture, there are no other similar modern lenses for SLR cameras with APS-C sensor
  3. optical design uses an aspherical element
  4. the ability to work with the dock-station (firmware update, focus adjustment, etc.)
  5. There is a built-in HSM focusing motor (critical for owners of Nikon DX cameras from the younger line)
  6. internal focusing using the rear lens group, fixed focus ring during auto focus, permanent manual focus control, quiet focus
  7. good build quality: metal mount, sturdy TSC plastic case, durable hood included
  8. nine aperture blades
  9. good sharpness starting from F / 1.4, very high resolution at covered apertures, moderate level of basic optical distortion (in particular coma, vignettingdistortion)
  10. the lens belongs to the Sigma Art line with very high criteria for image quality and assembly

10 main disadvantages:

  1. This lens is often found on some cameras back / front-focus, which is best treated using the original dock-station
  2. focusing speed is not high (depending on the camera?), but at the same time sufficient for comfortable work
  3. extremely inconvenient and difficult manual focusing (small step of the ring, accuracy of distances in the area of ​​infinity, tight focus ring)
  4. continuous manual focus control does not work as convenient as the original mode Nikon 'M / A' у Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX
  5. focusing errors may occur frequently on some cameras (more relevant to the Pentax and Canon systems, as well as new cameras)
  6. no rubber lens mount seal, and indeed the lens is not protected from bad environmental conditions
  7. rather heavy weight (435 g for the Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art versus 200 g for Nikon 35 / 1.8 DX or 170 g Sony DT 35 / 1.8)
  8. no built-in image stabilizer (e.g. Canon 35/2 IS STM he is)
  9. compared to the old version Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 EX DC HSM the new price tag has grown significantly
  10. there is a strong friging

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Comments: 70, on the topic: Overview Sigma 30mm 1: 1.4 DC A (Art)

  • Alexey

    Good review. However, I am sure and I know for sure that the Nikon 50 / 1.8G (very budgetary and boring glass in general) does not give such a tasty, juicy and creative picture as the hero of the review gives.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      At full frame, 50 1.8G can in some cases do even better, mainly in terms of volume. 50 / 1.8G in itself is not boring, but quite pleasant, I would say that the boring old classic double-houses with a 6/5 scheme (all versions of fifty dollars up to 50 / 1.8G), the scheme of which was built absolutely the vast majority of all af fifty dollars 50 1.8.
      By the way, even with them and even on the crop you can also get a nice result, I have two galleries on Nikon 50 / 1.8 and cameras D100 and D70, you can see here и here.

  • Miroslav

    Having the entire Sigma art line on the Crop, this lens is a favorite lens (aperture plays a role). I don’t rush to take a full frame due to shooting objects and food. But for work, 50-100 1.8 (focal lenses are more in demand). I agree with the article (but Nikor 35 sold and no regrets. all sharp pictures

  • Evgeny Belenkov

    Just the other day I saw pictures in the 500px feed and thought - there will probably be a lens review :-)

  • Michael

    Arkady, typos:
    "Nikn F mount"
    "Siga A / C / S Lenses"
    "Not even small amateur cameras"
    At the beginning of the article, the Canon mount is listed as “EF / EFS” (like it was EF-S)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      About EF / EF-S / EFS. Writing EFS is also true, since Canon itself writes EFS together on its own lenses, attached the image (at the same time, EF-M through the dash and at the same time EF-S in the descriptions is often written through the dash).

  • Michael

    On my own I’ll add a little that the angles come back to normal rather in f / 5.6, and not in f / 4. And in the interval from f / 1.4 to f / 5.6, center-edge sharpness fails greatly. The center is excellent, and a turd at the edges-corners (((More or less evenly on the open and on 5.6 onwards.

  • Arthur

    And I used the previous version for kenon. To tell the truth, I did not understand that lens at all - focusing lives its own life, on 7d the intra-camera adjustment does not solve anything, everything works very slowly ... I see no reason to take a high-aperture fix and close it to the level of dark zoom

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The previous version is a completely different story.

      • Arthur

        it is possible, but, unfortunately, art didn’t have a chance to try)

      • Arthur

        I will add to my old comment: I still took the art version of this lens - it is, of course, just heaven and earth compared to the first version. It perfectly resolves the matrix of a very capricious kenon 7d, it turns out that the seven is very much even nothing in terms of the picture. I forgot about soap and micro-grease, there is almost always enough light. 1.4 is fully working, if you cover it, then the sharpness increases. Maybe I was lucky, but there are no problems with autofocusing, focusing speed is very good. In general, an excellent staff for the crop. I would like to take 18-35 to him in the future

      • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

        Tell me, do you have a review for the previous version?

  • An

    I have had such a lens for almost a year now. I'm using an old Canon 450D.

    The lens is not without flaws, but interesting. With its frantic luminosity, it pulls the capabilities of an elderly crop to a new, more or less modern level. Although the matrix is ​​quite noisy in the shadows.

    In any case, you need to get used to focusing, which is simply not so hot in terms of speed, tenacity, and accuracy. For staged portraits, it’s quite a nice option if you focus on one point.

    Thus, paying $ 450, we get a crop picture equivalent to almost fifty fifty on FFrame. And this is already worth a lot.

    The perspective of the image, of course, is not like that of a fifty dollars, but quite imagined.

    I selected my version of 4 copies, but I am satisfied - I did not have to adjust it (although it was soapy at the bottom, but within acceptable limits).

    If you are planning a lens for purchase, it is STRICTLY necessary to select, you will lose many problems right away.

  • Denis

    if they do not photograph branches and grass, then a good lens

    • Denis

      in the-digital-picture it is soapy at all apertures, its nikon 35mm 1.8G DX is noticeably superior to any available to it ...

      • Arkady Shapoval

        Yes, yes, of course, especially the 35 / 1.8DX is noticeably better on F / 22.
        If in fact, then normal 30 / 1.4A is difficult to call soapy. Perhaps you are confused with the previous version?

        • Denis

          no, I'm not confusing, specifically “Sigma 30mm f / 1.4 DC HSM Art Lens Image Quality”
          on F / 2 you can see the difference, and even on F / 8 the advantage of Nikon in sharpness is noticeable

          • Denis

            however, according to the same samples, 16-85 by 35mm at F / 4.5 aperture in the corners is better than 35mm DX 1.8G at F / 4

            • Michael

              I haven't tried it at f / 4, but at 5.6 the 16-85 is indeed better than the 35DX. The samples are strange - in the center I had Sigma better than Nikon (maybe they have a back-front in the examples)

          • Arkady Shapoval

            Doesn’t it bother anyone that on the left is canon 60d, and on the right is nikon d3x?

            • Denis

              doesn't pull 16 megapixels at canon?

              • Arkady Shapoval

                Firstly, the 60D has not 16, but 18. And secondly, the d3x crop in APS-C mode is 10 MP. Therefore, the difference is already 2 times.

              • Denis

                image resolution can affect sharpness only when the lens does not extend 18MP

              • Arkady Shapoval

                Well, because there are these tables, you can still refer to the DRL, the situation there is just the opposite with 35 1.8DX. But there is another reality

              • Denis

                well, in the sense that it doesn’t pull 18MP at all, but only for cameras like D50, D40, D200

              • Denis

                DXO data does not contradict in this case, only for 35mm DX there the data is incomplete. after 1.8, 2.0 immediately 5.6 goes

              • Arkady Shapoval

                no, on the same dxo 35 1.8 it is clearly inferior to this sigma

              • Denis

                if you cover the sigma to 2.0, then in general it will be at the level of 1.8 Nikon
                Arkady, I understand correctly that a 30mm fix is ​​more important than sharpness in the center than uniformity over the entire field?

              • Arkady Shapoval

                in fact, something is important to everyone, but look through all their tablets, graphs, pictures, in general, Sigma is a cut above, in the same sharpness, if you go through all the values. At the same time, do not think that this Sigma warms my soul, I several times in the review return to the fact that my native is more balanced

            • Michael

              It is embarrassing, but it is unlikely that 12MP versus 18MP will affect the behavior

            • Alexey

              I was just curious to see it at the sixties. for I have it. coupled with a second mark. and I see that the edges are soapy and chromate. Alas. this is not criticism of sigma, but just a fact. I would like shirik with sharper edges. but in the center there everything is fine, there are no questions.

              • Michael

                You would like to see the DG modification, everything is much better there

  • ASP

    For Sony / Minolta cameras with A mount, there is a good native analogue of the Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM (SAL35F18), just the same for crop.
    Plastic, of course, is everywhere, including bayonet, backlash, chromate, an ordinary noisy motor, an uncomfortable focus ring, but it shoots well, it weighs a little, its size is compact, the price is bearable

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This is what I gave the swing. Sony DT 35 / 1.8 added, review updated.
      Thank you.

  • Alexander

    Does ff cover the whole matrix?

  • Victor

    Father, what a trash look complexion with d5100. On the new ones (7100 and 7500), the situation was slightly corrected, but the d40 is almost the top in terms of transparency.

    Sorry, I could not resist)) the lens is very good (I mainly judge from the photo from d40)

    • Valery A.

      Kenon 60D is especially good, the first 4 photos.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      In my opinion, the photographer processes photos with d5100 quite strangely, out of 180 photos that were provided to me, I chose these. In this case, it’s better to look at the operation of the lens, if possible

      • Denis

        It looks like Saturation is using
        And I had a D5100, it’s not so bad if you use Capture NX-2, and not lightroom

  • Dim

    For a very long time I picked up a carcass for Sigma 30 1.4 due to problems with focus. My lens is still without a dock. Someone correctly wrote in comments that bokeh is not for everybody, in my version, not circles of blur are formed, but triangles. In this case, the verdure against the background sometimes takes a not very pleasant appearance.

  • Vlad

    I use this lens on the d5600, excellent glass, I'm happy with everything. But I noticed one interesting feature: when sighting through the ovs, the depth of field does look much larger than in the final picture. If you shoot with an open aperture, in the JVI I see the background is slightly fuzzy, and in the picture it turns out to be very blurry. Visually, the flu corresponds to aperture 4.0-5.6. Why is this happening?

    • Michael

      Due to the “large bright viewfinder”. This is done on purpose so that the viewfinder is bright at dark zooms.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This is because of the penta-mirror, which is used for sighting in the D5600, it is on all cameras with a penta-mirror. At the pentaprism, the depth of field is more or less visible as it is.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Pentax K-70 samples added

  • Valiery

    I use Canon 35mm 2.0 USM on Canon 7D2. Looking at the pictures I do not see any advantages of Sigma.

  • Dima88

    Good day! Please tell me if anyone had experience using this lens paired with a Nikon D3500? I was very embarrassed by the phrase "There are also rumors that the newer the camera, the worse Sigma 30 / 1.4 Art works on it."

    • Arkady Shapoval

      C d5600 focus lives its own life

      • Alexey

        Here is a very interesting discussion of this issue.

      • Gregor

        * 7: For models released before November 2013, update (free) is required before using the OS (Optical Stabilizer) and AF function.

    • Maksim

      Bought a lens? I also have d3500 so I’m thinking of taking 35 art or 30 art, a difficult choice)

      • Dima88

        No, I didn’t buy it; I’m waiting for someone to write about compatibility, there remains a weak hope that the norms will work anyway 😃

  • Alexander

    Excellent review, I've been thinking about buying or not for half a year now, a choice of 3 options for the Canon bzk: the actual subject, the new Sigma 30mm f / 1.4 DC DN Contemporary (it's not clear how it differs from ART), and the native canon 32mm 1.4 (which costs 2 times more expensive) ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Sigma 30mm f / 1.4 DC DN is different (it is the lens, not the Contemporary / Art brand)

      • Alexander

        Well, that's what I choose between Contemporary and Art. Camera cabon m6 (there is a native adapter.

        • Dmitriy

          Well, Alexander, have you made a choice? I also want Sigma 30mm f / 1.4 DC DN on the M6

  • Denis

    I am facing a difficult choice. Canon 35 mm f / 2.0 with stub or Sigma AF 30mm f / 1.4 DC HSM Art, crop camera Canon EOS 200D, I choose for portraits. The point here is, perhaps, that Sigma is designed for crop cameras, while Canon has an “EF” mount, which means that this lens is not for crop cameras. So which one is the best for portrait photography?

    • Alexey

      In fact, portraits are shot on something FROM 85mm, and on width - well, such a thing. Native glass is convenient for video filming, because there is a stub, and for filming with a lack of light, at long exposures. Yes, it is full-frame and that's right, when the crop camera is sent to the trash, the glass will not have to be thrown there too)) Sigma Art is excellent glass, if you understand exactly why you need it. Well, with the inevitable change of the camera to FF in the future, it will have to be sold or donated))

    • Roman

      I have a Canon and a non-art version of this Sigma.

      35 is more, but lighter. Sigma is pretty weighty.

      Honestly, I keep Sigma only because I have nothing faster. She has some minor focusing problems, made corrections on 7D-2, but on 200D they are not treated. Is it that Art has a dock. In principle, 35 is a more versatile lens and due to the stub it wins even more. Sharpness 1.4 when open is not ideal, but for portraits, in principle, you can use.

      By the way, all cropped sigmas also have an EF mount and are set to full frame. The non-art version covers almost the entire full frame, if desired, you can reach the full frame in Photoshop, but this is already extreme.

      In principle, it is possible to shoot portraits at 30 (and 35 mm) on the crop, but it will be half-length or full-length portraits with good separation from the background, if the model is correctly placed. This is no longer a classic large portrait; there you need 50-85 mm on the crop.

      Basically, if the budget allows, for more flexibility I would take 35 / 2.0IS and 85 / 1.8. There will be a place for them in the full frame. If your budget does not allow, you can take the non-IS version, it is a little more noisy and focuses slower, but optically it is very good. Donate a stub. This will be a more versatile solution. Well, or 50 / 1.8 and 100 to it (you can even macro). Or even 60 / 2.8 macro for a crop - a very underestimated lens - you will have decent portraits and a macro to indulge in, but this one will only become a crop.

    • Roman

      In general, Tamron has an excellent 35-150, you have to look what is there for the price. If you are interested in portraits and only portraits, it will cover your needs inside and out - both in cropped and full frame. The lack of aperture is compensated by a stub, and you will quickly get bored of shooting on the open at 1.4. In real portraits, you will still quickly begin to cover up to 2.8 - 4.0 minimum, in an open studio shoot only portraits in the Esquire style, when only the plane of the face is in focus.

      • Basil

        I use this one. For fully controlled staged shots, yes, it's not bad at all. But keep in mind that it is very slow. Dynamics, sports or reporting with him is horror even with tracking even with single-frame autofocus. Autofocus of the same 24-105LII just flies in comparison with this Tamron. Nevertheless, I sold my 24-105LII without regret after buying the 35-150.

  • Gregor_S

    "Unknown compatibility with Nikon FTZ adapter for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras"

    It seems to be known:

  • Ilya

    Do I have one very strong chromatic aberration? If on a light background, there is a lot of purple, sometimes green.

    • Victor

      The review directly indicates the presence of strong frigging, I would not be surprised at its presence.

      Use CA suppression tools in editors.

  • Igor

    The lens is just great. I use with 6d. There is a vignette, but it is not critical, it is easy to correct in the Republic of Latvia. Sharpness from 1,4. In short, happy as an elephant)))

  • Vlad

    I got this lens relatively recently, on a nikon D5500, I'm still trying to figure out if the skis don't go, or I ...
    It’s okay with the focus, there really are jokes and soap (although with the same settings and + - lighting, this is not the case another time), but someone can explain or reflect, please, I re-read here the comments to different sigmas and in English Google did not find anyone (suddenly there is something in the settings that affects this):

    Why, if you shoot in A or P mode through the live view screen and DO NOT set spot metering (that is, either center-weighted or full-frame) - the shutter speed of the final picture is longer (!) Than the one that was written on the screen before the frame was taken AND the picture does come out overexposed.
    When shooting through JVI, there is no such problem.
    With spot metering, there is no such problem.
    With modes M, S and full automatic, there is no such problem.

    • Vlad

      *correction, after additional tests, I figured out the problem better - in A and P and non-spot metering, the screen shows a correctly exposed shot with the correct shutter speed. However, the frame will be made overexposed by 1 stop due to the slow shutter speed, regardless of whether it was photographed through the JVI or the small screen.

      mode A, on a tripod,
      we look through the JVI, in the eyepiece there will be 1/200 and a hole 4,
      without changing anything, we switch from JVI to the screen, the exposure on the screen is visually correct, the settings are 1/400 and hole 4,
      the picture will be taken with 1/200 and hole 4,
      it will be overexposed by exactly 1 stop, because it is "1/400 and hole 4" that will give a "correctly exposed picture on the screen", which is tested in M ​​mode.

  • Vladimir

    For probably the third year I have been shooting on Sigma Art 30 1.4 on my Nikon d600 FF carcass, and now I have thoughts of replacing it with Nikkor 28 1.8. Does it make sense and how much can the picture differ between them? Yes, I know that Sigma has a vignette and loss of sharpness at the edges in FF, but this is not a panacea. In general, I would like to know how it makes sense?
    Yes, I would change it to Sigma 35 1.4 Art and not worry, but the budget does not allow it.

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