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Archive 2013 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4
  
 
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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


The focusing system on the 19/2.8 was very quick, at least the m4/3 version is. There's a delay on startup for some reason, but that's the only way that these lenses are slow in operation. The 19/2.8 is also very sharp. They're both very good deals at $200.


Mar 10, 2013 at 08:01 PM
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The quality of the old 19mm is not bad especially if you got it when it was $100. I bought mine when it was $149 and I'm happy with the lens.

I read many people like the optical quality of the old 30mm 1.4 APS-C lens but the material was not good and peeled easily. Sigma's newer models don't use the same material anymore. If they improve the material, the AF, plus 35mm 1.4 Art optical design quality, then it will be another winner.



Mar 10, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


HopeIsEternal wrote:
Did anyone notice that Sigma is not supporting Sony/Minolta A-mount for the new 30mm f/1.4 crop lens? Also the new 35mm f/1.4 FF lens is out for Canon and Nikon but not for Sony/Minolta.

Tokina doesn't release new lenses for Sony either. I remember talking to a Tokina salesperson at an expo event and was set aback by his dismissal of support for A-mount. He talked as if the mount was already history.

Do these lens makers know something about Sony's A-mount plans more than we do?


I doubt they know anything about the future, but what they can know with certainty is their own sales figures. At the moment (tight now), and for a 5-year history.

If they see that they're losing money on even bothering with engineering, marketing and adding separate stock items for an alternative A-mount version of their lenses (due to insufficient demand) of course they'll stop doing it.



Mar 11, 2013 at 12:26 AM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


Hi,

vsg28 wrote:
This is meant for APS-C cameras which are not renowned for high iso shooting, hence a good f/1.4 lens is definitely worth $200 more than any f/2.8 lens in my opinion.

I don't know how old is the camera you are using. In the past two years
Nikon and Canon have brought good cameras that are equal to or more
sensitive than ISO 3200. I have a six years old Nikon D50 with
maximum ISO of 1600. I would consider the lens, only if the optics are
really fantastic!

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!



Mar 11, 2013 at 01:57 AM
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Hi,

Jman13 wrote:
To be more specific, Sigma has seriously stepped up their game in the past 5-8 years. Many of their recent lenses are as good and in some cases, better, than their CaNikon equivalents. The 30/1.4 is an outstanding lens, and the 19/2.8, while slow, is also very good, especially for the price. But their powerhouse lens designs are their FF primes, and they've been making some really great glass in the past few years. All their macro lenses are phenomenal, especially the 150mm f/2.8, which is just blisteringly sharp and has beautiful bokeh. The 85/1.4 is touted by many to
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Looks very cool! I'll wait and see!

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!



Mar 11, 2013 at 02:00 AM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


Looking at the measurements on Photozone it seems like the Sigma 19/2.8 has fantastic central sharpness but the edges and corners leave a bit to be desired.


Mar 11, 2013 at 03:03 AM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


What exactly was changed in the new 19/2.8 and 30/2.8? The OP does not state it. Or have I gone blind?

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



Mar 11, 2013 at 01:51 PM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


Metal exterior, not much else.


Mar 11, 2013 at 03:32 PM
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igmolinav wrote:
Hi,

I don't know how old is the camera you are using. In the past two years
Nikon and Canon have brought good cameras that are equal to or more
sensitive than ISO 3200. I have a six years old Nikon D50 with
maximum ISO of 1600. I would consider the lens, only if the optics are
really fantastic!

Kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!


My Canon 7D has a maximum ISO of 12,800 but that does not mean I will shoot at 12,800 ISO. Firstly, the noise level in the images is very high at such ISO levels and secondly, the overall IQ takes a big hit at high ISO for crop sensor cameras. This is why I insist that $200 is very much worth for an f/1.4 lens vs f/2.8



Mar 11, 2013 at 03:55 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


Hmm, Sigma 30 1.4 or Nikon 28 1.8G?


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I know it is too soon to say for certain, but does anyone have an opinion on which is a better buy:

Canon 85 f/1.8 + Sigma 30 f/1.4

OR

Sigma 35 f/1.4??

I dont have a specific gap to fill with any focal length, just want to pick up a prime or two from above. Any advice appreciated.



Mar 12, 2013 at 07:58 AM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


This is for Canon crop?


Mar 12, 2013 at 08:13 AM
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carstenw wrote:
This is for Canon crop?


If you were directing that at me, then yes.



Mar 12, 2013 at 09:08 AM
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p.2 #14 · p.2 #14 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


deadwolfbones wrote:
Metal exterior, not much else.


Much ado about nothing.

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



Mar 12, 2013 at 09:30 AM
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Yes I was

I think a lens like the Sigma 35/1.4 doesn't make much sense on a crop camera, especially a 1.6x crop. So much of the effort of designing such a lens goes into making the corners behave well wide open, and you won't get any of that benefit. The size and the weight will be felt every time you use it. My vote would go for the first pair you mentioned, although given more free room to suggest, I might suggest looking at a tidy but used 5DII. I don't know what you photograph, but I think that this may well give a more satisfying total experience. Alternatively there are mirrorless systems like the Fuji X or NEX. At this time I don't see the attraction to the Canon crop system. Whatever the draw is, there is something better, with very few exceptions.



Mar 12, 2013 at 09:30 AM
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p.2 #16 · p.2 #16 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


very nice 30mm F1.4

A quality low light lens for APS-C

That looks like it was made for my 40D



Mar 12, 2013 at 02:19 PM
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p.2 #17 · p.2 #17 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


carstenw wrote:
Yes I was

I think a lens like the Sigma 35/1.4 doesn't make much sense on a crop camera, especially a 1.6x crop. So much of the effort of designing such a lens goes into making the corners behave well wide open, and you won't get any of that benefit. The size and the weight will be felt every time you use it. My vote would go for the first pair you mentioned, although given more free room to suggest, I might suggest looking at a tidy but used 5DII. I don't know what you photograph, but I think that
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Thanks for the advice! Don't have the ability to get a used 5DII at this time. Have to stick with crop for the time being. For what its worth, the 30-35mm range works well for me with portraits on the crop camera..



Mar 13, 2013 at 06:55 AM
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p.2 #18 · p.2 #18 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


I believe the Sigma 30/2.8 and the 19/2.8 can be had from BHPhotovideo for a total cost of $199; see here:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/913513-REG/sigma_19mm_f_2_8_ex_dn.html

Bargain of the century? I will be getting both. And do any of you see Roger Cialis's (of Lens Rental renown) review?

I can't find it right now (have written to LensRental for the link) but he really like the 30 which performed outstandingly, resolution-wise.

*Update*
And a lovely reply from LensRental this morning:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/04/nex-7-lens-imatest-resolution-comparison

Amazing results, truly. As I am planning to use the NEX 6 as the 'travel with me everywhere, including the car' body, these two lenses really look 'made in heaven' for it.

Edited on Mar 13, 2013 at 09:46 PM · View previous versions



Mar 13, 2013 at 07:56 AM
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p.2 #19 · p.2 #19 · Sigma 30mm f/2.8, 19mm f/2.8 and 30mm f/1.4


Kit Laughlin wrote:
I believe the Sigma 30/2.8 and the 19/2.8 can be had from BHPhotovideo for a total cost of $199; see here:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/913513-REG/sigma_19mm_f_2_8_ex_dn.html

Bargain of the century? I will be getting both. And do any of you see Roger Cialis's (of Lens Rental renown) review?

I can't find it right now (have written to LensRental for the link) but he really like the 30 which performed outstandingly, resolution-wise.


yeah, i got that deal and have been happy with both those lenses though i don't use them much due to my aversion to AF. definitely one of the highest optical performance per cost deals i've seen.



Mar 13, 2013 at 08:07 AM
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y2nicco wrote:
Thanks for the advice! Don't have the ability to get a used 5DII at this time. Have to stick with crop for the time being. For what its worth, the 30-35mm range works well for me with portraits on the crop camera..


Well, if you are planning to stay with crop, then my recommendation of the two lenses stands. However, if you think that you want to move to FF in the long run, then the Sigma 35 could make sense. It is a superior lens on FF.



Mar 13, 2013 at 08:20 AM
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