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Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Sep 1, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: $300.00

 
Pros: center sharpness, fast aperture, fast and quiet AF, very solid build, excellent handling, great warranty/service, price, good bokeh.
Cons:
edge sharpness, mild CA, not the smoothest focusing ring, some sample variation, hood mounting not the most secure, finish wears off a little bit (just this sample, my other one was fine)

This is my second copy of this lens. My first one was for Canon mount and you can read the review below. This one was for Nikon mount. I picked it up secondhand here on FM. So far, I like the handling of this one better than the Canon mount version (they're a bit different).

This copy exhibited some slight front focusing issues with close subjects. Also, the aperture blades formed an asymmetrical shape when stopped down past f/8. I took it on vacation to New York City and neither issue showed up in my images at all, whatsoever. I sent it in to Sigma for service upon my return anyway and in six business days it was returned to me repaired free of charge. Sigma service ROCKS. The lens is now better than ever, and is at least as good as my Canon mount version was.

The Sigma 30 performs exceptionally on my D2H and D50. In fact, on the D50, handling is pretty much ideal with this lens, very well balanced.

My only gripes are that the lens hood mounts a little looser than I'd like and so when I go to mount it on my Nikons it has a tendency to come loose. This is not a problem with Canon mount versions as they mount in a different direction. This copy also has a bit of wear to the finish on the bottom side but that doesn't affect anything. The focusing ring could also be a bit smoother to focus. Would I recommend this to Nikon users? Absolutely. If you need more edge sharpness, though, look to the excellent 35 f/2 because this one is built almost exclusively for speed.


 
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Jun 16, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $429.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Incredible center resolution, superb handling, very fast focusing
Cons:
Field curvature, some edge softness, purple fringing.

After worrying about this lens from all the people complaining about quality control issues with it, I decided to buy a copy from B&H (which was then local to me, so I could exchange it if it was unsatisfactory). The very first copy I looked at was optically perfect. Easily better than one sample of the Canon 35 1.4L I owned and about as good as another (better in terms of CA, center sharpness).
A superb lens. Arguably the most useful walkaround prime on a crop, and a fantastic lens for street/indoor photography.

I fully intend to purchase another one now that I've switched to Nikon mount.


 
Domke F-3X

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Review Date: Aug 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $85.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Awesome materials and construction. Rubber-stitched strap is exemplary. Curves against body very nicely. Extremely versatile, can carry gear in myriad configurations. Tons of accessory storage.
Cons:
Internal dividers not moveable

I bought this bag about 5 months ago and use it extremely heavily. It's a fantastic bag for carrying a single large body and a few lenses (along with a TON of accessories).
Not only is it probably the most versatile small bag i've owned, but it's saved my gear from sudden downpours too. It's a bag that really does give you what you paid for and then some.
A superior product. Highly recommended!