Sigma 30mm 1.4 Review [Sony E mount] – The Highest Rated APS-C lens EVER!

Sigma 30mm 1.4 Review [Sony E mount] – The Highest Rated APS-C lens EVER!

Seriously you guys ask me about this
lens so much I think you might have a problem
what is that people Dunna here and today we’re going to be talking about one of
the most asked about lenses for the sony e mount system yes of course I’m talking
about the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN okay so here’s the thing first I
made this video about my favorite lenses for the Sony aps-c system then I made a
video getting a little bit more specific about the Sigma 16mm F1.4 and since I put out that video I have been getting asked non-stop
which lens people should buy the 16mm or the 30mm and the
quick answer to that is I don’t know I just I love them both so much however I
thought the least that I could do would be to make a video for the 30mm
similar to the other video so that you could make up your mind for yourself so
here’s what we’re gonna go over in this video about the 30mm some of
the good things about this lens some of the not so good things about this lens
and maybe what you can do about them some of the key uses for this lens who
should buy this lens along the way I’m gonna answer your guys questions that
you asked me on instagram and of course because it wouldn’t be enough just to
talk about it I’m going to show you guys photos and videos using this lens so
that you can make up your mind for yourself let’s put this sucker to work Sigma 30mm 1.4 Review [Sony E mount] – The Highest Rated APS-C lens EVER! so first of all let’s talk about the 30
millimeter focal length 30 millimeters on a crop size sensor is going to be 45
millimeter equivalent if it was on a full-frame sensor
what that means is that this lens isn’t technically a wide lens and it’s
definitely not a telephoto lens it’s somewhere in that mid range a lot of
people say that a 50mm is kind of the way that we see the world so 45
is pretty close and for that reason this is one of my favorite lens us to take
photos of people and to do street photography because as you’re out
walking the street this is going to give you a very similar kind of view the way
that this focal length deals with compression is quite flattering and
natural like I said the way that we kind of see the world this is why I’ve
started shooting all my videos that I do at home at my desk with the 30
millimeter lens it’s flattering to my features and it makes you kind of feel
like you’re sitting there with me it’s also become one of my favorite lenses to
shoot b roll on for example sequence shot on sigma 30mm f1.4 on a6500 another great thing about this lens is
the build quality and the size of it so like its counterpart the 16
millimeter this is made of almost all metal there’s a little bit of plastic on
the front but it’s not a whole lot the focus ring has a rubber grip on it which
is really nice and it’s super smooth in previous versions of the firmware there
was a problem with the manual focusing but they seem to have fix that with a
firmware update so if you’re having trouble with this lens make sure you go
update the firmware it’s not a huge lens which is super nice especially if you’re
doing Street shooting with it it’s a little bit less conspicuous now of
course what would be a lens review if we didn’t talk about quality and sharpness
now when this first came out it was kind of a big deal because on it
was the top rated lens for Sony e-mount aps-c sized cameras it had the highest
overall score and I’m pretty sure the highest sharpness rating as well and in
my personal opinion the colors and the sharpness that this produces make this
one of my favorite lenses that I’ve ever used even with the aperture at F 1.4 to
get that nice creamy bokeh the sharpness is incredible from corner to corner now
unfortunately I don’t have any lenses in a similar focal range to do a full
comparison with like the sony 35mm so we’re just gonna have to
go off of what DxO mark says for now one place that I can compare this lens to
other similar lenses is in the price range this thing is $339 USD which equals about $447 Canadian if you’re from the great white north like me which is at least a
hundred dollars cheaper than any of the competitors in the same kind of category
so bang for buck this thing is incredible considering that it
outperforms them in sharpness and in the rating on DxO mark and it’s way cheaper now we have to talk about the incredible
f 1.4 aperture on this thing which is a step above everything else in this focal
range having that wide of an aperture makes this lens great at low-light and
it’s pretty incredible how sharp it still is all the way through the frame
at F 1.4 it’s got nine aperture blades and it has the most amazing looking
bokeh in the background of your shots giving you such great separation from
the foreground and from your subject that it makes every shot look pretty
amazing @imronbanks on Instagram asked if the autofocus is reliable and
steady and in short to answer that yes it’s definitely reliable and steady I’ve
really had no problems with the autofocus on this it focuses pretty much
as well as any of my sony lenses more than capable in any situation that I’ve
ever tried to put it through there have been a couple of cases where I’ve missed
focus in really low light situations but that will happen with pretty much any
lens asked if the manual focus has been fixed on this lens
this was a pretty widely known thing and when I first got this lens it was the
only con that I really had with it was that the manual focus was kind of weird
and in a firmware upgrade luckily they have fixed it now I have no problems
with it it’s still focus by wire as all these lenses are so if you’re not
into that just a warning but if you’re used to focus by wire it does a great
job the focus ring is nice and smooth and like I said it’s got that kind of
rubber grip on the outside so it’s nice to use now one of the things that’s
going to turn people off of this lens unlike its competitor the sony 35mm it doesn’t have optical steadyshot
in it so there is no stabilization in this lens so if you’re a shooter on the
a5000 a5100 a6000 or a6300 you want to be a little bit careful with
this when you’re shooting video especially because potentially you could
get those little bit of micro jitters in your hands the longer the focal length
the more you might see it so compared to the 16mm you’re going to see
those little hand shakes a little bit more on the 30mm now in my
video about the 16mm lens I gave a couple of potential ways that you
could get around that for example use a tripod put a strap around your neck and
pull it tight or if you don’t have a strap tuck your arms in and shoot that
way and then you won’t get as much shake in your footage now that being said if
you are a gimbal shooter or if you use a stabilizer this lens is going to pair
perfectly with your camera so even if you have a 6000 or 6300 or any camera
without in body stabilization this is going to pair nicely with those gimble’s
and stabilizers and get you really nice smooth footage especially with the small
size and light weight it’s not gonna hurt your gimbal motors at all here’s a
little bit of test footage to show you the difference between using this lens
on a camera with in-body stabilization versus using it on a camera without
in-body stabilization here’s a test of me walking with the 30mm F1.4 lens with in-body stabilization turned on on my sony a6500 here’s that same test of me walking
without the in-body stabilization turned on so this is the difference that you’ll
notice if you don’t have a camera with in-body stabilization now @iapplegeek
over on Instagram asked a very interesting question he said are you
ever in the situation where you have to swap lenses out because you can’t zoom
from personal experience yes absolutely if you’re on a 30mm lens
and you want something wider you’re gonna have to put a wider lens on that
being said if you’re shooting JPEGs or if you’re shooting video and you want to
zoom in you can actually use Sony’s clear image zoom and get a really great
quality shot I honestly don’t use this feature much because I shoot raw and it
also doesn’t work when you’re shooting in slow motion so generally I’ll just
move closer or I’ll swap it out for a zoom lens this is pretty much the same
predicament that you would run into if you’re using any prime lens versus any
zoom lens so now the final question is should you buy this lens is it worth it
who’s it for in my opinion this is a great all-around lens I love to use it
for portraits I love to use it for street photography I love to use it
for video work I love to get my b-roll sequences with it it’s a really
versatile lens if you’re a video shooter and you’re looking for a great mid-range
lens especially if you have a Sony a6500 with the in-body stabilization or
you run on a gimbal a lot of the time this is a fantastic lens the only time
that I would say you might want to consider the 35mm Sony over
this one is if you run a a6000 or a6300 and you’re worried about that shake
honestly I use it on my a6000 all the time and I never really have too much
problem I just keep that in mind and usually I’ll run it either on a tripod
or like I said on a gimbal so if you’re someone who shoots street photography or
portraits this is probably a great bet for you if you want to get that creamy
bokeh in the background and you’re trying to upgrade from the kit lens this
is probably for you but now let’s turn this over to you having seen the photos
in the video in this video what do you think of the Sigma 30mm F1.4 leave a comment below and let me know what you think are you gonna be
going to buy this lens soon or are you gonna go find something else
make sure to check out my video on the Sigma 16mm 1.4 as well if you
want to be friends click the little circle and you can subscribe to the
channel click the bell notifications so you don’t miss any of my videos if you
want to watch another video there’s one right there I think you’ll really like
it thanks so much for watching and I’ll see
you next time Sigma 30mm 1.4 Review [Sony E mount] – The Highest Rated APS-C lens EVER!

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100 Replies to “Sigma 30mm 1.4 Review [Sony E mount] – The Highest Rated APS-C lens EVER!”

  1. What is your favorite focal length to shoot at and why? 30mm has quickly become my favorite lately because it just looks so natural!

  2. First watched your 16mm video and was instantly sold and then found this video and I was sold again.. if you had to choose one what would you recommend? I have the 6500 and want to use it mainly as my travel lens for street, landscapes, and most importantly travel videos. I want the option to do portraits however I think I’ll be getting a 50mm to get a wide variety

  3. I have this Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN on a Olympus PEN camera Micro 4/3 and it's amazing. It gives the sharpest quality I've seen in a lens on this price range, great low-light quality also. The 1.4 aperture gives the most amazing bokeh! Go for it.

  4. Hello,

    I am very doubtful between this lens or sony 50mm 1.8. Could you help me? They are relatively the same price, but what attracts me to sigma is that it is 1.4.

  5. Yes of course I wanna be friends and yes it is definitely for me! It will be my upgrade from my kit lens. Thanks a lot, just what I was looking for.

  6. Hi!!
    This lens or sony 35mm for my a6000 ?, I will use it for landscapes and portraits. thank you very much, you have an excellent channel.

  7. I got the 16mm from sigma and used it on an event and i realized that after shifting back and forth with it and my sony 50mm, i need a mid range lens and i think you just helped me find one. Helpful video as always. Thanks.

  8. Have you ever try the Sony Zeiss 24mm f1.8? Does it worth to buy compared with this one? (Because it’s quite expensive)

  9. Is it really made for apsc? I don't see APSC written on amazon though ☹️
    Please answer I'm really confused 😭

  10. The reason I went with sigma 35mm, is because Sony 35mm is really ugly. I hate those pancake lenses.

  11. hi Mr Dunna , new guy here, if I may sir, I have a sony a7ii with a 50mm(1.8) sony lens, should i go for this lens?

  12. This is a 30 mm lens. That doesn't change with the sensor size. The field of view does, only. ~45 mm on APS-C. The distance-related distortion remains that of a 30 mm lens. If 45 mm looks natural to you, don't use this lens.

  13. does the distortion affects your video? Im planning to buy this lens as what you've said it's great as a native lens usually on AF, I just wanna know if the distortion on the lens is noticeable or not 🙂 and the purple fringing also, does it bothers you? or not heheh

  14. Hi!
    Great video.. quite helpful!
    is this lens good for wedding videography/photography aswell?
    I'm planning on buying a sony 6500.

  15. If we use clear image zoom on this lens ( which will make it 60mm ) will it have a similar type of image and compression compared to the sigma 56mm f1.4 ??

  16. Are Sigma lenses durable based on your experience? How long have you been using the 16 and 30mm?
    I was about to check them out of my cart but a question suddenly pops out of head: "Are they durable?"

  17. This answered all of my questions perfectly!! I have the sigma 16mm 1.4 and love it but I want something better for portraits. Adding this to my wish list!

  18. Im think that if you are thinking do videography always you will need a gimbal so… having or not internal stabilization on the body you never have a great quality smoother like if you recording with a gimbal… so for me that is not a problem! The quality and sharp image that this lens give you is amazing, no need a Sony lens with Oss for that! Thank you for the great review

  19. Great video. I have a question about sigma 30mm AF noise . I had a sigma 30mm for cano previously and I hated the noise it made. If record video using the internal mic for a6400, is the noise for af noticeable? And does it haunt a lot when auto focusing? Thanks

  20. Hi Dunna, when you take pictures, do you shoot them in raw to edit in lighroom? Can I take as jpeg and edit in lightroom as I only plan to edit the special ones and leave rest the way it is. Cheers

  21. Currently have the Sigma 16mm f1.4 and love it! Seriously considering adding this one to my kit … thanks for the video!

  22. I really like this lens because of the wider focal length and the price, but am worried about not having OSS. Don't shoot much video.

  23. Can i use the sigma16 mm 1.4 to shoot portraits and get professional quality ? Because I have money to buy only one Lens… and I want to use it for landscape photography as well… please help me … thanks…

  24. Recently bought a6400 with kit lens and tomorrow i am going to buy this super aperture beast… Thanks for best review of this lens out there

  25. Does the sigma16mm f1.4 have auto focus for a6000?also should I still go for the Rokinon 12mm f2.0 or is there any better alternative my a6000😮

  26. I want it. I take family portraits, mostly using my Sigma 56mm which is fantastic. But that lens is 84mm equivalent so is at the low end of a zoom range. To take shots of 8 to 10 individuals in a group I have to stand quite far away, sometimes I don't have room.

    I have the Sony 35mm f1.8 but I've just not been happy with the images from that lens. So I'd like the Sigma 30mm 1.4. I'll just have to figure out how to come up with the cash. Today it is offered for $288 on Amazon. Great price for such a good and versatile lens.

  27. Dunna I’m fan and follower/ subscriber, I have a request and I hope you would consider it. I have the sony rx100v and I use it for my family night out and street photography. It’s a really great camera but so complicated to work with.. I should say it has tooooo many options. I was considering something small compact and I came across some reviews of the Ricon GRii non that I can say wow awesome video. Would you consider using a Ricon GRii and doing a solid review on it, I looking for a review of your capacity to cover it all in a true and honest review. Maybe if you have something similar that you can compare it to beside the Sony rx100’s or a6000’s series cameras.

    Thank you way in advance

  28. Can't help but think your videos need more processing, not the videos in your video from the lens just your YouTube videos, looks like the contrast is off ?

  29. I kind of love and hate this lens it’s my most convenient prime and it’s sharp but the color fringing is sooo bad even when stopped down I take a lot of pictures in high contrast environments the lens flare is bad and ugly green too

  30. Hi sir can I rely this camera for Getting better image for a wedding or event? because Im canon 80d user . I keep searching wedding images shoot by but its seems video is more priority in this camera. Thanks

  31. Great vid, just a question, if it’s a 30mm aps-c lens on a crop sensor body doesn’t it mean that it’s focal length is actually 30mm? Like if it was a 30mm full frame lens on a crop sensor body wouldn’t that make it a 45mm focal length equivalent? Just wanna make sure which focal length I would actually be shooting with if I bought the lens, thanks!

  32. I will get the new Sony a6400 (with the 18-135mm lens kit). What would you suggest for an upgrade: Sigma 16mm or Sigma 30mm? I would like lenses for travel (architecture and street) and portraits. I thought of 16 mm because it is a focal length that the kit does not cover, but I believe it is not very suitable for portraits. Which do you suggest?

  33. I just have both of Sigma 30mm 1.4 and Sony 35mm 1.8. They are good, but I still prefer using Sony.

    However, the Sigma 16mm 1.4 is the best for the prime/wide lens.

  34. You're like the B-roll Peter McKinnon. And by that i mean: more informative, more direct, less gimmicky and less actor than your fellow canadian. Keep up with the good work! Cheers

  35. I already decided to get the a6000 as my entry into hobby photography. Now it's just a matter of this lens or the kit one? Would appreciate if you would share your thoughts with me. Also, I think I now have to binge watch your entire channel… so thanks, I guess!? 😀

  36. Dunna! I did this set up in low light and was wondering if you can give me your opinion? I posted 2 of the same videos on my profile but one looks like it has better color but not as sharp and the other looks brighter and sharper. I been watching for for hours and can't tell which one i should keep up. Wondering if I can get your feedback? I'd appreciate it much mannn

  37. I really enjoyed your video! I was wondering if I already have a Panasonic 25mm f1/7, should I add this lens to my collection? I really like the wide aperture (f1.4) I currently I have these lens: 14mm F2.5, 25mm F1.7 with Panasonic G9 body. Thank you so much for your time.

  38. Great Video thanks… I wonder do you have to place it far off the subject if you are on cropped sensor? 50mm on my Canon 70d needs so much space… I am thinking to go to the Sony route for my cam gear..

  39. this video answers my doubts as long as I hesitate to choose a 16mm Sigma lens or Sigma 30mm lens because my budget is more suitable for a 30mm Sigma but before that I was afraid that this lens was too zooming, this video holds my doubts, thank you


    Your video and this article share the exact same script. Hmm.

  41. i'm looking to purchase the a6400. I'd mainly focus on street photography and portrait. Should I start with the 16mm and 30mm combo or 16mm and 56mm? Thanks in advance!

  42. I’m really wanting to know what is it like for the aurora,would it be better for that than the 16mm or is there any other lenses out there for around £300- £400 that would be great
    I’m using a samyang 8mm 2.8 fisheye with a Sony A6000 just now please help

  43. First time here my dude, stellar content!

    I'm new to mobile filmmaking, looking into DOF adapters for smartphones in a video rig, which also have strong OIS. I'm learning things everyday about lenses and DSLR terminology that I need to know, so glad I found this channel. This lens looks likes an overall powerhouse for what I'm seeking. Thank you.

  44. i wish to upgrade from my kit lens , what do you suggest? 30mm or 16mm? i'm hoping to get a more general shooting lens as my 1st prime~

  45. Hey, love your work and all advice. Thx for everything. I got a question about the adaptor, do I need it for using any Sigma Lense on my A6400?

  46. I almost mistake you for Peter McKinnon…lol

    You both have similar face / looks for one sec

    Love your content, keep it up

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