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SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary APS-C Lens (2016)

NEX score 64%

Product Overview

SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary is a bright large-aperture standard lens for crop-sensor mirrorless cameras. A prime lens with a focal length of around 50mm and F1.4 brightness offers an angle of view very similar to human vision.
For optimal balance with light, compact camera bodies with a short flange back distance, SIGMA designed the new SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN lens to be extremely compact. This lens combines a compact design and comfortable operation while prioritizing outstanding image quality.
In addition to featuring an optimized layout and power distribution, the lens delivers an outstanding level of light to the edges of the image while minimizing transverse chromatic aberration. The final result is an extremely compact lens that delivers image quality that rivals that of our Art line lenses.
Like many SIGMA lenses, the 30mm F1.4 DC DN is available for the Mount Conversion Service.

Product Gallery

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Compact and light
  • Fast autofocus
  • Wide angle of view
  • Fast and silent
Cons
  • Difficult to upgrade firmware to V3
  • Distorsion is visible in video

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 64% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness with f1.4 focal ratio
  • Excellent build quality
  • Competitive price
  • Compact design
  • Large aperture that allow nice depth of field effect and has an equivalent focal length of 45mm on full frame
  • Bright aperture
Cons
  • Bulky and unbalanced when mounted to SLR bodies
  • No optical image stabilization
  • Bulky build quality
  • Plastic hood feels a little cheap
  • Can’t correct distorsion in video mode
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
E-mount
EF-M
L-mount
MFT

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades, Rounded blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Normal Prime Lens
Image Size
APS-C
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
9 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
7 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 aspherical and 1 double-sided aspherical groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
52 mm / 2.05 in
Size | Diameter
65 mm / 2.56 in
E-mountSize | Length
73.3 mm
EF-MSize | Length
73.3 mm
L-mountSize | Length
71.3 mm
MFTSize | Length
72.1 mm
E-mountWeight
265 g
EF-MWeight
270 g
L-mountWeight
280 g
MFTWeight
260 g

Function

E-mountAngle Of View
50.7°
EF-MAngle Of View
48.2°
L-mountAngle Of View
50.7°
MFTAngle Of View
39.6°
Aperture
f/1.4 ~ f/16
Focal Length
30 mm
E-mountFocal Length (35mm Equivalent)
45.0 mm
EF-MFocal Length (35mm Equivalent)
50.0 mm
L-mountFocal Length (35mm Equivalent)
45.0 mm
MFTFocal Length (35mm Equivalent)
60.0 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.14x
Min Focus Distance
300 mm / 11.81 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: LH586-01, supplied
E-mountDebut
2016-02-23
EF-MDebut
2019-10-04
L-mountDebut
2020-06-18
MFTDebut
2016-02-23
Made In
Japan

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 62%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary has a large aperture that allow nice depth of field effect and has an equivalent focal length of 45mm on full frame. The lens is of a reasonable size and very light and will be ideal for street photography. For max AF performance in video you will need to upgrade firmware to V3 (below video was with V1 and AF performance did improve significantly with V3)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Large aperture that allow nice depth of field effect and has an equivalent focal length of 45mm on full frame
  • Firmware upgrade to V3 to improve the AF especially in video
  • Wide angle of view
  • Compatible with Sony A6000
Cons
  • Can’t correct distorsion in video mode

cameralabs[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN is a standard lens for mirrorless cameras with 'cropped' sensors. It is available in the Sony E and Canon EF-M mounts, as well as for the smaller Micro Four Thirds format. It delivers crisp results across the frame, with smooth and quiet focusing. The only real downside is a lack of optical stabilisation.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness with f1.4 focal ratio
  • Compact design
Cons
  • No optical stabilisation

dpreview[3]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DN DC Contemporary was announced in February 2016. It sits atop Sigma's line of DN mirrorless lenses, with a two-stop advantage over their previous 30 mm F2.8 offering. It's currently the only APS-C F 1.4 autofocus lens currently available for the Sony E-mount.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • F1.4 and 45mm equivalent field of view
  • Bright aperture
Cons
  • No optical image stabilization
  • Bulky build quality

dpreview[4]

Sentiment Score 55%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DN DC Contemporary was announced February 2016, and sits atop Sigma's line of DN mirrorless lenses. As a Micro Four Thirds lens, it is one of only several current autofocus F 1.4 prime lenses available. Its closest competitor is the Panasonic Leica Summilux DG 25mm F2.8. Build quality of the lens itself is on par with the Pana-Leica, with both having smooth, sturdy focus rings.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Competitive price
Cons
  • Bulky and unbalanced when mounted to SLR bodies
  • Plastic hood feels a little cheap

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2018/06/18/sigma-30mm-f1-4-dc-dn-contemporary-aps-c/. 2018-06-18. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
2. ^ Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sigma-30mm-f1-4-dc-dn-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
3. ^ Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary for Sony E-mount lens review. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sigma-30mm-f-1-4-dc-dn-contemporary-lens-review. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
4. ^ Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Micro Four Thirds Lens Review. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sigma-30mm-f1-4-dc-dn-contemporary-micro-four-thirds-lens-review. 2016-10-11. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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