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just ordered the Sigma 30/2.8

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by flipmack, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    The few reviews online looked favorable and unlike most people, I like the effective 60mm FOV. My favorite lens for 4/3 (when I had the a full kit) was my ZD 35/3.5 macro. I'll still use this with the DMW-MA1. However, I was looking for a 'faster' native lens for m4/3.

    I had very few options for this focal length. Actually, I had none.

    The Panasonic 20/1.7 is just a bit wide...the Panasonic 14/2.5 and the Oly 17/2.8 would be even wider still. I couldn't afford the 25/1.4. I could have purchased and adapted the ZD 25/2.8 pancake, but the Sigma 30/2.8 is ideal for me.

    Anyway, I had a gift certificate to B&H, so I bit the bullet and just ordered it. It should arrive on Friday. I'll post pictures and a impressions when I get it.
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  2. S38

    S38 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    you won't be disappointed! this is one cracking lens!!i've had mine for about two weeks and i love it!
  3. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    I'm looking forward to it. As great as the 14-42mk2 is, I'd much rather have a prime lens.
  4. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Enjoy! Would be interested to know how the AF is, and whether it is as fast and silent as, say the 45/1.8 or 14-42 kit.

  5. Gerald

    Gerald Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 20, 2011
    I tried it in a store the other day and the AF is superfast. I'll probably get mine soon too.
  6. NickLeon

    NickLeon Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    Somerset UK
    I'm interested in getting one of these so may I ask which body you are using?
  7. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    The lens arrived today and it's wonderful. The 60mm FOV is great (for me) and the lens is quite sharp. Bokeh is nice too.

    The lens focuses fast - I'd say faster than the 14-42mk2 lens. Focusing is silent but the aperture does stop down automatically but maintains the aperture you set it to when you take the picture.

    The aperture stopping down is an issue when taking video. It's quite annoying because it's audible in the final video, but it doesn't matter since I like to have zoom for videos anyway.

    For some reason, camera startup with the lens attached takes just a bit longer. I'm assuming that's due to the lens focusing design. I don't know. Not an issue.

    All in all, I'm glad I got the lens. I think the Panasonic 20/1.7 would have been a bit too wide for me. I can't wait to take it out and use it for real shots - not just test shots.

    Some examples:

    <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v310/flipmack/Sigma30-28/?action=view&amp;current=20120406-102Medium.jpg" target="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/flipmack/Sigma30-28/20120406-102Medium.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v310/flipmack/Sigma30-28/?action=view&amp;current=20120406-116Medium.jpg" target="_blank">[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/flipmack/Sigma30-28/20120406-116Medium.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v310/flipmack/Sigma30-28/?action=view&amp;current=20120406-112Medium.jpg" target="_blank">[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/flipmack/Sigma30-28/20120406-112Medium.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    However, just for comparison, Here is a shot using my ZD35/3.5 attached to my EPL1 using the DMW-MA1:

    <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v310/flipmack/Sigma30-28/?action=view&amp;current=20120403-032Medium.jpg" target="_blank">[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v310/flipmack/Sigma30-28/20120403-032Medium.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    I compare the Sigma 30/2.8 with my ZD35/3.5 macro because the ZD35/3.5 macro is still my favorite lens - it's super sharp and does 1:1 macro. I'll definitely always have it in my bag.

    If anyone has any questions regarding the Sigma 30/2.8 or the ZD 35/3.5 macro, feel free to ask away.
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  8. Qwerty

    Qwerty Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 15, 2012
    Nice examples of what this lens can do.
    Say hi to your green cheek conure from me, I hear they have a great personality.
  9. Gerald

    Gerald Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 20, 2011
    Hi nickleon, I used it on a G2.
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  10. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    haha. that's my wife's conure. He does have a great personality around her, but he *hates* me. I think he has emotionally attached himself to her and is jealous of my presence, so whenever I pass, he tries to get a bite out of me.

    we've had the bird for 12 years now...and will expect him around for decades more.
  11. tomascivinod

    tomascivinod New to Mu-43

    Apr 8, 2012
    Sydney Australia
    I for one am really impressed with what sigma is doing.
    I bought into the micro 4/3 system basically because it was substantially cheaper than other mirrorless and mirrored. I can *almost* afford a $200 lens and I think that is a sweet spot for a casual user. All the power to them...
  12. Geoff3DMN

    Geoff3DMN Mu-43 Veteran

    Based on your thread I've just ordered one of these lenses from Digital Rev (ebay seller).

    I've got a 45mm and a 14mm and I wanted a lens somewhere in-between. The 25mm was out of my budget and the 20mm is a little closer to my 14mm than I wanted.

    Thanks for the sample photos :) 
  13. ryansinibaldi

    ryansinibaldi Mu-43 Regular

    Mar 9, 2012
    Wow, I think I may order this one. How do you like the 30mm focal length? Grrr, now time to figure out if I want the 19mm or 30mm.
  14. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    I'm glad that people are buying this lens; maybe Sigma will see the demand and produce some lenses properly for the system instead of ripping off whatever random lens design they have lying around for their cameras no one uses :tongue:
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  15. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    I really like the focal length. I used to own the Sigma 30/1.4 when I had a 4/3 camera and it was nice - except for the dismally shallow DoF. As nice as the light-gathering ability was, I ended up stopping down to f/2.0 or f/2.8 to get enough of my subject in focus. I don't know about you, I want a face in focus, not just the iris of an eyeball.

    It fits quite nicely between 25mm (50mm FOV) and 35mm (70mm FOV).

    For me, it's a very easy focal length to work with. YMMV.
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  16. griswoldo

    griswoldo Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 27, 2011
    Thanks for the info and the great sample photos! Do you know though of any portrait samples using the 30mm? While not a "true" portrait lens, I'm hoping it has decent subject isolation capability. If it's good enough, then I just may go for this over the oly 45/1.8 since the wider focal length of the sigma would make for a better indoor/outdoor lens.
  17. flipmack

    flipmack Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 23, 2012
    irvine, CA
    Subject isolation is ok, but it's no portrait lens. You can get fairly decent isolation if you get close to the subject though....
  18. griswoldo

    griswoldo Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 27, 2011
    Yeah, that's kind of what I figured. I guess I'll just keep my eye open to see if anyone posts such a photo. When I see one I'll know if it's good enough for what I'm looking to do. Then again, with this lens as cheap as it is getting the oly plus the sigma 30mm isn't really that much of a stretch. Thanks!
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