Sigma 30mm 1.4 DC DN just announced!

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Jonathan F/2, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. heli-mech

    heli-mech Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2012
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Yep, Sigma sure has picked up their game over the years. Too bad its a native APC lens for size but thats to be expected at this stage. Pricing will be interesting.
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  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

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  3. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Whaaaat???!! Sigma, put out a 19mm or anything similar to that focal length and you've got my money no questions asked.

  4. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    More $339 pricing confirmation and pre-order at B&H: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Micro Four 302963

    Expected availability says "Mid March"

    I'm really excited for this new option, but then again my 25mm f1.8 is pretty much half the length and weight. Going to have to ponder.

    Edit: Got looking at the specs and the Sigma 30mm f1.4 has essentially the exact dimensions as the Panasonic 45-150mm. Both are 73mm long and similar in diameter. Here it is compared to the 25mm options: Compact Camera Meter
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  5. johnvanatta

    johnvanatta Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 5, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    It has occurred to me that we don't actually have a lot of 1.4 native lenses (!). Yay sigma!
  6. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    M43 Sigma DN Art lenses are physically smaller than their E mount counterparts due to the short flange distance of Sony. So while E mount shooters get wider lenses, M43 shooters at least get more manageable lenses! ;) 
  7. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    The flange depth difference is 1.2mm... :) 
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  8. Sniksekk

    Sniksekk Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Apr 7, 2015
    I think I'll buy it, cause I want Sigma to continue to make m43 lenses.
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  9. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Yeah, but the E mount is wider, so physically the lenses feel bigger. After trying Sigma DN Art lenses in both mounts I thought the M43 versions just handled better.
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  10. aphasiac

    aphasiac Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 18, 2015
    kinda want this lens, but 30mm (60mm equiv) is a weird focal length.

    How do people with the current Sigma ART 30mm f2.8 find it?
  11. Catch22nm

    Catch22nm Mu-43 Regular

    May 10, 2015
    Yeah, what kind of photography is best suited for a 60mm equiv? I assume portraiture?
  12. johnvanatta

    johnvanatta Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 5, 2014
    Oakland, CA
    I don't think its odd at all; it's actually a very natural AOV for me (35mm would probably be ideal). I use it all the time in street and nature shooting: a normal when you are paying attention to something in particular perhaps? Though for the record, the 45mm AOV has never really clicked for me and a lot of people like that.

    One of these days I may even write an ode to this poor neglected AOV :) 

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  13. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    It's not as weird as it sounds. Look back in the lens bins of history and you'll find nearly every brand has premium "long normal" primes at 55, 57 or 58mm for their 35mm film cams. Also, 35mm on Canon APS-C is 56mm equivalent and a lot of us used that.

    It's useful for anything you would use a 25mm on m4/3 for, but with a little bit tighter framing. It's definitely not into "classic" portrait prime territory, but I think 25mm is great for portraits so it should be good too.
  14. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I've been shooting with a FF 58mm lately and honestly I like it more than the 50mm FOV. It works nicely for environmental portraits and doesn't feel as tight as an 85/90mm lens. All the new fast aperture Sigma glass I've tried have all been incredibly sharp wide open and stopped down exhibits beautiful light point patterns. For $339, this lens should be awesome!
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  15. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    If you are into BG blur, this is a pretty good option. 50% more than the 25mm f1.8 for similar cost. This was for an approximation of a half body portrait.

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  16. memzinla

    memzinla Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 31, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Can't wait to see image samples!
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  17. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    I am totally interested, even though I have Pana/Leica 25mm f1.4. This would be a long normal for m4/3, great for portraits too. Please Sigma come out with 60mm f1.7!!!
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  18. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    I've go the 25/1.4, so I'm not interested in this lens, but I am excited about the very aggressive pricing. A 17/1.4 for under $500 would be very appealing.
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  19. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Legend

    Yes, indeed!

    That's about 25mm equivalent for Sony and 35mm for us.
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