Sigma 30mm 2.8 - Impressions?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Stephen Geis, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Stephen Geis

    Stephen Geis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 13, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    Have an opportunity to purchase the original version of this lens (not the second version) for under $100.

    Impressions? Is it worth it?

  2. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 18, 2012
    Ciaran Reilly
    I really like mine, it's become my always-on lens for day-to-day stuff and photographing "things". I also find it quite useful for people shots. The focal length is odd, and takes some getting used to. I find it too long for street shooting, for instance. Some shots I took with it are here:

    I find the out of focus rendering very pleasing indeed. It's biggish, but not too big, and feels very well built, once you don't mind the rattling of the focus mechanism.

    I think at less than $100 it would be very good value, especially if you prefer the look and feel of the old one to the new one (I do), and think you would make use of the focal length.
  3. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    CiaranCReilly is spot on.

    The "rattlesnaking" sound is a bit off-putting but the results from one of these 'low cost wonders' makes the annoyance worth it (IMHO).

    Of course it's only a bargain if the 30mm focal length is one you'll use :wink:.

    Mine is not my 'most frequently used' lenses but is nevertheless a valued member of my kit.



  4. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    I have the old version and it is a steal at $100. Even at retail it is a good value.
    It isn't a focal length I use that often but it is nice to have.
  5. jziegler

    jziegler Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 15, 2012
    Salem County, New Jersey
    I have the original version, and it is my most used lens. I use it all the time for photos of my almost 1 year old son. Looking at my Lightroom catalog, it appears that about half of my m43 shots are with this lens (looks like I need to vary things a little more...) For under $100, go for it. If you don't like it, you'll be able to sell it for what you paid, and only be out shipping.
  6. Droogie

    Droogie Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2013
    Washington State
    Love the old versions . . . bought it with the 19 as a combo deal for $199. They come with fabulous little cases, the 19 has a hood. Tack sharp . . . great buy (new versions seem to have changed only cosmetically) even at the new retail.
  7. sLorenzi

    sLorenzi Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 15, 2010
    I have the old version. Color rendering is lovely. I'm just taking and the Pana 14mm with now nowadays.
  8. PaulGiz

    PaulGiz Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 3, 2013
    Rhode Island, USA
    I've got the new one, but this is exactly my rig -- Panny 14 2.5 + Sigma 30 2.8 -- and I'm very satisfied.

  9. Gerald

    Gerald Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 20, 2011
    I have the old one and very happy with it. It is sharp at 2.8 and I use it mostly to take photos of people. It is also great to have on the camera and to ask other people to take a photo of yourself (and company). These almost always turn out nice due to the focal length. It is on the camera most of the time, great allrounder.
  10. suntoryjim

    suntoryjim Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 6, 2013
    The sigma 30 is my food lens of choice. It has a reasonable minimum focus distance (about 11 inches compared to over 20 inches for the Oly 45), the focal length fits a plate of food just perfectly within the frame, and is sharp...sometimes a little too sharp.
  11. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    Here's a shot I took today with a GF3 and the older Sigma 30mm:

    <a href="[email protected]/9144490887/" title="Pink flowers by aggray, on Flickr"> 9144490887_d693bb0c9c.jpg "500" height="375" alt="Pink flowers"></a>
  12. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 22, 2013
    Another flower. I didn't do anything apart from opening in LR and converting to JPG. It was overcast when I took the picture.

    <a href="[email protected]/9144575043/" title="Yellow Flowers by aggray, on Flickr"> 9144575043_dcd94331d1.jpg "500" height="375" alt="Yellow Flowers"></a>
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