Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art review

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art is a high-quality ‘standard prime’ for APS-C format DSLRs

Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art
(Image: © Sigma Imaging)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Designed as a ‘standard prime’ for APS-C format DSLRs, this Sigma delivers an entirely natural viewing perspective, along with a fast f/1.4 aperture that enables fast shutter speeds under low lighting conditions and a tight depth of field. Although the lens lacks any weather-seals, overall build quality is excellent and performance is very convincing, making it very good value at the price.


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    Very good image quality

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    Fast f/1.4 aperture

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    Impressive build and handling


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    Modest autofocus speed

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    No weather-seals

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The APS-C format Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art is available in four mount options to suit Canon, Nikon and Pentax DSLRs, as well as Sigma camera bodies. It gives an effective focal length of 45mm (48mm for Canon), thus giving a standard viewing angle similar to using a 50mm lens on a full-frame camera. The fast f/1.4 aperture rating makes the lens particularly versatile.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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