Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A review

For APS-C cameras, this lens is made to measure with its substantial build and excellent performance

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Digital Camera World Verdict

A great APS-C lens, especially for its price, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A is a well-constructed lens, though lacking in weather seals. Image quality isn’t quite as sharp as comparable lenses from other manufacturers, but the lens performs well enough that you won’t be disappointed in the images you create. With soft, pleasing bokeh in the defocused image areas, the lens reliably produces striking and great-looking images, and represents a solid investment for any APS-C user.


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    Great value

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    Produces beautiful bokeh

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    Small and lightweight


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    No weather seals

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The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A is part of Sigma’s premium Art range, and is specifically designed for APS-C format cameras, rather than full-frame models with larger sensors. The net result of this is that it’s small and lightweight compared with many rival f/1.4 lenses designed for full-frame. It’s almost exactly the same physical size as the Canon 35mm f/2 lens, but 100g heavier. Build quality feels substantial, like a scaled down Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens.

Like this larger Sigma sibling, the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM | A has a ring-type ultrasonic autofocus and a focus distance scale that’s mounted beneath a viewing panel. It does not, however, have any weather seals, so you’ll want to be careful when using it outdoors. The optical path includes a double aspheric element, with the aim of minimizing spherical aberration, astigmatism and coma. 

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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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