Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC A Review

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This standard lens for APS-C format cameras sports a fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and silent rear focusing with full time manual override. It is available to fit Canon, Nikon and Sigma cameras and costs around £260.
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Despite the naming similarity, there is a world of difference between Sigma's 35mm f/1.4 and its 30mm f/1.4 (reviewed here). Whereas the former is a full-frame lens, the latter is APS-C only; whereas the former has a petal-shape lens hood, the latter's is cylindrical; whereas the former offers stunning image quality in all respects, the latter is excellent only in parts.
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The beginning of the 21st century was an era of omnipresent APS-C/DX and APS-H formats; digital full frame wasn’t available even in the most advanced reflex cameras produced by Canon and Nikon. Small wonder photographers have signaled the need for a new standard lens, with a decently fast aperture, which would be optimized to cooperate with digital reflex cameras. In the case of smaller detectors the focal length of such a lens should amount to 30-35 mm, with f/1.4 aperture.
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