Sigma 30 arrived (quick Zeiss comparison)

Started May 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Sigma 30 arrived (quick Zeiss comparison)
In reply to sean lancaster, May 31, 2012

I had some cataloging to do so I thought I'd give the Sigma a go:

Not the greatest BOKEH here. Busy backgrounds don't seem to fare too well (at least not with shorter focal lengths IME - I'm somewhat of a BOKEH newbie).

I like this shot a lot better:

At this distance, DoF seems to be sufficient for my subjects, even at 2.8. Closer up, f/5.6 is a bit shallow:

but f/11 gets it all:

(The paperweight shots are cropped about 50% - the Sigma 30mm doesn't get very close.)

DMF was bugging me so I wound up favoring manual focus. My main gripe with that is how slow it seems to sweep across the range. But I'd rather have that than have it bee too "touchy".

The Sigma worked decent but for this kind of stuff I think my old Nikon 35 f/2 will remain my go-to. It seems to do better BOKEH, it definitely does shallower DoF, the manual focus is a lot more friendly and it gets in a lot closer.

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