Is the Sigma 30mm F2.8 the best lens for NEX? Your thoughts

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Is the Sigma 30mm F2.8 the best lens for NEX? Your thoughts
May 11, 2012

The Sigma 30mm F2.8 lens is getting very high remarks from many reviews. What are your thoughts?

More info at http://www.cscrumors.com/2012/05/11/the-best-e-mount-lens-for-the-sony-alpha-nex-7-compact-system-camera-is-probably-the-sigma-30mm-f2-8-lens/

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kaloksi wrote:

The Sigma 30mm F2.8 lens is getting very high remarks from many reviews. What are your thoughts?

More info at http://www.cscrumors.com/2012/05/11/the-best-e-mount-lens-for-the-sony-alpha-nex-7-compact-system-camera-is-probably-the-sigma-30mm-f2-8-lens/

Do u have that lens. I can tell u it is a very fine performer for stills. Since I don't shoot video I could not tell u in that regard.

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wll wrote:

kaloksi wrote:

The Sigma 30mm F2.8 lens is getting very high remarks from many reviews. What are your thoughts?

More info at http://www.cscrumors.com/2012/05/11/the-best-e-mount-lens-for-the-sony-alpha-nex-7-compact-system-camera-is-probably-the-sigma-30mm-f2-8-lens/

Do u have that lens. I can tell u it is a very fine performer for stills. Since I don't shoot video I could not tell u in that regard.

wwll

Well, the fact that it doesn't have built-in image stabilization and is quite noisy/rattly, I'd say it'd be pretty poor for video...

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In reply to kaloksi, May 11, 2012

First: I don't own the lens, but test shows it is a good performer for a low price.
Is it the best? Well it all depend on what you need or want.

If you want a lens that has OSS then it is not as good as say the 50mm 1.8 OSS
If you want a wid apperture prime, the 24mm CZ or the 50mm 1.8 might be better
If you want a zoom lens it is outclassed by all the zooms.

When you want a lens with a minimum on distortion or CA then there are other lenses.

But yes it is a very good lens.

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No, I don't have one though I am considering getting one for my Olympus EP2. The good thing of the Sigma is that it is available for several mounts.

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It's the best 30/2.8 available for NEX

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haha good answer

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Please see the sharpness from this lens , hand held , jpg , no sharpening added .

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Brilliant answer Dennis!!!

It's a great lens, in fact, for the price, it's fantastic!

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I really like the last one.

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I have the sigma and I love it - as sharp as any lens I have ever owned and I love the size. I highly recommend it.

here is a quick test shot i took

and here is a crop - - notice the finger prints

kaloksi wrote:

The Sigma 30mm F2.8 lens is getting very high remarks from many reviews. What are your thoughts?

More info at http://www.cscrumors.com/2012/05/11/the-best-e-mount-lens-for-the-sony-alpha-nex-7-compact-system-camera-is-probably-the-sigma-30mm-f2-8-lens/

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that looks sharp indeed

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and it was shot wide open at f/2.8

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that looks sharp indeed

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Sharp indeed. I need to get outside and test mine, now that it's sunny here.

Oh, and you need to clean your fingernails...

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MBRuss wrote:

wll wrote:

kaloksi wrote:

The Sigma 30mm F2.8 lens is getting very high remarks from many reviews. What are your thoughts?

More info at http://www.cscrumors.com/2012/05/11/the-best-e-mount-lens-for-the-sony-alpha-nex-7-compact-system-camera-is-probably-the-sigma-30mm-f2-8-lens/

Do u have that lens. I can tell u it is a very fine performer for stills. Since I don't shoot video I could not tell u in that regard.

wwll

Well, the fact that it doesn't have built-in image stabilization and is quite noisy/rattly, I'd say it'd be pretty poor for video...

Mine doesn't "rattle", and being only 30mm it's fairly easy to keep the shutter speed at a 1/60 or faster, negating the need for image stabilization. Plus it is a very sharp lens. It's build quality is at par with other lens of that price. If someone comes out with a high quality build lens with the IQ of the Sigma then I will say there is a better lens. Compared to other lens designed for the e mount, the Sigma shines.
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Geeez, what the heck do you want for $199? Dancing girls too?

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I can find dancing girls for half that!

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MBRuss wrote:

wll wrote:

kaloksi wrote:

The Sigma 30mm F2.8 lens is getting very high remarks from many reviews. What are your thoughts?

More info at http://www.cscrumors.com/2012/05/11/the-best-e-mount-lens-for-the-sony-alpha-nex-7-compact-system-camera-is-probably-the-sigma-30mm-f2-8-lens/

Do u have that lens. I can tell u it is a very fine performer for stills. Since I don't shoot video I could not tell u in that regard.

wwll

Well, the fact that it doesn't have built-in image stabilization and is quite noisy/rattly, I'd say it'd be pretty poor for video...

Mine doesn't "rattle", and being only 30mm it's fairly easy to keep the shutter speed at a 1/60 or faster, negating the need for image stabilization. Plus it is a very sharp lens. It's build quality is at par with other lens of that price. If someone comes out with a high quality build lens with the IQ of the Sigma then I will say there is a better lens. Compared to other lens designed for the e mount, the Sigma shines.
Ed

Geeez, what the heck do you want for $199? Dancing girls too?

I was quite clearly talking about video, not stills - as such, the OSS is far more important in this regard than when shooting stills.

If yours doesn't rattle, then you're the only one. From what I've read on here, it's a "feature" of every Sigma 30mm, except yours of course.

Take the lens off the camera, and tilt it back and forth, whilst looking into the rear of the lens - see if you notice the lens elements moving.

Anyway, I don't see where I said that it was a poor lens, that it wasn't good value, or that it wasn't sharp?? All I said is that it'd make a poor video lens because it has no stabilization and it makes noise (which yours apparently doesn't do).

As it is, I actually think it's good value and I like the lens for all its plus points. I was aware of the rattle and lack of OSS before buying it, so I'm not disappointed with my new purchase.

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In reply to MBRuss, May 11, 2012

the rattling isnt an issue - it goes away when the camera is on. Sure OSS is nice with video, but I have tried the Sigma and at least mine works just fine and makes no noise that the camera records

would it by my first choice for video - no, but I dont shoot video much and in a pinch it will do

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edwardaneal wrote:

the rattling isnt an issue

Right. No problem with my Sigma 30mm. Nice lens, btw.

I've had Nikon lens plastic lens that rattled. No big deal.

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When you want a lens with a minimum on distortion or CA then there are other lenses.

So, which E-mount lens has less distortion and CA? And how did you come to this conclusion?

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