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Sigma Announces 30mm F1.4 Art for Pentax

The latest premium standard lens for APS-C cameras · 02-10-2014 · By PF Staff in Pentax-Related News
Sigma Announces 30mm F1.4 Art for Pentax

Sigma Japan has just announced the imminent launch of its 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art lens for the Pentax and Sony mounts.  This lens was released last year for Sigma, Canon, and Nikon cameras.  It is the successor to the now-discontinued Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM, one of the most popular Sigma primes previously available for Pentax. 

This lens is designed exclusively for APS-C cameras, and as such it is rather compact, measuring 2.5" long (63mm, w/o hood) and weighing in at about a pound (435g).  With a focal length of 30mm, it offers a "normal" field of view, delivers roughly the same magnification as what your eyes see.  This makes it an excellent everyday prime lens, like 50mm lenses were in the film days.  Its maximum aperture of F1.4 lets you go all out with the bokeh and means it will be a great choice for low-light photography.

As part of the Sigma Global Vision series of lenses, this new 30mm features a redesigned barrel, new optical design, rounded aperture blades, and the latest lens technologies such as HSM (silent autofocus) support for all mounts, including Pentax.  The old version of this lens did not support silent autofocus on Pentax cameras despite the "HSM" designation in its name.

According to Sigma Japan's press release, this lens will officially be released on February 26th, 2014.  We do not yet have an ETA for the US, though we are fairly confident that this lens will be priced at $499 like for other mounts.

For the full specifications of the new Sigma 30mm Art, visit its entry in our third-party lens database.  This is a very exciting lens and we will be sure to review it once it is released.  This article will be updated if we receive a confirmed ETA or pre-order link.

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Doundounba [Delete] Feb 24th, 2014 5:31PM

Still no confirmed date for North American availability?

Ray Pulley [Delete] Feb 16th, 2014 10:16AM

Pentax is doomed!

Isn't it a fact that 3rd party lens makers no longer support Pentax and therefore Pentax is doomed?

I look forward to tests of this lens as I would love to have the approximate equivalent of the old fast 50 to leave on my camera that is more compact than the wonderful 31 ltd I own.

dmytty [Delete] Feb 15th, 2014 12:15AM

It should tell Pentax something that the most exciting news out of a major trade show is the release of a 3rd party lens. At $500, it's even affordable.

Sigma has awesome glass and a really nice Foveon sensor. Are they just 1 good DSLR body away from being the new sheriff in town?

nrrfed [Delete] Feb 12th, 2014 4:26PM

If this is at good as the 35 1.4 Sigma is making right now they'll have a real hit on their hands.

I love my 31LTD, but this is tempting.

mrNewt [Delete] Feb 12th, 2014 7:21AM

Nice :)!

klaus123 [Delete] Feb 12th, 2014 5:49AM

Owning the old one for me it's no reason to switch

Nacho_tyr [Delete] Feb 12th, 2014 1:40AM

@paul the sunman, the 18-35 1.8 is superb even better of most prime

Canmannac [Delete] Feb 11th, 2014 6:09AM

This should be an interesting piece of glass. I really wonder how it will stack up against the old model and against the might Fa 31. I will wait a bit to see the results but very excited at the news of its release.

i_trax [Delete] Feb 11th, 2014 12:09AM

both 30mm are DC so no FF, old one 8 blades, new 9 rounded,
old 7 elements/7 groups , new 9 elements( 1x aspherical) /8 groups,
new can focus 10cm closer (30cm) than old one ,
new 5 g heavier (435g) than old one

Paul the Sunman [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 11:59PM

Sigma 35mm f1.4 is very fast, FF, superb optics, and BIG; Sigma 30mm f1.4 is very fast, APS-C, good but not great optics (see the lenstip review of the canon model), and acceptably compact; Sigma 18-35 f1.8 is fast (especially for a zoom), APS-C, superb optics (again for a zoom), and big. Tough choice! I agree with richardwong: a comparison with the 18-35 would be useful. I suspect the zoom will win hands down.

SyncGuy [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 11:54PM


richardwong [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 10:39PM

Nice how do you choose between this and possibly waiting for the Sigma 18-35mm art lens supposedly? hmmm

ajaya [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 8:13PM

superb news ! I wish the price comes down to 400$ soon :)

shiner [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 7:58PM

Oh crap. There goes $500.

LachyC [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 7:28PM

Renko, I don't believe the old one is full frame.

ArkanFoto [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 7:22PM

It will interesting to see how it performs compared to FA 31.

waterfall [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 7:21PM

Nice. But I prefer my 35mm DA Ltd Macro, because it weighs a fraction of the Sigma. I,do have the Sigma 50 and love it's clarity and 1.4 capability. Price we pay for speed is size and weight. Basic physical laws of optics, I guess.

EarlVonTapia [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 6:19PM

Nice! I will be getting this!

Adam [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 6:11PM

This is an entirely new optical design compared to the old lens.

wed7 [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 5:55PM

Thanks to Sigma and to Ricoh/Pentax too for making this lens possible to our cameras. The price range is somewhat close to FA 35/2. Hmmm.:D

unkipunki [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 4:46PM

Seems pretty close to the Sigma ART 35mm 1.4 in terms of focal length. But it is significantly more compact. If it can match the performance in this smaller form factor it will doubtlessly be a must have lens of the future. The 35mm is spectacularly good in terms of image quality, but the size is a drawback for some.

renko [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 4:36PM

The old one is a full frame lens?

LFLee [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 4:26PM

let see the 18-35 first! :)
and... how about the 50 1.4?

clostoyo [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 4:25PM

This will be a must have! Can't wait for this beast to come out.

aaalegre [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 4:16PM

What the difference between the old one and the new one?? They seem the same to me except for the noise
Of the motor ..

LachyC [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 4:02PM

Seriously? I literally JUST bought the old one!

Wired [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 2:48PM

nice addition. will be a great lens... hopefully the 18-35 f1.8 comes out first!

seventysixersfan [Delete] Feb 10th, 2014 2:30PM

Yippee!! Been waiting for this for the past year... I bet Sigma will sell a lot of these lenses, really fills a need in the Pentax lineup (for those of us who don't want to splurge on the FA 31 that is...)