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02-02-2010, 04:52 PM   #1
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My new lens...Sigma 30mm F1.4

Just received my Sigma 30mm F1.4 prime this afternoon from UPS. I've taken a few test shots. So far I'm liking it. Test photos look sharp and the bokeh nice and smooth. This purchase was in anticipation of an Italy trip. I'm hoping this will be a good walk around lens. Without further ado...

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02-02-2010, 05:50 PM   #2
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I'm not shopping for a lens, just curious: How is the curvature of field of this lens? From what I've read, this lens seems to perform poorly in the borders/corners, but perhaps, it's due to field curvature.
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You've got nice even lighting in your house (That or you're a master at making flash setups that look like strong indoor lighting)
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Congratulations on the new lens! I think a number of us would be very interested in seeing more images done with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. I'm in the market and would really like to see what the lens can do in various situations and light levels. I suspect most of us would like to see what the dreaded "soft edges" are all about.

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The pix of your dog is excellent...impressive lens.
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I use the Sigma 30mm F1.4 as my go-to lens. It is my workhorse, next to my DA*55 F1.4, and a very good one at that.

I'm hoping they'll make an HSM version for Pentax soon.

Congrats on the lens
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They are at 1.4, right?

you've got something better than a brick wall to test you lenses there...
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Love this lens!

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Yeah, post more pics!
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Congrats,

it's my last purchased lens too. perfect for indoor shots.
Love it and it seems your copy is very very good. Loved the dog shot.
Cheers.
02-03-2010, 12:44 PM   #11
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The dog is awesome. So light and pleasant.

But i'm still very sceptical about the lens. Maybe they sent some sort of faulty batch to east Europe, but many users with various bodies are avoiding them like plague. And there is no place that will do a reasonable servicing.
Can your k100d drive it flawlessly? My k100d and k200d sounded overwhelmed.

Still in the wait for MkI or something similar priced from Pentax.
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QuoteOriginally posted by asdf Quote
I'm not shopping for a lens, just curious: How is the curvature of field of this lens? From what I've read, this lens seems to perform poorly in the borders/corners, but perhaps, it's due to field curvature.
QuoteOriginally posted by Biro Quote
Congratulations on the new lens! I think a number of us would be very interested in seeing more images done with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. I'm in the market and would really like to see what the lens can do in various situations and light levels. I suspect most of us would like to see what the dreaded "soft edges" are all about.
Honestly those were the only 2 test shots I took. After my trip I should have a better idea of how the lens performs at the edges. But like you said, alot of reviews say it is softer at the edges. I think it's an alright trade off for the price and F1.4.

QuoteOriginally posted by wallyb Quote
You've got nice even lighting in your house (That or you're a master at making flash setups that look like strong indoor lighting)
I wish I was a master! I played with Photoshop a tad to get the lighting to look good.
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They are at 1.4, right?

you've got something better than a brick wall to test you lenses there...
Wall shot is F3.2 and the dog shot is F4.0.

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Yeah, post more pics!
I intend to once I get back from my trip in March!

QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
The pix of your dog is excellent...impressive lens.
QuoteOriginally posted by apemen Quote
Congrats,

it's my last purchased lens too. perfect for indoor shots.
Love it and it seems your copy is very very good. Loved the dog shot.
Cheers.
QuoteOriginally posted by ytterbium Quote
The dog is awesome. So light and pleasant.
Thanks, dog photos are hard to screw up!
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