Sigma 30mm f/1.4

Fuji X-E1 Sigma 30mm f/1.4


One of the advantages of new versions of gear being released is that often the previous version which was excellent in its own right suddenly gets sold off at a reduced price. This is certainly true of the Nikon 1 V1, which is currently very cheap, and arguably a better camera in terms of image quality than its successor, the V2. While I cannot comment on the new version of the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 since I haven't tried it out, I can certainly testify that the previous version, pictured above on a Nikon D7100, is a splendid lens.

I got a spam email / junk ad. from one of the companies I buy one from and in a 'summer clearance' sale this lens was significantly reduced in price so I decided to get it, as I've had a couple before and liked it very much. Since a Nikon fit would work on all my interchangeable lens cameras, I thought it would be very useful. I've included some images taken with it on both the D7100 and Fuji X-E1. 

Its quite a chunky lens and is realtively heavy, but I've always liked both the look and feel of it. As well as being a fast APS-C 'standard lens' its also very sharp when stopped down. I also tried it on my Nikon D800E where it works well with little vignetting using that cameras 1.2x crop mode and on my Nikon 1 V1, where for no obvious reason, it is the fastest focusing lens I've used on that camera. Its absolutely instant and with the Nikon > Nikon 1 adapter makes a cheaper alternative to the 32mm f/1.2. 

On the Fuji X-E1 its very sharp indeed and I'm looking forward to using it when the firmware update with focus peaking is released next week. More on the lens later, but in the meantime here's some images shot with it. 

 Fuji X-E1 Sigma 30mm f/1.4

 Nikon D7100 Sigma 30mm f/1.4

 Nikon D7100 Sigma 30mm f/1.4