Still looking for your next prime lens for Sony a6000, a6300, or a6500?
You can consider the Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN for Sony E-mount, the practical, bang for the buck and fast lens for Sony APS-C mirrorless camera.
Today, I finally bought my 2nd prime lens, the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN for Sony E-mount. Bought it for 1000 dhs (around 200$) which is a lot cheaper than the native lens counterpart of it, the Sony 35mm f1.8. The Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens is a flexible fixed focal length in my opinion that you can use for everyday usage. I choose the 30mm because I like to shoot on the streets and some portraits and it is also very sharp.
I decided to go with this lens over the Sony 35mm F1.8 because:
- Cheaper – means more budget for other things
- Faster – Better low light photos without raising too much ISO.
- Sharp – The sharpness is simply amazing
- Slightly wider (Still depends on your personal opinion.)
- Produces some nice bokehsssss.
The Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN lens can be a good choice especially for budget-conscious photographers but wants to achieve better video and photo quality. Of course, every lens has their own weaknesses especially when compared to its Sony native lenses, like the Sony 35mm F1.8. And these are the flaws I experience on the lens.
- Slower autofocus
- Slight noise when autofocusing
- The manual focus ring is very annoying, absolutely not usable for me. (Sigma already fixed this issue with the ver 0.2 firmware update)
- 2.5x Bigger and Heavier
- No OSS Stabilization (Optical Steady Shot)
I can compare it to the 35mm F1.8 because before I bought the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN lens, I tested the Sony 35mm f1.8 for some time, the Sony 35mm f1.8 was really better in terms of size, weight, and autofocus.
for the sample photos of Sigma 30mm F1.4 below. I used Sony a6000 camera.
Sigma 30mm f1.4 to f16 Test Photos (aperture priority mode):
Sigma 30mm f1.4 e-mount sample photos (straight out of camera shots):
The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Lens for Sony APSC E-Mount is the one of the best budget-friendly lens for those who are into photography or videography. It produces a very nice bokeh to isolate the subject from the background. Actually, I won’t mind the size of the lens. It’s not really a downside for me, in fact, it is easier to hold the camera with this lens. The autofocus time and noise are bearable, you won’t really hear that much of the focus noise. Auto focus is good but not as great as the Sony 35mm F1.8. Lens stabilization is also not a problem for some photographers and me as I shoot not lower than 1/160.
If you ask me if I recommend this to you, my answer is probably yes. I think this is a great addition to your lens collection for your Sony a6000, a6300, or a6500. It is a good walk around lens, especially for street photos, portraits, structures, cityscapes, and landscape(Although it is still a bit narrow for landscape).