Quick Review of Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN for Sony with Sample Photos

Still looking for your next prime lens for Sony a6000, a6300, or a6500?

Maybe you can consider this Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN for Sony e-mount, the best Bang for the buck fast lens for Sony APSC cameras.

Today, I finally bought my 2nd prime lens, the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN for Sony E-mount. Got it for 1000 dhs (around 200$). The lens is a flexible fixed focal length that I can use for everyday usage . I choose the 30mm because I like to shoot on the streets and some portraits. I decided to go with this lens over the Sony 35mm F1.8 because:

  1. Cheaper, more budget friendly
  2. Faster, can shoot good quality photos in low light situations without too much noise.
  3. Sharp – captures higher quality photos
  4. Slightly wider (Still depends on your personal preference.)
  5. 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 when compared to the Sony native lenses, especially the Sony 35mm F1.8. And these are the flaws I experience on the lens.

  1. Slower autofocus
  2. Slight noise when auto focusing
  3. Manual focus ring is very annoying, absolutely not usable for me.
  4. 2.5x Bigger and Heavier
  5. No OSS Stabilization (Optical Steady Shot)

I can somehow 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, it 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):

Wrapping up:

The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Lens for Sony APSC E-Mount is the perfect 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 motor noise on the lens when the lens is trying to focus both in video and photo. Auto focus is good but not as great as the Sony 35mm F1.8. OSS. Lens stabilization is also not a problem for 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 recommended fast lens if you are a Sony a6000, a6300, or a6500 user. It is a good walk around lens for me, especially I like to take street photos, portraits, structures, cityscapes, and landscape(Although it is still a bit narrow for landscape). But it still depends on your personal preference and composition, if you prefer wide, you can go with the new Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN, Sigma improved this latest 16mm F1.4 lens and I’ll be reviewing it soon when I have it. If you prefer narrow, there is the Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens which has the same price range as the Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens.

You can get here the Sigma 30mm F1.4 for Sony E-mount best deal that I recommend:

Share your thoughts in the comment section if this is a good lens or just go with the Sony native lenses.