Sigma 30 f1.4. – Wet dreams. | update

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Today it’s raining. As it did yesterday and the day before that.\
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To take photos in times like these, a fast lens is a big advantage. Sigma is about to release a new, to me fantastic lens named “Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM” and initial Canon owners have taken their pictures with very good result. (the Canon mount was released first. Nikon mount scheduled for Tuesday (12th of July) Sigma mount a little later. \
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\’a5 Thanks to Date Junichi: Sigma 30mm F1.4 initial tests on Japanese site. Link brought by Staffan Berggren.
\’a5 Sigma 30mm f1.4 vs Canon 35mm f2 @ www.whichlens.com
\’a5 Photozine magazine test | NEW!


Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
Copyright Sigma.

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On my camera, A sigma SD10/SD9 with a crop factor of x1.7 this lens would become a 50mm f1.4 lens. (30mm has to be multiplied with 1.7. The result is 51mm). Shooting people as I am most of the time this is almost a dream coming true. a 50mm lens is a perfect combination of reach and stability. \
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Article about Focal Length Multiplier on Dpreview\
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To have longer focal length would mean that you have to be steadier. I might have big feet but I quite often find myself to be a little to shaky for rainy days. And for studio use it’s just perfect! My room is small meaning I don’t have to find my self squeezed to the wall to get the shot I want. (of course I can use one of my wide zoom, but I like primes.. (prime = fix focal lens = not a zoom) And there is something very pleasing almost magical over a prime image.\
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One thing that a lot of people overlook is bokeh. If you look at images from a very cheap lens and then look at images from a very expensive lens chances are that you by looking at the bokeh can see witch one is witch. The out of focus blur, the part of the image that is not in focus, what does it look like? Is it still sharp and blurry? is it smooth as silk, is it strange artifacts showing up around light etc? \
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Luminous-landscape article about bokeh\
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So what about bokeh on this new lens? Well, to my eyes, it’s VERY nice. The problem for a lens maker is that getting perfect sharpness/perfect lens isn’t the same as getting pleasing bokeh. The hard part is to find an artistic balance between sharpness and blur. Initial images shows that they done a great not to say fantastic in this regard.\
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I’ll be back when I know more about this wet dream of mine. Now I need some breakfast. I have to run thru water and rain to get to my little restaurant that serves my morning rice noodles.

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Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
Copyright Date Junichi.

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About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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