Sigma 30mm f/1.4 First Impressions

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When researching for my first prime lens it was hard to find much on the Sigma lenses as far as shooting for video. I could not afford the L series and compared to the standard Canon lenses the Sigma’s had some more impressive stats. I decided to go with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. Since I shoot with the Canon 7D, the 1.6 crop turns this lens into a 50mm and that seems to be the standard prime for video.
I was real busy the day the lens came (along with a Zoom H4n and the Zacuto Z-finder jr, which I will write reviews on later) so I didn’t get to play with it too much during the day, but as I was going to bed I decided to go outside and test this lens at night. Felt like Christmas morning after opening all my presents and could finally play with my favorite toy.
This footage is nothing more than a night test. I’m actually writing this review as I transfer to ProRes 422 and once that is finished I am dumping a few clips in the timeline and exporting through compressor, the ‘Youtube’ setting (H.264). I only wanted to give a very raw look at what this lens will do at night. No color correction.
The Z-finder jr really helped focusing especially with such a fast run-and-gun style shoot. I am really happy with this lens and looking to get their 50 and even 50-150 lens that stays a constant 2.8! That’s pretty good especially with a price tag of only $750! For any of you others that can’t afford the L series I would look into some Sigma glass. I will be shooting in DC this weekend and will hopefully have something better to post but this should hold you over for now.

7 Comments

  1. jim bruno
    May 14, 2010

    howdy rob, thanks for your impressions. i’m looking at the primes, too, for my 7d and dream of zeiss, canon, and sigma–have you been researching hotrod 7ds at all. would love to dialog about ’em. like your test footage a great deal… waiting on jag35 cage, ndfilters, and have half a mind to bite the bullet and buy my first prime… then there’s my 5d envy… LOL.

    keep your posts coming!

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    • robruscher
      May 14, 2010

      thanks for the response! yeah the zeiss lens’ look so clean. i have not researched the hotrod 7d’s at all. let me know what you think of the cage. i also ordered a fader nd for this lens so i’ll be testing that out as well. 5d is a great camera but for now i’m happy with the 7d 🙂

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    May 14, 2010

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  3. AGOSSESER
    May 15, 2010

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
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    • robruscher
      May 19, 2010

      Thanks Christian. I really appreciate that. More work and reviews are coming so be sure to check back!

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  4. Greg
    January 26, 2013

    Hey

    Nice test i was wondering what song was it?
    I believe its Miles Davis but what song is it ?

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    • Rob Ruscher
      January 26, 2013

      It was one of the free ones that come with Soundtrack Pro. Can’t remember which exact one though

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