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.