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I've had this lens for a while, but I just wanted to rave about it a bit.

 

Sigma has some quality control issues, so my 30mm isn't the first sample I got. The one I have now is great, though. I recently had a conference in Hong Kong, and you might know what conference lighting is like; 'atmospheric' - low and horrible for photography. I did a bit of work with my zoom and flash, but there's only so much quality you're going to get out of that.

 

So, I stuck my 30mm f1.4 on, dialled it all the way open, and went nuts. Note that the lighting really was bad - all these indoor shots are at 800ISO, f1.4 and about 1/30th. Blame the noise on my Nikon D80, and the blur on 12 hour days and loads of coffee. The outdoor shot was at 1600ISO and 1/20th. No flash on any of them, of course, so the exposure is all the lens:

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13946697@N03/...296582/sizes/o/

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13946697@N03/...468801/sizes/o/

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13946697@N03/...296464/sizes/o/

 

The results may not be the crispest shots in the world, but they're an example that you can get something usable with this lens in the lowest lighting conditions without any flash.

 

Here's the lens:

 

http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/lenses_al...amp;navigator=6

 

 

Edit: also note, all shots were handheld.

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Nice, Id like to try out the Sigma 50mm f/1.4, I saw somewhere it's radically different to all previous 50mm f/1.4 designs which are all similar to each other.

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Sigma are generally known for their extreme variations in Quality Control. How many variations did you go through before you got one that was good?

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Sigma are generally known for their extreme variations in Quality Control. How many variations did you go through before you got one that was good?

...My current one is the third : p. But the third time really was lucky! And hey, they're not cheaper than Nikon or Canon glass for no reason.

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