Peripheral Matters: Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN Art Lens for Sony E-Mount Cameras
I've only had this lens for about 2 months now. And, despite such a short amount of time, I have been quite impressed by the results I get from it, whether shooting still images or video. I use the Sony Alpha a6000 and this lens for anything from product reviews (both stills and video), live video for podcasts, webcam video for gaming livestreams or game captures, and family photos. I cannot quite say that this is a product review; I still need some more time with the lens and I am not really an expert. Maybe that makes me more jaded; maybe it makes me less. I will leave it up to you to decide.
The Sigma 30mm is a fixed-focal length prime lens from the Japanese company, now in the business of creating lenses for over 50 years. Sigma is the largest independent camera lens maker in the world and I have always been pretty happy with their products. This particular model has been out since 2012, but still performs admirably. Sigma makes another 30mm lens that is much faster than the the F2.8, but that lens is anywhere from $130 - $200 more than what I paid (about $199; which is the standard going price for this lens). Having elected to buy a silver finish variant of the Sony a6000, I have been kind of insistent that I buy a silver finish for any new lenses that I might pair with the venerable a6000.
The Sigma 30mm uses a two-lens, 7-blade aperture system to create the images it spits out. The lens comes withsome nice accouterments, including a lens carrying case, and front and rear lens caps. Small things, sure, but such are the types of things that other lens makers and, in some cases, camera makers are failing to include in ever-more costly gear. The Sigma 30mm looks gorgeous, and provides for a lot of versatility in the types of shots you can shape with it and still be fairly close to the subject. The snub-nose form-factor means being able to carry, and quickly raise and lower the camera body to get that shot that cannot be missed.
Needless to say, I am a big proponent of this lens and would have no qualms recommending it to everyone. Some sample photos are attached throughout this post from a quick demo product-shoot session I did this afternoon.