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Sigma 30mm

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by snkenai, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Just ordered the Sigma 30mm f2.8 for my E-p2. Anyone here using it on m4/3. Impressions?
     
  2. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Not used it but seen some good stuff from others. Looking forward to seeing yours!
     
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I have also seen great shots with it. I'll be keeping an eye out for your shots.
     
  4. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    I rarely post anything, as I don't usually have anything, that I would like to see from someone else. But, I will eventually try to post a few examples, for information purposes.
     
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
  6. Hyubie

    Hyubie SC Veteran

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    Jun 8, 2011
    Massachusetts
    Is this the one termed "Sigmarit" ?
     
  7. BigTam

    BigTam SC Regular

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    Jun 23, 2011
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    I had one and it was sharp and a pleasure to use. I only sold it because it led a Cinderella existence between my P20 and O45.

    I have heard some complain about the slow startup; if that's your problem, get a 14-150 and leave it on :)
     
  8. BigTam

    BigTam SC Regular

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    Jun 23, 2011
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    Very droll :-/
     
  9. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Found some other links and reviews. Sounds as though this lens will do just fine for my use. Time will tell.
     
  10. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
    Did not take much time to tell. This lens is not for me. :sad010: Explain? Sure.

    I am a manual focus kinda guy. After over 50 years of doing this, a computer still cannot tell me, where I'm looking, deep or shallow. And the focus ring on this lens is just unusable. Plastic on plastic, binding, jerking. Too bad. I like the size and focal length. And it is just so cute, on the E-p2
    BUT, all is not lost. :smile: My wife is NOT a manual focus person. In auto focus mode, on the E-p2, this lens focuses accurately and quick enough for our use. And the image it renders is sharp. I have only used it a few minutes, last night and a few today. In the next day or so I'll try to post samples.
    Recommended? Yes with reservations. If you are willing to use it only in AF mode, and treat it kindly. It IS plastic.
     
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  11. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel
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    Caught reading.
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    This was last night with 2 dim 12volt RV lights as our only light (except the TV 10 feet to her left rear). One light was 5ft high and 5ft to her left front. The other was actually around the corner of the overhead cabinet. In other words, very little light. The camera was hand held up against the cabinet for stability. (I shake considerably) Focus had no trouble locking.
    There is no PP, except sizing for posting.

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    This one I did a simple desaturate in PS.

    E-p2, Sigma 30mm f2.8, Program mode.
     
  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    nice.....looks mighty sharp. So you are mainly an manual focus guy Steve? Old school! I enjoy manual focusing on occasion, but I'd say 90% of the time, I prefer for the camera to do it. As long as I am in control of telling the camera "where" to do it.
     
  13. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    couldn't resist for 99£ :) Bought one yesterday. My first shot - while walking back from the store...

    window-shopping :)
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    that one by tilman paulin, on Flickr
     
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  14. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Where so cheap?
     
  15. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    That's so annoying, I just paid £149 for one to use on my NEX :(
     
  16. digi2ap

    digi2ap SC Regular

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    Jun 5, 2011
    Stratford, London
    Wow that is a great price. Might be tempted now. Any further thoughts, Tilman, on how it performs? What camera is it on?
     
  17. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    @christilou: yeah, that's a bit annoying. Since it happens with tech products all the time, I try not to look at prices anymore once I bought anything. I know, easier said than done. :)

    @digi2ap: Haven't had much time to use it yet. Just goy it on saturday. It is on my OM-D EM5, so it becomes a 60mm equivalent, a focal length I haven't used much before.

    Only thing I can say already: If you want to use it for spontaneous snaps, it might not be ideal because of the ~3-4sec wake-up time it has when switching on the camera (or even when waking the camera from powersave).
    Bit unusual, but I guess you get what you pay for :) And optically it seems to be fine.

    (One other caveat: the first sample I got wasn't recognized by the camera. Cameraworld swapped it out no problem for a working one, but it wasn't a great "start" with the lens of course.)