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    I

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    Sean,


    Please keep us updated with your opinions on the sigma 30. I have had this on the radar too long now, and it will be good to hear a field evaluation of the lens, as compared to some other reviews, especially in light of sigma making 2different iterations sigma has brought out on this lens. Which version, ( I hope the new one) did you get?

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    Sean,


    That lens and the 28 f1.8 were on my radar for a LOOONG time. I finally pulled the trigger on a 28 refurb for $407. I have only used it for a few days and have been happy with its performance so far. I have to admit the only prime I have used to any great extent before that was a 60 macro. Nailing focus with 1.8 has been.... tricky. I would like to know how you feel about that sigma lens though.


    I have heard mixed reviews about both the 28 and the sigma. The ISO charts here show the sigma might be a bit sharper to my eye, though I may be wrong.


    I think it came down to the fact that I am PRETTY sure that I will be buying into full-frame in the next "year-ish" and I didn
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    Denise, More value here: www.bhphotovideo.com/.../search





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    So I was playing with the lens tonight, using Al Servo focus (center point, on the ferret's face) and my White Lightning Ultrazap 1600 (lowest power), diffused by a softbox pointed at the ceiling. Keep in mind, that's not much light on this subject. I bumped up the exposure 1/3 stop in DPP and applied my usual Sharpness setting of "3."





    Sigma 30mm f/1.4 @ f/1.8






    If you click on the picture and choose "Download" from the linked page, you should be able to grab the full res shot.

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    wow, that seams pretty flippin
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    I was extremely surprised that it didn't require a microfocus adjustment on either my 7D or 50D. It seems to nail focus even at f/1.4 and f/1.6. I'm extremely impressed with it so far. I might find a fault with it eventually...but right now, it's looking like a pretty good decision.



    Here's a little self-portrait I took tonight...this one's at f/1.6. In all fairness, I threw it into Photoshop and added a .75 pixel unsharp mask to the green channel and applied it to my eyes. I also applied a small amount of lens [distortion] correction.




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    Denise, check out Demb (www.dembflashproducts.com). Demb sells great minimalist flash modifiers.

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    Thanks for the link! Have you used any of these ...if so, which ones? They look like pretty handy modifiers and relatively inexpensive. I

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    Hi Denise. At the recent Flashbus Tour with Joe and Dave, they were using a small attachable softbox from Lumiquest...here is the link at Amazon...[url="http://www.amazon.com/Lumiquest-LQ-119-The-Softbox-III/dp/B001HAER88/ref=sr_1_46?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1301541984 &sr=1-46]http://www.amazon.com/Lumiquest-LQ-119-The-Softbox-III/dp/B001HAER88/ref=sr_1_46?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1301541984 &sr=1-46[/url]....they were using it with great success!! Here is one that I use, too...Amazon link to Rogue Flashbender...[url="http://www.amazon.com/Rogue-FlashBenders-ROGUEFLAG-Bounce-Card/dp/B003UOKLJI/ref=sr_1_65?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1301542164 &sr=1-65]http://www.amazon.com/Rogue-FlashBenders-ROGUEFLAG-Bounce-Card/dp/B003UOKLJI/ref=sr_1_65?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1301542164 &sr=1-65[/url] . Check them out!


    Sean...great pics with the Sigma 30 1.4! I, too, use it! It works really well on my 1D4....and 3 times less expensive than the 35<span style="color: #ff0000;"]L!! The only problem is, I can only stop down to about f5 maybe f5.6 before the corners darken!! It is a pretty fantastic lens, all said. Here are a couple shots...at f1.4. I find that on my 1D4, with 1.3x, it works pretty well for environmental portraits(especially young ones!!)


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