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Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens for Nikon DX cameras announced

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Sigma announced a new 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens designed for APS-C DSLRs (45mm equivalent on a Nikon DX camera):

1. Our Art line delivers high-level artistic quality
Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, our Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Developed with the maximum emphasis on artistic touch, they are designed to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome above compactness and multifunction. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, they are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes.

2. A large aperture F1.4 standard lens
Sigma pioneered the large-aperture APS-C format standard lens category with its 30mm F1.4 lens in 2005. Now that we have reorganized all our lenses into three product lines, we are proud to introduce the fully updated “SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM”. Offering the shallow depth of field of F1.4 and an angle of view extremely close to that of human vision, this lens stimulates the desire to create and is ideal for many different types of photographic expression. The bright viewfinder also aids focusing and composition of images.

3. Outstanding image quality for enhanced photographic expression
Convenient angle of view of a standard lens challenges photographers’ expression. The SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM has outstanding optical performance in order to fully perform its best expressive quality at all shooting distances. Optimized power distribution minimizes field curvature thereby preventing a loss of image quality at the edges of photographs. The use of a double aspheric lens minimizes spherical distortion, astigmatism and coma. Coma of point light sources is minimized near the edge of the image, and an attractive round bokeh effect is produced at large-aperture settings.

4. Incorporating a Rear Focus system
The lens incorporates a rear focus system that prevents focus-dependent variation in aberration, making high-level image quality possible throughout the entire image. With their unchanging barrel length, these lenses also enhance balance and stability for the photographer. Furthermore, since the front of the lens does not rotate, polarizing filters can be used with extra convenience.

5. Flare and ghosting conscious design
From an early stage, flare and ghosting are thoroughly measured to establish the design which is resistant to strong incident light such as backlight. Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting, and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions.

Other Features:

  • Minimum focusing distance of 30cm
  • The maximum magnification is 1:6.8, making it excellent for close-up photography.
  • Hyper Sonic Motor
  • Rounded 9 blades diaphragm
  • Brass made bayonet mount
  • Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines
  • Made in Japan
  • Accessories: Case, Petal type Lens hood (LH686-01) supplied
  • Nikon mount UPC code : 0085126 301552
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  • sd

    Aw. I was getting excited till i saw DX.. No wonder why they were dumping their old versions of it the past month. Great lens. I don’t know why they bothered to update it.

    • a4

      Very easy – because there is plenty of room for upgrades of this otherwise very desirable lens.

    • sloma_p

      Comparing lens construction drawing of this and Nikkor 35/1.8 and taking into account MTF, vignetting charts + the fact, that it’s front lens is bigger than that of Nikkors (which is obvious, since it’s a faster lens, but also let’s us see other optical elements size) it should cover FX just about as well as AF-S 35 DX, which is a good news :D I would love the 30mm FL in FX, especially with 1.4 max aperture :)

      • lich

        The filter size remains the same with the old version. I highly suspect it would just be a corrected formula based on the old one, instead of a new one. Thus dimmer chance for it to able to cover FX.

        • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

          “dimmer” :)

    • http://500px.com/yoan_mitov/ Yoan

      Why would they make it FX when the 35mm f/1.4 is so recent?

      • Balloon Man

        Because the competition that it is targeting are Nikon and Canon’s FX 28mm lenses

        • http://500px.com/yoan_mitov/ Yoan

          The latter are also slower at f/1.8 and f/2.8. If Sigma made a FX 30mm f/1.4 it would simply be too close to the already great 35mm f/1.4.

          • sloma_p

            Canon does have 28/1.8 as well as 28/2.8 IS. I thnik 30mm is a great FL to have – i take most of my shots from 24-70 at this FL – 30 or 31 mm.

    • jedy

      To make it compatible with the new usb dock?

  • d200guy

    first!

  • Timo

    I can’t wait for first samples and reviews. If the price is not significantly higher than the older version and the performance turns out to be good, I’m gonna buy one of these.

  • a4

    YES! Now let’s just hope for this lens to have most of its predecessor’s flaws taken care of…

    • jedy

      The new 35mm apparently has better handling of chromatic aberration which we know plagues fast primes. If this is the same with the 30mm, that would be a huge improvement over the old model, which I have – I loath having to remove ca in Photoshop as it’s so time consuming.

  • jg

    Why? Why won’t Sigma, Tokina, Nikon or anyone bring out a 16mm? Do we really need another normal-USH lens?

    • El Aura

      Just tape the Tokina 11-16 mm f/.28 to the 16 mm position and you have a nice 16 mm f/2.8 prime.

      • LOL

        LOL,,, :D

      • Sebastian

        No. I have the Tokina, and while it’s a great lens that’s built like a tank it’s not a substitute for a prime. Already on a 12 MP body its limitations are visible wide open, and a prime would be more compact, too.
        That being said I don’t miss a 16 mm prime as much as say a 24 f/2.

        • Mansgame

          Isn’t the 14-24mm f/2.8 better than 14mm prime? Ladies and gentleman, I rest my case.

          • Stan Chung

            maybe its the size. some don’t like big chunky lenses

            • GlobalGuy

              I Like Big Glass

              Oh my gawd, Nikon.
              Look at that glass.
              Its sooo big and chunky.
              It looks like one of FroKnow’s lenses.
              I mean that glass, its just so big.
              I can’t believe it’s so round.
              It’s just out there.
              I mean, it’s crazy.
              I mean.. that lens.. is just so.. big.. and black.

              *rap*

              I like big glass; i cannot lie.
              You pancake users can’t deny.
              That when glass walks in with an itty bitty f’stop and wide aperture in your face — you wallet gets sprung.
              Wanna shoot that wide open.
              Cuz you notice that bokeh be invokin’!
              Deep in that lens elements be glaring,
              I’m hooked and can’t stop staring.
              Oh, baby, I wanna just use ya’s,
              To take a lot of pictures.
              Yeah.. my homeboys tried to warn me….
              But, baby, that big ol’ glass — oh god..
              Just makes “me sooo horny.”

              Thats right, your smooth focus ring,
              I want you.. on MY machine.
              So, do your hocus pocus,
              Cuz you aint got just the average depth of focus!

              Big lenses (Yeah), Big lenses (Yeah).
              Do you wanna screw on my machine? (Yeah).
              Then turn about, stick it out — I mean…
              Even Ken Rockwell’s got to shout:
              “Baby’s got glass!”

              Well, cheap lens users may dismiss you as fine,
              Saying glass never needs gold lines…
              And they just ignore you…
              But, baby.. I’d never leave without you!

              And so what?
              Dpreview says youre too heavy,
              And you cost as much as a used Chevy..
              But that’s cuz your f/ is small…
              And your aperture is kickin’!

              Yeah, baby –
              When it comes to phat glass,
              Pocketability ain’t got nothin’ to do with my selection,
              A tiny 3.4 by 2.6 inch?
              Only if its a 50mm!

              To the all-in-ones in the magazines,
              No – you aint got “it”, no, not even for traveling.
              Just give me a phat prime lens,
              I can’t resist it.
              And DX pretty much misses it!
              Some dark lens users may try to dis,
              Bus their crappy plastic elements ain’t on my list,
              They think going cheap is just so bright,
              But, bro — how you gonna shoot at night!?

              So, lenses, if your front element is big n’ round,
              And you exponentially give bigger stop down,
              Dial 1-800-NIKONRUMORS –
              And let’s snap some kick-ass shots!

              Baby’s got glass.
              Baby’s got glass.

            • GlobalGuy

              I Like Big Glass

              Oh my gawd, Nikon.
              Look at that glass.
              Its sooo big and chunky.
              It looks like one of FroKnow’s lenses.
              I mean that glass, its just so big.
              I can’t believe it’s so round.
              It’s just out there.
              I mean, it’s crazy.
              I mean.. that lens.. is just so.. big.. and black.

              *rap*

              I like big glass; i cannot lie.
              You pancake users can’t deny.
              That when glass walks in with an itty bitty f’stop and wide aperture in your face — you wallet gets sprung.
              Wanna shoot that wide open.
              Cuz you notice that bokeh be invokin’!
              Deep in that lens elements be glaring,
              I’m hooked and can’t stop staring.
              Oh, baby, I wanna just use ya’s,
              To take a lot of pictures.
              Yeah.. my homeboys tried to warn me….
              But, baby, that big ol’ glass — oh god..
              Just makes “me sooo horny.”

              Thats right, your smooth focus ring,
              I want you.. on MY machine.
              So, do your hocus pocus,
              Cuz you aint got just the average depth of focus!

              Big lenses (Yeah), Big lenses (Yeah).
              Do you wanna screw on my machine? (Yeah).
              Then turn about, stick it out — I mean…
              Even Ken Rockwell’s got to shout:
              “Baby’s got glass!”

              Well, cheap lens users may dismiss you as fine,
              Saying glass never needs gold lines…
              And they just ignore you…
              But, baby.. I’d never leave without you!

              And so what?
              Dpreview says youre too heavy,
              And you cost as much as a used Chevy..
              But that’s cuz your f/ is small…
              And your aperture is kickin’!

              Yeah, baby –
              When it comes to phat glass,
              Pocketability ain’t got nothin’ to do with my selection,
              A tiny 3.4 by 2.6 inch?
              Only if its a 50mm!

              To the all-in-ones in the magazines,
              No – you aint got “it”, no, not even for traveling.
              Just give me a phat prime lens,
              I can’t resist it.
              And DX pretty much misses it!
              Some dark lens users may try to dis,
              Bus their crappy plastic elements ain’t on my list,
              They think going cheap is just so bright,
              But, bro — how you gonna shoot at night!?

              So, lenses, if your front element is big n’ round,
              And you exponentially give bigger stop down,
              Dial 1-800-NIKONRUMORS –
              And let’s snap some kick-ass shots!

              Baby’s got glass.
              Baby’s got glass.

          • Sebastian

            that’s deep, dude. Deep.
            I’ll need to reflect that a bit.

          • http://twitter.com/shigzeo shigzeo

            It’s much larger. Sharpness isn’t always the last word on ‘better’. I shoot Ai/S primes for the express reason that they are smaller and lighter and cheaper. If you choose the right ones, sharpness isn’t an issue at all.

            The 14-24 f/2,8 is massive, larger and heavier in fact, than most of Nikon’s camera range is.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            It doesn’t mean the Nikon 14mm f/2.8 prime is the only design for a 14mm f/2.8… take a look at the Samyang 14 2.8 for example.

            Both Canon and Nikon haven’t updated their 14 2.8s in a while… at least not since the 14-24 2.8 came out.

    • Mike

      Just get a MFT camera and have the choice from 12mm f/2, 14mm f/2.5, 17mm f/1.8 and 20mm f/1.7 wide angle primes….

      Why bother with Nikon? They are handicapping DX to keep the senseless FX alive. What’s up with all these f/4 FX zooms? If Nikon were to release a line of f/2.8 zooms for DX with VR (10-17, 17-55, 55-200) and add one DX prime (18mm f/1.8)… FX would stop making sense for 95% of its users.

      • Sebastian

        The DX-sized sensor is a pretty reasonable compromise between light collection and lens sizes. But the problem with DX as a Nikon system is the flange distance. It’s the same as for FX, despite the smaller sensor. The result is that you cannot just scale down lenses. In particular not wide-angle ones. To make an 18 f/1.8 DX is much harder (=expensive, heavy, etc.) than to design the equivalent 27 f/1.8 FX. And really the equivalent would be f/2.7, which is even easier.
        That’s why M43 has such nice yet small wide-angle lenses.
        Now, I still think a moderately wide fast prime is possible. But 18 1.8 would be tough.

      • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

        “to keep the senseless FX alive”

        Well one thing’s for sure… you haven’t even used a full frame camera… let alone understand the benefits of a larger sensor.

        “What’s up with all these f/4 FX zooms?”

        Same could be asked about the f/2 zooms on mFT/FT… people pay top dollar for that stuff that’s not small or any better than the f/4 FF zooms they’re equivalent to.

        “If Nikon were to release a line of f/2.8 zooms for DX with VR (10-17, 17-55, 55-200) and add one DX prime (18mm f/1.8)… FX would stop making sense for 95% of its users.”

        You need to look up lens equivalence… if you do that, a lot would start making sense to you.

  • Glow

    I hoppe for better painting on this one.

  • Robert Kenney

    From an aesthetics standpoint, the new “look” is an improvement. Glad to see them move away from the 1990′s gold band and multi-color lettering.

  • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

    I want one!

  • Craig Affidy

    I wish they’d drop a 15-20mm f/1.4 for m43. :) Heck, I wish they’d drop all kinds of primes on m43! And NEX! Especially NEX, as that system is a wasteland.

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

      Sony can definitely benefit from more native E mount lenses… their recent 35 1,8 OSS and 50 1.8 OSS are very good lenses. The stabilisation’s very effective on both given the field of view. The Zeiss Alpha 24 1.8 is quite popular. The E 30mm Macro has a good focal length for the system. And the original 16 2.8 is actually sharper on the newer Nex bodies than it was on the first generation of Nex bodies (e.g. Nex-3 and 5) so it shouldn’t be counted out either. Also there’s the 10-18 f/4 OSS, 16-50mm OSS for the zoom crowd. Plus E mount can do the manual focus mFT lenses and some of them cover APS-C as well. I wouldn’t be too surprised if this new 42.5mm does too.

      Sure, E mount’s lens line-up is not like what mFT has but it’s not as bad as it used to be and it’s catching up at a steady pace. When Sony releases a FF Nex, there’d be even fewer reasons to go for mFT for a serious mirrorless camera unless Oly and Panasonic keep the sizes really small. (Which is what Oly failed to do with the E-5 DSLR).

  • Doctor_EVIL (Russia)

    the previous version of a lens was very good

    • bob smith

      i just finished a weekend using my old 30 f1.4 on my d7000. the lens is a lot of fun. the separation you get at 1.4 is amazing. it might not be the best lens for the pixel peeper but it is still amazing. great color and contrast.

  • EnticingHavoc

    Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX lens is almost for free.
    Why would I want to buy this one except Sigma is giving money to me if I pick one.

    • Sebastian

      well,

      a) 1.4 instead of 1.8. That could be enough by itself but also…

      b) micro-adjustable focus via the USB dock. Not an issue for D7000 users, but as a D90 owner I can tell you it is. I sent my 35 1.8 (and the body) twice to Nikon, and the cannot get the focus adjusted right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572614912 Jay Donahue

    any word on availability?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Not officially released yet, no idea when they will do it – Sigma is kind of slow.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=572614912 Jay Donahue

        ok thanks!

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