February Only Sigma 30mm f1.4 Lens Only $289 at BH Photo

February Only Sigma 30mm f1.4 Lens Only $289 at BH Photo

One of our favorite lenses for cropped DSLR cameras is currently on sale at BH Photo for a ridiculously low price of $289 (Next lowest price is Amazon at $349). If you've been looking at getting a nice wide angle lens for low light or super shallow depth of field, this lens is one to consider. We've shot a lot of Fstoppers Originals with this prime lens and it's a great choice for those wedding fusion videos in extremely low light situations. Comes in versions for Canon, Nikon, and Sony.

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damn that's cheap!

bought this for $500 little over a year ago

I already own the 50 1.4 by sigma. I shoot a crop sensor camera. Would it be wise to get this lens?

Dev Ambardekar's picture

Well on a crop sensor it doesn't really matter. The only different will be in the depth of field which I think you can do without. Maybe go in for an ultra wide angle like a 10mm or 15mm 

Patrick Hall's picture

I'm not really sure what Dev's answer is hinting at.  Basically your 50mm on a crop is going to appear more telephoto.  So the 30mm will be much wider more like a traditional 50mm on a film or full frame sensor.  But yes, if you want a 1.4 lens that looks wider than your 50 then this lens is a great option.  

Just recently bought this for about $400, damn.

Robert Herrera's picture

Is a 30mm a lens I really need? I already have a 35mm for my Nikon.
Could someone please enlighten me to the need or uses of a 30mm.

It works out to be 45mm on a nikon crop sensor rather than 52.5 for the 35mm. Not a big deal, it just works out to be slightly wide angle. On a Canon crop sensor, which are slightly smaller, it works out to 48mm which is as close as you can get to a standard lens. IMHO, if you have a 35mm there's little use for a 30, maybe 20 or 24 for wide angle shots.

I really wish I could justify this lens right now, I find myself using my an old manual focus 28mm f/2.8 a lot and really wish I had both auto focus and the possibility for shallower DoF and low light capabilities.

Patrick Hall's picture

Yeah if you already have a relatively wide angle prime then you prob don't need another.  I actually only have two "fast" primes...This 30mm and the Nikkor 50 1.4.  The 24mm primes tempt me (full frame) but honestly I use my 24-70 2.8 most of the time and having the two faster 1.4 primes are enough for me.  

It is also available for Pentax at that price

Patrick Hall's picture

And Sigma....but do people really shoot on those?

Be advised, this is for CROPPED sensored cameras only.

Patrick Hall's picture

Not that you ever would, but it works well on the D800 and D600 cameras too.  Cropping those cameras still gives you over 12 megapixels.