Got a little “pick-me-up” in the mail today. The Sigma AF 30mm f/1.4 EX HSM DC I won on Ebay finally showed up.

Happy dance!

I’d been coveting something just a bit more wide-angle than my Sony 50mm 1.4 for shooting concerts and other low light subject matter. The Sigma 20mm 1.8 was just too weak wide open. Maybe it’s in need of calibration or something, we’ll see.

I’d gone off in search of this particular lens a few weeks ago and was unable to locate one for the Sony/Minolta mount. The guys over at Camera Co-Op let me play with one on a Nikon and I was quite impressed with the sharpness and brightness of the lens and I pretty much decided then and there that I must have this lens!

The lens was delivered to my office this afternoon and as soon as I got home I did what any self-respecting, dignified adult male would do…

…I rolled around in the grass and shot pictures of wild mushrooms growing in the front yard!

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Depth of field is fun and quite controllable and the bokeh is very nice.

I’m really going to enjoy this!

High Speed Glass
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4 thoughts on “High Speed Glass

  • September 4, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    That looks awesome. I have the Canon 30mm on my wish list. Can’t wait to see more from this lens.

  • September 4, 2007 at 10:24 pm


    Nice shots Jay!!! At first I did not like the neighborhood on the background on the second one, but I changed my mind…”nature in the city”

    When do you cease to amaze me?

    My photography has suffered this year, I have net even begun to appreciate my new camera, bikes and travel took over…and now the house. I need to get it out this fall and learn it. I would love a fast lens.

  • September 5, 2007 at 8:51 am

    It’s a great lens. I’ve had mine since they released them a year or something ago. I’ve done about 80% of my concert shots with this lens. Just don’t drop it, it’s not the tank the Tamron 28-75mm is. I found this out the hard way at Rudz one night. Took Sigma about 2 weeks I think to get it back to me. It was a long two weeks.

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