Exploring the Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E

Exploring the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E

Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E

Today I’m reviewing the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN C lens, a popular choice for mirrorless cameras available for Sony E-mount as well as Micro Four Thirds mount, and now Canon EOS M mirrorless cameras.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 Contemporary DC DN Lens for Sony E

A Wide Maximum Aperture for Creative Freedom

The lens offers excellent performance for an autofocus lens with such a wide maximum aperture.

The Sigma 30mm offers the benefits of a wide aperture, permitting shooting in dimmer conditions, producing pronounced out-of-focus backgrounds, and offering a full-frame equivalent of about 45mm.

This lends itself to a versatile standard field of view – wide enough for a larger perspective, yet tight enough for subject emphasis.

Solid Build with a Minimalist Design

The lens has a plain exterior but solid build, with a weight of 265 grams.

It features a single control point: a rubberized focus ring that is easy to turn but can accidentally change settings if not careful.

The autofocus motor operates silently and rapidly, especially on the Canon version.

Impressive Image Quality

The lens provides excellent sharpness and good contrast at F1.4.

The corners, however, are slightly soft with some color fringing. As with many lenses, the image sharpens up as the aperture narrows.

Challenges and Trade-Offs

The lens presents significant barrel distortion and vignetting at F1.4, though this reduces when stopped down.

It can focus as closely as 30cm, providing flexibility in shooting smaller subjects, but close-up image quality at F1.4 is low in contrast.

The lens performs well against the bright light, displaying minimal flare.

Bokeh quality is acceptable but is slightly compromised by the lens’s noticeable longitudinal chromatic aberration at wide apertures.

However, it shows some flaws like awkward bokeh at times and significant barrel distortion. Despite this, it’s a useful lens that has gained popularity among Sony camera users.


Overall, the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN C is reasonably sharp and provides creative potential with its wide maximum aperture.

Its autofocus performance is commendable.

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