Sigma 33B965 30 mm F1.4 DC DC Sony E-Mount-Black
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Another important aspect to consider is the out-of-focus rendering, or bokeh, of the lenses since all three can be used for environmental portraits. This is especially true in the case of the 30mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.8 because of their fast maximum apertures.
After its success with the other five mounts that this lens is available for, Sigma announced in April 2023 that it would also becoming to the Nikon Z mount. Alongside it, the company also introduced the 16mm F1.4 DC DN C and 56mm F1.4 DC DN C lenses for Z mount. Amy Davies has spent some time with each of the new lenses to see how they compare with other mount options.
Looking at the three lenses side-by-side at their respective maximum apertures, we can see that the 30mm f/1.4 provides the softest, most pleasant out-of-focus rendering. All three have round specular highlights (bokeh balls) at the centre which gradually lose their shape as they get closer to the edges. The 35mm f/1.8 and 30mm f/1.4 produce the most distinct “cat’s eye” bokeh balls in the corner. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 at f/1.4 Sony 35mm f/1.8 at f/1.8 Sigma 30mm f/2.8 at f/2.8 Sadly none of them feature optical stabilisation which means – in the absence of sensor-stabilisation in Canon’s bodies so far – you’ll need to hold steady with a sufficiently fast shutter speed, or employ digital stabilisation for movies.
Do you intend on buying a full-frame camera in the future? If so, only one of the lenses you listed is a FE lens.
The 16mm, 30mm and 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary lenses are the perfect trio if you own a crop sensor mirrorless camera. These are great lenses for street photography and excel in low light conditions."