Comparison: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art vs 30mm f/1.4 Art


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During the last eighteen months, I’ve used and owned several normal focal lengths. First, the 30mm f/1.4 EX for the SA-mount, then the DP2M with its 30/2.8, slightly later the 30mm f/1.4 Art and only recently the mighty 35mm f/1.4 Art for full frame. I tested all the three ones before the 35mm Art against one another. Here and here, I compared the DP2M with the 30mm EX, here and here the 30mm EX with the 30mm Art and here the 30mm Art with the DP2M.

Since I already tested the 35mm Art, it is high time for me to compare it with the 30mm Art. 😉

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First, I’ll show you the photos of both lenses, with the subject at long range. (all photos available in full resolution on Flickr)

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/1.4 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/1.4
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/1.4 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/1.4
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2.8 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2.8 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2.8
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/5.6 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/5.6
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/5.6 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/5.6
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/8 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/8 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/8
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/11 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/11
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/11 (volle Auflösung - full resolution)Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/11

Several newspaper pages sticking on the door represent the subject at close range. 😉

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/1.4 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/1.4
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/1.4 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/1.4
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2.8 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2.8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2.8 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/2.8
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/4
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/5.6 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/5.6
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/5.6 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/5.6
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/8 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/8
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/8 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/8
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/11 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art @ f/11
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/11 (volle Auflösung - full resolution) Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art @ f/11

This is how I interpret the image comparison:

At long range, the 30mm Art demonstrates stronger CAs, offers worse edge sharpness but slightly better center resolution at open aperture and f/2. From f/2.8 onwards both lenses are equally sharp, but the 30mm still shows clear CAs, These are getting slightly weaker from f/5.6 onwards, but don’t disappear with such contrasty subjects no matter how far you stop down. Both lenses are extremely sharp from f/4 onwards across the frame and can thus be used for landscape photography without hesitation. At close range the 35mm goes far afield. On the edges, it is already sharper at f/1.4 than the 30mm in the entire aperture range. The latter cannot even reach the edge sharpness at f/8 or 11 that the 35mm can at f/1.4 already. In the center, the 35mm is extremely sharp from wide open onwards as well. The 30mm needs to be stopped down to f/2.8 in order to reach the same performance. The 35mm at f/2.8 is sharp from edge to edge.

The only comparison missing now is the 35mm Art with the DP2M. 😉

  1. Thanks for doing this interesting comparison!

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    1. Jan you are welcome.

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  2. […] a direct comparison showed that the 30mm f/1.4 Art is partly considerably weaker than the 35mm f/1.4 Art, I parted with […]

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  3. […] way into my photo bag. I already tested the 30mm A (Link) and the 35mm A (Link) and compared them here. Let’s now move on to the 18-35mm f/1.8 Art. […]

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  4. Sharp, sharp, sharp…Does it really matter? They are all sharp enough, especially when you shoot distant objects in bright light. It’s rendering of subjects up close in various lighting conditions that matters the most. In all other situations, a cheap-as-dirt plastic zoom lens performs the same or even better. I appreciate the effort of course, but personally, I’m sick of the “sharpness” talks and reviews, seriously. No offence.

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    1. Sharp, sharp, sharp…Does it really matter? They are all sharp enough, especially when you shoot distant objects in bright light. It’s rendering of subjects up close in various lighting conditions that matters the most. In all other situations, a cheap-as-dirt plastic zoom lens performs the same or even better. I appreciate the effort of course, but personally, I’m sick of the “sharpness” talks and reviews, seriously. No offence.

      Hi Mike,

      none taken. However, I have to disagree with you. Cheap zoom lenses are not comparable to fast primes, because in most cases they don’t offer the same creative possibilities. It is irrelevant how sharp a lens is in the sweet-spot range of f/4-5.6, because most modern lenses are incredibly sharp in that range anyway. But for photogs, who like to harness the potential of fast primes, it is important how good they perform wide open or stopped down by 1-2 stops. Traditionally most primes were somewhat lacking in this department and had to be stopped down quite a bit, to ensure acceptable sharpness and lack of aberrations. This is why such tests are still important to many photogs.

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