Sigma’s 30mm f/2.8 DN lens in the Studio
As mentioned in my post two weeks ago, Sigma announced two new lenses for the Micro Four-thirds system: The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN and 19mm f/2.8 DN lenses. I took the 19mm f/2.8 DN on the road and found—even though it was not a zoom—to be a really useful lens for travel photography. I didn’t use 30mm f/2.8 DN that much when I took the lenses On the Road to Key West and since Sigma themselves say that its useful for “casual and formal portraiture,” I decided to shoot it in the studio.
I can hear some of you now, “in the studio!” I’m convinced that Micro Four-Thirds is a versatile system that belongs in the toolbox of any working pro and the more I shoot with in in my 11×15-foot home studio, the more I like it. Oh sure, there’s the lightweight easy-to-shoot nature of the cameras but my favorite feature is that when you make a photograph, the images you just captured is visible in the viewfinder enabling you to keep working without having to flip the camera over and chimp. I am convinced this means better portraits as well.
Sigma’s 30mm f/2.8 DN turned out to be a perfect compliment to my old Panasonic Lumix G2 that I used to photograph a test shoot with Anastasia. First there’s the bright view you get in the viewfinder from the lens’s (relatively) fast f/2,8 aperture and then there’s the lack of zoom that mean you spend less time fiddling with the camera, instead moving your body back and forth, left to right to get precisely the framing you want making the experience more interactive between you and the subject. And unlike my experience with the 19mm the lens hood stayed fixed during that session and others and didn’t jump off at an inopportune time. Because my lighting can get contrasty it invites flare but there was no flare with the 30mm f/2.8 DN and it’s well designed lens hood.
Like the 19mm f/2.8 DN, the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN is a well crafted piece of gear and well worth the $199 asking price.