So if you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you’ll know that at the end of last year I brought a Sony A5100 mirrorless camera to kick start my blogging journey with. As I complete beginner to the world of photography, I opted for this model as I needed something fairly simple and portable but still with sophisticated manual settings similar to a DSLR and, interchangeable lenses. The two biggest selling points for me were the built in wifi and the 180 degree screen.
So after playing around with it and the kit lense (30-55mm) for a good 7 months I finally realised I wasn’t going to achieve thst sharp portrait images I needed with the basic lense it came with.
I had done a few photo shoots with someone who was using a much older 12mp canon camera and I couldn’t for the life of me understand why it produced better quality images then my 24mp Sony. So me still thinking it was all about the camera, I proceeded to google the camera, and surprisingly found it for under £100. At this point I was very tempted to buy it along with the popular 50mm lense and maybe even sell my Sony (smh) However, following some research and conversation with more experienced bloggers, I opted to upgrade the lense to a Sony 50mm.
I went ahead and brought the 50mm lense (retailing £250) at my local Sony store in excitement.. only to find, the 50mm f1/8 appeared closer to a 75mm on my camera. What I never took in account was the crop sensor on a micro four thirds camera. (If your not sure what this is, definitely look into it!) I absolutely loved the quality of the images but there was no way I could take a decent selfie. I eventually returned this and was offered the Sony 35mm f/1.4 OSS instead.
I had done a bit of research in between time however, and discovered the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN E mount was a great alternative. It was down as a ‘contemporary lense’ meaning it can be used as a standard everyday lense. It was a great budget lense at £250 as well compared to another popular lense zeiss Touit 32mm. It seemed sturdy, and was going to give me a 45mm look on my camera.( The Sony 30mm would appear as a 50mm) I watched a few comparison videos on YouTube but for some reason I was more drawn towards the Sigma. I purchased this on Jessops online as it wasnt available in any of London stores. My first impression was that it was definitely larger and heavier. Other than that, the quality of the images were just as good, I really didn’t notice any differences. One thing I did notice , was the sound it made when it was autofocusing. It was a little distracting at first, but not a major issue for me.
Now, seeing as I’m new to the world of photography, I didn’t feel qualified enough to do a ‘review’ simply because my experience with lenses is limited. I couldn’t really give an accurate description without something to compare it to. However, I have had it for about 2 months now and briefly had the Sony 35mm so I thought I would share my honest unbiased (and very basic!) thoughts for the non tech heads on the pros & cons.
- Sharp images
- Reasonsble autofocus
- Saturated colours
- Great creamy bokeh
- Easy to use and fairly light
- Shoots well in dark conditions
- Larger & heavier than the Sony 35mm
- Slower autofocus than Sony 35mm
- Noisy autofocus
All in all, the Sigma 30mm is a great lense for people like me, just starting out with limited knowledge. It’s a big step up from the kit lens with still a reasonable price range. For a blogger, it has all the important features for both photos and videos and it’s a nice lense for honing your photography skills on.
At the present moment in time, I’m absolutely loving the lense and I’m just taking my time exploring and learning how to produce a great picture. . I have really fallen in love with capturing images lately, funny cause I used to hate photos! However , by the end of next year I’m definitely planning on purchasing a DSLR canon or Nikon – not a recent model, just a great quality satisfactory one, and probably second hand. I’d like more variety of lenses to play with and a more sophisticated camera (mine is a mirrorless). I’ll probably make it my portrait camera and use the Sony for video’s. Until then, I’m definitely a happy girl!
What was the first lense you brought?
(test shot of my son using the Sigma)