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    It's been a while since I've done any shooting but thought I'd share some of my faves. I did mostly walk around with natural lighting, nothing fancy - mostly with my old Canon 50D with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens.

    Something I haven't explored but have always been fascinated with nightscapes and astrophotography. I've seen people do some cool long exposures that really brings out the Milky Way in the night sky. This could be a good opportunity to do in tandem with automotive lighting somehow. Just some thoughts.

    Anyway, here's my Flickr gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamtruong/


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    What version of the Sigma 30mm do you have? How do you like it? I'm considering getting the current model: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BQXL8FG...ing=UTF8&psc=1

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    • #3
      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...1_4_EX_DC.html

      This is the one I have. It's about 4 years old and looks like it's no longer sold on the market. It's a pretty nifty lens for its pricepoint at $300. The focus ring feels solid and the HSM motor is quick. It's an easy lens to work with for walking around so overall I like it.

      The only drawback is when shooting wide open I get a lot of chromatic aberration. The image still comes out well, but I just have to desaturate some of it in post editing. Other than that, I would recommend it.

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      • #4
        Interesting. I'm curious if the new model has less chromatic aberration, considering it's almost double the price. Thank you for that info man.

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          Yeah, the chromatic aberration is most apparent when you are focusing on something shiny at close distance. I'll see if I can dig up any other f/1.4 shots at mid to long distance to compare to.

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          • #6
            I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm really fighting between the AF-S 35mm f/1.8G and the new Sigma 30mm f/1.4. Wondering if that extra big aperture is worth the $300 premium. Plus the new Sigma model is so sexy... the 35mm is so plain.

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            • #7
              The struggle is real when trying to find the right lens! I went through a couple before keeping the 30mm as my main lens. But also had a chance to play with some really nice Canon lenses before that. I helped out a buddy who was a professional wedding photographer (not the most interesting subject, but it allowed real world testing) for a couple years. He rented most of his lenses for each event so we had a variety to choose from, all types, primes, telescopic, wide angle, you name it. My favorites being 50mm f/1.2L for walk around and the 200-400mm f/4L for telescopic (I really miss how awesome the slide zoom feature was on this lens). We used mostly Canon 5d and 7d bodies.

              Anywho, I had nowhere near that kinda budget for my own personal gear, and knowing I will only be shooting as a hobby I wouldn't be spending much. I went with the Sigma route and tried the 28mm f/1.8 macro (horrible focus) and a 50mm f/1.4 EX (a bit much crop), and found the 30mm to be a good middle ground model to emulate a 50mm on a crop sensor body. Overall it's not a bad lens, but I'd upgrade to a Canon one in a heartbeat if budget permits.

              Not sure if you've seen this but it's comparing the two Sigma lenses in question. Old (EX) vs new (Art). Not the most comprehensive test comparison but I think it gives you an idea of the subtle differences between the two.
              https://fotogenerellinternational.wo...-4-art-part-1/

              In this article, performance wise it seems pretty close to its predecessor. I think the reason for the price hike is because of the higher quality composite material for the casing and more complex lens setup.
              http://www.imaging-resource.com/lens...-hsm-a/review/

              I wish I can offer some insight on Nikon's gear but I have literally no experience with that brand, sorry!

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              • #8
                Thanks for the links! The Sigma seems to have significantly more chromatic aberration, but it's a bit sharper according to imaging resource. Many say the Nikon is a better performer outside of bokeh. But with a $300 difference I think I'll go with Nikon in the end.

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