Why I bought a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens over a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens

Chris asks:

You have a Sigma 30mm f/1.4, right? Why not Canon 50mm f/1.4? Was focal length the biggest deciding factor? I’m considering the 50mm f/1.4 and wanted to get your viewpoint.

Thanks for asking, Chris! I figured it be more helpful to post my answer here for all to see.

I wanted a lens that got close to representing the field of view from the human eye (50mm). On my Canon EOS 40D cameara, with a 1.6x crop sensor, a 30mm lens would have an effective focal length of 48mm. That’s the primary reason I chose the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM lens. Continue reading Why I bought a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens over a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens

Sold my Canon EF 28-135mm lens

I finally sold an unused lens (Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM), which I bought a year ago from my friend, Noel Kleinman.


I dropped the lens last April while I was borrowing it from Noel. Fortunately, he was cool about the situation and let me buy the lens.

I haven’t really used it since then.

A few weeks ago, I went on an eBay selling streak and sold all my bass guitar pedals[1. I bought a Line 6 Bass PODxt Live pedal board, so I didn’t need them anymore.].  Those sales gave the courage to finally post the lens for auction on eBay.

After eBay and shipping fees, I broke even from when I bought the lens. Other than being a little cautious with a new eBay user with zero feedback, everything went well.

I’m glad that most camera lenses don’t depreciate like everything else[2. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens that sold for under $80 USD (two years ago) currently sells for almost $99.99 USD.].

P.S. I bought a used Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM on eBay a few weeks ago, so don’t ask me what I’ll do with this money. 🙂

Next at All Narfed Up – Tips for better sales on eBay

Goodie #3: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens

A new lens - Sigma 30mm f/1.4
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Since Jason Ng (appleguy on Flickr) let me try his Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens on February 28th, it was in the back of my mind. I know I rented and talked about the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens, but I think I’ll get more use out of this one.

Once my tax return got deposited, I ordered the lens. While I’ve only had it for three days, I’m pretty much in love with it.

Initial thoughts and observations

  • It’s solid. My Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II feels like a toy compared to it.
  • Focusing is quick, smooth and quiet.
  • Taking portraits wide open (f/1.4) creates awesome bokeh.
  • Lighting which would usually require ISO 1600 with my 50mm f/1.8 lens is doable at ISO 800.
  • The lens and hood look slightly glittery.
  • The lens cap design is better than Canon’s.
  • I don’t think I have focusing issues. That’s a relief.

I’m glad I got it over the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. On a crop body (1.6x), 30mm looks good.

The first photos from my new lens

Fine, don't wait for me
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More jolly than ever
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I know, right?

Time to get out of this funk and make some more awesome photos. 🙂

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