I rented this lens from lens rental.com because I really wanted to buy it, but has heard of the focus issues. Lens rentals tests all their equipment so I was confident I would get a good copy of the lens to try.
The lens is crazy sharp. Very impressive. However the auto focus was hit and miss. About 1 in 5 shots were in focus on my 7D. When it hit, it was super sharp, beautiful pics. I so much wanted this lens to work for me, but I couldn't live with the random AF. I bought the canon 35 f/2. It doesn't have the something special the sigma 30 had, but it has accurate AF and is a sharp lens - much less expensive too.
I also have the Canon 50 f/1.4, and it always feels soft to me. I did some tests using a tripod and mirror lock up with both manual and AF at different F-stops with the 50f/1.4, the 35 f/2, and my EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 (which is very sharp). All the lenses were fairly sharp with no real stand-out from the others.
I concluded that I rely on the IS of the 17-55 and most of my shots with the 50 f/1.4 are wide open, hand held, and a shutter speed that is pushing being too slow. So I had developed a bad impression of the lens, but it was really me, not the lens.
Maybe the Sigma 30 is good on other bodies, but no luck for me with my 7D