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| p.1 #1 · 35L behaving better magically when I buy 35g |
Have you ever heard someone anthropomorphize cars, appliances, etc.? Here's my latest coincidental experience: My 35L was not seeming very reliable since I had last sent it in for repair. Somehow they fixed it so it came back focusing less consistently than before. I used to trust it to be about the most reliable lens I had.
In comes the Nikon 35 f/1.4g, a lens I want to like because I like the Nikon sensor so much. Expensive. Needs -7 or -8 to get in-focus images most of the time (finding out the hard way). Having trouble with its focus accuracy, it doesn't seem to be all that great a performer...when all of a sudden, my Canon 35L starts acting like, "Nooo I'll be good, see how good I am? ??" And it adds another point for Canon, making me second-guess my decision to go toward Nikon.
The 35g really isn't performing great, I am having rear-focusing issues with it and focusing inconsistency, even at f/2-f/2.8 and with varying subject distances (gets worse with farther subjects. The 85 f/1.8g is much more consistent. Right now the 35g is dialed in for -7 microadjustment and the accuracy has improved, but I still get those strays that are somewhat or completely OOF. It's almost like I'm shooting with a Canon lens...it especially seems to have problems with reflective surfaces, like chrome or these duracell batteries sitting on my desk.
I wish Canon could see in the dark and have no shadow pattern noise (and less shadow noise). Then it would be a no-brainer.