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p.3 #1 · Sigma 35 f1.4 now available 899.00


Def watching out for this one! I will wait a few months though for all the reviews and once the newness factor wears off to see what people really think. But I am highly interested for sure.


Nov 09, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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Red G8R wrote:
The optional USB dock is also interesting:

Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines

Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.



Basically Sigma is releasing the 35/1.4 lens as a half-baked product, leaving the user to fiddle around with firmare updates, etc. I just want a lens that AFs properly out of the box, not a beta product.

EBH



Nov 09, 2012 at 12:52 AM
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EB-1 wrote:
Basically Sigma is releasing the 35/1.4 lens as a half-baked product, leaving the user to fiddle around with firmare updates, etc. I just want a lens that AFs properly out of the box, not a beta product.

EBH


Well that's a negative attitude for an unreleased lens. The Sigma 85 didn't have any problems, why would this one?



Nov 09, 2012 at 04:40 AM
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EB-1 wrote:
Basically Sigma is releasing the 35/1.4 lens as a half-baked product, leaving the user to fiddle around with firmare updates, etc. I just want a lens that AFs properly out of the box, not a beta product.

EBH


You must be from the future since you know how this lens performs.



Nov 09, 2012 at 03:29 PM
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p.3 #5 · Sigma 35 f1.4 now available 899.00


I use sigma primes exclusively and they are awesome


Nov 11, 2012 at 05:55 AM
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EB-1 wrote:
Basically Sigma is releasing the 35/1.4 lens as a half-baked product, leaving the user to fiddle around with firmare updates, etc. I just want a lens that AFs properly out of the box, not a beta product.

EBH

No, it just means you have the ability to fine tune the lens to your body because there are slight manufacturing tolerances.



Nov 11, 2012 at 03:52 PM
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EB-1 wrote:
Basically Sigma is releasing the 35/1.4 lens as a half-baked product, leaving the user to fiddle around with firmare updates, etc. I just want a lens that AFs properly out of the box, not a beta product.

EBH


I am quite certain that it will focus properly right out of the box? They are offering a means to take care of any fine tuning, They are not twisting your arm to buy anything. But it is available.

gene



Nov 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
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The last three (pretty expensive!) Nikkor lenses I've bought personally all needed service focus calibration before I dared have them go live in more demanding situations. The last two Sigmas (only one of which is mine though) didn't. Go figure. I take no "wisdom" away from this, it's way to few samples of a statistic to start making "statements" out of it.

You need to get up to the hundreds of lenses in real use to state something like - brand "X" is worse than brand "Y".
It seems LensRentals had no issue with focus accuracy at the end, but they stated that Sigmas are much less resistant to users thrashing them with pure physical violence. If I'm wrong then maybe Roger can correct me.

In the last batch of fifteen Nikkor AFS 35/1.4's that we went through when three customers in a row complained about focusing issues (one of them was a camera fault in the end though), seven were sent off for service immediately. Straight off from the new-in-box condition. We have two cameras that are calibrated well enough to serve as bench testers for lenses.

Out of the six or seven 14-24/2.8 zooms that I've tried extensively, three were seriously decentered.

I seriously doubt there's any real difference between brands when it comes to focusing accuracy and new-in-box calibration nowadays.
And I would very much appreciate if Nikon would do something similar. They have a lot of lenses going back nowadays. I could fix most of those problems in a few minutes in stead of having to wait three days - if just the equipment was available.



Nov 11, 2012 at 05:39 PM
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p.3 #9 · Sigma 35 f1.4 now available 899.00


Ok, I've ordered mine. I'll report on it the day I get it! Uh, hopefully it'll come in sometime in December...


Nov 13, 2012 at 08:49 PM
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Zebrabot wrote:
Wow, sigma has a lense that does not look like it was made for random parts laying in a junk bin?



The Sigma 85mm 1.4 looks just as nice if not nicer than most Canon/Nikon lenses.



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Well, the canon guys should have their version out today. Hopefully we'll read some feedback on the web soon.


Nov 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM
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BenV wrote:
"Every 35mm F1.4 DG HSM will be checked using Sigma’s own MTF measuring system, “A1,” as will all new lenses under the Global vision categories. This system uses 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors to pick up previously undetectable high-frequency details for quality control inspections."


Except that's a 46-megapixel Foveon X3 APS-C sensor, which means in terms of spatial frequency (which is what they are measuring), it is only equivalent to a 15-megapixel sensor or so. That's still pretty good (the pixel pitch approaches that of the D800), just not as amazing as they probably want everyone to think.



Nov 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM
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taob wrote:
Except that's a 46-megapixel Foveon X3 APS-C sensor, which means in terms of spatial frequency (which is what they are measuring), it is only equivalent to a 15-megapixel sensor or so. That's still pretty good (the pixel pitch approaches that of the D800), just not as amazing as they probably want everyone to think.


Well that will work fine for me. My D3 is 'only' 12mp



Nov 15, 2012 at 03:29 PM
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Either way we still get stiffed in the UK. $899 (£567) compared to £799. Not fair.


Nov 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
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My D700 should work good with the Sigma too. I will get one...


Nov 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
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ct8282 wrote:
Either way we still get stiffed in the UK. $899 (£567) compared to £799. Not fair.


it's always like that, for everything. You're not used to it by now?



Nov 16, 2012 at 03:19 AM
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Each of three Nikon 1.4G lenses (24, 35, and 85) that I bought required a trip back to Nikon for AF adjustment. I learned my lesson well. Thanks to Nikon's great QC, now I order four copies to select one to keep. And I hope I don't have to increase that number to more than five in the future.


Nov 16, 2012 at 05:21 AM
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p.3 #18 · Sigma 35 f1.4 now available 899.00


mshi wrote:
Each of three Nikon 1.4G lenses (24, 35, and 85) that I bought required a trip back to Nikon for AF adjustment. I learned my lesson well. Thanks to Nikon's great QC, now I order four copies to select one to keep. And I hope I don't have to increase that number to more than five in the future.


I've had the opposite experience. I have never sent a lens back to Nikon in 30 yrs. I have purchase 3 Sigma lenses and have returned them all for adjustments. I hope their new lenses have increased QC.



Nov 16, 2012 at 08:31 AM
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p.3 #19 · Sigma 35 f1.4 now available 899.00


Here are samples of the Sigma 35mm f1.4 on a FF Canon. Not in English but the pictures says it all.

http://magazine.kakaku.com/mag/camera/id=996/



Nov 17, 2012 at 02:30 AM
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Red G8R wrote:
Here are samples of the Sigma 35mm f1.4 on a FF Canon. Not in English but the pictures says it all.

http://magazine.kakaku.com/mag/camera/id=996/


Wow! It simply kicks Nikkor's ass. The next thing I need to know is how its AF performance/accuracy in low light.



Nov 17, 2012 at 02:47 AM
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