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p.15 #1 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


DPreview just posted samples and promises a review before year end. Samples aren't that great though. Better ones here by phil.


Dec 05, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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p.15 #2 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


Just ordered the lens. Really looking forward to putting it to use!


Dec 05, 2012 at 12:59 AM
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So the next fly in the ointment is how will the new Canon 35 f/2 IS stack up against the 35L and Sigma 35? Looking at the difference in bokeh between f/1.4 and f/2 I could live with f/2 if it's tack sharp like the Sigma is wide open. The 4 stop IS and 50% lower weight will make it more discrete and easier to travel with.


Dec 05, 2012 at 01:42 AM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
So the next fly in the ointment is how will the new Canon 35 f/2 IS stack up against the 35L and Sigma 35? Looking at the difference in bokeh between f/1.4 and f/2 I could live with f/2 if it's tack sharp like the Sigma is wide open. The 4 stop IS and 50% lower weight will make it more discrete and easier to travel with.


Any ship date on the new Canon 35 f/2 IS yet?



Dec 05, 2012 at 04:14 AM
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p.15 #5 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


svassh wrote:
Any ship date on the new Canon 35 f/2 IS yet?


Actually I've not seen any date reported yet, but I may have just missed it.



Dec 05, 2012 at 05:34 AM
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p.15 #6 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


canondoc wrote:
...good web sized image? Just because it HAPPENS to look good web sized doesn't mean it doesn't look amazing printed in a magazine.

I've owned the 85mm 1.2L mkII and used extensively the 85mm 1.4G on a D3X. I can afford 100 of any of them, and I chose the Sigma.

But again -- what do I know?


Couldn't agree more.....Rolled the dice on a Sigma 85 and 50 and I am glad I did. Fantastic lenses. I own the 35L put it up against the sigma 50 and I saw NO difference in image quality the only difference was the FL.....



Dec 05, 2012 at 06:50 AM
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p.15 #7 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


Just some quick shots around Time Square with 5dmkIII and Sigma 35 1.4 wideopen:


KE2A7427-Edit by Prodigy83, on Flickr

At least he was honest!


KE2A7429 by Prodigy83, on Flickr

Even near these guys!


KE2A7432 by Prodigy83, on Flickr



Dec 05, 2012 at 06:55 AM
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p.15 #8 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


Wonder how this lens would fare with a closeup adapter on it? Or an extension tube?


Dec 05, 2012 at 08:19 AM
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p.15 #9 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


mttran wrote:
Sharpness is only calibration matter. Colors and AF are two most important things to test a lens. Sigma seems to have a winner here and that does not mean to replace the 35L.




So if i calibrate my 17-40 it will become 24TS-E sharp?

Or a 28-135 => 100macro sharp ?


Sharpness hasn't got anything to do with calibration. AF accuracy has.



Dec 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM
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p.15 #10 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


Great shots Phil!! I, too, love this lens! A few shots recently, all wide open.
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p.15 #11 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


Dammit Sigma. My next lens decision was going to be easy - the 35L. Now you have to go and make this difficult.


Dec 06, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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p.15 #12 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions




Canon 35L on top, Sigma 35 on bottom.... do not like the onion ringing.. outside of that its a great lens. I did these shots last night.



Dec 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
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tbkphotoco wrote:
Canon 35L on top, Sigma 35 on bottom.... do not like the onion ringing.. outside of that its a great lens. I did these shots last night.


Great comparison!



Dec 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
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tbkphotoco wrote:
Canon 35L on top, Sigma 35 on bottom.... do not like the onion ringing.. outside of that its a great lens. I did these shots last night.


Except the 35L shares the same onion bokeh characteristic as well...bring down the levels on the 35L shot, you'll see it.



Dec 06, 2012 at 05:28 PM
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Same exposure on both shots... the Sigma vignettes a lot more than the 35L... I did bring down the levels... looks the same. Plus bringing down the levels is not going to change the shape. Do you have both lenses at your disposal to test out?


Dec 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM
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M Vers wrote:
Except the 35L shares the same onion bokeh characteristic as well...bring down the levels on the 35L shot, you'll see it.


+1



Dec 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
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p.15 #17 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


asabet wrote:
First, I disagree. There is plenty of detail in those shots. Second, if you want to make a point about the Canon and Sigma respective bokeh, the only valid way to do it is a controlled comparison with the same subject matter. That site has done it. You have not.

Anyone can cherry pick examples of ugly bokeh for any lens. Your samples are invalid.

That's the last thing I have to say about this.


+1



Dec 06, 2012 at 05:50 PM
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p.15 #18 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


IMO, the Sigma is embarrassing the 35L.


Look at the test again. At f/1.4 the Canon has the edge in the center, and Sigma wins moving outward. (Maybe this needs a good monitor to see.)

By f/5.6 Canon is doing better in the corner than the Sigma is. Between those poles the Sigma mostly gets its advantage in the outer parts of the frame.

However, the test subject matter gives a heavy advantage in apparent sharpness to the Sigma, because unsubtle contrast control can be rewarded by limited tonal and color range in a subject. I continue to suspect (still withholding judgment, but based on images shown so far) that the Sigma is going to be a relative disappointment on contrast. I predict a head-to-head test using subtly shaded color and contrast in the subject, Sigma against the Zeiss 35mm f1.4, would show the differences in a way that most people would see readily. Happy to be proved wrong.



Dec 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
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p.15 #19 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


don't worry guys, if all you do is take photos of out of focus lights it won't matter if you have onion bokeh because nobody will look at your images


Dec 06, 2012 at 06:56 PM
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p.15 #20 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions


goosemang wrote:
don't worry guys, if all you do is take photos of out of focus lights it won't matter if you have onion bokeh because nobody will look at your images


Hilarious.



Dec 06, 2012 at 09:30 PM
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