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Liquidstone wrote:
Pardon the ignorance, but what do people shoot with a 35 mm?


full body portraits of moas (sigma was kind enough to include a complementary time machine)



Nov 22, 2012 at 03:54 AM
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Liquidstone wrote:
Same here for a new Sigmonster with OS and focus limiter.


Maybe Sigma can resurrect the 400 f/5.6 APO that was highly regarded. A new version in the sport range with OS an HSM would be great. Ultimately I hope the entire supertele range is revamped and they even consider a 400/500/600 f/4.



Nov 22, 2012 at 04:15 AM
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Massimo Foti wrote:
That's even better! If all 7 people will take a 7 day brake every second week, you will be ready 7 times faster than Ralph





Nov 22, 2012 at 05:07 AM
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Vox Sciurorum wrote:
If you read the full text of the review, the Sigma and Canon lenses test equal up by f/2.8. The Sigma is only better at f/1.4 and f/2.0.


When I purchase a 1.4 lens, I do it because I want to shoot it open too (and in main), not to stop it down for one or two stops always to get on competitors IQ.



Nov 22, 2012 at 08:04 AM
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Ralph Conway wrote:
When I purchase a 1.4 lens, I do it because I want to shoot it open too (and in main), not to stop it down for one or two stops always to get on competitors IQ.


+1 Ralph, I always try to shoot wide open with my crippled yet sharp wide open Canon 50mm 1.4



Nov 22, 2012 at 09:44 AM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
I now have high expectations for the new 120-300.



Sigma claims that the new lens is exactly the same optically, so I don't expect things getting better in this area.
The improvements are mechanical and there is the addition of a focus distance limiter switch and the USB connectivity.



Nov 22, 2012 at 09:57 AM
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i would like to know how responsive and accurate this new sigma is AF-wise at wide apertures, if you think of crowded events.


Nov 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
Maybe when we shot film and it was hard to get rid of, But I have not seen it in any of my 4 Sigma lenses.


Having the 85L and the 85 sigma at the same time I noticed a much warmer color cast on the sigma. I tested 6 copies of the sigma and we're all the same. Not a big deal to fix in post, but it is there.



Nov 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM
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canon pants wrote:
Having the 85L and the 85 sigma at the same time I noticed a much warmer color cast on the sigma. I tested 6 copies of the sigma and we're all the same. Not a big deal to fix in post, but it is there.



I also own both and I agree, though the sigma is actually in nikon mount.

But I have to ask: is warmer colors a bad thing?
I mean... L lenses have warmer (richer) colors than non L lenses, don't they?
I don't usually hear people complaining about that... quite the opposite really.

If there is a specific color cast (one color richer than others) like the old yellow cast previous sigmas were known for, than I would agree that it is not desirable.
But if all the colors are richer (more saturation) than I don't see that has a bad thing, quite the contrary in fact.
I believe that is the case with the 85mm 1.4.



Nov 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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Sigma has really upped the ante in the lens game during the past few years. My most expensive lenses are in fact made by Sigma, and I consider them excellent value.

The pricing of the new 35mm Sigma is strange, though. Here in Finland a major store is listing it for 849, which is much lower then the 999 euro price quoted here.

Jaakko



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I guess it will not need much time till it will be available for about 750-850 here in germany, too.

Ralph



Nov 22, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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865 in Greece

Hopefully it will be under 800 by Spring ( i wish )



Nov 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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Would be nice if someone could compare it to the Rokinon 35mm f1.4 if possible. Re: sharpness and bokeh.


Nov 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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Sharpness comparison:

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Samyang-35mm-f142



Nov 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
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fraga wrote:
Sigma claims that the new lens is exactly the same optically, so I don't expect things getting better in this area.
The improvements are mechanical and there is the addition of a focus distance limiter switch and the USB connectivity.


I still have high hopes for this zoom. I want the option of 300/2.8 but I don't want to be limited to 300/2.8.
If Sigma gets this right and Canon releases a new 100-400 I would be in zoom heaven.



Nov 22, 2012 at 02:19 PM
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Thank you for this link, Orestis.

Ralph



Nov 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
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I'm not sure if I read this right, so forgive me if I messed up.

Saying it beats the canon at 1.4 and at 2 (I'm assuming also 1.6/1.8/2.2/2.5 as well) seemed to me like that poster was trying to "downplay" the difference and (poor word choice on my part) defend the added expense of the canon.

When you buy a fast prime, you're generally buying it because of its speed, not to stop it down 2 stops. So wouldn't it stand to reason that a lens that beats another lens at 1.4-2.5, and is equal up from there out, is the better lens?

Correct me if in wrong but isn't more wide open sharpness a good thing?



Nov 22, 2012 at 02:31 PM
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Orestis.Ch wrote:
Sharpness comparison:

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Samyang-35mm-f142


Sigma sharper in the center and not necessarily in corners? Do I get it right?



Nov 22, 2012 at 02:36 PM
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p.4 #19 · p.4 #19 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions




Sharper in both the center and the corners ( check the F2.8-4 samples ).

Also the Sigma has less LoCA


If its AF is almost as fast as the L's and reliable, i'm buying it



Nov 22, 2012 at 03:52 PM
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I have to admit, I have long been a fan of the 35L, heck it's still my most used lens, but if I can get equal or better performance from a lens that costs less you better believe I'm going to sell it and pocket the difference.

Though I must admit I am still curious about the 35 f/2 IS... Just a little bit.



Nov 22, 2012 at 04:10 PM
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