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| p.38 #16 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions |
Sven Jeppesen wrote:
Sigh.....you always say how good the 50L is and how much you like that lens. The Sigma has a lot better AF than the 50L. And the 50L has also got a lot of bad posts here about that. But I suppose it's just Sigma you don't like.....again
Have you even used the lens?
I will make absolutely no bones above it. I love my 50L. I bought it new in 2008 and have probably taken 100,000 images with it since then. It's my most used lens and it has been very good and very consistent.
I haven't used the Sigma 50, but I have used the Sigma 85 and what I've found is that while focus is much faster than the Canon "L"s, the consistency and keeper rate just isn't where it should be.
I sold a perfectly good 85L for a Sigma 85 and ultimately had to revert back. I desperately wanted that lens to work for me, but it just didn't. At the end of the day, I will take slow and reliable over fast and unreliable.
I hold no undue grudge against Sigma here. I'm rooting for them. They seem to be about the only lens maker who can really challenge Canon and help keep prices in check. The reality is though if they want to be on the same level as Canon Ls, they are going to have to master the AF consistency that professionals have come to expect. I've seen nothing to indicate that they have figured this out yet, sadly.
That said, I do really want a Sigma 35/1.4 and might even break down and buy one.