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| p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Sigma 35mm f/1.4 - NIKON Mount - My Experience and Review |
I have a bag FULL of Sigma lenses and they've all been pretty good to me. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not anal about IQ and all that technical stuff. Pixel peeping and measurbating definitely is not my thing. I'm interested in good IQ at normal viewing sizes, good build, good focus, and decent price.
I think it's safe to say that the original 50 with the old finish was a good lens....if you had a good copy. I was fortunate enough to have a really good copy that needed no MA. Good thing because that was my main lens for 3 years on a 5Dc. A good 2/3 of the stuff on my blog was shot with that lens. It was perfect until I dropped it toward the end of the 2011 season.
The 85 was a huge improvement over the 50. Better build and the new finish holds up way better than the old 'crinkle' finish. IQ on the 85 is every bit as good as the new 35 IMO. There's some purple fringing in certain conditions but not nearly as bad as the 85/1.8 it replaced. That lens had so much purple I nicknamed it Barney. Once my 50 fell (literally) out of favor I leaned heavily on the 85. The only real drawback is focus speed compared to the 50 but that improved a lot with the 5D3. It's like a new lens.
The 35 is a pretty sweet lens. I used it right out of the box for one wedding and it performed flawlessly. It was MA'd to +1. I don't think the 35 is any better than the 85 in terms of sharpness. Focus speed and accuracy is really good. CA is pretty much gone. Having been a 50mm shooter since the early 80's, I'm still getting used to the 35mm focal length (it's a little wide to me) but I think I may end up keeping it. I just need to use it more to be sure.