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| p.2 #1 · Sigma 35mm F1.4 - A 2nd Opinion |
I don't shoot weddings nearly as much as I use to but when I do I love the intimate images I can get with the 24f/1.4 at minimum focus. I find the 24 in close quarters @ 1.4 will provide 100% keepers. When I shoot minimum focus environmentally with subjects farther away off to a side the keeper rate can decline a bit even @ f2.2-4.0. I'm not sure why the 24 focus declines a bit shooting subjects farther out at the minimum focus side. I thought I once read that prime lenses can be adjusted to have more accurate focus toward the minimum aperture side or toward the max aperture side. I definitely have noticed this with the 105f/2. Mine is tack sharp from 2.0-5.6 (to be expected). But I had to test it @ f8 just to see. At f8 the images become very soft, so soft that it was hard to really gauge the focus point. This test was by all means just for giggles and not at all scientific. It did reinforce that the 105 excels at the minimum focus focal lengths. Does anyone know if if primes have a range in their sweet spot for focusing and accuracy? I find the magic from the 24 happens when Im close in @minimum focus. The farther out I find my 24-70 @35f2.8 does quiet well. The DOF on the 35 prime may also require f2 depending on circumstances of your shoot. The DOF sweet spot of the 24 is awesome. I'm still a 24f/1.4 junkie, .