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Archive 2013 · On buying from less reputable dealers
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · On buying from less reputable dealers


I'm pondering the sigma 35mm and of course it is hard to find. Amazon has 47th street photo, 17th street photo and samy's camera show them as in stock. There are decent amounts of people who have had problems with all of those companies, and all of their return procedures frankly suck as you pay double shipping within a window of 7-15 days upon receiving the lens.

With some reports of sigma's focusing issues coming out, i would love to be safe with either B+H or adorama but i need this lens within the month if i will purchase it at all. If i do experience a bad copy, would it be alright just dealing with sigma directly?

Would love to hear your thoughts on this



Mar 06, 2013 at 01:32 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · On buying from less reputable dealers


Samys is very safe. They have many B&M stores in California. I would walk over to the Pasadena store during lunch just to browse. First rate dealer in-store and on-line.


Mar 06, 2013 at 01:41 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · On buying from less reputable dealers


Samy's rocks...and so does the 35 f1.4 "A". Reports of problems are totally overblown. Everyone I know
loves theirs...and that #'s in the dozens.



Mar 06, 2013 at 01:50 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · On buying from less reputable dealers


If your lens has problem, send it to Sigma. They have excellent customer service. I sent my 50mm and it took them 1 day to fix the AF. I don't know about the problem with D800 though.

Those sellers are not bad, I had no problem buying from them in the past.



Mar 06, 2013 at 01:53 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · On buying from less reputable dealers


thanks everyone! Now to decide where to buy this or a used tamron 24-70 for concert photography and event photography

Still leaning towards sigma just cause of the hype around it...



Mar 06, 2013 at 02:31 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · On buying from less reputable dealers


For events and concerts, I'd recommend a zoom.

If you are in the press pit at a concert, the performer is not always at the front of the stage. They move around and you can't get any closer than the front edge of the stage. If the front man backs up a few feet or if you want to shoot the drummer, bassist etc you are generally out of luck.

For event photos, unless you are doing the 'hi, can I take your picture' and then everyone poses and smiles you need more range. I shoot a PJ style for events and my best pics are when they dont know I'm shooting them. A 35 would make that very difficult.

I shoot a 28-70 and a 70-200 for these type shoots.



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · On buying from less reputable dealers


sowega wrote:
For events and concerts, I'd recommend a zoom.

If you are in the press pit at a concert, the performer is not always at the front of the stage. They move around and you can't get any closer than the front edge of the stage. If the front man backs up a few feet or if you want to shoot the drummer, bassist etc you are generally out of luck.

For event photos, unless you are doing the 'hi, can I take your picture' and then everyone poses and smiles you need more range. I shoot a PJ style for events
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That's what they need but not what they want, since they want to get the thin DOF look and feel at f/1.4.


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Mar 06, 2013 at 06:23 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · On buying from less reputable dealers


Flexibility vs light. To me light wins all the time YMMV


Mar 06, 2013 at 06:39 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · On buying from less reputable dealers


fsiagian wrote:
Flexibility vs light. To me light wins all the time YMMV


Faster film/sensor with higher ISO can also give you more light.



Mar 06, 2013 at 07:13 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · On buying from less reputable dealers


I've been to Samy's multiple times and they are a good dealer.


Mar 06, 2013 at 07:29 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · On buying from less reputable dealers


Yeah I ended up getting it from cameramall fulfilled by amazon so if there are problems ill deal with amazon directly or sigma. On prime vs zoom, as im just starting out I will try this and if I dont like it im hopin I can resell sigma at not much loss. Ive just been addicted to sharp fast glass recently I should rent the 24 70 though at least once.


Mar 06, 2013 at 09:50 PM
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47st is legit, I got mine from them. Fairly quick shipping too.


Mar 06, 2013 at 10:06 PM





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