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How many copies did you go through?
It's beyond my price range so I never considered it
I purchased one copy and was very happy
I purchased one copy, returned it, and never tried again
It took 2 copies for me to get one I was happy with
I tried 2 copies and was not happy with either
It took 3 copies for me to get one I was happy with
I tried 3 copies and was not happy with any of them
It took 4 (or more) copies for me to get one I was happy with
I tried 4 (or more) copies and was not happy with any of them
I've avoided this lens due to the well-described issues with it but I'd buy one if the first copy could be reasonably guaranteed to perform as it should

Your experience with the FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA
  
 
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p.6 #1 · p.6 #1 · Your experience with the FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA


DavidBM wrote:
I didn't know silent shutter fixed the problem (I guess I thought it would be as bad since both shutter curtains are electronic).

Thanks Fred! That's much less hassle than turning EFCS on and off! (lets hope they give more options over EFCS control in the next body...)


I think the OOF rendering issue is noticeable when combining electronic with mechanical. If we go all mechanical or all electronic, it is fine.



Sep 17, 2017 at 03:18 AM
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p.6 #2 · p.6 #2 · Your experience with the FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA


What's the downside of all electronic, all the time?


Sep 17, 2017 at 03:22 AM
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Jonathan Brady wrote:
What's the downside of all electronic, all the time?


Bit depth; and noise. Not enough to worry about if you don't need to pull deep shadows.
Strangely it may never matter much; at low ISO you've got plenty of DR to play with so it's doesn't matter if you lose a bit; at high ISO other noise sources drown out the difference so there is no effective worsening.

That's all assuming that you are shooting non-moving things, as Fred said. Otherwise rolling shutter will visibly distort things if they are moving; the faster they move, the more the distortion.

EDIT
On the A9, the e-shutter takes only about 1/160 sec to scan the image, so you'll only get distortion on very fast moving things.


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Sep 17, 2017 at 03:28 AM
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p.6 #4 · p.6 #4 · Your experience with the FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA


Jonathan Brady wrote:
What's the downside of all electronic, all the time?


On the A9, there is pretty much no side-effect. (flash sync. comes to mind)
On the A7RII, the silent shutter takes about 1/15 of a second to complete its travel across the sensor so you can only use it when shooting static subjects. Otherwise you will get major skew on your images.
There is also a slight noise penalty but that should not be an issue in bright light. (No noise penalty on the A9)



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p.6 #5 · p.6 #5 · Your experience with the FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA


When you compare the FE 35 f1.4 zony to something like the v1 canon 35 f1.4, it's not bad.

Considering every copy of the Sigma 35 f1.4 Art I've owned consistently is significantly sharper and is also significantly cheaper though, I find the performance of the Zony to be hard to accept.

Owned 4 copies when I shot Sony, and none of them were critically sharp wide open.



Sep 20, 2017 at 07:53 AM
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p.6 #6 · p.6 #6 · Your experience with the FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA


The Sigma 35mm Art was the first lens that ever made me take notice of out-of-focus blur, and I mean that in a bad way. It's pretty nauseating. I had major, MAJOR issues with consistent focus (on my DSLR) as well.


Sep 20, 2017 at 09:35 AM
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DavidBM wrote:
Bit depth; and noise. Not enough to worry about if you don't need to pull deep shadows.
Strangely it may never matter much; at low ISO you've got plenty of DR to play with so it's doesn't matter if you lose a bit; at high ISO other noise sources drown out the difference so there is no effective worsening.

That's all assuming that you are shooting non-moving things, as Fred said. Otherwise rolling shutter will visibly distort things if they are moving; the faster they move, the more the distortion.

EDIT
On the A9, the e-shutter takes only about 1/160 sec to scan the
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1/160 still doesn't seem that fast. Yet, the a9 announcement featured a golf swing frozen by silent shutter. I don't get how they could do that with only 1/160. (?)



Sep 20, 2017 at 01:30 PM
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p.6 #8 · p.6 #8 · Your experience with the FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA


Jonathan Brady wrote:
The Sigma 35mm Art was the first lens that ever made me take notice of out-of-focus blur, and I mean that in a bad way. It's pretty nauseating. I had major, MAJOR issues with consistent focus (on my DSLR) as well.


I've had the same issues.



Sep 20, 2017 at 01:44 PM
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