Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM first impressions
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mpedersen
Registered: Sep 26, 2012
Total Posts: 170
Country: United States

Talon, those shots are fantastic.



fuzzyfuzzy
Registered: Jan 13, 2012
Total Posts: 9
Country: Canada

superb,especially the third, the bokeh makes the picture like taken by T&S

Invertalon wrote:
Some quick selections from my trip last week... I have to edit all 2,000+ pictures, but plan to get them on Flickr park-by-park the next two weeks. Hoping to get one up today. This lens is simply stunning.

Note: Photobucket kills some of the quality... Once I start to get stuff on Flickr I will post some new stuff.


















Invertalon
Registered: Sep 08, 2009
Total Posts: 834
Country: United States

Thanks everybody!

The first six are all shot at f/1.4.... The seventh image is f/8 and the final one is f/2.2.

Using a 5D Mark III.



Invertalon
Registered: Sep 08, 2009
Total Posts: 834
Country: United States

Few more shots:


CAL_0403.jpg by invertalon, on Flickr


CAL_0439.jpg by invertalon, on Flickr


CAL_0468.jpg by invertalon, on Flickr


CAL_0493.jpg by invertalon, on Flickr


CAL_0495.jpg by invertalon, on Flickr



Lasse Eriksson
Registered: Sep 13, 2006
Total Posts: 2773
Country: Sweden

Very nice shots Invertalon



Snopchenko
Registered: May 19, 2010
Total Posts: 2268
Country: Russia

Great shots, AND for the doubters out there, SLRGear has just made a review of this lens:
http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1561/cat/30
I have a few gripes with it though... they speak of "significantly soft corners when used wide open at /1.4", and on their blur plot it looks like this:





However, I think this is in no way a case of "significant" softness. In that case, what would you call results like these:





(Sigma 28/1.8)
On a side note, the Sigma 35 seems to be sharper than the 35L but it's pretty well established already... and the test cameras were very different so it's not apples to apples comparison.


Breitling65
Registered: May 31, 2006
Total Posts: 5239
Country: United States

Excessive vignetting is very noticeable on most wide shots. Corners also not much sharper. I would better stay with my 35L it is just perfect on 5D3 ...



Lars Johnsson
Registered: Jun 29, 2003
Total Posts: 33650
Country: Thailand

Read Snopchenko link to the lens test above your post.
The Sigma at /2.8 where the corners are tamed enough that the lens is offering practically tack-sharp performance from corner to corner.
They say the Canon 35L has intense corner softness.
All fast wide angle lenses including the Canon has rather much vignetting wide open. If you don't like it PS or LR will correct it for each lens without you have to do anything. It's not a big deal at all.



ggOk
Registered: Sep 28, 2011
Total Posts: 687
Country: United States

pulled the trigger and ordered mine today...

/r
Andy



Invertalon
Registered: Sep 08, 2009
Total Posts: 834
Country: United States

My edge performance wide open has been fantastic... Really impressive. Just check out all my shots above, all shot wide open.

This lens clearly exceeds at resolution across the frame compared to the 35L, no contest. I have owned the 35L twice now, so I do have experience with it. Love that lens... I do love the Sigma 35, more though.

I did send my original Sig 35 back for an exchange though, due to some strange AF behavior... Depending on lighting, distance, etc... I got varying results. Outdoors, leaving the MA at 0 was best and got amazing results. In artificial light, I required +9 for sharp results. It also varied with distance, so that might be the result of my findings as well (versus light). So I am trying another. If this next one works perfectly at all distances and lighting, it will be by far my favorite lens. The performance is simply amazing and AF is quick and reliable (other than the adaptive MA values above). No crazy misses or anything of the sort, works as good as any L lens as far as accuracy for me on my 5D3.



leonasj
Registered: Dec 22, 2012
Total Posts: 382
Country: Lithuania

Breitling65 wrote:
Excessive vignetting is very noticeable on most wide shots. Corners also not much sharper. I would better stay with my 35L it is just perfect on 5D3 ...


if you'll shot with this sigma,and you will stay with her....



Rickuz
Registered: May 22, 2012
Total Posts: 461
Country: Sweden

Snopchenko wrote:
Great shots, AND for the doubters out there, SLRGear has just made a review of this lens:
http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1561/cat/30
I have a few gripes with it though... they speak of "significantly soft corners when used wide open at /1.4", and on


Corners seem very sharp when compared to the 35L.

This test kinda shows it. http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Canon-35mm-f14-L



Sven Jeppesen
Registered: May 03, 2008
Total Posts: 2298
Country: Denmark

Rickuz,
Thanks for your link. The test is very detailed. And also very good. It clearly shows that the Sigma 35 is much sharper than the Canon 35L.



leonasj
Registered: Dec 22, 2012
Total Posts: 382
Country: Lithuania

no contest-sigma 35mm 1.4 outperforms all nikon,canon and zeiss 35m 1.4 lens.



Breitling65
Registered: May 31, 2006
Total Posts: 5239
Country: United States

leonasj wrote:
Breitling65 wrote:
Excessive vignetting is very noticeable on most wide shots. Corners also not much sharper. I would better stay with my 35L it is just perfect on 5D3 ...


if you'll shot with this sigma,and you will stay with her....



Sig is him not her



Invertalon
Registered: Sep 08, 2009
Total Posts: 834
Country: United States

Here is a landscape at full resolution I took for those looking for one... Shot at f/7.1.


Sigma 35 Landscape by invertalon, on Flickr



webisweb
Registered: Mar 07, 2006
Total Posts: 414
Country: United States

Shield wrote:
I tried that - I shot a slew of photos at 2 focal distances; first was 2-3 feet with both 0 AF adjustment (was fine) and +17 AF (consistently backfocused).

At 8-10 feet all the 0 AF adjustment shots were front focused and the +17 were about 60% hits.

I give up. I've spent every day I've owned it trying to fine tune it in. I've probably fired off 500 test shots or more. At some point with a week old $900 lens I just want another copy.


Same here. I've spent 8 days trying to fine tune 2(!) copies. Finally, I gave up and exchanged the second copy for a new 35L today. Guess what? It's flawless with 0 AF adjustment needed. Note to self: stick to L glass.



pizdets17
Registered: Oct 11, 2011
Total Posts: 547
Country: Canada

all mine needed was +2. This is straight out of the camera. jpeg iso4000.




mrstanley
Registered: Oct 24, 2011
Total Posts: 3
Country: United States

Can't wait for mine to arrive... checking UPS tracking.... wonderful pictures from everyone.



kewlcanon
Registered: Mar 28, 2009
Total Posts: 4487
Country: United States

Best bokeh:

http://www.canonwatch.com/battle-of-the-bokeh-various-35mm-lenses-compared/



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