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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"

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Review Date: May 4, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp even at full aperture, focus is fast and accurate , beautiful bokeh, much cheaper than the Canon 35L !
Cons:
I had to play a bit with the micro-adjustment feature of my 5D Mark III in order for the focus to be perfect.

I owned a canon 35L a few years ago, it was very soft at full aperture, and not so much better than my canon EF 17-40 @5.6 The focus was not accurate and a lot of pictures was out of focus, even at smaller apertures. Hence, I sold it a few month latter...
I was waiting for the 35L II, but I heard about this Sigma, and decided to give it a chance ! I've owned the sigma for a week now, and I can say that it is much, much better on every aspect than the canon I had !

I posted some full screen sample @ f1.4 taken with my 5D Mark III on my blog :

http://www.vincentbourrut.ch/blog/materiel-2/exemple-en-full-size-du-sigma-35mm-f1-4-dg-hsm-a-pleine-ouverture



 
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 3, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Amazing sharpness even wide open. The bokeh is awesome, so is the image quality. it's build like a tank !
Cons:
price

I've never used a lens sharper than this one !
here are a few picture taken @ f2.0

http://bourrut.ch/800/200mm/1.jpg


 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Dec 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very good image quality, very fast and accurate AF. nice bokeh
Cons:
Very expensive, build is not as good as for the 17-40mm

I think everything has already been said, hence I prefer to send 2 pictures in full format, one @ 1.4, the other @ 2.8.
The body was the 1D Mark 2. Converted from raw with EOS viewer utility, and saved to jpg in PS. No post processing. You can add some USM filter on them.



http://www.bourrut.ch/objectifs/35L14.jpg

http://www.bourrut.ch/objectifs/35L28.jpg

Hope this helps :-)

Best regards,

Vincent
http://www.bourrut.ch/