« on: January 07, 2014, 07:57:38 AM »
I note that this new Sigma 50/1.4 is being introduced at $900. Canon's current 50/1.4 (a 20-year-old design) is about $400 or less (BuyDig offered it for $279 recently). If Canon introduces a new 50/1.4 in the same price range as this Sigma, some people will complain (in online forums) about Canon's pricing ... "They doubled the price!!!". If Canon introduces a really good 50/1.8 with IS, some people will compare its price to that of the nifty fifty ($125) and scream. However, a really good 50mm costs some $$$ to build. That's why the Sigma is $900 and not $400. That's why the Otus is $4000 and not $400. Even the manual focus Zeiss ZE 50/1.4 is $725.If the lens is large and has a complex formula (13 elements in 8 groups)...the canon 50mm f/1.2L (has only 8 elements in 7 groups)...is not a GREAT lens...I am hoping that this new Sigma could be the best 50mm with AF for Canon on the market. This is REALLY exciting news to FINALLY "possibly" have a great normal lens for FF. I am keeping my fingers crossed here and hoping for the best. Canon has been sound asleep here for many years.
I think it's an exciting announcement too. But I disagree about Canon sleeping. They've been putting out new lenses steadily, just at other focal lengths; I could make a list of some really good ones. The 50L is a wonderful lens because of the way it draws -- it's made a lot of my favorite photos. A lot of photographers like the look. And it's weather-sealed once you add a filter. Canon obviously had different design priorities for the 50L than ultimate sharpness. It does have some faults, so it doesn't please everyone. I believe they omitted a floating rear element which is what helps make some other lenses so good. But with that it would have cost even more. I'm looking forward to seeing how this Sigma will compare.
When I said Canon has been sleeping "here"...I was referring to 50mm focal length. This is the NORMAL focal length for FF and the Canon offerings have been in my mind disrespectful of photography. I think Canon should be offering something solid, reliable and competent in this BASIC staple. The do not, as far as I am concerned. I bought the old Sigma 50mm f/1.4 (not without its own problems...but apparently I bought a good copy), because the canon offerings were so anemic...and the price on the L lens for what it offers is embarrassing. Also, if they ever do come to bat on this situation, (a 50mm f/2.0 IS is NOT addressing this BASIC issue) you can bet the pricing will suck the air out of the room. Whatever is going on over at Sigma Corp. I for one hope that they keep sending lots of it our way. Hope this new Sigma busts the 50mm situation wide open. We will see. (fingers crossed).