Canon is mostly missing my boat (as there is an Ocean theme running through some of the thread!
<polarized shades for water glare).....
I bought Sigma 35mm and 50mm Art lenses. After some adjustment (and the 1st 50mm being return and exchanged for a "good" copy
)....I am thrilled with the image quality. Thrilled!!!! I also like the Sigma Dock, although I feel like I am doing someone else's work for them, it does allow me to fine tune the lens in 4 focus zones and see what is going on with my personal copy. So...I would rather have that, than not.
The only lens from Canon that made sense to me in "The Year of the Lens" was the 16-35mm f/4L IS. That hit the perfect note for me with IQ, WA range, and MOST importantly cost. I can live with the f/4 and IS...enough so that I was able to sell my 16-35mm f/2.8L II, and my Zeiss 21mm and almost pay for the new Canon wide angle zoom AND the Art Series Primes.
I will say the new Canon's are hitting the note with IQ...but ever since the Tsunami the prices have just been painful for me. I did get a copy of the 24-70 f/2.8L II and the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II and while totally destroying my piggy bank..they do make me smile and say "WOW"
every time I use them!
A $3000 11-24mm is just something that I see no need for most the images I make.... I have the 16-35mm and a 17mm TSE and if I go wider, I go all the way baby... to my vintage Canon fisheye. After 16mm the distortion and the cost is out of my visual needs..although I know that some will jump all over an 11-24mm for their style of shooting.
Also ...I am going to that a guess the the 35mm f/1.4 will be in the range of $2000 and for me ..the only thing I would be getting is a $1200 little rubber "O" ring to keep out moisture...so I will just keep shooting with the Sigma.
I know everyone has a different take on what they buy and use...and why...That is just my take on the situation.
Also...I think that the 5DIII sensor is more than I need... I know that the Sony's are "better"...but their "system" isn't....and while it definitely has some nice assets...there are not enough to make me change systems.
What I see in my future (nearer..than farther) is selling off my entire FF kit..and just using my ever-improving MFT kit. I can fit 10 lenses in a small bag (by FF standards) and get image quality that is good enough for 80% of my needs right now.... I think the next couple of generations of MFT sensors there will put it over the top for me... and the lens range is REALLY filling out nicely. It gets better every month..not every year because a LOT of quality manufacturers are making glass for the system.
I can see the eyes rolling
..but I get killer results with a tiny kit when using the best lenses.
I am turning 60 yrs. in 5 days...and although I still going strong (I put 8 widows in a house this week!) ... I am just going to have to let the beast go!!!! Times (and gear) are a-changin..... LOL!!!!
(oh..just thought I would ad that the new 100-400mm looks like a killer lens at a "pretty" good price...I guess that will drop somewhat after release as usual making it a reasonable mix of quality vs. cost).