Thanks for the help...I did not get the email...so I sent Nik a. Note...hopefully I can get it too.
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I was able to rent the Zeiss 15mm and borrow (CPS) the TS-e 17mm
Both are beautifull, super-sharp/IQ, heavy and MF only - but the TS-e is more versatile.
the 17mm will allow you to stich shots to get as wide as a 11mm lens, but you will need a tripod, so the 15 wins in FOV.
The rest you know - price.
If I could afford it, I would get both, but right now I rather wait to see what Canon is going to do (or not) regarding the 14-24 rumour.
If you already used both, and liked either, then there is wrong way to go, considering you being a generalist.
I have Sigma 50mm F1.4. The AFMA for this lens was 13 when I just bought it. I believe it would be a problem if I used it on a body has no AFMA feature. With AF adjustment, the lens is perfect. Few months ago I sent it back to Sigma maintenance center to adjust AF. I received the lens in two weeks with a perfect AF adjustment. The AFMA setting for this lens now is 0.
My points are:
If your camera body has AFMA feature, you don't need to worry about the AF issue.
If your camera body has no AFMA feature and you don't mind to send the lens back to Sigma maintenance center, the AF issue of this lens is also not an issue for you.
Otherwise, Canon 50mm F1.4 might be a better choice.
Thank you for your opinion, i'll put Lens Rentals on the list.
there is a logic anyway to this poll, the e one that has least votes is the less credible.
Then the poll should be for "Most Objective Reviewer"...not both. ??
I'm really thinking about picking one of these up. As far as primes go, the 35mm range would be a pretty attractive addition to my prime kit (currently have the Sigma 50mm, Canon 85mm and 135mm). I was going to go with the Canon 35mm f/1.4L, but after reading a bunch of these reviews that praise Sigma's 35mm, for a 50% cost savings and performance boost it almost seems stupid to not go for the Sigma.
Perhaps I can get some hobby paint and put a red ring on it. ;-)