I'm considering selling my 24-70 f/2.8L MkI because it has gone practically unused since I got the 24-105 F/4L IS.
Now I'm considering getting a 35mm f/1.4 instead - either the Sigma or the Canon. At the moment I think I would prefer the Canon eventhough I've good experience with my Sigma 50 mm f/1.4.
I know these 35mm lenses have been discussed to death but now that for most people the initial love affair with the Sigma is probably over, I'd like to hear your *real world* thoughts on the matter of choosing between these two. Maybe you've had to make this choice yourself or even owned both lenses.
I know about the lab test data but prefer to hear from you some real world comparisons. These include portability, reliability, subjective quality etc etc. So please, your (subjective) opinions.
for me I choose the sigma
I HAD a 35L ...it was a good copy..with
the fringing and moderate sharpness wide open
I liked using it along with the 135L
because I ONLY carried the 135L hood...[EDIT: doh!... I got that backwards -I used 35 hood on 135]
which fit onto the 35L and gave SOME coverage and protection..kept the kit small
my point is they were a nice couple
so then I HEARD Canon was coming with the 35L II..
so I sold the 35L I and got good, solid, market price for it...
THEN I relented and tried the sigma
(*while waiting for Canon to get their 35L II act together)
of course Canon was apparently 'spooked' by the sigma quality.... and did NOT issue their (I bet underdesigned) 35L II
I would say the sigma is one of my best , reliably performing lenses so far...compared to...
MY ...70-200 f4 I.S., f2.8 II, 85L II, 135L, 24L I, original 100mm macro AND 100L macro, 16-35L II
reliable, accurate focus sort by best first...
100L, 85L II (yes very good), 70-200 II, 70-200 f4, 16-35 II and last ...24L I .. just a bit temperamental
the siggy is sharp wide open, has good.... to pretty good.... bokeh quality, accurate and sharp shots every time......even distant subjects @ 1.4 gave sharp subject and a little blur in background....accurate!!
a better lens (for me) than a 50mm
I say.... if you could trade the old 24-70 for this siggy 35 performance...
it would be a great trade..
I have a 24-105 and cant get myself to get the 24-70 II...when I still have a 35sigma 1.4 to use
just my thoughts....
having / still having .....some very good lenses
I take the 14L II, 35 sig, 135L.....OR 100L..... as a 3-lens kit... which does all that I need
that's my thought on the matter
I hold the sig 35 as tightly as the 135L when I bring them both...
Canon needs to get over the embarrassment and give us a 35L II that is world tops quality
I will buy it on the spot
just my tried and tested opinion
I had a 30mm sigma on a crop body...yrs ago...and it was nice when I got accurate focus
which was...... usually... at best
BUT THIS 35 1.4 sigma is a different animal....
on a 5D3 (which improved accuracy on ALL my canon lenses)
it nails - wide open or stopped down - the focus ......always
just note this fact in your decision