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Re: Hold out for EF 35/2 IS or jump in with classic 35 1.4L
« Reply #45 on: November 24, 2012, 05:41:20 PM »
I'm certainly intrigued by the optical quality of the Sigma 35. However, I have the 35L now and my copy, at least, is razor sharp at f/1.4 and gets ridiculously sharp from there. The colors, AF and rendering are also amazing. No complaints there.

The main reason I'm interested in the 35/2 is the smaller size and weight. The 35L isn't huge, but it's not compact either. If I can get the same or even better optical quality in a more compact package, I'd probably be willing to sacrifice the extra stop. However, I shoot almost exclusively portraits (of my 16-month old daughter, who never stops moving), so IS doesn't help me at all; f/1.4 is a lot more useful in those circumstances.

The Sigma is bigger and heavier than the 35L (660g vs. 580g, and 3.03 x 3.7 vs. 3.1 x 3.4), so even if it's a little sharper than the 35L, I'm not interested. My 35L is plenty sharp, and the size and weight are more important to me.

I have the 40/2.8 too, which is incredible especially considering its size. In fact, I also prefer the 40mm focal length to 35mm. I wish Canon made a 40/1.8. I'd be all over that. I used to shoot Pentax and their 43/1.9 was my favorite lens ever.

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Re: Hold out for EF 35/2 IS or jump in with classic 35 1.4L
« Reply #45 on: November 24, 2012, 05:41:20 PM »

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Re: Hold out for EF 35/2 IS or jump in with classic 35 1.4L
« Reply #46 on: November 24, 2012, 06:34:21 PM »
I wish Canon made a 40/1.8. I'd be all over that. I used to shoot Pentax and their 43/1.9 was my favorite lens ever.
NOW! You reminded me of my first SLR: A Konica Autoreflex TC with 40mm f/1.8 

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Re: Hold out for EF 35/2 IS or jump in with classic 35 1.4L
« Reply #47 on: November 24, 2012, 10:51:04 PM »
I like my primes to be small, light and fast.  Just the opposite of my zooms. I would like to own a 35L but I think what I would benifit more from is the 35 f/2 IS. Perfect for a small event or party where IS is helpful for low light as well as a relatively wide aperture for moving subjects. I really like my 50 f/1.8 but on a 7D (I prefer my 7D for it's AF and speed) it's just a bit too long and focuses quite slow. The 35 f/2 IS sounds perfect. Can't wait!
5D II | 17-40L | 24-105L | 70-200 f4L IS | 135L | SY 14mm f/2.8 | Sigma 50 f/1.4

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Re: Hold out for EF 35/2 IS or jump in with classic 35 1.4L
« Reply #47 on: November 24, 2012, 10:51:04 PM »