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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #75 on: November 29, 2012, 06:48:37 AM »

How does it compare to Samyang 35mm 1.4 MTF?

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #76 on: November 29, 2012, 07:38:09 AM »
I get the impression that, like Tamron and it's new 24-70mm VC or upcoming 70-200mm VC, Sigma is wanting to reinvent it's reputation.  Tamrons typically (in my experience) had good to great optics while sporting subpar AF and build quality.  The glass was definitely the best part of the lens.  But with these new lens they are trying to move into a new level of overall quality (and price).  I have the new Tamron, and I personally wish they had a new designation/look to set this lens apart from previous attempts that weren't nearly at this quality level.  Sure it is called an "SP" lens, but so have any number of other lens that cost far less.  This is the first weather sealed lens they have developed.  I though that using some new designator would have been wise.

Actually I think this trend started with the Tamron SP 70-300mm VC USD; it was the first Tamron with IS and HSM equivalent technology. I was quite impressed with this lens when it came out and I now use it for travel photography where I need something compact and reasonably light to have a tele-option. Optically it roughly compares with Canon's 70-300 IS but the VC and USD and a non-rotating front element closed the deal for me.

The *new* Tamron lenses do have a subtly new design/look, what with the sloping line at the rear of the lens and a bit more 'slick' looking but true, it is not a big departure (I don't think they need a new design anyway - I like it the way it is).

I agree with you regarding the 70-300.  Still, that being said, the 24 to 70 mm is the first lens that Tamron has produced to really compete with a professional series lens. The 70 to 30 competed more with the 70 to 300 IS lens, not the 70 to 300 L
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #77 on: November 29, 2012, 07:57:50 AM »
I recall from the 5D III manual that third party lenses are not able to use as many of the focus points as Canon's.  For lenses like this one, whose optical performance and focusing speed seem to be on par with Canon's, is that the only downside?

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #78 on: November 29, 2012, 08:10:36 AM »
I recall from the 5D III manual that third party lenses are not able to use as many of the focus points as Canon's.  For lenses like this one, whose optical performance and focusing speed seem to be on par with Canon's, is that the only downside?

Have the 5d3 and 35mm 1.4 Sigma and can use all the AF points like my L 2.8 glass can on the camera. All 45 cross and 61 points are usable.
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #79 on: November 29, 2012, 10:03:38 AM »
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Have the 5d3 and 35mm 1.4 Sigma and can use all the AF points like my L 2.8 glass can on the camera. All 45 cross and 61 points are usable.

What are your impressions of it?

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #80 on: November 29, 2012, 11:02:26 AM »
My impression is quite good regarding the Sigma 35 and the combination with the 5d3.
Focussing is accurate in all the shots I have taken so far. Which I can not say of the 50 1.4 Sigma, which has a bigger rate of unsharp photo's.
The 85mm 1.4 from Sigma is very precise as well regarding focussing, so it seems the 35mm might have the same bit of software/hardware for focussing as the 85mm.

So far there are a bunch of things that I really noticed with the 35mm from Sigma:

positive:
- It's very sharp, from 1.4 onward. No need to stop down for sharpness.
- Build quality is very good, better then anything I know from Sigma and on par with Canon 35mm 1.4.
- Even the front and back cap are new and have a better construction
- Lens does not need AFMA and is sharp straight out of box

negative:
- Sigma colors are present in this lens as well, so a bit of a yellowcast. The 35L has more red/blue coloring and gave the photo's more spark/vivid/positive feel to it. The yellowcast from the Sigma is not perse my favorite. Though it bothers me little and goes away in postprocessing in a flash :)
- Focussingring is nicely damped and smooth, but has to much friction to be operated easily with one finger. The 35L has an easier focusring to turn and can be used with one finger (as I always like to do).
- Focussing speed is about the same as the 50 1.4 and 85 1.4 from Sigma that I also have. The 35L is a wee bit faster focussing, but not by much. Next to eachother, you notice the difference, but they are both fast enough for wedding/action/walking/sprinting.

So far I really like the 35 1.4, what I notice most of all is the sharpness at 1.4 already and that is unseen with the 1.4 Canon 35mm.
If they were both exactly equal pricing, the Canon and the Sigma, I might go with the Canon, due to the colors.
But since there is a 400 euro difference, I believe I have made the right choice to go with the Sigma tool.
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #81 on: November 29, 2012, 12:22:31 PM »
If there is such thing as a Sigma holy trinity, I have it :P.
The Sigma 35 1.4 , 50 1.4 and 85 1.4 are all in my bag. The 35mm I got yesterday and the 85mm not long before that as well. So both are new to me.

If there are any questions, my english is just fine, so ask away :). I work with the 5d3.

I was thinking about that today too - Sigma trinity. It exists now! Sounds like an awesome setup you have there, have fun!
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #81 on: November 29, 2012, 12:22:31 PM »

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #82 on: November 29, 2012, 05:28:55 PM »
I played with this lens today-and while the af may be a little slow now, the rep who brought it in told me things like af speed are all going to be adjustable when the usb dock comes out. watch this space

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #83 on: November 29, 2012, 09:34:02 PM »
So far I'm very pleased with my sigma 35mm. i still can't even believe i'm saying that. I posted some crops taken with it on my 5dmk3 over in the lens gallery section of this forum. nothing very exciting.  i've been much to busy to really do anything with it yet, but so far i'm very pleased with it's build, and IQ. really, i can't believe it. up until i got it, i hated Sigma. really, i did. one time they really did me wrong, but now things are looking up.

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #84 on: November 30, 2012, 01:53:42 PM »
My impression is quite good regarding the Sigma 35 ...

Thanks for the review.

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #86 on: November 30, 2012, 04:19:26 PM »
I've been following this site for some time now.  Looking into the new Sigma 35mm 1.4.  I am really curious about the bokeh.  I'm willing to trade off some sharpness for this since I have read so far that the new Sig is super sharp.  I just need some info on the bokeh.  Thanks ahead of time.

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #87 on: November 30, 2012, 04:42:12 PM »
Compared to 35L:
http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Canon-35mm-f14-L


Wow.  Thanks for this post.  Unless my newly ordered Canon 35mm 1.4 is stellar  I think I will send it back for the sigma.  To my undereducated eye the Sigma looks like it beat the canon in every aspect

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #87 on: November 30, 2012, 04:42:12 PM »

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #88 on: November 30, 2012, 04:46:36 PM »
Compared to 35L:
http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Canon-35mm-f14-L


Yes thanks, that's a great review/comparison.

Look at those gorgeous 18-point sunstars & the circular bokeh even at f/2. Canon's 8-blade apertures has been one of my biggest gripes. Nikon has been putting out 9-blade aperture lenses for some time now; Canon's only playing catch-up now. And who knows when they'll replace their 24L, 35L, & 85L lenses...

Also, if you look at the OOF bokeh with pictures of the leaves, it appears to me that either the Canon lens has more contrast or has a lower exposure. Does anyone else see this?

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #89 on: November 30, 2012, 04:55:23 PM »
My impression is quite good regarding the Sigma 35 ...

Thanks for the review.
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #89 on: November 30, 2012, 04:55:23 PM »