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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #105 on: December 16, 2012, 06:12:10 AM »
Why is there no photozone review on this lens yet? I have checked their site every day for the last three weeks...
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« Reply #105 on: December 16, 2012, 06:12:10 AM »

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« Reply #106 on: December 17, 2012, 03:06:38 PM »
photozone seems to lag behind a bit. nothing against them, what they do it very nice, i like it a lot. If i was in the EU i would be offering up some lenses to them for testing.

DXO just posted their thoughts and findings on the SIGMA, so that might tide you over.

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #107 on: December 17, 2012, 04:20:02 PM »
photozone seems to lag behind a bit. nothing against them, what they do it very nice, i like it a lot. If i was in the EU i would be offering up some lenses to them for testing.

DXO just posted their thoughts and findings on the SIGMA, so that might tide you over.

Do you have a link? :)
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #109 on: December 17, 2012, 06:45:04 PM »
Anyone done any tracking tests against the 35 L? I've read that is "as fast" but measured with still subjects, pretty useless. Can it track a kid running here and there?
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #110 on: December 18, 2012, 08:50:58 AM »
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #111 on: December 19, 2012, 03:22:42 AM »
Sounds like the Sigma 35mm is sharper but perhaps there is too much rosey enthusiasm about this lens among some.  I am glad to have Canon play defense... competition is always good for the customers but let me share my subjective view of the Sigma pictures I've seen so far.

When I first saw the Sigma head shot of the girl here on the forum somewhere (someone please link it if you remember), my thoughts were: beautiful subject, sharp lens, very nice OOF but the bokeh is not very pleasing. Granted, one can't look at football-shaped off focus lights always to judge this.. they all tend to look the same...one needs to look at real world backgrounds ...and the quality of the bokeh is not always measurable...it is subjective. I simply did not like the Sigma rendition. There was also something about the color...microcontrast...I dunno... Sigma was clearly a sharp lens but it did not speak to me.

Now, in all fairness, had the Canon 35L been used on the same model, same night lighting, would it be any better? I don't know as there was no head-to-head comparison. So I hope for Sigma's sake that Canon 35L would also have produced the same picture.

But what is more significant is that lensrentals gallery in their Sigma review/blog also has those rather flat looking pictures with color rendition that just doesn't grab me. And Roger from lensrental goes on to say bokeh is in fact subpar with this lens. Another review cited in this thread earlier also states the same thing about the Sigma bokeh.

So sharpness is not everything. There is such a thing as "Je ne sais quoi" about the images that lenses generate and I think 35L has it in spades. It hasn't seen much use with me for some time...but perhaps it is time I paid an old friend some much deserved attention.
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #111 on: December 19, 2012, 03:22:42 AM »

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #112 on: December 19, 2012, 09:57:24 PM »
When I first saw the Sigma head shot of the girl here on the forum somewhere (someone please link it if you remember), my thoughts were: beautiful subject, sharp lens, very nice OOF but the bokeh is not very pleasing. Granted, one can't look at football-shaped off focus lights always to judge this.. they all tend to look the same...one needs to look at real world backgrounds ...and the quality of the bokeh is not always measurable...it is subjective. I simply did not like the Sigma rendition. There was also something about the color...microcontrast...I dunno... Sigma was clearly a sharp lens but it did not speak to me.

ever shot a 70-200 f2.8L IS II wide open or a 50 f1.4 from canon at 1.4? football shaped bokeh happens on any lens if the conditions are right ::)
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #113 on: December 19, 2012, 10:11:05 PM »
When I first saw the Sigma head shot of the girl here on the forum somewhere (someone please link it if you remember), my thoughts were: beautiful subject, sharp lens, very nice OOF but the bokeh is not very pleasing. Granted, one can't look at football-shaped off focus lights always to judge this.. they all tend to look the same...one needs to look at real world backgrounds ...and the quality of the bokeh is not always measurable...it is subjective. I simply did not like the Sigma rendition. There was also something about the color...microcontrast...I dunno... Sigma was clearly a sharp lens but it did not speak to me.

ever shot a 70-200 f2.8L IS II wide open or a 50 f1.4 from canon at 1.4? football shaped bokeh happens on any lens if the conditions are right ::)

That is misreading what I said...I was not saying the football OOF shapes shouldn't occur... I said they are not a good way to judge the quality of bokeh in general...say furniture in the back or trees. Lensrentals' Roger's gallery pics of the sigma 35mm 1.4 is more telling in his recent blog...and ...oddly he directly addresses the sigma bokeh also in the canon 35mm f2 IS review blog with some graphs to boot. All said, I think sigma may very well be sharp, but the bokeh quality may still be behind 35L.
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #114 on: December 19, 2012, 10:29:54 PM »
When I first saw the Sigma head shot of the girl here on the forum somewhere (someone please link it if you remember), my thoughts were: beautiful subject, sharp lens, very nice OOF but the bokeh is not very pleasing. Granted, one can't look at football-shaped off focus lights always to judge this.. they all tend to look the same...one needs to look at real world backgrounds ...and the quality of the bokeh is not always measurable...it is subjective. I simply did not like the Sigma rendition. There was also something about the color...microcontrast...I dunno... Sigma was clearly a sharp lens but it did not speak to me.

ever shot a 70-200 f2.8L IS II wide open or a 50 f1.4 from canon at 1.4? football shaped bokeh happens on any lens if the conditions are right ::)

That is misreading what I said...I was not saying the football OOF shapes shouldn't occur... I said they are not a good way to judge the quality of bokeh in general...say furniture in the back or trees. Lensrentals' Roger's gallery pics of the sigma 35mm 1.4 is more telling in his recent blog...and ...oddly he directly addresses the sigma bokeh also in the canon 35mm f2 IS review blog with some graphs to boot. All said, I think sigma may very well be sharp, but the bokeh quality may still be behind 35L.

ah gottcha I thought you were blaming the lens for the footballs
did you see the wasp pic in the gallery someone took? that quite frankly is pretty awesome oof blur
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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #115 on: December 19, 2012, 10:56:30 PM »
Here is the sigma 35mm subpar bokeh discussion and graphs at lensrentals blog...scroll down a bit.
Yes he discusses it within the review for the new canon 35mm IS.

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #116 on: December 20, 2012, 10:56:54 AM »
I don't recall anyone nitpicking a lens so much for it's bokeh when everything else is fab, generally the consideration for the quality of bokeh of a lens, especially at these price points and class of lenses is always there, but this must mean though that Sigma just has no other faults to look at, so everyone wants to point at something it's not the absolute best at. And talk about onion highlights? The 35L can produce those onions too!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pong0814/5596735626/#

And, unlike the Sigma, the 35L doesn't keep rounded circular highlights when stopped down if that matters for anyone.

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« Reply #118 on: December 21, 2012, 03:35:32 AM »
I don't recall anyone nitpicking a lens so much for it's bokeh when everything else is fab, generally the consideration for the quality of bokeh of a lens, especially at these price points and class of lenses is always there, but this must mean though that Sigma just has no other faults to look at, so everyone wants to point at something it's not the absolute best at. And talk about onion highlights? The 35L can produce those onions too!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pong0814/5596735626/#

And, unlike the Sigma, the 35L doesn't keep rounded circular highlights when stopped down if that matters for anyone.

+1

Very, very well said.

I've always complained about Canon's 8-blade apertures... you start seeing octagons in OOF highlights when you stop down even 2/3 of a stop on many of Canon's primes (e.g. the 'venerable' 85/1.2). What I hate even more is that 8-blade aperture lenses produce 8-point sunstars.

Just adding one blade gives you 18-point sunstars. AND circular OOF highlights.

Nikon's had 9-blade apertures for a while now.

What took Canon so long?

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Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
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