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The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« on: December 19, 2012, 06:27:39 PM »
I have the 35L and I love it. Despite its age it seems to deliver the goods and is sharp wide open.

By all accounts the Sigma betters it in most regards, including on price. I have no immediate plans to replace my 35L with the Sigma as in reality there is always going to be a 'better' lens out there somewhere. The idea of selling of L to get Sigma does seem slightly skew to me too.

Am I alone in this thinking or is this an opportunity to maybe pocket $1-200 on the side and land a 'superior' product, at least until the 35L ii arrives (which will likely be still much more expensive).

Thoughts?
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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2012, 10:52:11 AM »
Sure, go for it.  But if you're happy with the images from the 35L then don't.
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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012, 11:27:17 AM »
I have the 35L and I love it. Despite its age it seems to deliver the goods and is sharp wide open.

By all accounts the Sigma betters it in most regards, including on price. I have no immediate plans to replace my 35L with the Sigma as in reality there is always going to be a 'better' lens out there somewhere. The idea of selling of L to get Sigma does seem slightly skew to me too.

Am I alone in this thinking or is this an opportunity to maybe pocket $1-200 on the side and land a 'superior' product, at least until the 35L ii arrives (which will likely be still much more expensive).

Thoughts?

Do you know for sure it's superior in ways that would make a difference to you?  For instance, according to the lensrentals non-review review, the Sigma is a bit sharper in the center and sharper in the corners but has less smooth background blurring.  For my part, I suspect the difference in center sharpness isn't noticeable in most situations, and I hardly ever photograph anything where corner sharpness matters; but I care quite a bit about blur.  Your priorities may be different.  Either way, I would rent one first.

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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012, 11:50:27 AM »

Am I alone in this thinking or is this an opportunity to maybe pocket $1-200 on the side and land a 'superior' product, at least until the 35L ii arrives (which will likely be still much more expensive).

Thoughts?

Go for it, pushing the 35L out wont be difficult and you get to play with the newest toy in town plus some coin; And when the new 35L arrives you act accordingly

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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012, 11:54:47 AM »

There is no red ring on Sigma :P
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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2012, 12:17:43 PM »
Why fix what ain't broke?   ???
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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2012, 12:28:55 PM »
If I had a 35L, I won't buy Sigma 35mm.  The depreciation of 35L is not worth for Sigma 35mm.  I am planning to get the Sigma 35mm because I don't have Canon 35mm L.
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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2012, 12:41:20 PM »
If I had a 35L, I won't buy Sigma 35mm.  The depreciation of 35L is not worth for Sigma 35mm.  I am planning to get the Sigma 35mm because I don't have Canon 35mm L.

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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2012, 01:58:58 PM »
If I had a 35L, I won't buy Sigma 35mm.  The depreciation of 35L is not worth for Sigma 35mm.  I am planning to get the Sigma 35mm because I don't have Canon 35mm L.

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+ 1 for me too.  I don't have the 35L but I will get the Sigma 35mm.
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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2012, 02:49:07 PM »
I have the 35L and have always been very happy with the images out of it. For a wide, I am especially impressed by it's bokeh. I have read that this is the Sigma's (maybe only) short coming. Up til then I considered the swop.

The bokeh is very important to me so I will not be selling the L to get the Sig. If my priority was purely sharpness then I'd probably jump ship.
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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2012, 03:35:03 PM »
I am very interested in Sigma 35 after having owned the 35L twice in the past... I am hoping to get my spring sometime, maybe by then some type of price decrease or at least see how the resale is of the Sigma. The Canon holds its value extremely well, especially if you bought it during rebates. The Sigma at $900 is a great deal, but would suck if you could not sell it for over $750 for example. Time will tell... I am hoping for some rebates/discounts before buying though.

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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2012, 05:40:36 PM »
For someone like me who hasn't got the Canon L or Zeiss, the Sigma 35 is very attractive.
Even given that I've got the very nice Samyang, the cost of upgrading to the Sigma to get the AF is also very attractive.

But given that you've already got the Canon L, that's difficult.
What I'd suggest is (if you have the spare cash) to buy the Sigma, try it out for a few weeks and whatnot. If you don't like it then the used market right now for that will probably be fairly close to purchase price, maybe 90%, just because it's so rare right now.
But if you like it better than the Canon L, then keep both. When the Canon L II comes out at over $2000 (prove me wrong, Canon), then it's more than likely that the price on a used Canon L I will go up (or at least not be any less than you could get now), and sell it then.
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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2012, 07:10:07 PM »
I must say for saving about $200 this is of course you got it when it during a rebate or so and might come out on top, otherwise it would not be worth getting rid of it. I personally find the 35L sharp if I need it to be sharper then I do it in post and I have even more control. I have only read reviews and seen test of the sigma v 35L and I don't find that there is enough difference to justify getting rid of 35L and saving 200. If I was getting or looking into a 35mm I would definitely look at sigma.

Yes it might be better but I am not worried about it because I know it will make very little if not no difference in my photography since it is still a 35mm lens.

Its truly up to you what you decide. If saving 200 and somewhat more sharper image works for you then go for it.

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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2012, 07:29:16 PM »
Canon is making it easy for Sigma.  It goes forever between refreshes on some lenses, and when they do refresh one they peg a price that leaves 99% of its potential customers out of the market (and probably 75% of even the enthusiasts too if we are going to see things like a 24-70 IS for $3,000.00.)

Sigma has already gotten to the point where they probably have 85% of the IQ of a Canon or a Nikon, and sometimes maybe 100% or even a bit more.  The one thing they need to get past is their public perception (deserved or not) of poor QC and poor reliability.  It does sound like they are serious about that, and are now saying publicly that this is their goal.

But with the high prices attached to all the new Canon lens releases, it is an incredible opportunity for Sigma if they can get their act together.  If Sigma can't come up with some good and reliable offerings and steal sticker-shocked customers out of Canon's pockets, then the fault is all theirs.  It will be interesting to watch.
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Re: The seemingly amazing Sigma 35
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2012, 07:32:10 PM »
i'm a sigma 35mm early adopter, and i'm very pleased with it, but if i was you, i doubt i'd swap. if you go the ebay route, then you have ebay/paypal fees, plus and maybe it's just me but i always get hosed on shipping charges, and all that will eat into your rewards. If you have a cheaper route, and are unhappy with your canon, of course, but if your happy, i doubt i'd do it. I was minutes away from going with the canon 35 when i decided against it, but if i had, i bet i would be just about as pleased with it.

- just like to add that i think sigma's rapid lens replacement system is a detriment. Canon is more my speed. Hopefully sigma will slow things down.
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