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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2013, 09:07:32 PM »
Wouldn't the Sigma 35mm be better than the Canon? In terms of 50's, I've used both the 50L and Sigma 50mm 1.4 extensively and bought the Sigma, I just find the lenses colour rendition much better, focus more accurate and it doesn't suffer from the heavy (granted easily correctable) vignetting of the Canon either.

As to whether to go 35mm or 50mm it's all personal preference, though I would get more use out of 35mm than 50mm - especially since you already own an 85mm which will sometimes overlap with a 50's uses - I think it's important to spread your primes out or else they start feeling redundant (e.g. I use 24, 50 and 135).

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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2013, 09:50:59 PM »
Wouldn't the Sigma 35mm be better than the Canon? In terms of 50's, I've used both the 50L and Sigma 50mm 1.4 extensively and bought the Sigma, I just find the lenses colour rendition much better, focus more accurate and it doesn't suffer from the heavy (granted easily correctable) vignetting of the Canon either.

As to whether to go 35mm or 50mm it's all personal preference, though I would get more use out of 35mm than 50mm - especially since you already own an 85mm which will sometimes overlap with a 50's uses - I think it's important to spread your primes out or else they start feeling redundant (e.g. I use 24, 50 and 135).

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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2013, 04:30:23 PM »
I never liked the 50 f1.2 the two times I tried it....
I tried to accept the vignetting, soft edges and chromatics... never got to the focus quirks...
but I personally don't care for 50mm over 35mm.... so it was uphill from the start

Well if you only used it a couple of times it's no wonder you don't like it.  That's a fickle lens that takes time to learn, but once you get used to it and you nail a shot, you really nail it.  It's an excellent lens, but definitely takes a while to master.  I think most 50L owners would tend to agree.
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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2013, 04:36:27 PM »
The 50L is the sharpest 50mm canon makes in the center from F1.2-2.8. If this fits your usage, I'd get one.

LOL I loved my 50L very much, and it was a lot of things, but not extraordinarily sharp.  And for the record the 50mm f/1.4 is sharper than the 1.2 in the center and MUCH sharper on the edges.  The edges on the 50L are HORRIBLE, they barely even register on the chart.  I've heard some say that they were going for that kind of soft edge effect for portraits, but either way when I got my Zeiss 50 f/2 I realized just how bad the Canon was on the edges.  When I jumped from the 50mm f/1.4 to 50mm f/1.2 I didn't notice any change in sharpness, the most noticeable differences are in the bokeh, color rendition, AF speed, and build quality.

Here is the 50mm f/1.4 compared to the 1.2:
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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2013, 04:56:48 PM »
The 50L is the sharpest 50mm canon makes in the center from F1.2-2.8. If this fits your usage, I'd get one.


LOL I loved my 50L very much, and it was a lot of things, but not extraordinarily sharp.  And for the record the 50mm f/1.4 is sharper than the 1.2 in the center and MUCH sharper on the edges.  The edges on the 50L are HORRIBLE, they barely even register on the chart.  I've heard some say that they were going for that kind of soft edge effect for portraits, but either way when I got my Zeiss 50 f/2 I realized just how bad the Canon was on the edges.  When I jumped from the 50mm f/1.4 to 50mm f/1.2 I didn't notice any change in sharpness, the most noticeable differences are in the bokeh, color rendition, AF speed, and build quality.

Here is the 50mm f/1.4 compared to the 1.2:


It depends how good, bad, or ugly the copy you received was. Mine is superior to any of my previous 50mm I've owned and TDP shows how terrible the 1.4 is with CA and Veiling haze. It mirrors my experience in the center where it matters most to me.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=403&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=1&LensComp=115&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Now most here don't care for Mr. rockwell but his experiences mirror mine with the 50L in usage. It even demonstrates the zeiss vs 50L in veiling haze.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/50mm-f12-continued.htm

Nailing focus is key @ f/1.2 and when it does, I'd never go back to another 50mm lens.

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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2013, 05:53:49 PM »
Thanks for all your inputs, it's all exactly the sort of thing I wanted.

Couple of points raised in some of your comments; I'm aware that the 16-35 @35mm pales in comparison to a dedicated 35 prime. I'm also aware that the 50L is only superior to it's smaller siblings between 1.2 and about 2.8, beyond that, the other two are arguably better.

It appears that the general consensus seems to be not to get the 35L; my options seem to boil down to get either the 50L or the Sigma 35 and the 50 1.4...

Again thank you all for your feedback, it's really great. Keep posting and I'll keep reading, though we shall just have to wait and see what I end up deciding to get. Who knows? Not me! Not yet.
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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2013, 05:58:39 PM »
Thanks for all your inputs, it's all exactly the sort of thing I wanted.

Couple of points raised in some of your comments; I'm aware that the 16-35 @35mm pales in comparison to a dedicated 35 prime. I'm also aware that the 50L is only superior to it's smaller siblings between 1.2 and about 2.8, beyond that, the other two are arguably better.

It appears that the general consensus seems to be not to get the 35L; my options seem to boil down to get either the 50L or the Sigma 35 and the 50 1.4...

Again thank you all for your feedback, it's really great. Keep posting and I'll keep reading, though we shall just have to wait and see what I end up deciding to get. Who knows? Not me! Not yet.

Honestly, I'd get the Sigma 35mm 1.4 + Canon  50mm 1.4.

The 50L is really only for 50mm nuts who just like that focal length. Its heavy, It's expensive, It's IQ band is limited but I wouldn't trade for anything on the market currently.
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Re: 35L or 50L?
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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2013, 06:06:26 PM »
Honestly, I'd get the Sigma 35mm 1.4 + Canon  50mm 1.4.

Amen.

You're not going to get a better 35 than the Sigma. Different, yes, but not better.

And chances are negligible that you'll find the 50 f/1.4 lacking...and, if you do, you can sell it for nearly what you pay for it (and consider the difference your rental fee) and use the proceeds to buy a minuscule fraction of the 50L.

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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2013, 10:39:06 PM »
Honestly, I'd get the Sigma 35mm 1.4 + Canon  50mm 1.4.

For a little extra money I really see no reason to get the Canon 50/1.4 instead of the Sigma 50/1.4. I've already said how I prefer Sigma's 50/1.4 to Canon's 50/1.2, which some people may disagree with, but honestly the Sigma produces so much more pleasing images than the Canon 50/1.4, the bokeh is a lot smoother and the colours and micro contrast better, plus the Canon 50/1.4 just feels cheap. The Canon 50/1.4 is not a lens I'd ever bother with and the only friend I have that has, traded it in for the Sigma 50/1.4 pretty quickly.

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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2013, 11:13:18 PM »
Honestly, I'd get the Sigma 35mm 1.4 + Canon  50mm 1.4.

For a little extra money I really see no reason to get the Canon 50/1.4 instead of the Sigma 50/1.4. I've already said how I prefer Sigma's 50/1.4 to Canon's 50/1.2, which some people may disagree with, but honestly the Sigma produces so much more pleasing images than the Canon 50/1.4, the bokeh is a lot smoother and the colours and micro contrast better, plus the Canon 50/1.4 just feels cheap. The Canon 50/1.4 is not a lens I'd ever bother with and the only friend I have that has, traded it in for the Sigma 50/1.4 pretty quickly.

I could never recommend the sigma 50mm because of its irratic AF behavior. It's IQ was good when it hit but I couldn't trust it. Maybe when they update it to an art series lens, I'll revisit it.
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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2013, 11:45:37 PM »
Apparently some copies of the lens have issues with consistent af and so perhaps I've been lucky there (after considerable micro adjustment to the af) but there are great copies of this lens about and buying from a reputable retailer always allows you to swap your lens for another if you do indeed get a dud. Amazon are great in this regard.

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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #26 on: March 20, 2013, 01:35:14 AM »
Apparently some copies of the lens have issues with consistent af and so perhaps I've been lucky there (after considerable micro adjustment to the af) but there are great copies of this lens about and buying from a reputable retailer always allows you to swap your lens for another if you do indeed get a dud. Amazon are great in this regard.


I own the Sigma f/1.4.  Took me two copies, but I got one with decent AF.  Being that it's still a 1.4, AF can be hard to nail, but when you do the results are outstanding.  I had the Canon 1.4 and sold it for the Sigma.  Real happy I did.

Here's a recent shot with the Sigma:

http://www.pierceography.com/31725
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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2013, 03:47:03 AM »
Hmm, not a lot of love for the 35L here. I have one and I simply love it, I can't compare it to the 50L other than  focal length wise. I like the 35mm focal length, even on my 24-105 I find myself often going to around 35mm.

In terms of CA and other, I am not skilled enough (or interested enough to check all details), but I've not noticed anything disturbing in processed pictures.

People are talking alot about the new Sigma, probably for the right reasons. But it is still untested in terms of build and how it will last over time. The 35L was introduced 1998 if I remember correct and as far as I understand holds well over time. I think that is also something to take into consideration. I have one Sigma lens that I used for my old 60D, I haven't sold it because it's not worth anything and the years have definitely taken it's toll on it.

I am sure you will be happy with the 50L though as many of the more experienced photographers here recommend.

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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2013, 05:16:12 AM »
Sigma 35mm...  I hope they can also produce a 21mm or 20mm that's as good and as cheap.

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Re: 35L or 50L?
« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2013, 07:27:34 AM »
Sigma 35mm...  I hope they can also produce a 21mm or 20mm that's as good and as cheap.

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And I hope they can produce a wide angle zoom that is sharp across the frame, so that we don't have to wait for Canon to do it.  :P

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