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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #120 on: April 26, 2013, 11:52:40 PM »
Received mine today.... Pretty impressed with it. Great flare control. Fast focus.
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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #121 on: April 27, 2013, 11:36:07 AM »
Watched the video demo of the USB dock. Very impressive, I wish I could AFMA all my lenses at four different points! How awesome would that be?
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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #122 on: April 28, 2013, 05:03:04 AM »
with that USB docking thingy from sigma it looks like we can adjust focus at 4 different focusing distances for primes. Sigma posted a video of it in action. looks very clear and powerful to me.

I'm very pleased with my Sigma 85mm 1.4 and will probably get the new 35mm at some point however I do wonder if Sigma have produced the docking gizmo to get around the fact their quality control appears to be, um, lacking if you read/believe the various posts on the net. Instead of having customers returning new lenses for exchange or service centre tweaking, the customer can do it themselves by correcting for four different focus points via their gizmo.

Sounds like Sigma might be putting the solution to their own problem into the hands of the customer and this may fool some customers into thinking that Sigma are being "customer focussed" (no pun intended). Maybe Sigma should sort out quality issues at source rather than after the purchase has been made?

Just a thought.


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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #123 on: April 28, 2013, 09:16:46 AM »
it could be, but i've gone down the road of sending things to sigma for calibration, and i wouldn't do it again. I'll take this USB dock any day over that. also it looks like they will be able to tweak the firmware with this dock as well as AF, so i think the days of rechipping your lenses are behind us. Besides, i've had to send lenses to Canon for adjustments as well, so while i think sigma's QC might be problematic, canon's isn't perfect either.

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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #124 on: April 28, 2013, 10:55:01 AM »
The idea of adjusting in several places sound very interesting. But with the software not controlling the lens while adjusting, not even being in the camera, how do one know how much need to be adjusted without making 200 tries?? What means -1 or +3 ??? How much distance is that? How you know what number to put in there?
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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #125 on: April 28, 2013, 01:32:35 PM »
The idea of adjusting in several places sound very interesting. But with the software not controlling the lens while adjusting, not even being in the camera, how do one know how much need to be adjusted without making 200 tries?? What means -1 or +3 ??? How much distance is that? How you know what number to put in there?

That is my concern.  It seems like a lot of trial and error, and shooting charts many, many times.  Fine if it is the only lens in your kit, but seems like a pretty huge investment of time. And what if, like many of us, you shoot multiple bodies?  I like the concept of the finite focus control; I'm less crazy about the time investment.  Doing AFMA on a few bodies is already a fair investment of time (I do it manually). 

One plus, however, is that unlike the slow, multi-step task of making each change in the body, the software at least allows for quick adjustments.  It would be great if the hub came with a FoCal type software that could automate part of the process.
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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #126 on: April 28, 2013, 02:00:40 PM »
The idea of adjusting in several places sound very interesting. But with the software not controlling the lens while adjusting, not even being in the camera, how do one know how much need to be adjusted without making 200 tries?? What means -1 or +3 ??? How much distance is that? How you know what number to put in there?

Ask yourself this, "if I have to adjust my new lens up to four times over its range to ensure sharp focus, do I feel I've wasted my money?".

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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #127 on: April 28, 2013, 08:59:26 PM »
The idea of adjusting in several places sound very interesting. But with the software not controlling the lens while adjusting, not even being in the camera, how do one know how much need to be adjusted without making 200 tries?? What means -1 or +3 ??? How much distance is that? How you know what number to put in there?

That is my concern.  It seems like a lot of trial and error, and shooting charts many, many times.  Fine if it is the only lens in your kit, but seems like a pretty huge investment of time. And what if, like many of us, you shoot multiple bodies?  I like the concept of the finite focus control; I'm less crazy about the time investment.  Doing AFMA on a few bodies is already a fair investment of time (I do it manually). 

One plus, however, is that unlike the slow, multi-step task of making each change in the body, the software at least allows for quick adjustments.  It would be great if the hub came with a FoCal type software that could automate part of the process.

Having just used Focal for the first time the other day I agree with that. I would love to have four adjustment points on my Canon zoom lenses. At least Sigma users now have that chance! All you need is the data from Focal and you're set!
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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #128 on: May 03, 2013, 10:17:28 AM »
I tested Sigma and Canon side by side. In the end I chose Canon. First sharpness is not everything, and overall pics from Canon just seem a little bit more pleasing. Second Sigma AF is a bit less responsive, and it misses more in dim light (which is the biggest factor). And last (but not least) new Sigma just doesn't feel right. It's like Batman first batch of helmets - looks kewl, black and shiny, but when you smack it, it cracks open. By which I mean the plastic feels cheap to touch :D

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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #129 on: May 06, 2013, 02:26:18 AM »
I had a chance to finally try the Sigma out and it looked cool, it felt heavy and big for a 35 f1.4. Loved the focusing ring, very good color and contrast. I used LV to focus, since it wasn't afma'd, and I wouldn't trade my 35 L for it because of sharpness, others will. But all of that wasn't really important. I wanted to see if the AF is indeed "same as the 35 L" as I've seen claimed, I have always doubted that, because the 35 L is fantastic. And I was right, the AF of the Sigma feels like the 35 L in slow-motion.. VERY slow... I'm not sure if people who have tested the Sigma vs 35 L have used a 5d, and the 1d X spins the 35 L faster because of the higher battery voltage, but it's not even in the same leauge as the 35 L.

So I'll take my small light, VERY sharp, superfast AF 35 L a million times over.
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« Reply #130 on: May 06, 2013, 08:51:55 PM »
And last (but not least) new Sigma just doesn't feel right. It's like Batman first batch of helmets - looks kewl, black and shiny, but when you smack it, it cracks open. By which I mean the plastic feels cheap to touch :D

While i took the family to a circus yesterday i accidentally gave the sigma a good whack on the aluminum bleachers. It was a pretty forceful blow and i feared some damage. i actually muttered a foul word while in the company of lots of kids. not a scratch. fingers crossed, let's not do that again....

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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #131 on: May 07, 2013, 01:02:48 AM »
First sharpness is not everything

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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #132 on: May 07, 2013, 01:17:33 AM »
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And last (but not least) new Sigma just doesn't feel right. It's like Batman first batch of helmets - looks kewl, black and shiny, but when you smack it, it cracks open. By which I mean the plastic feels cheap to touch

IMHO, because Sigma has been at the lens game for a while, the proto-Batman analogy is clever but not really appropriate in this case.  I left the 35mm out on my desk for a week, just to stare at it.  I believe it is a thing a beauty.
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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #133 on: May 07, 2013, 02:08:50 AM »
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And last (but not least) new Sigma just doesn't feel right. It's like Batman first batch of helmets - looks kewl, black and shiny, but when you smack it, it cracks open. By which I mean the plastic feels cheap to touch

IMHO, because Sigma has been at the lens game for a while, the proto-Batman analogy is clever but not really appropriate in this case.  I left the 35mm out on my desk for a week, just to stare at it.  I believe it is a thing a beauty.

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Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« Reply #134 on: May 07, 2013, 03:52:29 AM »
I left the 35mm out on my desk for a week, just to stare at it.  I believe it is a thing a beauty.

35L is so ugly I take it outside and shoot it :D

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