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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2013, 07:27:17 AM »
Some great points made, which has pretty much made my decision....

I think I will stick with the 1.4 for now and see what happens with the 50 range in the next 12 months. Although, I am now tempted by the 35L again, as from all the reviews I read its way better than the 50L so this introduces another question... Is the 35L a worthwhile investment when I have the 24-70II, I would only be shooting it at 1.4-1.8 if I had one so I guess its down to if its good enough to make me wanna use it over the 24-70II for bokeh shots.

Does anyone else find that when you have money to buy gear you just cant find the right gear? lol

Yes, I wanted Canon to make a cheap 35 1.4 non L without IS and also a mid priced updataed 50 1.4 non L but neither of these materialized. The Sigma has been on my radar for a while. Just waiting for Canon to do something.

35 is the new 50 my friend, especially if you have a crop body  :P
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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2013, 07:27:17 AM »

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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2013, 10:43:48 AM »
Nothing new to add. I've done it and kept the 1.4 around for a while. Yes, the 1.4 can be sharper in the f/2 to f/4 area. I still never used it again even though it is and remains a very fine lens optically.

Both have flaws so you pick your poison - and there really isn't an alternative out there that wouldn't have a flaw. Until there is something even better the 50L remains my go to lens. Anyone who likes good "bokeh" and any kind of people photography should look at this as an option. Where it occasionally may fall short with respect to sharpness under certain circumstances (a bit blown out of proportion in my opinion) it kills when it comes to colors and contrast. It's the perfect complement to my 135L. YMMV.
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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #32 on: May 23, 2013, 11:44:22 AM »
After a few hours of internet research I have decided to get the Sigma 35 f1.4 DG HSM :O
I may sell my 50 1.4 as I do feel with the 35 & 24-70II it wont see much use if the S35 is as good as what I am reading as I only really need one fast lens as the rest is covered between to the two 2.8 zooms.

I may look at a 50 if Canon decide to upgrade the L or the 1.4 although I have say looking at a fair amount of wedding photographers work, inc. my own I am finding that 35 / 85 & 135 is the main focal range and I feel the 70-200 covers the tele ends well enough whilst the 24-70II covers the wide with the S35 to give me the bokeh I cant see I will need it?

Thanks again for all the comments though, its been a interesting find and I for one never thought I would consider a non-canon lens, fingers crossed the QC has improved :)
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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #33 on: May 23, 2013, 01:30:25 PM »
After a few hours of internet research I have decided to get the Sigma 35 f1.4 DG HSM :O

Exactly what I did after I waited months for a new 50 1.4 from Canon. I first bought the 50 1.2L and it was a nice lens, heavy, weather sealed, just felt right, but the shots weren't satisfying below 2.0. The old 50 1.4 which I owned before won't come back into my bag cause its just such an old piece of plastic and also not the greatest performance at 1.4, at least not even close to what the new Sigma 35mm 1.4 can produce. So, I sold the 50L again and bought the Sigma 35 1.4 and if you get a decent copy with no focus problems then this is what should be the standard for 1.4! Incredibly sharp.
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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #34 on: May 24, 2013, 07:54:25 AM »
Look what I picked up today.. :)



Lets hope it lives up to the hype..
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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #35 on: May 24, 2013, 09:10:27 AM »
Look what I picked up today.. :)



Lets hope it lives up to the hype..

Congrats....post some pics with new Sigma ;)
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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #36 on: May 24, 2013, 09:32:43 AM »
Congrats and definitely post up some of the wonderful shots this lens produces.
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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #36 on: May 24, 2013, 09:32:43 AM »

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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #37 on: May 24, 2013, 01:57:01 PM »
First samples from Sigma 35 f1.4 DG HSM

All unedited RAW files..

5D3 - f1.4 - 1/100 - ISO 200 - Handheld focus on closest eye (My 2.5yr old daughter watching TV)




5D3 - f1.4 - 1/100 - ISO 200 - Handheld focus on eyes (My 2.5yr old daughter in kitchen)




I am very impressed, the focus and sharpness is spot on, and I would say I had a good 85% hit rate and when shooting at f1.4 I am more then happy with that.

Comments welcome.
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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #38 on: May 24, 2013, 04:09:49 PM »
First samples from Sigma 35 f1.4 DG HSM

All unedited RAW files..

5D3 - f1.4 - 1/100 - ISO 200 - Handheld focus on closest eye (My 2.5yr old daughter watching TV)

I am very impressed, the focus and sharpness is spot on, and I would say I had a good 85% hit rate and when shooting at f1.4 I am more then happy with that.

Comments welcome.

It looks like a keeper. Enjoy your new toy and thanks sharing ;)

Below is my 50L @ f1.6, 1/125, ISO400 - straight out from camera, no PP, just convert from raw to jpeg through LR. My 2yrs princess :)
« Last Edit: May 24, 2013, 04:30:22 PM by Dylan777 »
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Prime: 40mm -- 50L -- 85L II -- 135L -- 400L f2.8 IS II -- Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8

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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #39 on: May 24, 2013, 05:01:08 PM »
All of these lenses have good resale value. Just buy and use (or rent) if you aren't sure. If you buy one and it doesn't work out... just sell it and get something else. If you are replacing an existing focal length (e.g., 50 f/1.4 vs 50L), keep your original lens until you KNOW you will be happy with the new one.

Case in point... I got the 85L. It is an amazing lens. But, a year later, I am looking for something more video-friendly. Fortunately, I still have my 85mm f/1.8 to cover me until I find something better. Shameless plug: my 85L is up on ebay right now... ;-)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140981188345
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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #40 on: May 24, 2013, 05:05:28 PM »
I recently acquired the 50mm 1.2 its been a joy to shoot with, strangely enough it was produced in 2013 (UB date code) and it came with the new snazzy pinch lens cap...hubba hubba

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Re: 50mm.. Upgrade or not?
« Reply #40 on: May 24, 2013, 05:05:28 PM »