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Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:35:30 PM »
So today I went down to the bank, extended my overdraft and purchased the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens on the interweb for £620 next day delivery. All being well it should be delivered before noon tomorrow (friday)

The reason I bought it is that I want to shoot a wedding on saturday with it :D

obviously I'm going to play with it all friday afternoon and evening (I'm using a 5Diii) but I probably wont work out all the little quirks... anyone that has the lens, is there anything I need to be aware of?

I normally shoot 90% of the day with a 50mm 1.4 set at f2.2ish but I'm guessing the 35mm 1.4 set at 2.2 will be a little more forgiving on the DOF and a little less bokeh?

Has anyone had problems with focussing and needed a little AFMA???

I have the 28mm 1.8 too but that's a little too wide for me on a full frame when doing environmental portraiture. I find I make the odd little mistake with regards to chopping off of the extremities of limbs with the 50mm when it's all action go and I don't really have time to get the legs going for some proper framing.

so yeah, any oddities with this little beast??
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Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:35:30 PM »

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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2013, 08:36:04 PM »
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Congratulations on a great lens.

I haven't found anything problematic with it. I got it one afternoon and shot an event that evening after doing some basic focus checking. It was great.

While it will be perfectly sharp at f/1.4 I stay away from that when doing events -- DOF just too thin and people are moving, etc. I used it Tuesday night in a low-light restaurant setting and did fine in the f/2.0 -- f/2.8 range. AF was fine and DOF acceptable.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 08:48:14 PM »
Perfect with no afma on my 5d3. I agree about the wide open shallow DoF, stop down to 2.0 and you can capture a static face nose to ear in focus. 1.4 and you'll have a great set of eyes and that's all.

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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2013, 09:23:38 PM »
i haven't found any quirks on my 5d or 5dmk3. all good.

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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2013, 09:42:24 PM »

I had to do a BIG afma correction with Sigma 35 f1.4 on my mark III. The range was like +15 or something if I remember correctly. But after correction, the lens was a pleasure to use.


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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2013, 10:21:47 PM »
I had to do an AFMA of +8 with my 5d MkIII. Not a big deal, and truly only off by a little bit. The advantages of this lens far outweigh the minor inconvenience of dialing it in. It is my go-to prime lens.

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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2013, 06:34:58 AM »
Cheers everybody!

It just arrived! Heavy! bloody beautiful looking lens, very functional design. I'm at work so just fired off a couple of shots at my desk of colleagues, it appears to be working pretty well :D . Bokeh is nice, sharpness is great on the back of the camera. I'll get some pics on my comp and check for realz later. Excited!!!
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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2013, 06:34:58 AM »

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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2013, 06:51:19 AM »
Congrats. Do share the wedding pic taken with this lens.

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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2013, 09:59:20 AM »
Congrats. Do share the wedding pic taken with this lens.

Cheers

Hopefully there'll be some good looking folk there to photograph
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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2013, 10:58:00 AM »
I'll be getting this lens soon as well, first have to sell my 24-70 f/2.8 though ::)
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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2013, 11:05:39 AM »
I'll be getting this lens soon as well, first have to sell my 24-70 f/2.8 though ::)

Glad to see you decided to try it.
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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2013, 11:34:01 AM »
I'll be getting this lens soon as well, first have to sell my 24-70 f/2.8 though ::)

Funny as I sold my 24-105 to get the 35 and then bought a 24-70 to compliment it. I think they make a great team.In fact they are 2/3 of my WDW 3 lens set (+ Tamron 70-200 + 1.4TC)

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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2013, 12:07:11 PM »
Im planning to get this lens instead of kit 24-105L with 6D body. Hope that'd be a better idea !

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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2013, 12:07:11 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2013, 12:24:44 PM »
I'll be getting this lens soon as well, first have to sell my 24-70 f/2.8 though ::)

Funny as I sold my 24-105 to get the 35 and then bought a 24-70 to compliment it. I think they make a great team.In fact they are 2/3 of my WDW 3 lens set (+ Tamron 70-200 + 1.4TC)
you obviously failed the "If you had just one lens test" ;)

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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2013, 12:27:22 PM »
I'll be getting this lens soon as well, first have to sell my 24-70 f/2.8 though ::)

Glad to see you decided to try it.

I'll try it when I get it... but I'm confident enough now to go ahead with this lens!

I'll be getting this lens soon as well, first have to sell my 24-70 f/2.8 though ::)

Funny as I sold my 24-105 to get the 35 and then bought a 24-70 to compliment it. I think they make a great team.In fact they are 2/3 of my WDW 3 lens set (+ Tamron 70-200 + 1.4TC)

On the contrary I expect the 35 to compliment my 24-105 (and 20 mm 1.8 and 50 mm 1.4 Sigma Primes). The 24-70 has gone completely unused since I got the 24-105L and I'd rather gain the creativity of the 35 and two stops for low light use rather than keep the 24-70.
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Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens chicken...
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2013, 12:27:22 PM »