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Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:34:46 AM »

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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2014, 10:28:20 AM »
Let's see…you're comparing the Canon 50/1.4 to a Sigma 50/1.4 that is >20 years newer and costs over twice as much.  How would a 1993 Honda Accord stack up against a 2014 Acura TL in terms of features and performance?  Hint: the former would pretty much suck by comparison.

Much more surprising is when that Acura TL performs almost as well as a BMW 760Li.  What with this Zeiss?   :o
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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2014, 10:55:52 AM »
:) :) Also comparing it with the Zeiss… I think from f2 onwards the Sigma corners look better!! And here is the comparison with the most expensive Canon 50mm…. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=941&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=403&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=1

Looks WORSE…
One other point: Why should Canon not update its lenses for >20 years while others are doing so without having the might of Canon? Does Canon not want its customers to have better? Am thinking…

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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2014, 11:00:31 AM »
Does Canon not want its customers to have better?

Canon wants its customers to buy lenses.  The Canon 50/1.8 is among their most popular lenses, primarily because it's cheap.  The 50/1.4 is also quite popular.  A lot more people are going to buy a $400 lens than a $950 or $4000 lens.
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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2014, 11:08:23 AM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2014, 11:14:41 AM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

I think the Sigma 50/1.4 will be pretty popular. 

We've seen Canon recently bring out several new EF non-L primes with IS (24/28/35), and I expect we'll see an updated 50mm with IS soon.  The IQ of those new lenses is quite good (compare the 35/2 IS to the Sigma 35/1.4 Art, for example).
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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2014, 11:24:41 AM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

"Appropriate money"?

I'd suggest, like beauty, appropriate money is in the eye of the beholder.

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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2014, 11:31:59 AM »
When I used the word appropriate, I was thinking Zeiss.

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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2014, 11:48:31 AM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

I think the Sigma 50/1.4 will be pretty popular. 

We've seen Canon recently bring out several new EF non-L primes with IS (24/28/35), and I expect we'll see an updated 50mm with IS soon.  The IQ of those new lenses is quite good (compare the 35/2 IS to the Sigma 35/1.4 Art, for example).

That would be super. And with Sigma setting new standards, Canon will have to beat it. Then we will all get a super duper lens.

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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2014, 03:52:27 PM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

Canon DOES have the 50/1.2 lens. You can't deny the quality of that lens, despite it's spherical aberration, which as it so happens to be, is a DESIRABLE trait in a portrait lens for many photographers. Not everyone screams for perfect corner to corner sharpness. Sometimes, having soft corners is beneficial to guiding your viewers eyes to the subject...which tends to be near the center of the frame.

I've always admired photos taken with the Canon 50/1.2 and 85/1.2 lenses. They have a specific aesthetic appeal that is just WONDERFUL for portraiture specifically, and for a variety of other types of photography as well (such as street.) I find it ironic how so many people write off the Canon 50/1.2 and 85/1.2 lenses as if they don't even qualify to be included in the lineup for comparison.

So, what about the people who want quality? Canon offers a VERY high quality 50/1.2 lens that offers STUNNING and very aesthetically appealing results. You should give it a try sometime. Oh, and you'll spend about half as much on that as you would on an Otus...you won't get razor sharp corners, but it's HALF as much as an Otus.

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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2014, 04:07:11 PM »
We've seen Canon recently bring out several new EF non-L primes with IS (24/28/35), and I expect we'll see an updated 50mm with IS soon.  The IQ of those new lenses is quite good (compare the 35/2 IS to the Sigma 35/1.4 Art, for example).

I also think the next Canon 50 mm, be it 50 f/2 IS or 50 f/1.4 Mk II will have quite improved optics competitive with the new offerings from other companies.  I realize "real" photographers enjoy the size and weight punishment dished out by the likes of Sigma 50 ART and Otus, but I for one love the lighter and smaller primes Canon has been putting out. 

The real problem is WHEN is Canon going to bless us with their new 50 mm  :'(

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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2014, 04:59:59 PM »
:) :) Also comparing it with the Zeiss… I think from f2 onwards the Sigma corners look better!! And here is the comparison with the most expensive Canon 50mm…. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=941&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=403&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=1[/url
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One other point: Why should Canon not update its lenses for >20 years while others are doing so without having the might of Canon? Does Canon not want its customers to have better? Am thinking…

During the 'twenty years or so' Canon has been developing it's zoom tech, cumulating with such remarkable lenses as the 24-70II & 70-200II and so on. Primes have taken a back seat but this may result in Canon producing a 50mm with the same optic configuration if they think the market's large enough at the price.

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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2014, 01:40:03 AM »
But but what about the people who want a good quality 50mm and are willing to pay appropriate money?

And don't you think lots of people will buy the Sigma?

Canon DOES have the 50/1.2 lens. You can't deny the quality of that lens, despite it's spherical aberration, which as it so happens to be, is a DESIRABLE trait in a portrait lens for many photographers. Not everyone screams for perfect corner to corner sharpness. Sometimes, having soft corners is beneficial to guiding your viewers eyes to the subject...which tends to be near the center of the frame.

I've always admired photos taken with the Canon 50/1.2 and 85/1.2 lenses. They have a specific aesthetic appeal that is just WONDERFUL for portraiture specifically, and for a variety of other types of photography as well (such as street.) I find it ironic how so many people write off the Canon 50/1.2 and 85/1.2 lenses as if they don't even qualify to be included in the lineup for comparison.

So, what about the people who want quality? Canon offers a VERY high quality 50/1.2 lens that offers STUNNING and very aesthetically appealing results. You should give it a try sometime. Oh, and you'll spend about half as much on that as you would on an Otus...you won't get razor sharp corners, but it's HALF as much as an Otus.

So. Am I to infer that if Canon comes out with 50/1.2 II that is sharper and has better corner to corner sharpness then you would not DESIRE to use it?

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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2014, 02:11:49 AM »
I see the discontent on this forum about Canon not yet having a perfect fast 50mm, a tack-sharp UWA zoom, etc., and I learnt a few days ago that Nikon brought out their f/1.4 autofocus primes, 24mm and 35mm, only in 2010. That must have made for a lot of irritated professionals! 
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Re: Sigma vs Zeiss vs Canon
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2014, 02:11:49 AM »