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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #135 on: April 29, 2014, 02:24:40 AM »
took some shots at home..

this is at f13



this is f8  (looks really good)



and some bokeh night shots (do note, I was on the 2nd floor level terrace - and was standing on a flimsy chair so there might be some obvious misfocus here as I was afraid for my life if I fall LOL - 1.4 is so thin!)





btw, very low light. almost pitch black. used flash on the shots. I'm surprised the 5d mk II focused center together with the lens  :)

Really nice, it looks good ! Now it's daylight, find some cars to track , lol  ;D

My copy is "expected delivery" tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #135 on: April 29, 2014, 02:24:40 AM »

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« Reply #136 on: April 29, 2014, 06:09:04 AM »
just got mine!

First one in Shanghai and probably china :P

awesome and evening is approaching!
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« Reply #137 on: April 29, 2014, 06:50:55 AM »
just got mine!

First one in Shanghai and probably china :P

awesome and evening is approaching!

Fire up a sample thread, I'll join in tomorrow. Congrats on your new lens!

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #138 on: April 29, 2014, 06:57:32 AM »
I'm so jealous right now!

Guys, please give us some portraits pictures, alot, alot, alot! Please! I need it in my life!

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #139 on: April 29, 2014, 08:32:43 AM »
just got mine!

First one in Shanghai and probably china :P

awesome and evening is approaching!

Hey, based in Shanghai? Me too. Where did you get yours and what did you pay? I've seen that they're all over Taobao now, but I usually go to the Xing Guang camera stores at Luban Road.

How's the AF behaving?

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #140 on: April 29, 2014, 09:41:15 AM »
just got mine!

First one in Shanghai and probably china :P

awesome and evening is approaching!

Fire up a sample thread, I'll join in tomorrow. Congrats on your new lens!

CONGRATS,
It looks like x-mas came early for you guys ;)

Couple things when you guys test this ARTY: AF consistency, focus shift, sharpness, bokeh, color, contrast.... ;D ;D ;D Ok...I'm asking too much :-X

Can't wait to see more photos
« Last Edit: April 29, 2014, 09:46:05 AM by Dylan777 »
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #141 on: April 29, 2014, 10:35:09 AM »
just got mine!

First one in Shanghai and probably china :P

awesome and evening is approaching!

Fire up a sample thread, I'll join in tomorrow. Congrats on your new lens!

CONGRATS,
It looks like x-mas came early for you guys ;)

Couple things when you guys test this ARTY: AF consistency, focus shift, sharpness, bokeh, color, contrast.... ;D ;D ;D Ok...I'm asking too much :-X

Can't wait to see more photos

trying to upload photos now but its taking forever!
AF consistancy so far looks ho hum to me I've only had it a few hours but feel its front focusing a bit I also bought the dock and obviously can AFMA it with focal when i have time. Its not so far out that its ruining shots though
consistancy is hard as i've only been shooting in low light so its a bit hit and miss anyway

no focus shift i can see but it breathes a fair bit if that matters to you

sharpness = OMG its insane

bokeh = as above plus even more insane you will see in the pics i post

colour  =  awesome

contrast = a little less contrasty than the 35 but still nice and a tweek in LR away so no issue really.

so watch the lens gallary thread i made as my images go up. I'm uploading now
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #141 on: April 29, 2014, 10:35:09 AM »

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #142 on: April 29, 2014, 11:07:38 AM »
no focus shift i can see but it breathes a fair bit if that matters to you

Very interesting. Did you test this under the right circumstances? At or near minimum focus distance, aperture stopped down to F/2.8-F/4?

There have been many theories, that modern Canon DSLRs compensate for 50L focus shift in software. If the 50A doesn't exhibit this shift, and it obviously can't rely on any Canon to support this kind of quirk, then this puts more shame on the 50L.

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« Reply #143 on: April 29, 2014, 11:13:22 AM »
here is a teaser bokeh and sharpness edited shot of a handpainted grain of rice in a pendant
100% crop included
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #144 on: April 29, 2014, 11:20:38 AM »
just got mine!

First one in Shanghai and probably china :P

awesome and evening is approaching!

Fire up a sample thread, I'll join in tomorrow. Congrats on your new lens!

CONGRATS,
It looks like x-mas came early for you guys ;)

Couple things when you guys test this ARTY: AF consistency, focus shift, sharpness, bokeh, color, contrast.... ;D ;D ;D Ok...I'm asking too much :-X

Can't wait to see more photos

trying to upload photos now but its taking forever!
AF consistancy so far looks ho hum to me I've only had it a few hours but feel its front focusing a bit I also bought the dock and obviously can AFMA it with focal when i have time. Its not so far out that its ruining shots though
consistancy is hard as i've only been shooting in low light so its a bit hit and miss anyway

no focus shift i can see but it breathes a fair bit if that matters to you

sharpness = OMG its insane

bokeh = as above plus even more insane you will see in the pics i post

colour  =  awesome

contrast = a little less contrasty than the 35 but still nice and a tweek in LR away so no issue really.

so watch the lens gallary thread i made as my images go up. I'm uploading now

So sharpness is good as my 50L ;D....Just Kidding ;D ;D ;D

Sounds like I need to order one from BH ;)
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #145 on: April 29, 2014, 11:20:43 AM »
The 50 art contains floating elements to correct for focus shift, and I have seen a review where they tried and it absolutely seems like a complete non issue.

Love those shots! Color looks really nice, and of course the sharpness seem preeeetty nice!
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« Reply #146 on: April 29, 2014, 11:35:33 AM »
i'm waiting for someone to complain about the bokeh.... :P
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #147 on: April 29, 2014, 12:14:10 PM »
i'm waiting for someone to complain about the bokeh.... :P

I smell some onion in it.
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #148 on: April 29, 2014, 12:17:53 PM »
i'm waiting for someone to complain about the bokeh.... :P
The bokeh is crap and my Canon 50L clearly kicks your Sigma 50A's butt ;)  I'm just kidding!!!  Those are great shots and the sharpness, color, and contrast are all excellent.  Since you mentioned bokeh, here is my subjective opinion on the subject. 

Overall, the bokeh is very pleasing and soft, and in 20140429-13.jpg, the bokeh is especially impressive on the Buddha head in background on the left.  Point light sources look to be handled very well (good flare resistance, too).

In the negative column (and this is being picky), the rear bokeh of the defocused necklaces in 20140429-29.jpg and abacus beads in 20140429-47.jpg has a bit too much contrast in the "transition zone" and comes out a little harsh IMHO.  The front bokeh transition zone in 20140429-32.jpg is handled better and is a bit softer.

Compared to the 50L, I would say that the bokeh is a bit smaller in diameter, has more contrast and is just a tad less smooth in the transition zone.  I think the sharpness and price more than make up for what appear to be very minor differences.

Based on these images, I would say that (possible AF issues aside), Sigma has a winner on their hands.  Thanks for posting the photos and congrats on the new lens!
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #149 on: April 29, 2014, 01:04:04 PM »
just got mine!

First one in Shanghai and probably china :P

awesome and evening is approaching!


Great!
And, what is your opinion about weight, size and handling of the lens?

Fire up a sample thread, I'll join in tomorrow. Congrats on your new lens!

CONGRATS,
It looks like x-mas came early for you guys ;)

Couple things when you guys test this ARTY: AF consistency, focus shift, sharpness, bokeh, color, contrast.... ;D ;D ;D Ok...I'm asking too much :-X

Can't wait to see more photos

trying to upload photos now but its taking forever!
AF consistancy so far looks ho hum to me I've only had it a few hours but feel its front focusing a bit I also bought the dock and obviously can AFMA it with focal when i have time. Its not so far out that its ruining shots though
consistancy is hard as i've only been shooting in low light so its a bit hit and miss anyway

no focus shift i can see but it breathes a fair bit if that matters to you

sharpness = OMG its insane

bokeh = as above plus even more insane you will see in the pics i post

colour  =  awesome

contrast = a little less contrasty than the 35 but still nice and a tweek in LR away so no issue really.

so watch the lens gallary thread i made as my images go up. I'm uploading now

So, what is your opinion about the weight, size and handling of the lens?
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #149 on: April 29, 2014, 01:04:04 PM »