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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #135 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 #135 on: April 29, 2014, 11:13:22 AM »

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #136 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 #137 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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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #138 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 #139 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 #140 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 #141 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?
« Last Edit: April 29, 2014, 03:17:21 PM by candyman »
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #141 on: April 29, 2014, 01:04:04 PM »

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #142 on: April 29, 2014, 02:57:02 PM »
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

Oh my God, you make me crazy!
Please post some portraits!!! PLEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASE!!!

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #143 on: April 29, 2014, 07:10:38 PM »
Guys, its very late now around 1am here in Norway and I still have to sleep for tomorrow's work @ 7am. lol

There are a lot of you here asking for some portraits. I can't find a decent model, so I just took the courage to volunteer. Please bear with the very bad looking model here. Just see the general picture and how the lens performs. I lit some candles for some bokeh too..

It's indoors, setup is a flash right side of the subject, shoot thru umbrella. Triggered by phottix - TTL (I'm getting too lazy to manual adjust the flash)

Camera setting: ev1/25 aperture 1.4, iso 1600, cto 1/2 gel 430ex triggered by phottix ttL thru umbrella


I asked my wife to take the shot, live view manual focused on my eyewear. you can see her at the reflection   I hope you guys enjoy the samples. This lens is so SHARP!! dammit...  ;D



Camera Setting: ev 1/40, aperture f2.0, iso 1600, same flash settings as above


enjoy everyone.. and good night! hahaha
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #144 on: April 29, 2014, 07:58:37 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?
It's almost identical to the sigma 85 in size and weight
Af is reasonably slow in very low light I have not tested in good light yet
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #145 on: April 29, 2014, 10:36:33 PM »
Here is an example of the AF inconsistency
both shots spot focus point set on the M
these are 100% crops no editing

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #146 on: April 29, 2014, 11:40:56 PM »
PLEASE! More feedback on AF-consistency!

Everyone knows that the 50A is devastatingly sharp. And the comparative quality of the bokeh will be argued longer than "MaryAnn or Ginger"... But it's the AF accuracy & consistency that I'm most concerned about. I really need TDP's 40% miss-rate to be put into some kind of sensible perspective for me to feel good about my B&H pre-order...

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #147 on: April 29, 2014, 11:44:39 PM »
PLEASE! More feedback on AF-consistency!

Everyone knows that the 50A is devastatingly sharp. And the comparative quality of the bokeh will be argued longer than "MaryAnn or Ginger"... But it's the AF accuracy & consistency that I'm most concerned about. I really need TDP's 40% miss-rate to be put into some kind of sensible perspective for me to feel good about my B&H pre-order...
look its still better than the old sigma 50, the canon 50 1.4 and the 50 1.8
i havent done any calibration with the dock or afma yet as i'm travelling
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #147 on: April 29, 2014, 11:44:39 PM »

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #148 on: April 30, 2014, 03:20:01 AM »
Typo at first image. It's not 1.8 aperture.  It's 1.4!

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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #149 on: April 30, 2014, 04:50:27 AM »
Got mine today, just ran it through FoCal with my normal setup. It said +19 at 50x the focal length, and it said +3 at 25x focal length. Ran it through the AF (in)consitency test and it shoots three or so shots then the forth shot it drops completely oof. Ending up with a consistency of 92,6%.

I will do the whole test again now, need a coffe first. And I'll posting my findings.

Does anyone know if the "different distance afma" works for me? I mean, +3 at 1,25m and +19 at 5 meters, can that be plotted in to the lens via docking so it changes the afma automatically after the distance I focus on?

Dissapointment so far, but still early.
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Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« Reply #149 on: April 30, 2014, 04:50:27 AM »