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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #135 on: May 15, 2014, 11:16:18 AM »
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Hello to you all. Last Friday, I rode the train from Munich to Vienna to pick up my Sigma 50A. Couldn't find one in Germany. The good guys at UNITED CAMERA had a single one in stock. On my way back to the Wien Westbahnhof train station I snapped the first test pictures.

All 18 pictures (I'll try to upload 3 x 6) are 960px wide, slightly compressed, to provide you with first impressions. Afterwards, I'll upload 3 Full-Res JPEG samples exported from Lightroom 5, only default parameters applied, no NR, no sharpening.

I shot all images with a Canon 5D Mark III, with single-shot AF, with only the 41 cross-type AF-sensors active (my personal day-to-day setting, limiting AF precision-hassle when shooting with Canon's 50/1.2L or 85/1.2L wide open). I do combine the 41 cross-type sensors with half-pressiong the shutter-release three/four times in rapid succession ("spamming" the trigger, as Viggo said). So far, I am very happy with the results, couldn't detect mis-focus. Focus tracking, skin and eyes are still on my to-do-list ...

I like very much what I see. The Sigma 50A draws beautifully. The rendering (at f 2.0/2.5) reminds me much of the manual-focus Carl Zeiss 50/2.0 Makro Planar. Which I loved, but sold, because the focus hit rate was to low when shooting paid jobs hand-held. Resolution and sharpness are simply stunning, even wide open. I bought the dock with the lens, checked the lens yesterday in mixed daylight/interior available light and left it untouched: no corrections needed.

You guys helped me to make up my mind to decide for this beautiful lens. Thanks for that. It stays on my 5D3 all the time now. The combo is almost 2 kg – that's why I mated it with a glove-like heavy-duty wrist-strap (similar to the Nikon AH-4 with slip-off safety).

I can still think of situations where the Canon 50/1.2L could be my choice (dreamy portraits, beauty shots). But probably less and less, because the Sigma 50A is my new workhorse now. The Otus won't make it for me, because to much of my work is hand-held: And therefore I want fast and reliable AF.

Best regards from Munich,
Jens

PS: I'm a photographer, graphics artist and web designer. You can see my photographic work here:
http://www.jensschnabel.de

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #135 on: May 15, 2014, 11:16:18 AM »

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #136 on: May 15, 2014, 11:18:19 AM »
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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #137 on: May 15, 2014, 11:20:09 AM »
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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #138 on: May 15, 2014, 11:31:18 AM »
Well Jens, That looks about what mine produced to begin with. I was very taken with the lens. But after a while ... it all changed. I hope for your sake that it continues to produce good results and I´m waiting to hear how it goes.
5DIII, 1DX, 8-15/4L, 16-35 f4L IS, 24-70/2.8L II, 70-200/2.8L IS II, 70-300/4-5.6L IS, 200-400/4L IS 1.4x, Zeiss 15/2.8, 17/4L TS-E, Zeiss 21/2.8, 24/3.5L TS-E II, Zeiss 35/1.4, Zeiss Otus 55/1.4, Zeiss Otus 85/1.4, 100/2.8L IS Macro, Zeiss 135/2, 600/4L IS II

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #139 on: May 15, 2014, 11:32:38 AM »
Hello Jens, thanks for your post and the photos.
What was your indoor low light experience with the AF specifically with white contrast subjects in the frame?

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #140 on: May 15, 2014, 11:42:57 AM »
Eldar, candyman,

thanks, I'll keep you updated.  So far, I didn't encounter any focus problems in any light situation. In the museum shots, it's halogen and tungsten, mixed with daylight. I have two jobs coming, one Sunday, one Monday to Wednesday. Daylight, indoor tungsten, indoor fluorescent, energy-savers, all mixed with daylight. I'll try the Sigma 50A, have the 24-70/2.8 L II with me as backup.

After completing to upload the 3 JPEGS from RAW, I'll add six night-shots, 960px, EXIF intact.

Cheers,
Jens


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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #141 on: May 15, 2014, 11:45:48 AM »
IMAGE SAMPLES FROM VIENNA + MUNICH / JPEGs from RAW 1/3
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Cheers,
Jens

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #142 on: May 15, 2014, 11:49:09 AM »
IMAGE SAMPLES FROM VIENNA + MUNICH / JPEGs from RAW 2/3
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Cheers,
Jens

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #143 on: May 15, 2014, 11:49:43 AM »
IMAGE SAMPLES FROM VIENNA + MUNICH / JPEGs from RAW 3/3
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Cheers,
Jens

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #144 on: May 15, 2014, 11:51:24 AM »
IMAGE SAMPLES FROM VIENNA + MUNICH / JPEGs from RAW 3/3
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Cheers,
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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #145 on: May 15, 2014, 12:00:14 PM »
Night Shots, 960px wide, EXIF intact. Again, different types of light sources, no focus issues at all.
Note the sugar glass in the last two samples in almost complete darkness.

Cheers,
Jens

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #146 on: May 15, 2014, 12:54:11 PM »
Eldar, candyman,

thanks, I'll keep you updated.  So far, I didn't encounter any focus problems in any light situation. In the museum shots, it's halogen and tungsten, mixed with daylight. I have two jobs coming, one Sunday, one Monday to Wednesday. Daylight, indoor tungsten, indoor fluorescent, energy-savers, all mixed with daylight. I'll try the Sigma 50A, have the 24-70/2.8 L II with me as backup.

After completing to upload the 3 JPEGS from RAW, I'll add six night-shots, 960px, EXIF intact.

Cheers,
Jens


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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #147 on: May 15, 2014, 02:53:17 PM »
Verbaine-Thanks so much for the pictures.  I can't wait to get my Sigma 50.  I really enjoyed your website.  I wish I had your composition skills :D

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« Reply #147 on: May 15, 2014, 02:53:17 PM »

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #148 on: May 15, 2014, 03:22:40 PM »
Wow. Those images are incredible. I can't wait for this lens. I just picked up the phone and called Sigma's American office. They are expecting delivery of their next batch of 50mm Art's next week.


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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #149 on: May 15, 2014, 04:00:31 PM »
So on the fence about cancelling until issues and supplies are all worked out...But keep imagining this will be a great newborn lens...

Sure hope I'm not getting one of the lenses the OCD folk are tweaking to death and returning.  The stories here of lens churn are revolting. 

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Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« Reply #149 on: May 15, 2014, 04:00:31 PM »