Thanks for your nice comment! It was my first test shot, and flash-less, to see what this f/1.2 magic they speak of was all about! I found out on my first try! The Sigma is a great buy and produces a great bang for the buck! Keep on shooting and post your results... if I have anything against the Siggy, is that it is for crop cameras only!
Here's a tip for the missus... sell a few junk lying around and comment to your lady something like "Oh honey... I sold off a few junk things that were lying around collecting dust... hope you are okay with it..." and of course she will be okay with it especially if it is your junk... then when you buy new things... she will remember that you do get rid of old stuff so you're technically allowed to buy new stuff! At least that is how my missus reacts and allows me to get new toys... and especially fotog stuff... "look honey, what do you think about this portrait I made of you for our living room?" She'll say... "Wow! I'm surely popping out of that image!" and you say "I made it with my new lens that I bought with the money I got from selling my junk..." (end it right there... because obviously you put in some more!)
Beautiful shot Ellery!
And hopefully you can see that my tongue-in-cheek title was to see who would attack and who would demo the "opposition".
Of course, what I really want to say is that Canon have finally, IMHO, produced a crop camera which nobody should slate. I'm amazed, after just 3 or 4 hours having it in my grubby paws, how well put together it feels.
And the Siggy, for only ￥48,000 (about $500) does a fine job too.
Gimme a week or two to get used to my 7D, and I think that if I set up my old pocket watch from 1903, use off camera flash, and make sure Missus Skygod isn't around (as my, err, latest photo-toys are, as yet, unknown to her!!!!), I think I could produce a very good competitor to your shot...and for a pretty small fraction of the prices of a 1Ds2 and 85L.
So, as we're (mostly) Canon users in POTN, it makes me feel all warm 'n' fuzzy knowing that for almost any budget, we can all get our hands on excellent gear!