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Canon 85 1.2 L II or Sigma 85 1.4

 
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Jun 01, 2011 10:00 as a reply to  @ post 12515504 |  #16

A photographer that I greatly admire and respect did a blog post on the Sigma 85 vs. Canon 85. Check it out here (external link). His conclusion was the Sigma 85. Excellent read, and has me on the edge of selling my Canon 85 II 1.2 and replacing with the Sigma.


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Jun 01, 2011 10:14 |  #17

KSPhotography wrote in post #12511270 (external link)
One thing that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE about my 85 1.2 is that when you hit it perfectly, WOW!

That's also what I loved about the 85L, but that's also what I hated.

It's not great at nailing focus on moving people. And I don't mean just "bride running down the aisle" like someone sarcastically mentioned. There are many instances where it just did not hit without people "running". It is deadly for posed portraits but it was rather spotty on candids. Absolutely hopeless on the dancefloor. Then I tried the 85 1.8, which is a STELLAR lens, but man, it just NAILED focus constantly in almost all situations. I even use it on the dancefloor with people getting crazy, and use it often for the first dance (which the 85L failed badly in, giving me like a 10% keeper rate). That thing just hits and hits and hits.

So yeah, I'd at least consider the 1.8 also. I figured that F/1.2 doesn't mean much if I'm getting less keepers overall.


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Jun 01, 2011 15:27 |  #18

caught14 wrote in post #12515573 (external link)
A photographer that I greatly admire and respect did a blog post on the Sigma 85 vs. Canon 85. Check it out here (external link). His conclusion was the Sigma 85. Excellent read, and has me on the edge of selling my Canon 85 II 1.2 and replacing with the Sigma.

My friend did the exact thing. Sold the 85L and baught a sigma 85. His was perfect first try. I was absolutly blown away at how identical they are in performance. My buddy purchased the sigma 85 and a sigma 50 1.4. Both are rock solid pieces of equipment.

I purchased the sigma 85 and i also purchased the sigma 105 macro. The macro also blew me away. all the reviews i read about slow focus and loud AF motors was total BS. Canon has the edge because its all internal focus, sigma colors look better, another toss up as far as im concerned.

So far, i would not hesitate to jump on the sigma 85,105 macro,150 macro, and their 50MM 1.4 looks promising. My friends is awesome but honestly not a ton better than my canon 50mm 1.4.

the sigmas i tried that i hated were the sigma 30mm 1.4 and while i didnt hate the 10-20, it was all right but it didnt WOW me. The canon 10-22 has the WOW factor and blew the sigma 10-20 away.

However, ive read several posts about focus issues with the 50MM lens from all mfg..including our beloved canon lens maker;)


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Jun 01, 2011 17:02 |  #19

liehmac wrote in post #12512253 (external link)
Thanks! I heard they have qc issues with focusing sometimes... hopefully there are a few that don't need to be sent in! Any idea what the warranty is like?

No issues on my 30d same lens below 7m and havent done same range checks so not all done testing. Not sure it isn't the 5dii with problems but haven't spent he time to validate. "Focus issues" they aren't necessarily, and definitely not unique to sigma. Their service is good.

Definitely not a reason to stay away when we're talking either of their f1.4 FF primes.


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Jun 01, 2011 22:18 as a reply to  @ cjd's post |  #20

Thanks for all the help guys! Still so conflicted... I guess the best thing to do is rent them both and see which one I like...


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Jun 02, 2011 05:14 |  #21

tim wrote in post #12513053 (external link)
Every Sigma prime i've tried (3x30mm on Canon, 2x50mm on Nikon) has had trouble focusing. Go Canon.

No Sigma prime that I've tried (50mm and 85 mm on Canon) has has trouble focusing. Go Sigma.


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Jun 02, 2011 09:04 |  #22

edge100 wrote in post #12521092 (external link)
No Sigma prime that I've tried (50mm and 85 mm on Canon) has has trouble focusing. Go Sigma.

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