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Anyone sold their 85L II for Sigma 85?

 
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Oct 16, 2011 20:04 as a reply to  @ post 13259141 |  #16

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …X-DG-HSM-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)

If you are having trouble comparing the lenses, the key issue is bokeh. bokeh bokeh bokeh bokeh. you don't spend that much money on a lens if it didn't render out of focus highlights smoothly. The sample comparison 1/5th away from the beginning shows this and is the sole reason of owning this lens. Look at the girl in the image and then stare at the top left corner of the comparison. The canon wins: no contest.

I've owned the sigma and realized that was what photographers were after and sold the lens.

Mine had no focusing issues and performed well, just not as smooth as the 85L


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Oct 16, 2011 20:12 |  #17

I know for fact, Sigma can't beat Canon's bokeh rendering with just $900 price tag.


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Oct 16, 2011 20:12 |  #18

danny819 wrote in post #13259070 (external link)
Just cus it doesn't front/back focus on a POTN member's camera doesn't mean it is guaranteed to be the same on your body.

How true, the first Sigma 85 I tried seemed OK on my 5D II, but the AF was very erratic on the 7D I had at the time.


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Oct 16, 2011 20:20 |  #19

Optics are only 20% of the reason why I don't like sigma (with the exception of the 15mm fisheye). 60% is their crappy, unreliable, inconsistent and unsure AF system, 10% is their crappy QC, and 10% is their crappy customer service.


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Oct 16, 2011 20:23 |  #20

I sold a 85LII after getting my Sigma 85... price was part of it, but CA was another big part... the Canon is a purple fringing monster....

Also, go to the Digital Picture review and down to the rollover pictures.... compare color and contrast on the two... the Sigma has better colors and more contrast... very easy to see that in the samples...


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Oct 16, 2011 20:23 |  #21

calvinjhfeng wrote in post #13259202 (external link)
I know for fact, Sigma can't beat Canon's bokeh rendering with just $900 price tag.

If Sigma raised the price to match the Canon would it then?


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Oct 16, 2011 20:34 |  #22

davidc502 wrote in post #13259255 (external link)
If Sigma raised the price to match the Canon would it then?

Probably not.
Otherwise this place wouldn't called Canon Digital Photography Forums.


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Oct 16, 2011 20:46 |  #23

Form,

You rely on your gear as an extension of your skills of a photog. I'm not sure if people realize this.

I agree with Form...well maybe not walmart specials haha!!

My take is that there are no guarantees in Canon products either. However I've found very solid AF characteristics using Canon lenses. Erratic AF issues seem more consistent with Sigma product compared to tamron or tokina.

I find the price of a sigma 85 to be bold considering many are plagued with AF issues. I find the Canon 85 f/1.8 to be a solid performer aswell as purple fringe maker LOL!!!

I'm just have zero tolerance to AF issues. Sigma's (many of them) have performed poorly for me. I'm just not lucky I guess.


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Oct 16, 2011 20:54 |  #24

I've had Sigma lenses with AF that was dead-on, and I've had Canon 24-70's that back focused, a 50mm 1.4 that could AF worth a damn (focus shift problems)..

I think you've got to be willing to try out different things, and just stick with the one that fits with what you're looking for the most... Any lens is prone to issues... I think that the reason you hear so many more problems about Sigma is that their price is lower, allowing more people to buy them, and people with less experience / money to buy them...


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Oct 16, 2011 22:29 |  #25

jrscls wrote in post #13259205 (external link)
How true, the first Sigma 85 I tried seemed OK on my 5D II, but the AF was very erratic on the 7D I had at the time.

Interesting, because the sigma 85 I was using seem ok on the old 40d, but when the subject within 1 meter in low light on a 7d, the focusing seems to keep hunting..


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Oct 16, 2011 22:50 |  #26

calvinjhfeng wrote in post #13259141 (external link)
But with the money maybe I can buy a better TV?
And from several sources, Sigma is not far away from 85L(Close enough to say close), at least not as much as Wal-Mart Generics to Bose.

I see, you have your point.

Bottom line, you have a "higher" chance to get a Sigma 85 with problems than a 85L with problems. If you are willing to take that "higher" risk to save about $900, then it'll be worth it. It's not worth it to people that don't have the patience to play the focus game. I had a Sigma 85 that creaked like crazy when auto focusing. Exchanged it for a new one and problem was solved. Ended up selling it, but regretted it. Didn't want to join the hunt for a good copy again so I chose the 85LII for the f/1.2. I might even downgrade to the 85 1.8 depending on how much I like it when I actually get to try it. Can't resist the 85 1.8 since it is 1/5 the price of the L.


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