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5D + 50 1.8 or go for Sigma 50 1.4?

 
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Nov 11, 2011 02:04 |  #1

I upgraded to FF a few weeks ago, and the day I received my 5D I used my 50 1.8 MK i to shoot some of my friend's birthday dinner.

I was truly blown away by the shallower depth of field, and overall rendering of colors in a low light environment. I used to have an XSi, then a 40D with a 50 1.8 MK ii and I remember really sharp images, but bokeh was not as good as it is on the 5D with the same lens (lenses are same build in every aspect except MK i is a Metal Mount). I mostly shot portraits of course when I had that set up, since it was an 80mm equivalent on those crop bodies.

Overall, I've shot for a year, and upgraded finally now to FF. I'm a university student, so my budget has been low, and gear wise, I've made careful decisions to what I would actually need and would use and learned and made the most out of it.

In general, I've always used one lens for the most part, ever since I picked up the 50 last year. Never went back to the kit lens and just kept on moving forward. Sold off XSi kit, then realized I wanted something wider when I went 40D, so I got the Sigma 30 1.4. Never went back to the 50 when I had it since I loved the 50mm equivalent length. Sigma IQ was just fantastic; also great bokeh, silent focusing, sharp when needed, excellent ergonomics for me, and real time manual focus override.

Atm, I'm preparing to study abroad in Taiwan next semester. I have my 50 MK i right now but I don't know if I should upgrade to the Sigma, or pick up a Canon 35 f/2 for wider angles (particularly for indoors, landscapes, night life since it's fast, etc.).

For me, there's been numerous times where I've felt like I needed a wider angle, but I'm not intuitively feeling whether it would justify picking up a 35 for that reason since the 50 range with the 30 on a 40D fulfilled around 95% of what I have shot so far.

I'm twisted right now, since I haven't shot enough with my 50 on 5D to know if it truly fulfills what I need. I know Sigmas are a hit and miss as well, but I would plan to buy a used one with confirmed sharpness and good AF. But so far, at least in low light, I am still pretty shocked at what I have taken from that one night.

I guess after hearing my story (sorry for the length), would you think it's worth spending 40% more for the Sigma for IQ, Bokeh, and Silence? Or would it be better for me to just pick up a 35 and have a wider angle, but still pretty good IQ due to FF sensor rendering?

Sorry for the length again, but for more detail, I mostly shoot for memories, high quality memories. I do a lot of hiking and nature stuff, and also shoot food and friends. Occasional events for campus orgs that my friends are in and such as well, but in general, I shoot a lot, and edit a lot, probably more than most people who are not doing photography for profit.




  
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Nov 11, 2011 02:27 |  #2

Can't go wrog with the Sigmalux. I had two of them before I went to the 50L. It's all about focal length. If you love it there is no better value for money taking into account built quality etc..


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Nov 11, 2011 02:43 |  #3

I'm highly tempted right now since I just sold off gear and got paid xD Thanks for the response, I've already started reading up on it. I notice you have a 50 MK i also, would you say that IQ makes a difference from the 1.8 to the Sigmalux on your 5D2?




  
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Nov 11, 2011 07:31 |  #4

hmm.. having owned the canon 50 1.8, 35 2 and sigma 50 1.4.. if you could own only one lens for the time being I would go with the 35 2, wider FL, lighter to carry around,
Plus you could probably buy the 35 2 + 50 1.8 for the price of the sigma 50 1.4.

Don't get me wrong, I love my sigma 50 1.4, I just wish it was smaller and lighter to carry around.


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Nov 11, 2011 07:48 |  #5

taemo wrote in post #13385223 (external link)
hmm.. having owned the canon 50 1.8, 35 2 and sigma 50 1.4.. if you could own only one lens for the time being I would go with the 35 2, wider FL, lighter to carry around,
Plus you could probably buy the 35 2 + 50 1.8 for the price of the sigma 50 1.4.

Don't get me wrong, I love my sigma 50 1.4, I just wish it was smaller and lighter to carry around.



The manual focus options are significantly lighter!!!

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Nov 11, 2011 08:06 |  #6

pyrojim wrote in post #13385274 (external link)
The manual focus options are significantly lighter!!!
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newb here, but which MF 50 and 35 lenses are you referring to?
when I went to the local camera store and tried the zeiss MF lenses, I immediately fell in love with them, but couldn't justify the size+price.
for old FD or Nikkor lenses, I don't know what adapter and lenses to get.

btw.. another thing I like about the 35 f2 is that it focuses closer than any of the 50 (23cm vs 45cm iirc) but the killer bee AF sound can be annoying sometimes


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Nov 11, 2011 12:17 |  #7

taemo wrote in post #13385223 (external link)
hmm.. having owned the canon 50 1.8, 35 2 and sigma 50 1.4.. if you could own only one lens for the time being I would go with the 35 2, wider FL, lighter to carry around,
Plus you could probably buy the 35 2 + 50 1.8 for the price of the sigma 50 1.4.

Don't get me wrong, I love my sigma 50 1.4, I just wish it was smaller and lighter to carry around.

That's my current plan. I have the 50 1.8 MK i (Metal mount), and thought about picking up the 35 f/2. I hear it's sharp, and I do "think" I could use a wider angle. I guess I didn't know about the focusing distance, that does intrigue me, and I would have more focal length options if I still picked up a 35. It's just amazingly difficult to find one. They appear on here, and within an hour or less, they're already sold (Same as on Fred Miranda). Price also went up, since I know within the last year Canon lenses have went up in price in general. My friend bought a 35 on Amazon for $315 last year, now it's $350 for the same lens new. In general, U.S. inflation, economic downturn and whatnot are also factors though.

With the Sigma, I think bigger is better. Makes the camera look more strong, and I'm a large guy so for me there's no issues with heavy gear, I prefer it more since I feel like I'm not playing with a toy. When I had my 30 1.4 on my 40D, it just felt rock solid and wrapping my hand around it without feeling like it would burst made shooting more enjoyable lol

I guess I'll just keep looking around, too easily swayed by opinions T_T




  
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