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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and 5d Mark II?

 
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Feb 27, 2012 04:17 |  #16

I love the look mine gives me; great little lens. It's not my favorite 50 because of the bulk and size, but I do love my alternative MF 50s for some reason. It is much, much, much better than the nifty...if I want/need autofocus and want a one size fits all lens, it's usually the 35L, followed closely by the Sigmalux...


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Feb 27, 2012 05:01 |  #17

MATT0404 wrote in post #13970309 (external link)
I love this focal length on my 5d2. I was disappointed, however, with both Sigma's I tried on my camera. Both copies needed more than +20 mfa to focus accurately. I returned them both and have yet to decide what to replace them with. Until then, I'll use the nifty-fifty.

These are the kind of answers that make me nervous about going that route :(


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Feb 27, 2012 05:03 |  #18

Winwin wrote in post #13970133 (external link)
My Sigma 50mm f/1.4 works good on my 5DII.
The AF can be tricky at wider apertures, as the above poster said.

Have you considered buying an used one off this forum? Nice thing about that you can get one that already has went through the calibration process (or is a good copy out of the box) if the seller is well-reputated and says so.

I have looked and considered used - I am trying to sell my 28mm f/1.8 right now so I will be in a position to buy if the right one comes along.


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Feb 27, 2012 05:10 |  #19

Glad to hear so many have used it with the 5d ii and have been happy. The weight does concern me, but it sure is pretty. I thought about the 35L, I would have to try that one first. I have the 28mm and find it just too wide for my intended use. I want an 'indoor lens' and the 28 was perfect on my 500d; however it is so wide on the 5d ii that I find myself getting too close and distorting people. Maybe I just need to learn how to use it.

I find the 50 f/1.8 to be just about right and maybe I am not giving it enough credit and should try it a little more before buying another 50mm. I do hear that Canon will be replacing the 50mm f/1.4, probably not for awhile though.

So until I sell the 28mm, I have decided to give the 24-105mm for a fair chance as my indoor lens. It is not as fast, but f/4 is pretty decent. Maybe by then I will know for sure which FL I prefer, the 35 or the 50. Thanks to all for great answers!


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Feb 27, 2012 05:30 as a reply to  @ post 13971979 |  #20

LOVE my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 on my 5D2.

Used it on my 40D and XSi and had zero issues when I got my 5D2. Soooooo much better out-of-focus area than the Canon... (subjective, I know).


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Feb 27, 2012 05:38 |  #21

michgirl wrote in post #13974670 (external link)
Glad to hear so many have used it with the 5d ii and have been happy. The weight does concern me, but it sure is pretty. I thought about the 35L, I would have to try that one first. I have the 28mm and find it just too wide for my intended use. I want an 'indoor lens' and the 28 was perfect on my 500d; however it is so wide on the 5d ii that I find myself getting too close and distorting people. Maybe I just need to learn how to use it.

I find the 50 f/1.8 to be just about right and maybe I am not giving it enough credit and should try it a little more before buying another 50mm. I do hear that Canon will be replacing the 50mm f/1.4, probably not for awhile though.

So until I sell the 28mm, I have decided to give the 24-105mm for a fair chance as my indoor lens. It is not as fast, but f/4 is pretty decent. Maybe by then I will know for sure which FL I prefer, the 35 or the 50. Thanks to all for great answers!

It is a 1/2 lb heavier than the Canon 50 1.4, so not tremendously different.

If you buy one that needs calibrated, you just pay the shipping to NY, and watch for updates, they ship it back. It costs less than $10 to do this. Keep in mind that the body has a factor in this too, so you can take the same 50mm and run it across 5 different 5D2s, and find variances in how that one lens works.

Here is a mini review I did on this lens.

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Feb 27, 2012 05:51 |  #22

One thing to note, is that the Sigma is closer to a 45mm, which gives it an ever so slightly wider angle of view (which may be another reason I like it). My 35L is a delight, very sharp and lighter than the Sigma, so you wouldn't be unhappy with that route (just more $$$ to save up).

Think of it as having different paint brushes in your kit, and each one has a different purpose. It is possible to paint an entire house with a 3" brush, but why would you? :-)

You may have already thought of this, but you can rent one from LensRentals.com to see what you think prior to purchasing.


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Feb 27, 2012 06:49 |  #23

Add another happy user with a 5d2 to the list. This combo is capable of capturing fantastic images! I did send my copy in for adjustment, could have fixed it with ma but I am anal about my lenses and wanted it perfect. Love this combo. I also have the 35l and I love that too.... I use the 50 more often, just like that focal length.


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Feb 27, 2012 09:43 |  #24

michgirl wrote in post #13974670 (external link)
Glad to hear so many have used it with the 5d ii and have been happy. The weight does concern me, but it sure is pretty. I thought about the 35L, I would have to try that one first. I have the 28mm and find it just too wide for my intended use. I want an 'indoor lens' and the 28 was perfect on my 500d; however it is so wide on the 5d ii that I find myself getting too close and distorting people. Maybe I just need to learn how to use it.

I find the 50 f/1.8 to be just about right and maybe I am not giving it enough credit and should try it a little more before buying another 50mm. I do hear that Canon will be replacing the 50mm f/1.4, probably not for awhile though.

So until I sell the 28mm, I have decided to give the 24-105mm for a fair chance as my indoor lens. It is not as fast, but f/4 is pretty decent. Maybe by then I will know for sure which FL I prefer, the 35 or the 50. Thanks to all for great answers!

I love the nifty on my 5d2, but it's kinda embarrassing looking lens. The canon 1.4 has absolutely no longevity. I've lost the sigma lotto before. Will probably settle with the nifty for a while unless I can find the sigma used and test it with focal software locally.

I found the 24-105 to be useless indoors. Pretty happy with the 24-70L 50 1.8 combo. Would love the canon 1.4 to be more reliable, but it's not.


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Feb 27, 2012 10:00 |  #25

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I love the nifty on my 5d2, but it's kinda embarrassing looking lens. The canon 1.4 has absolutely no longevity. I've lost the sigma lotto before. Will probably settle with the nifty for a while unless I can find the sigma used and test it with focal software locally.

I found the 24-105 to be useless indoors. Pretty happy with the 24-70L 50 1.8 combo. Would love the canon 1.4 to be more reliable, but it's not.

You sort of summed up my thoughts all along--the 5dii is a wonderful camera and I hate putting a $100 lens on it. Yet I hate to pay for a lens that may require adjusting and the Canon 50 f/1.4 doesn't feel like the right choice.

I am leaning toward the Sigma, but will wait until I sell the 28 f/1.8. Meanwhile I will continue to work with my current lens.


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Feb 27, 2012 13:02 |  #26

I have it (sigma 50mm 1.4) on my 5d mark ii and it stays on more than my 24-70. Never had focusing issues whatsoever. I love it!




  
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Feb 27, 2012 23:45 |  #27

First of all, my Sigma 50 1.4 worked great out of the box on my 5D. Secondly, I compared the Sigma to a brand new Canon 50 1.4 and it was no comparison. The Sigma was far superior from f/1.4 to f/2.8 which is where I use it 99% of the time. It's so much better that I would have considered it worth the bother to send it to Sigma if it didn't work perfectly out of the box.




  
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Feb 28, 2012 01:14 as a reply to  @ jayadeff's post |  #28

I have to say that Sigmalux is one of the best lenses that I tried. Great on my 5D, had to MA on my 5Dmk2, but after that nothing would beat it. That said, I have to confess that I sold it. I had 24 1.8 and Sigmalux and I often felt I needed something in between and longer than 50 so I sold both and got 35L and 85 1.8. I am really happy with those focal lengths now and my next purchase will be Kegma as they say it is as good as their 50.

If I ever buy 50, it will be Sigmalux again.. (or close enough 45TSE:)).




  
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Feb 28, 2012 01:57 |  #29
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I always have an iffy feeling of my sigmalux on my 5D2...sometimes it's sharp whilst other times it just seems to ff/bf. I think I has to do with the focusing distance....no sure if MA can eliminate that completely :(


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Feb 28, 2012 05:40 |  #30

So many good answers - so much to consider! I have read each post and each has given me much to consider. The Sigma seems like a great choice - and I enjoyed the read on TeamSpeed's link and review. The 28mm lives on my 500d, and the 50mm seems the right choice for the 5d Mkii. Just haven't decided 100% which 50mm:confused:


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