I need to make a decision between these two, since they're about the same in regard to price. I can't afford the 85L, it's out of the question.
I got the Zeiss for testing a few days and I'm simply blown away by the images it produces. I have a good keeper rate, because I have experience with manual focusing. I don't shoot sports or fast action, the lens will be used for portraits and lifestyle (which implies normal everyday movement of people, I'm good with that).
The build quality of the Zeiss doesn't require any introduction, the focusing ring is superb as well.
However... I have not tested the Sigma, yet. I may not be able to get it for a few days, to make a difference against the Zeiss - I'll probably just test it in the store.
I am interested in:
- is Sigma prone to AF issues? Because as I understand, using it MF is out of the question, can't be accurate because of the short focus path
- for those who got the Sigma and it was spot-on, did this change over time? Or is it reliable?
- Zeiss is phenomenal with the color tones, how is the Sigma? How are the images in post processing, are they easily to work on (DR, etc), any problems?
My guts tell me to get the Zeiss, because the image is fantastic and the lens will last forever. But the lazy part of me would like to have the Sigma.