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Sep 05, 2012 17:24 |  #8641

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You always have to be careful shooting wide open at f/1.4. There is very little room for error. I used to always centre point focus then recompose, but with this lens I pick the focus point I want to use and the hit rate is a lot higher. It can be fickle, particularly in lower light where there is not a strong contrast difference, but so can most other lenses in that situation. My first copy was a complete dud, it did not front or back focus, it just didn't focus on anything at all. The replacement is spot on but still fickle. The images it produces though are well worth any small shortcomings.

This is how I feel. I think maybe just maybe 1 out of 10-15 shots it may legitimately front focus. But most of the time it is dead on for me. Even at wide open if I am forced to shoot at 1.4. Most of the time I stop down just a bit (1.6-2.0), even when I am going for that look. I just wish Sigma made a 35mm and it was of the same caliber and in the same price range.


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Sep 05, 2012 17:55 |  #8642

Thanks guys! I figured it was a bit of both, and having shot that wide before in the past, it defiantly is a challenge nailing focus and trying to recompose and still get tack sharp. With that narrow DOF, no room for error, and I feel most ppl see this and blame the lens... when really the error is behind the view finder... anyways, first non-canon lens! Why I was a bit skeptic at first, can't wait to get this baby!


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Sep 05, 2012 19:38 |  #8643

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Thanks guys! I figured it was a bit of both, and having shot that wide before in the past, it defiantly is a challenge nailing focus and trying to recompose and still get tack sharp. With that narrow DOF, no room for error, and I feel most ppl see this and blame the lens... when really the error is behind the view finder... anyways, first non-canon lens! Why I was a bit skeptic at first, can't wait to get this baby!

You'll love how it renders images. I still do. Sigma's 30mm made me like Sigma. This 50mm made me a firm believer. Now I'm hoping to get Sigma's new 70-200mm OS. :D

I actually do not use my 24-70L because of this lens. I mean, I still use the Brick, but I feel like the Sigmalux just has something in its IQ that isn't it the other lens. Even at f2.8 (which I'm usually at or around).


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Sep 06, 2012 08:47 |  #8644

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Sep 07, 2012 09:23 |  #8645

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Sep 07, 2012 10:46 |  #8646

Got the lens yesterday, returning today, was unbelievably soft from f/1.4 even on up to f/8
And from f/1.4 to about f/2.0 it missed focus every time, even from a tripod...

Disappointing, all well, bad luck with a bad copy I guess. Not sure if I'll take another or get the Canon 50mm or 85mm. We shall see.


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Sep 07, 2012 17:29 |  #8647

macpro88 wrote in post #14959736 (external link)
Got the lens yesterday, returning today, was unbelievably soft from f/1.4 even on up to f/8
And from f/1.4 to about f/2.0 it missed focus every time, even from a tripod...

Disappointing, all well, bad luck with a bad copy I guess. Not sure if I'll take another or get the Canon 50mm or 85mm. We shall see.

Have you tried to do any Micro adjustments?


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Sep 07, 2012 17:42 |  #8648

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Have you tried to do any Micro adjustments?

yeah, I tried when I got home, didn't quite fix the mis-focusing, images got sharper 2.8 and out, but some were still pretty soft.

I might try a different copy, chalking this one up to bad luck, maybe I'll try to find a factory refurb.


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Sep 07, 2012 17:46 |  #8649

macpro88 wrote in post #14961456 (external link)
yeah, I tried when I got home, didn't quite fix the mis-focusing, images got sharper 2.8 and out, but some were still pretty soft.

I might try a different copy, chalking this one up to bad luck, maybe I'll try to find a factory refurb.

I had the same problem with my first copy, I just got it configured and it fixed it. Although I do like the Canon 50 f/1.4 (but sold it, and will be getting a 50L soon) and I almost never take the 85 f/1.8 off my 5D Mark II.


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Sep 07, 2012 20:58 |  #8650

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I thought I'd use the 30mm 1.4 way more on my crop sensor, but so far it's the 50mm 1.4 that seems to live on my camera :o I got both right around the same time, the 50 arriving a few days earlier..

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Sep 08, 2012 01:51 |  #8651

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