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Jan 10, 2013 10:38 |  #4801

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Jan 10, 2013 10:45 |  #4802

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Jan 10, 2013 10:50 |  #4803

sgtbueno wrote in post #15468325 (external link)
Because is not a Canon, simple as that.

I'm not usually one to hop on the brand bandwagon thing, but I may have to agree with you in this case. For a lens that performs so well, I gotta think that its AF issues (which are at least consistent or easily fixable with a trip back to Sigma) are lumped in with the 50mm and 30mm problems (which can be truly frustrating).

And Furinox, say it ain't so! Sell a kidney or something.


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Jan 10, 2013 12:19 |  #4804

From this morning:

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Jan 10, 2013 13:07 |  #4805

Two more:

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Jan 10, 2013 13:59 |  #4806

Super nice dude. Were you using on camera fill flash for these?


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Jan 10, 2013 14:04 |  #4807

Mookalafalas wrote in post #15468060 (external link)
I never focus and recompose at 1.4 (at least when the subject is near), but always switch the focus point before shooting, and I have very close to 100% accuracy rate. I'm a bit pissed at folks (in other threads--that is, people who don't have one) dissing the 85's focus. When I have errors, they are user errors, or are bad luck due to movement at slower shutter speed and such.

Yep, agree 100%. I used to focus recompose all the time with the 5DII but with any of my 1.4 lenses it is a fail. I now use the outer points and even with the 5DII's reputed poor performance it is still spot on with the 85, it never misses unless I stuff it up.


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Jan 10, 2013 14:07 |  #4808

MrGreen wrote in post #15471300 (external link)
Super nice dude. Were you using on camera fill flash for these?

Thanks! First had no flash. Second had an alienbees b800 with octobox camera left.


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Jan 10, 2013 14:07 as a reply to  @ MrGreen's post |  #4809

Ok, so I went on a walk-about downtown yesterday at lunch time and I headed to a popular tourist spot to blend in with the other cameras so I didn't stick out so much. I took a bunch of shots of random people around the convention centre.

I had my focus on AI Servo to handle people walking towards me or whatever, and honestly I have to say I was pretty disappointed with the performance of the 85mm. I missed A LOT of shots, and most of them were missed in the exact same way - all focused behind the subject. I'm going to try microadjusting it today and shoot some more, but maybe this lens just doesn't like to focus that well on my 7D. I know using AI Servo will give you misses for sure, but in a burst I shot I'd get like 1 sharp picture out of 6. I don't like those odds.

What I did like when I got a good shot was the background separation with this lens is awesome! Wide open it's sharp, and the CA isn't "too bad" either.

Here are the few that I did like from my walk:

1)

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Jan 10, 2013 14:12 as a reply to  @ MrGreen's post |  #4810

I took some high ISO shots indoors on a break at work. On still shots like these the lens works really nice.

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4) This is an interesting shot. I took it through a crack between two computer monitors that was only 1 inch wide and all I could see was his eye. The lens has such a shallow DOF that it rendered detail where the monitors were! Amazing!!!
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5) Afternoon work gets intense!!! ;)
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Jan 10, 2013 14:36 |  #4811

MrGreen wrote in post #15471339 (external link)
Ok, so I went on a walk-about downtown yesterday at lunch time and I headed to a popular tourist spot to blend in with the other cameras so I didn't stick out so much. I took a bunch of shots of random people around the convention centre.

I had my focus on AI Servo to handle people walking towards me or whatever, and honestly I have to say I was pretty disappointed with the performance of the 85mm. I missed A LOT of shots, and most of them were missed in the exact same way - all focused behind the subject. I'm going to try microadjusting it today and shoot some more, but maybe this lens just doesn't like to focus that well on my 7D. I know using AI Servo will give you misses for sure, but in a burst I shot I'd get like 1 sharp picture out of 6. I don't like those odds.

What I did like when I got a good shot was the background separation with this lens is awesome! Wide open it's sharp, and the CA isn't "too bad" either.

Here are the few that I did like from my walk:

Probably the 7d or your copy of the lens. Mine works pretty well in ai servo. Here's and example:

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Jan 10, 2013 19:16 as a reply to  @ Furinox's post |  #4812

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Jan 12, 2013 13:49 |  #4813

Are you secretly J.J. Abrams? ;)


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Jan 12, 2013 16:54 |  #4814

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Jan 12, 2013 18:09 as a reply to  @ BobbyT's post |  #4815

Well I updated my camera's firmware from 1.2.5 to 2.0.0 and WOW what a difference it made. Apart from the obvious features it added it also seemed to "fix" my servo focus issues with this lens. I took several quick shots where the AF only had a split second to lock on and it worked out very well. Going from 1 out of 6 pictures sharp, to more like 5 out of 6 sharp now.....so I am very happy with this lens now. I'll show you some examples.

1) My friend didn't have sunglasses on in the bright sun! I like the BG separation here.

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2) This guy was funny, but again my focus was spot on here. He was walking slowly and I had plenty of time to focus on him, but that's good because it worked.
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3) She was some sort of 9/11 conspiracy crier. This is an area where previously this lens failed - non-moving target with servo focus. This time it worked!
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4) Another non-moving target and again the focus was perfect. I'm liking this.
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5) No, she's not looking at me. In fact he's walking fairly fast and looking to her side, but the focus tracking worked perfectly here.
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6) This is an interesting photo not because the woman herself is interesting, but because of how I took it. I actually turned around and split-second fired on her face so the focus was really strained here but it worked out perfectly.....again!
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7) I shot a small burst on this guy who was running fairly fast on the sidewalk. 2 out of 3 were in focus. Not bad!
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8) I took this because she's pretty and caught my eye! Brisk walk locked on focus again.
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