cdang wrote in post #16032772
Your S35 came already ? That means the 200L is here. I'll be busy shooting with that first ;p
The 200L is coming on Monday. I did not want to deal with too many lenses at the same time so that I could focus on one!
kin2son wrote in post #16032275
Here's my experience.
Straight out the box, it clearly front focused on my 5D3, so I MA'ed it (+5).
It seems to do the trick for MFD -> my normal shooting distance (don't ask me how many feet as I have no idea).
Now for longer distance -> infinity, it clearly back focused @ f1.4 when I test it. BUT I never ever shoot far subject at large aperture anyway. Why? Because my main subject is my daughter and long distance to infinity on 35mm is so wide that my daughter is too small within the frame anyway. Also by f2 you probably won't notice it anymore. Therefore it doesn't bother me at all.
Consider getting the dock? It's only $60 and that's still way cheaper than 35L.
Vignette? Pft that's a one click fix in Lightroom. Why would anyone care about that really?
To sum up I'm very happy with the lens under REAL LIFE SHOOTING. I've learnt not to shoot charts and based my judgement in situation that really matters.
What are you talking about? I'd rather have a lens that is soft around the corners than vignettes as much as Sigma does. I am not going to sit and fix 250 pictures I took on a Saturday in post processing to remove vignetting. I always shoot both Raw and Jpeg and pick the favorite shots (usually 1 or 2 out of 100) and spend time in post with those. Some Jpegs go to Smugmug straight out of the box for the family to see, and some other good shots make it to PP for getting printed.
How is the dock going to solve this problem? You guys need to understand the types of "focus adjustments" that can be done on a lens and a camera. The dock will only do the standard MA as a firmware upgrade in the lens instead of the camera. The only way to improve this, which I have gone through before with my previous body and another Sigma lens, is to send the camera in to Sigma with the lens, which for a 5d mark 3 costs a lot more than $10 unlike someone suggested, more like $80 for insurance + $40 for shipping, each way, total of $240 as I would never ship the camera and the lens without insurance both ways. Even sending the camera in, which by the way can totally screw your warranty up should anything goes wrong, does not fix the issue 100%, but gets close. The lens still misses focus (missing focus is not same as not focusing correctly) a lot more than Canon does.
What about that squeaky focus issue? That is also fixed by the dock? What if tomorrow there is 5d mark 4 that has an entirely different focus algorithm and mechanism, then what will happen to this Sigma? Well I guess we shouldn't go there.
The lens is a lot sharper than 35L. The bokeh is close, I don't think it'd be easy to tell the bokeh difference. In the corners, sigma destroys Canon, but then it vignettes so much that all of that sharpness is meaningless. I can see the vignettting even on darker backgrounds.
I also already own 35L, so the "cheaper" argument goes only so far, because if I liked S35, I would have to sell my 35L and the difference would be pretty close. Not to mention, cost was not a factor to try out S35, but it was the sharpness.
Lastly, I'm surprised not many people brought up the focus speed. It focuses considerably slower than 35L in AI Servo tracking objects (someone running sideways).