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How does the Sigma 85 compare?

 
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Jul 29, 2013 11:07 |  #16

I bought the Sigma as a stepping stone on my way to the 85L, over 2 years ago...
still have not upgraded, or felt the urge to...

but my 1st did the jackhammer focus right out of the box... 2nd one has been awesome


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Jul 29, 2013 12:52 |  #17

The Sigma 85 is an excellent lens. I've had the 85 1.8, which was fast, but the Sigma is no slouch either. I do have the lens paired with a 5D Mark III. I shot a dance group at f1.4 and motor drove. The majority of all the shots hit focus and kept up with the performers. There was CA, but you can clean that up in Lightroom really easily.

I had the opportunity to mount the 85L onto a 1DX and try it out. It wasn't what I would call fast compared to the Sigma and Canon 85 1.8.

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Aug 03, 2013 06:34 as a reply to  @ mesakid's post |  #18

im actually looking into getting one of these lenses either the 85 1.2, or the sigma 85 1.4,
most reviews had the same story,

sigma is faster focus, as sharp, if not sharper than the 85L, but the 85L is a stop faster, and the images will pop just a bit better... 2 of the reviews i read from notable sources stated they never would have tried the sigma version but after trying it they bought on and have sold their 85L.

im going with the sigma 85 1.4


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Aug 03, 2013 08:29 |  #19

webejamn wrote in post #16177468 (external link)
im actually looking into getting one of these lenses either the 85 1.2, or the sigma 85 1.4,
most reviews had the same story,

sigma is faster focus, as sharp, if not sharper than the 85L, but the 85L is a stop faster, and the images will pop just a bit better... 2 of the reviews i read from notable sources stated they never would have tried the sigma version but after trying it they bought on and have sold their 85L.

im going with the sigma 85 1.4

I think it's only about 1/2 stop faster.




  
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Aug 03, 2013 10:26 as a reply to  @ frugivore's post |  #20

I can't see buying either one. You should go into a camera shop and try all three side by side - Sigma 85 and both Canons. The 85L is so heavy and slow compared to the 1.8. I'm not sure I would buy it for the same price, but at 3x the 1.8 price it is was a very easy decision.


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Aug 03, 2013 15:14 |  #21

I had the 85 1.8 and hated it, never had the 85L but I really want to try it because I love the colors.
My Sigma is freaking fast, cant complaint and I love the IQ.


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Aug 04, 2013 13:28 |  #22

I think I'm going to go with the 85L. Now to wait on a 15-20% off from canon refurbished.

Thanks for the help guys!




  
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Aug 04, 2013 14:05 |  #23

my experience with sigma is the af wide open can be a hit or miss, at F/2.0 the rate is better. with the 85L, though speed is slower, once it locks focus the keeper rate is higher.

they're practically the same when it comes to IQ though the Canon 85L renders better bokeh and the build of course is better. that's about the only thing i can think of.




  
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Aug 04, 2013 14:11 |  #24

Yeah the focus speed isn't a concern for me as I'd be using it for portraits only.

We're trying for our first child right now, and I just want to have a great lens ready to capture the pregnant wife. Having the best IQ possible is my most important consideration.




  
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Aug 04, 2013 14:44 as a reply to  @ Natural Light's post |  #25

Once your little bundle of joy comes out, get the 50L if you don't have one yet. Its great for infants-toddlers, it was also perfect at the delivery room :)




  
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Aug 05, 2013 03:46 |  #26

I had the Canon 85 f/1.8 before and used my friend's Sigma 85. Both are good lenses. But I don't see much improvement the Sigma has over the Canon except the aperture. PQ are similar. Canon is noticeably smaller, lighter and focuses faster, plus much cheaper. The Sigma 85 AF speed is decent, not bad, just not lightening fast as the 85 f/1.8.


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Aug 05, 2013 09:05 |  #27

Sigma 85 is sharp wide open, great color and balance great on my 6D. I have no complaint now but I did have to send it to Sigma for calibration, but after that it is very reliable. I can't imagine shelling out twice the money for a 85L.
Compare to 85 1.8, I think Sigma at 1.4 is more usable than Canon at 1.8 due to the latter's purple fringe wide open. 1 more stop of light is worth the extra money.


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Aug 05, 2013 09:49 |  #28

I've used my Sigma 85mm 1.4 for indoor soccer on my 7D for my daughter, the AF kept up better than I was expecting, to be honest.

A very sharp lens too. Has exceeded my expectations, especially for the price.




  
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Aug 05, 2013 10:43 |  #29

+1 for the Sigma 85. I sold my Canon 85 1.8. Never had the 85L. I keep it on my 6D. I've found the focus to be utterly reliable. I agree that it's a tad slower to focus than the 85 1.8, but still plenty fast. Works great with AI Servo. When shooting in very low light, I use the Yongnuo YN-622 to help with focusing.


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