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Sep 26, 2013 18:44 |  #166

shinksma wrote in post #16324995 (external link)
Just curious, what game? Is this NHL or local farm team? Does the arena or team have a physical length and focal length limit? This lens is just under 5" long, and for example my local college football stadium has a limit of 5" long lens, or 50mm (which is weird, do they really check FL ranges? And many P&Ss have far longer effective FLs than that...)

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This was a flyers game, their limit was 100mm. They said that was nhl wide policy. That being said, I definitely brought a 70-200 before. I think I Just got the one guy that actually cared


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Sep 26, 2013 21:26 |  #167

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Well I got the dock and it's still inconsistent. I'm about ready to give up on this lens and Sigma all together.

what are your in-camera settings?


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Sep 27, 2013 08:19 |  #168

I've been watching/reading this thread with much interest. I'm a bit disappointed in the reviews many of you are giving this lens. I had hoped for better.

I was hoping Sigma was getting its act together. I know they have been trying to revitalize the company and I have been anticipating their success. It looks like I may have to wait a while for that to happen.

I thought this lens would be perfect for my indoor shots, as I don't have any truly fast lenses. I mostly use my 15-85 with a flash gun inside. With a dependable 18-35 f/1.8, I wouldn't need any fast primes.... one zoom would do it all for what I shoot indoors.

I'll continue to pay attention to this thread and the real world experiences people have with this lens.


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Sep 27, 2013 12:39 |  #169

Its amazing everyone else seems to get bad Sigma's I never do. Just lucky?


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Sep 27, 2013 13:02 |  #170

chopperdave wrote in post #16329459 (external link)
Its amazing everyone else seems to get bad Sigma's I never do. Just lucky?

I'm guessing most people who are happy with their gear won't take time to praise the brand online. I've trashed Sigma on multiple occasions with their poor QC, mostly due to front/back focusing 30mm 1.4's. I also hated their old EX coating.
Recently I bought a 35mm 1.4 and it's already my favorite lens on the 5D. Just fantastic.

I was so impressed by the first few shots I took it to a wedding gig the day after I bought it, and I've never had such a high keeper rate. Been pretty much editing down from ~1300 to 500 shots or so just on poses and composition alone. AF errors were well below 1%, and even then it's more likely my own fault.


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Sep 27, 2013 14:31 |  #171

David and Michael,

I am glad when people such as yourself report how much better Sigma has become. I really would like to own either an Art 30mm or the 35mm Art if I go fast prime or the 18-35 lens. I don't have enough confidence in Sigma at this point but I'm trying to gain it.

My 60D doesn't have micro fine adjustments for lenses so the USB dock would have to work well enough to compensate for any Sigma hmmmmmm manufacturing deficiencies or whatever the best term would be. I won't be able to upgrade my camera until the middle of next year or so.


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Sep 27, 2013 15:58 |  #172

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David and Michael,

I am glad when people such as yourself report how much better Sigma has become. I really would like to own either an Art 30mm or the 35mm Art if I go fast prime or the 18-35 lens. I don't have enough confidence in Sigma at this point but I'm trying to gain it.

My 60D doesn't have micro fine adjustments for lenses so the USB dock would have to work well enough to compensate for any Sigma hmmmmmm manufacturing deficiencies or whatever the best term would be. I won't be able to upgrade my camera until the middle of next year or so.

You could always ask a store if they have a dock and want to "calibrate" your lens on purchase. Mine was spot on so far, but I haven't tested it at infinity @ f/1.4 or any other scenarios like that, because it's not something I'm likely to shoot all that often. Eyelashes have been in perfect focus and that's (portraits) is mainly what I use it for.


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Sep 27, 2013 16:45 |  #173

I have the 15-85 and bought the Sigma for the same reason .. i needed a fast lens for indoor and wedding shooting, and bought the dock at the same time not because i thought the lens would be 'off' i bought the dock because i wanted the ability to fine tune it to my 7D..

I love this lens... never really played around with primes but this gives me fexibility and f1.8.. a few recent shots taken with my Sig 18-35 (may have previously been posted elsewhere):

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Sep 27, 2013 16:51 |  #174

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what are your in-camera settings?

It doesn't matter. I've changed everything and it never hits the focus consistently.




  
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Sep 27, 2013 16:54 |  #175

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Beautiful light in that venue, and very well captured.


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Sep 27, 2013 16:56 |  #176

thanks :)


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Sep 27, 2013 17:11 |  #177

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Sep 27, 2013 17:31 |  #178

Kim

Some more positive sigma feedback; I've got the old sigma 30mm 1.4 ex hsm (none art). I think it's superb. I had a nifty before that and didn't like the range, lens or anything. The 30mm on a crop is soooo much more usable than 50mm for my purposes. It's nice I have a light lens in the bag too. I tested the focusing on mine in the shop before I left, but it's always been spot on.

The other thing I would say about sigma is that opening the lens out the box is a much nicer experience than canon. That probably sounds daft, but the case is really good quality, lens hood included, that sort of thing.

All that said, Im thinking one day I may sell the 30mm to put some funds towards the 18.35. There, knew I'd get back on topic eventually!


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Sep 27, 2013 17:35 |  #179

I like the flexibility of a zoom and at f/1.8, I think it is a winner, if I can get it to focus correctly. We don't have a local camera store here so I'll have to order from one of the big three online stores or Allen's Camera in PA. If I decide to go this way, I'll order the USB Dock at the same time.


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Sep 28, 2013 20:21 |  #180

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