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Sep 27, 2013 21:47 |  #1

Do yourself a favour - buy this lens - its around $800 and worth every penny. By far my favourite lens in terms of image quality, incredible bokeh and just a lush quality to its images. I use it mostly for portrait / people stuff. It feels very solid and well built and autofocus is quick. I have a few Sigma lenses - they vary in quality - but this will beat Canon/Nikon varieties which are double the price. I have attached an example of a shot i took a while back.

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Sep 27, 2013 22:17 |  #2
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Sep 27, 2013 22:39 |  #3

I'll be trying a 4th copy of the Sigma 85 sometime next week. The first 3 all front focused on my 5d and t2i bodies. This time I'll do some extensive testing with my 1ds miii body to see if I can get a better than 3 out of 10 keeper rate with the other bodies. The images were nice when the lens worked properly.


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Sep 27, 2013 22:43 |  #4

1.4? the DOF is so tiny!


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Sep 27, 2013 22:48 |  #5

Huh. Isn't that the point? I got the Canon 85 1.8 but kind of regretted it after seeing how awesome the Sigma 35 was


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Sep 27, 2013 23:21 |  #6

Spewing I didn't get to hold this lens at the recent Digidirect expo held in Melbourne earlier this month.
Played around with the Nikon and was quite impressed with the focal length.

Holding off, hoping there would be an announcement on a 50 or 85 Art very soon.


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Sep 27, 2013 23:38 |  #7

elleana wrote in post #16330502 (external link)
Huh. Isn't that the point? I got the Canon 85 1.8 but kind of regretted it after seeing how awesome the Sigma 35 was

hard to regret the low price of the 85 f1.8 though


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Sep 27, 2013 23:45 |  #8

Thorrulz wrote in post #16330487 (external link)
I'll be trying a 4th copy of the Sigma 85 sometime next week. The first 3 all front focused on my 5d and t2i bodies. This time I'll do some extensive testing with my 1ds miii body to see if I can get a better than 3 out of 10 keeper rate with the other bodies. The images were nice when the lens worked properly.

Send it to Sigma and they will update the lens firmware and calibrate the lens for you for 60$. Mine came back focussing dead accurate near and far.


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Sep 28, 2013 04:04 |  #9

but this will beat Canon/Nikon varieties which are double the price.

Maybe the Nikon as they don't do a 1.2, but not the L. Sorry, the Sig 85mm maybe 95% of the 85L at less than half the price, but it still doesn't 'beat the canon'. Half of my lenses are Sigma btw, so no fanboi stuff from me. The 85L is just too darn good at picture rendering (especially at f1.2! :p)


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Sep 28, 2013 09:59 |  #10

malakite wrote in post #16330816 (external link)
Maybe the Nikon as they don't do a 1.2, but not the L. Sorry, the Sig 85mm maybe 95% of the 85L at less than half the price, but it still doesn't 'beat the canon'. Half of my lenses are Sigma btw, so no fanboi stuff from me. The 85L is just too darn good at picture rendering (especially at f1.2! :p)

Unless you are a pro that needs absolutely the best, 95% at less than half price is pretty darn good value proposition.


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Sep 28, 2013 11:16 |  #11

^ I concur. ^ But you can also include those with the disposable income to not settle, and/or those willing to wait whilst they save, etc :)


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Sep 28, 2013 12:20 |  #12

vaflower wrote in post #16330597 (external link)
Send it to Sigma and they will update the lens firmware and calibrate the lens for you for 60$. Mine came back focussing dead accurate near and far.

I need to get round to this. As with most copies mine isn't bad AF, spot on at infinity but front focuses close up. OTOH, for a lens like this, dialing in the appropriate MFA isn't that big of a deal once you know the lens. It's rare I shoot at variable distances in quick succession.

Problem is being without the lens and camera, although since it is completely consistent on all my cameras, I could just send it in with the T1i and get it calibrated to that.

For sharpness and rendering this is a very good lens, certainly compared with anything else I own - I would say it is on par with the 135L.


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Sep 28, 2013 13:11 |  #13

Nice lens, I love mine. But may still go for 85L someday.


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Sep 28, 2013 14:52 |  #14

^That's where most Sigma 85 users gravitate to eventually I believe^. Though the sigma does capture nice images, the 85l has that allure that's inescapable.


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Sep 28, 2013 16:12 |  #15

bobbyz wrote in post #16331503 (external link)
Nice lens, I love mine. But may still go for 85L someday.

Thorrulz wrote in post #16331684 (external link)
^That's where most Sigma 85 users gravitate to eventually I believe^. Though the sigma does capture nice images, the 85l has that allure that's inescapable.

I'm about to pull the trigger on the SIGMA next week, but the 85L will always be knocking behind the door, most out of curiosity as you made or not the best decision on going the SIGMA ROUTE.


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