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Thread started 25 Jun 2014 (Wednesday) 22:27
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POLL: "Which lens should I buy for a walk around?"
EF 28 1.8 USM
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Sigma 30 1.4 EX DC HSM
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Zeiss 28 2.8 Distagon contax mount
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venom3300
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Jun 25, 2014 22:27 |  #1

Which would you choose and why?

I like the canon for the reliable AF, ability to go FF (I shoot film some), and the 45mm view on crop vs 48 on the sigma- I don't like the corner softness and CA.

I like the sigma for the F1.4, and edge in sharpness wide open, especially at the corners.- I don't like the focusing problems and lack of FF compatibility.

The zeiss should blow the others out of the water in sharpness and contrast. Its easy to mount adapt to canon (C/Y mount). I have an EF-S screen already so focusing isn't a problem.- I really don't like that diaphragm will be manual operation and stop down metering.


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Jun 25, 2014 22:29 |  #2

Canon 28mm because 1) It can be used on FF, 2) Sigma AF tends to be iffy while Canon has always been spot-on for me


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Jun 25, 2014 22:31 |  #3

jt354 wrote in post #16994836 (external link)
What are we choosing between?

it should be up now


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Jun 25, 2014 22:32 |  #4

The lenses in the poll at the top of the page. All around 28mm


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Jun 25, 2014 23:44 as a reply to  @ smythie's post |  #5

The Sigma you listed is the old one right? not the Art version? I have the older EX one and it's been good for me, however if I were buying a lens in that range now, it would be the 35/2 IS.


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Jun 25, 2014 23:46 |  #6

FEChariot wrote in post #16994940 (external link)
The Sigma you listed is the old one right? not the Art version? I have the older EX one and it's been good for me, however if I were buying a lens in that range now, it would be the 35/2 IS.

yes, the old one.

35 is too long for me. I would come closer to picking a 24 than 35.


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Jun 26, 2014 00:57 |  #7

I'm sure most will vote for the Sigma, but I'd go for the 28/1.8, I find that lens has a charm that I can't quite put my finger on and it's a great FL on FF imo. Go poke around it's sample thread ;)

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Jun 26, 2014 05:58 |  #8

Hmm, hard pick, but it would be between the Canon EF 28 1.8 USM and the Sigma 30 1.4 DC HSM 'ART

I'll throw in the ART version instead, since it has the same price as the Canon EF 28/1.8 anyway.

From what I've heard the Canon is soft wide open, but not sure if this is true. Sigma 30 on the other hand is razor sharp in the centre (even wide sharp wide open), but suffers from a lot of CA, from what I've seen and heard.

I would expect the Canon to focus more accurately and faster than the Sigma, but maybe if you put some time and effort you could calibrate the Sigma to focus about the same, dunno?

I'd probably go with the Sigma because of f/1.4 , because of sharpness and the wider aperture.


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Jun 26, 2014 06:47 as a reply to  @ Hermelin's post |  #9

I've owned the 28 f/1.8 and the Sigma 30 f/1.4 DC (non-art). The Sigma was better optically, but the AF was pretty terrible in low light (which is where I wanted to use the lens), so I stuck with the Canon 28. The new Sigma 30 f/1.4 ART may be much better than the old version, but I have no experience with it.

It's not quite as wide, but I would also seriously consider the Canon 35 f/2 IS...reliable AF, great optics, and IS.


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Jun 26, 2014 06:48 as a reply to  @ Hermelin's post |  #10

Of those choices none. The Sigma 30A!

It is an f/1.4 (accidentally originally said f/2), has AF, can be adjusted, and is sharper than the Canon.

I like AF so the Zeiss is out (for me).

The Canon was my choice, because I was also occasionally shooting film when deciding (and couldn't afford the 35L). If you also shoot FF, or are going full frame soon (like in a few months or less) then I suggest the Canon.

Personally 35mm is not too long for me. If I didn't want f/1.4, I'd go Canon 35mm f/2 IS.

You mentioned going in the 24mm direction. If you can afford it, go Canon 24L II. It is what I would still get go with, or to possibly to replace my 35L.


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Jun 26, 2014 07:07 |  #11

jimewall wrote in post #16995295 (external link)
Of those choices none. The Sigma 30A!

It is an f/2, has AF, can be adjusted, and is sharper than the Canon.

You mean f/1.4 ?


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Jun 26, 2014 07:21 |  #12

Hermelin wrote in post #16995305 (external link)
You mean f/1.4 ?

Yes, sorry! I'll fix that. I think I was thinking of the Canon 35 IS.

Thanks for catching that!


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Jun 26, 2014 07:45 |  #13

I'll vote for EF 35/2 IS.


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Jun 26, 2014 07:57 |  #14

gasrocks wrote in post #16995359 (external link)
I'll vote for EF 35/2 IS.

I would too. I can't vote for any of the poll lenses. I would go for any of the recent Canon wide primes with IS (35mm f/2, 28mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8). Reasonably priced and excellent image quality.


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Jun 26, 2014 08:06 |  #15

The art version and such are out of the price range. I need to be able to sell the 18-135 STM for about the same price as the new lens.


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