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30 or 35mm prime for street photography, Canon 6D

 
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Sep 08, 2015 04:19 |  #1

Canon's own 35mm f/1.4 seems hellishly expensive, will I be happy with third-party alternatives?


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Sep 08, 2015 05:17 |  #2

look into 35mm f/2 IS




  
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Sep 08, 2015 05:27 |  #3

Sigma's 35 is a dream.




  
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Sep 08, 2015 06:12 |  #4
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I have the 35 IS. Excellent lens at 1/3 the cost of the 35L. I also have the 28 1.8 because I can't afford the 24 1.4s.


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Sep 08, 2015 06:33 as a reply to  @ jimeuph1's post |  #5

thank you everyone. I think I'll go for the Sigma 35mm f/1.4, seems to have really good reviews. Unless there are any caveats that I should be aware of, but none of the reviews mentioned it?


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Sep 08, 2015 10:16 as a reply to  @ pawelx's post |  #6

Another vote for the 35mm f/2 IS. A very sharp lens for not a lot of money. I've read it could be a bit of a lottery with the Sigma on whether you get a sharp copy or not but maybe things have changed.


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Sep 08, 2015 10:18 as a reply to  @ pawelx's post |  #7

Only caveat is that you need to go ahead and by the Sigma Dock with it, then calibrate it with your body once you get it. It can take a bit to get all the settings right but once you do it should focus perfectly with your body.


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Sep 08, 2015 10:41 |  #8

pawelx wrote in post #17699205 (external link)
thank you everyone. I think I'll go for the Sigma 35mm f/1.4, seems to have really good reviews. Unless there are any caveats that I should be aware of, but none of the reviews mentioned it?


Great choice! I had mine since it came out and can only say good things about it. I use it mainly for weddings, but on occasion I bring it out when I'm out and about on the street.




  
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Sep 08, 2015 10:43 |  #9

vertigo235 wrote in post #17699412 (external link)
Only caveat is that you need to go ahead and by the Sigma Dock with it, then calibrate it with your body once you get it. It can take a bit to get all the settings right but once you do it should focus perfectly with your body.

I have used my sigma dock only a handful of times. Mainly for updating firmware.

I don't adjust the lens with it because i use it on multiple bodies but if that wasn't the case I'd calibrate the lenses with it.




  
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Sep 08, 2015 10:57 |  #10

Based on my experience with 2 ART lenses (35 and 50) is that both had to be calibrated by distance (different MFA for short and long distances), I assume this would apply to all bodies (as my 35mm ART didn't require adjusting this when I moved from 60D to 6D only -2 to all settings).

However a sigma tech once told me that the focus adjustment by distance is a variable of the camera body and not the lens. I'm not sure if he was just blowing smoke or if he was right though. I'm not 100% sure about how the science of phase detection AF works and why the calibration would be different depending on the distance, but I would guess it has something to do with refraction and what not. Based on that I would think that this variation would be from the lens, not the camera.


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Sep 08, 2015 12:28 |  #11

It is both the difference in the camera body and the lens, each have acceptable variances but if the body is +1 and the lens is -2 then you need to adjust accordingly.

It can also drift over time with use.

Buying brand named things doesn't eradicate that issue.




  
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Sep 08, 2015 12:54 |  #12

I have the stigma, sorry sigma, 35mm art and love it.

Great lens for a lot less money than the canon equivalent.


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Sep 08, 2015 13:00 |  #13

Yup, sigma 35A here. Buy the lens a check it out first befor considering the dock. Focusing is no different with it than any other lens I have.


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Sep 08, 2015 13:24 |  #14

jimeuph1 wrote in post #17699576 (external link)
It is both the difference in the camera body and the lens, each have acceptable variances but if the body is +1 and the lens is -2 then you need to adjust accordingly.

It can also drift over time with use.

Buying brand named things doesn't eradicate that issue.

Yes that is clear, but what determines the "curve" of adjustments for far and near. Is that variable determined by the lens or camera, or both. This is the question.

In the camera the distance the AF sensor is from the focus plane can change front and back, but I don't understand how this could affect focus at various distances.

For the lens, the actual direction of the light rays change as focus is achieved/adjusted, so it makes sense that the lens would create the variance from far to near, not the camera body as the sigma tech had advised me.


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Sep 08, 2015 13:44 |  #15

I own both the Sigma 35A and Voigtlander 40mm Ultron pancake.

For "street" photography I find the Voigtlander to be far and away better as it is way more discrete and a joy to MF. For most other things the Art is a slightly better lenses (truly, the Voigtlander is stellar as well) with the largest difference being their size.

I picked up the Voigtlander on Ebay for $200, they can be found quite cheap a lot.




  
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