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Nov 10, 2016 07:18 |  #1

What are your thoughts? is there a HUGE difference between these 2 lenses? I want to purchase it but I can't decide which one is better, I read the sigma art is a great lens, but will it beat the canon 1.2?


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Nov 10, 2016 12:47 |  #2

Here we do again... Will it beat Canon at 1.2? Oh, wait, it doesn't have 1.2 AT ALL. So, no "vs". And, yes, sigma is great lens. And heavy. Like pig big and heavy for 50 1.4.


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Nov 10, 2016 14:55 as a reply to  @ kf095's post |  #3

I know this is a VERY common question :-D I had canon 50 1.4 and loved it! now just curious if the 1.2 will be worth the upgrade or stick with sigma art!


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Nov 10, 2016 15:00 |  #4

In general, if you're a pixel peeper and want tack sharp photos, the Sigma is your lens. If you want something a little smaller and "slightly" faster, the Canon is your lens. The Canon has a unique look to it (some will say) but your clients won't notice the difference. And they probably won't notice the sharpness difference either.

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Nov 10, 2016 17:03 as a reply to  @ scobols's post |  #5

how would you describe that "unique look" of the canon 1.2?


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Nov 10, 2016 18:01 as a reply to  @ delmama's post |  #6

Well, it's very subtle and some would even argue it doesn't exist. I believe it's a combination of both the creamy bokeh and the slight softness of the lens. It's why people love this lens even though it's not the sharpest.

Take a look at a few lens sample archives, one here on POTN (https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1339950) and one on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com​/groups/20778516@N00/p​ool/ (external link)). After that, take a look at a Sigma 50mm Art sample archive (https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1374830) and see if you notice anything different. It's hard to explain, some see it, some don't. Your clients most likely will not.

One other thing I should mention is that a lot of people struggle using the Canon 50 f/1.2 when they first purchase it and end up selling it. Those who stick with it and really learn to use it tend to love it.

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Nov 10, 2016 18:07 |  #7

Have you read any of the other threads on the topic?

ART lenses are synonymous with insane image quality but occasional (and widely documented) AF issues. If you need to nail the shot 100% of the time you're probably better off with the Canon, but if you want razor sharp images and the ability to see how clean a subject's skin pores are, then go for the sigma.


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Nov 10, 2016 18:41 |  #8

98kellrs wrote in post #18181198 (external link)
....If you need to nail the shot 100% of the time you're probably better off with the Canon, ....

except that this specific Canon lens is known to be one of the most difficult to get perfect focus, and it's slow.


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Jan 09, 2017 21:23 |  #9

I love my 50L and won't be giving it up anytime soon. I shoot mostly at 1.2 on a 6D and the low light ability is insane. With that said, I have never used the sigma.




  
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Jan 10, 2017 22:15 |  #10

delmama wrote in post #18181145 (external link)
how would you describe that "unique look" of the canon 1.2?

There's an entire subforum dedicated to photo samples. It's easier seeing than describing it.


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Jan 13, 2017 23:49 |  #11

Sigma seems to render more detail, but I trust the build quality of the Canon more.

Here's both shot at f/1.4 (lowest common aperture) on my 5dIII.


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Jan 30, 2017 12:51 |  #13

IMO it looks like there is a bit of motion blur (camera movement) in the second shot.


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