michgirl wrote in post #18235742
I do appreciate and value your opinion. And the images that have been shared from this lens are really outstanding. Although the L version would be great, I am finding mid-range gear to not only be a good value, the results are about the same to the naked eye and in prints.
After quite a few years of "GAS", spending more money than I ever should have, I have come to the conclusion that it is more about technique and knowledge than it is about the gear. Any of these threads on here prove just that. Now when I view my results and critique them, I try to figure out what I should do differently next time rather than think better equipment will achieve better results.
This lens just really appeals to me, the price point, the images I have seen others produce and the fact it is an EF lens. I am so through buying/selling gear, that I like to be sure it is something I will happily use for a very long time. Thus I think the II version would probably be the one.
Most of what you said is very true. It all comes down to what we want our equipment to do us and how can we enjoy it more. After all, that's really why we started shooting in the first place.
Many years ago, when the 35F2 IS first came out, everyone under the sun was bashing it and its price, and praising Sigma 35 to be the next messiah. I tried the Sigma, it couldn't focus worth a damn, was much too heavy and bulky for my liking so I opted for 35F2 IS. I have never regretted that decision of mine. Now the tide has turned and many others are using it, are loving its quick focus and brilliant optics. Hey, I beat most of them to it by not taking the popular advice
In short, don't go too much by what people say and make you believe. If you think you can have a blast owning/using something then do it. Everyone's needs are different and following this thread I have noted as many suggestions as there are posts
Good luck in your decision, I am sure it will be a good one.