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Aug 11, 2019 14:55 |  #31606

digital_AM wrote in post #18908631 (external link)
I canceled my a7RIV order. After this recent trip, it’s clear that I need a longer lens and I don’t want to part with my a7RII due to the apps. I use Smooth Reflections all the time. I want to get the FE 100-400 GM. The new 200-600 is tempting but not ideal for my landscape and cityscape shooting.

I think the 100-400 is a good choice for you. I liked what you did with it in DV.


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Aug 11, 2019 15:05 |  #31607

TRhoads wrote in post #18908633 (external link)
I think the 100-400 is a good choice for you. I liked what you did with it in DV.

Appreciate it Travis. The lens worked well for me in DV. Thank you.




  
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Aug 11, 2019 15:21 |  #31608

digital_AM wrote in post #18908631 (external link)
I canceled my a7RIV order. After this recent trip, it’s clear that I need a longer lens and I don’t want to part with my a7RII due to the apps. I use Smooth Reflections all the time. I want to get the FE 100-400 GM. The new 200-600 is tempting but not ideal for my landscape and cityscape shooting.

Makes sense Alfredo. Looking forward to your 100-400 shots


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Aug 11, 2019 15:26 |  #31609

xpfloyd wrote in post #18908641 (external link)
Makes sense Alfredo. Looking forward to your 100-400 shots

Thanks Eddie. I’ll order it soon. I have my eye on that Sigma 35 f1.2 too. Looks amazing.




  
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Aug 11, 2019 15:46 |  #31610

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Hey David, how are you feeling the 35 f1.2, has the aura worn off or is the weight worth it? IQ looks out of this world for some reason.... maybe the really good samples are clouding my judgement, the bokeh is as good as I've ever seen on a 35, and even better than most 50's?

I’m absolutely loving my Sigma 35mm 1.2! I agree that the rendering is superb. The sharpness at 1.2 across the frame is simply amazing to me.

To date I have owned or used the following 35mm lenses: EF 35L, EF 35L II, EF 35 2 IS, Zeiss Distagon 35mm 1.4 ZE, FE 35 2.8 ZA, FE 35 1.4 ZA, Tamron 35 1.8, Sigma 35 1.4 (EF mount), Loxia 35, and now Sigma 35mm 1.2 . Of those the Zeiss Distagon (ZE) has the best bokeh and the EF 35L II is the best corrected (and very sharp). Imo the Sigma 35mm 1.2 is the best combination of sharp, well-corrected, beautiful rendering & bokeh.

The only thing not to like is its weight, and yet it somehow feels comfortable to me. I’m in a far better state of mind using this made-for-mirrorless lens than I was with adapting Canon lenses as I always felt like I was carrying around unnecessary extra weight from an empty adapter. 1.2 is always going to be a lot heavier than 1.4, so the extra weight is going towards a useful lens feature rather than a mere adapter.

I think the bokeh is very very good on the Sigma, but I would prefer it didn’t have cat’s eyes bokeh balls, but the blur quality really stands out compared to most lenses I’ve owned.


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Aug 11, 2019 15:47 |  #31611

mystik610 wrote in post #18908509 (external link)
It seems Sigma finally figured their rendering out. Samples look really good.

Truth.


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Aug 11, 2019 16:00 |  #31612

Alfredo working his magic on the Smoky Mountain version of "The Road" shot...man I love this park...so glad we got to hang out and shoot this weekend.


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Aug 11, 2019 16:02 |  #31613

digital_AM wrote in post #18908631 (external link)
I canceled my a7RIV order. After this recent trip, it’s clear that I need a longer lens and I don’t want to part with my a7RII due to the apps. I use Smooth Reflections all the time. I want to get the FE 100-400 GM. The new 200-600 is tempting but not ideal for my landscape and cityscape shooting.

Ha, I’m all-in on prioritizing long lens before the camera. :) The 100-200mm range is so valuable for many shots. Plus the 100-400mm is just way easier to carry and travel with.

That said, for my interests, I’m completely wowed by the incoming 200-600mm shots so much that I hope to sell off a few lenses (maybe CV 12, CV 40, FE 50, and Loxia 85) to buy it sometime this year. Then, hopefully, I can buy an a7R IV next year. By then I might even save $$$ by snagging a used one off FM. I may never be as wildlife-focused as Medicine Man (and others here), but very much hope to make wildlife a bigger part of what I shoot. Plus I still got that great RRS monopod left over from my time with the EF 500mm f/4L IS.


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Aug 11, 2019 16:35 |  #31614

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Alfredo working his magic on the Smoky Mountain version of "The Road" shot...man I love this park...so glad we got to hang out and shoot this weekend.

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Awesome! That was a cool spot. The park was stunning for sure.




  
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Aug 11, 2019 16:37 |  #31615

David Arbogast wrote in post #18908658 (external link)
Ha, I’m all-in on prioritizing long lens before the camera. :) The 100-200mm range is so valuable for many shots. Plus the 100-400mm is just way easier to carry and travel with.

That said, for my interests, I’m completely wowed by the incoming 200-600mm shots so much that I hope to sell off a few lenses (maybe CV 12, CV 40, FE 50, and Loxia 85) to buy it sometime this year. Then, hopefully, I can buy an a7R IV next year. By then I might even save $$$ by snagging a used one off FM. I may never be as wildlife-focused as Medicine Man (and others here), but very much hope to make wildlife a bigger part of what I shoot. Plus I still got that great RRS monopod left over from my time with the EF 500mm f/4L IS.

Thank you David. I hope you get your lens soon.




  
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Aug 11, 2019 16:48 |  #31616

navydoc wrote in post #18908613 (external link)
I especially like this one. Looks like you had an interesting walk.

Thanks! Yea it was a great walk


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Aug 11, 2019 17:00 |  #31617

David Arbogast wrote in post #18908653 (external link)
I’m absolutely loving my Sigma 35mm 1.2! I agree that the rendering is superb. The sharpness at 1.2 across the frame is simply amazing to me.

To date I have owned or used the following 35mm lenses: EF 35L, EF 35L II, EF 35 2 IS, Zeiss Distagon 35mm 1.4 ZE, FE 35 2.8 ZA, FE 35 1.4 ZA, Tamron 35 1.8, Sigma 35 1.4 (EF mount), Loxia 35, and now Sigma 35mm 1.2 . Of those the Zeiss Distagon (ZE) has the best bokeh and the EF 35L II is the best corrected (and very sharp). Imo the Sigma 35mm 1.2 is the best combination of sharp, well-corrected, beautiful rendering & bokeh.

The only thing not to like is its weight, and yet it somehow feels comfortable to me. I’m in a far better state of mind using this made-for-mirrorless lens than I was with adapting Canon lenses as I always felt like I was carrying around unnecessary extra weight from an empty adapter. 1.2 is always going to be a lot heavier than 1.4, so the extra weight is going towards a useful lens feature rather than a mere adapter.

I think the bokeh is very very good on the Sigma, but I would prefer it didn’t have cat’s eyes bokeh balls, but the blur quality really stands out compared to most lenses I’ve owned.

I'm certainly tempted to sell my Sigma 35 f1.4 + Metabones IV for the Sigma f1.2 now. I'd also sell my Canon 85 f1.8 as that's the only other lens I own that needs the adapter.


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Aug 11, 2019 17:03 |  #31618

David Arbogast wrote in post #18908658 (external link)
Ha, I’m all-in on prioritizing long lens before the camera. :) The 100-200mm range is so valuable for many shots. Plus the 100-400mm is just way easier to carry and travel with.

That said, for my interests, I’m completely wowed by the incoming 200-600mm shots so much that I hope to sell off a few lenses (maybe CV 12, CV 40, FE 50, and Loxia 85) to buy it sometime this year. Then, hopefully, I can buy an a7R IV next year. By then I might even save $$$ by snagging a used one off FM. I may never be as wildlife-focused as Medicine Man (and others here), but very much hope to make wildlife a bigger part of what I shoot. Plus I still got that great RRS monopod left over from my time with the EF 500mm f/4L IS.

I wish I could make up my mind as to what kind of a shooter I am as that would save me a bundle on lenses.

As it is, I shoot a little of everything which means I need lenses that range all the way from 15mm to 400mm and beyond with extenders.


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Aug 11, 2019 17:35 |  #31619

digital_AM wrote in post #18908631 (external link)
I canceled my a7RIV order. After this recent trip, it’s clear that I need a longer lens and I don’t want to part with my a7RII due to the apps. I use Smooth Reflections all the time. I want to get the FE 100-400 GM. The new 200-600 is tempting but not ideal for my landscape and cityscape shooting.

I think Sony bodies have hit a point of maturity where the old "glass over body" philosophy applies again


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Aug 11, 2019 17:58 |  #31620

Never thought it would happen.... And then it happened. Watched helplessly until a thud. Turns out, I have the worst luck. In order for the events to transpire, my gimbal would need to come loose on top of the release on pressed... Exactly that happened and my lens made a shattering nose in the floor.

Miraculously, front filter + plastic build may have saved my butt. Had little issue putting the filter loose, can still use the threads even. My initial testing seems OK, did a centering test and looks good, AF works fine? No noises.... Mounts on and off easily, glass looks good and clean.


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