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Sigma 30 f/1.4 or Canon 28mm f/1.8? Tough choices

 
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Mar 03, 2011 12:31 |  #1

Hey guys,

I'm not sure if this topic has been posted before, tried searching but didn't see anything, so please delete if it's a repeat; but anyway, which one?

I've read up a lot on the 30 f/1.4, and the core issue I see with it is bad copies are common, and the main issue is the AF being bad. So what I understand from this is, finding a good copy is like a needle in a haystack. I really want to get one, mostly due to the large 1.4 aperture, and if you get a good one photos are also really sharp.

The other one is the 28 f/1.8. I saw Ken Rockwell's review on the Sigma, and he said to just go straight to the 28 if you're a Canon shooter. The 28 sounds ok, and I'm shooting on a 40D so it would be around 44.8 on my camera, but I want something wider.

At the moment, I have a 50 f/1.8, which I am still highly satisfied with, and a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 Non-VC. I'd love it if the 50 was less on my 40D, but of course that's not happening.

I picked up the Tamron a few weeks ago, thinking it would be enough to cure my desire for the Sigma or Canon, but after shooting around with it, I'm not that satisfied, due to my love for the large aperture capabilities after the 50.

I would appreciate any input, I am really leaning towards the Sigma, but the whole iffy AF issue is holding me back. If the 28 is also amazing from your perspectives, I may go towards it.

Either way, I'm trying to sell my Tamron right now, it just doesn't cut it for me, fast primes have taken over my mind...

Please let me know if you have experience with these lenses!




  
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Mar 03, 2011 12:37 |  #2

Sigma all the way :D i had a bad first copy, bought a new one and AF is spot on, having not used it for a while, thought i was having issues again, but it was just me having not shot at anything lower than f2.8 for a while lol

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Mar 03, 2011 13:09 |  #3

If the 30 has no issues, go for the sigma

Getting my 6th copy of the 30 today, fingers crossed...




  
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Mar 03, 2011 13:34 |  #4

I am not sure "getting my 6th copy..." is a good ad.


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Mar 03, 2011 13:39 |  #5

I tried the sigma...nicely built lens...loved the small size. Problem was that it required +15 MA to get dead on and even then it seemed to shift at some distances. Also I wasn't happy enough with low light focusing...seemed to jump around a bit much in dimly lit environments. Lastly, I was kinda iffy on the manual focus ring which was not what I would call smooth...it felt "tight" and didn't make it easy for small adjustments.


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Mar 03, 2011 13:42 |  #6

Just picked up a Sigma 30mm - very happy with it.

Worst case if you decide to get one, order from somewhere like Amazon or B&H that has a solid return policy. If the lens doesn't meet your expectations send it back. No harm, no foul.


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Mar 03, 2011 13:42 |  #7

Any reason the EF 35/2 is not a choice?


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Mar 03, 2011 13:45 |  #8

Happy reading:

http://www.pbase.com/l​ightrules/28v30 (external link)

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=939555

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=875293

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=871235

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=826560

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=384292

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=310894


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Mar 03, 2011 13:58 |  #9

Woah, thanks for the input everyone!

Ya... I guess the 28 isn't very popular, from what I'm seeing in this thread, but also the Sigma still seems like a mixed feeling type of thing.

I guess once I sell my Tamron, I'll try to find a used 30 that's already good with AF issues, or re-calibrated.

In response to gasrocks, I never really thought about the 35. I have a friend that has one so I could borrow it from her if I need one. It's a great lens, after seeing what she's shot, and trying it myself, but I also want the wider range from a Sigma 30 since it's designed for APS-C sensors.




  
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Mar 03, 2011 14:00 |  #10

"Desgined for APS-C" has nothing to do with anything - other than preventing you using it on FF.


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Mar 03, 2011 14:02 |  #11

I like my 28, though I'm probably in the minority. It has some CA in the corners but that's my only complaint. I've also been burned by Sigma before so I'm a little biased.


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Mar 03, 2011 14:06 |  #12

tsong wrote in post #11949574 (external link)
Woah, thanks for the input everyone!

Ya... I guess the 28 isn't very popular, from what I'm seeing in this thread, but also the Sigma still seems like a mixed feeling type of thing.

I guess once I sell my Tamron, I'll try to find a used 30 that's already good with AF issues, or re-calibrated.

In response to gasrocks, I never really thought about the 35. I have a friend that has one so I could borrow it from her if I need one. It's a great lens, after seeing what she's shot, and trying it myself, but I also want the wider range from a Sigma 30 since it's designed for APS-C sensors.

I read once that the Canon 28mm f/1.8 was Canon's 'unknown gem' and I have to agree. I purchased it for a weekend trip in Chicago, figuring it could handle street shots, night shots, restaurants and everything in-between. Plus it was light enough to carry around my neck for 12 hours straight. I got some outstanding shots. It is now my indoor lens and a whole lot more. I would never give it up.


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Mar 03, 2011 14:11 |  #13

Just getting my Sigma today, hopefully it's a good copy. I read Ken's review, but something about it him just makes me hate the guy.


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Mar 03, 2011 14:19 |  #14

I love my Sigma 30 f/1.4. Light, yet build well, and takes amazing shots. Got it on amazon.com when they were having their sale around Christmas, and couldn't be happier.




  
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Mar 03, 2011 15:14 |  #15

Got my sigma Monday from amazon, seems perfect out of the box. Couldn't be happier.


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