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Canon 85mm 1.8 vs Sigma 85mm 1.4

 
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Mar 20, 2011 08:30 |  #16

I dunno why I've developed such a thing for sigma....must be the underdog type of thing and the reason I'm always rooting for them.


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Mar 20, 2011 08:36 |  #17

Digital rev did a comparison on YouTube that may we worth a look. I have a hard time buying sigma but the 85 1.4 does seem like a good compromise, I cannot justify the L. I have shot with the 85 1.8 and I loved it so I am leaning toward that. Plus it's smaller and much cheaper


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Feb 21, 2012 17:13 |  #18
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I had two copies of the 85 1.8, and both were dogs imo. Ordered the Sigma today, hopefully it'l be a good copy.


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Feb 21, 2012 19:01 |  #19

The Sigma did produce some great looking images, but for me the cost difference wasn't enough to justify the lens.

I sold the Sigma 85 and bought the Canon 85 f/1.8 and 50 f/1.4.


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Feb 23, 2012 14:57 |  #20

I vote for the Canon 100mm f/2 EF instead. I use it for all my portrait work. It's practically identical to the 85 1.8 but has lower chromatic distortion. I shoot mostly at f/2 and it's very sharp with beautifully out of focus backgrounds.




  
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May 22, 2012 17:10 |  #21

I have owned both the Sigma 85mm 1.4 and Canon 1.8.
Honestly as a filmmaker using a 5d Mark II and the Sigma was impossible,
the entire focus distance from max closeness to infinity was like 1/8 an turn of the focus ring, so it was extremely sensitive. And when you are shooting f1.4, any slight touch on the ring throws it out of focus. Nevertheless it was very sharp. I ended up returning the sigma and buying a canon 135L for the same money which was a much wiser choice for me.

I just recently got my hands on the 85mm 1.8 from canon, it is much more compact than the sigma, a lot lighter, and honestly the difference between 1.8 and 1.4 is too small to tell a difference. Definitely not worth the extra $600.00 dollars for the sigma seeing that it is clearly just as sharp as the canon 1.8 as well. Plus the canon's focus ring allows way more control over the focus/ twice as much twist in the focus ring to control the focus distance.

So all things considered the sigma is a great glass, but the mechanics for a filmmaker is not at all what I was looking for. And if for $600 cheaper you can pretty much get the same look for a more compact and controllable lens from canon, I couldn't justify it. Plus for the same price you can get a 135L, which is maybe the sharpest and most gorgeous lens I have yet to use.
At least this is my experience, a photographer that has the time and money for the sigma, u may as well just get L glass.




  
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May 22, 2012 21:01 |  #22

austinH wrote in post #14470298 (external link)
Plus for the same price you can get a 135L, which is maybe the sharpest and most gorgeous lens I have yet to use.
At least this is my experience, a photographer that has the time and money for the sigma, u may as well just get L glass.

That was exactly what I did. I was wanting to upgrade my Canon f1.8, but the Sigma's price was exactly/near the same as the 135L. So I ended up getting the 135L on Monday. Currently waiting for the lens to arrive :cool:


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May 22, 2012 21:39 |  #23

I chose the Sig 85mm for a moderate portrait lens but took it to the zoo as well and it will capture the critters way back in the habitat cages in the shade.


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May 23, 2012 06:17 |  #24

If you don't have micro adjust, I wouldn't get the Sigma. Unless you don't mind sending it in to Sigma for calibration.


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May 23, 2012 08:07 |  #25
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austinH wrote in post #14470298 (external link)
I have owned both the Sigma 85mm 1.4 and Canon 1.8.
Honestly as a filmmaker using a 5d Mark II and the Sigma was impossible,
the entire focus distance from max closeness to infinity was like 1/8 an turn of the focus ring, so it was extremely sensitive. And when you are shooting f1.4, any slight touch on the ring throws it out of focus. Nevertheless it was very sharp. I ended up returning the sigma and buying a canon 135L for the same money which was a much wiser choice for me.

I just recently got my hands on the 85mm 1.8 from canon, it is much more compact than the sigma, a lot lighter, and honestly the difference between 1.8 and 1.4 is too small to tell a difference. Definitely not worth the extra $600.00 dollars for the sigma seeing that it is clearly just as sharp as the canon 1.8 as well. Plus the canon's focus ring allows way more control over the focus/ twice as much twist in the focus ring to control the focus distance.

So all things considered the sigma is a great glass, but the mechanics for a filmmaker is not at all what I was looking for. And if for $600 cheaper you can pretty much get the same look for a more compact and controllable lens from canon, I couldn't justify it. Plus for the same price you can get a 135L, which is maybe the sharpest and most gorgeous lens I have yet to use.
At least this is my experience, a photographer that has the time and money for the sigma, u may as well just get L glass.

If you are really focused on film making, you should be looking at thebZeiss lenses. They blow away both Canon and Sigma. Focus is buttery smooth and IQ is outstanding.




  
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May 23, 2012 08:08 |  #26
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mesakid wrote in post #14472633 (external link)
If you don't have micro adjust, I wouldn't get the Sigma. Unless you don't mind sending it in to Sigma for calibration.

Same goes with Canon lenses. I've micro adjusted all my lenses and even Canon needed adjustments, some quite large.




  
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