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jonahrei
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Jul 27, 2011 00:25 |  #1

I know this lens was announced in February. Does anyone know the actual release date of this lens? I don't see anything in the archive for the second version of this lens and I'm speculating that it will be out soon. I want to get this lens for my 5d Mark ii asap. Please post any opinions/info/pics taken w/ this lens here.


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Jul 28, 2011 16:17 |  #2

i just read on another forum that this lens is supposed to be released tomorrow 07/29/11. i hope it's true.


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Jul 28, 2011 16:32 |  #3

I am super interested in this lens simply because it's the widest rectalinear lens available for FF. I do hope Sigma has corrected the weaknesses of the old version. Anyone knows the price of it?


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Jul 28, 2011 19:21 |  #4

FuturamaJSP wrote in post #12839380 (external link)
I am super interested in this lens simply because it's the widest rectalinear lens available for FF. I do hope Sigma has corrected the weaknesses of the old version. Anyone knows the price of it?

i'm guessing the "street price" is going to be around $850, msrp is $1400. the reason being, the 85 1.4 has msrp of $1450 and sells currently brand new for $899. so i'm thinking it will be the same w/ the 12-24.


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Aug 02, 2011 10:51 |  #5

I heard this lens is not out.. Somebody has it over at Canon Rumors... Was vague on his opinion, but said its performance at 24mm was not as good as the 24-105L at 24mm, but the corners and resolution throughout the zoom range is very good.

Can't wait to see more reviews on this lens.. Could be something I am very interested in!


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Aug 02, 2011 18:27 |  #6

I just ordered one from Abe's of Maine this afternoon. Here's the link (external link)Hope it turns out to be a great lens! I did overnight so I hope to have it tomorrow or Thursday and will definitely post results and comparisons to my Tokina 11-16, 24 1.4L II, and other lenses.


Bodies: Canon EOS 1D X | 5D Mark III
Lenses: Canon EF 24 f/1.4L II | 50 f/1.2L | 85 f/1.2L II | 180 f/3.5L | 300 f/2.8L IS II | 16-35 f/4L IS | 24-70 f/2.8L II | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | TS-E 17 f/4L | TS-E 24 f/3.5L II | 1.4x III | Canon 2x III
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Aug 02, 2011 20:33 |  #7

mackguyver wrote in post #12865929 (external link)
I just ordered one from Abe's of Maine this afternoon. Here's the link (external link)Hope it turns out to be a great lens! I did overnight so I hope to have it tomorrow or Thursday and will definitely post results and comparisons to my Tokina 11-16, 24 1.4L II, and other lenses.

wow, that's a little more than i expected price wise. :(

hurry up and post some pics please!!! :D


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Aug 02, 2011 22:15 |  #8

Will do - though it doesn't look like it shipped today. I sure hope it lives up to the standard of Sigma's recent lens releases.


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Aug 03, 2011 19:15 |  #9

On it's way - will be here tomorrow. It's my first Sigma so I'll be doing lots of comparison testing to make sure it's a lens I want to keep so stay tuned.


Bodies: Canon EOS 1D X | 5D Mark III
Lenses: Canon EF 24 f/1.4L II | 50 f/1.2L | 85 f/1.2L II | 180 f/3.5L | 300 f/2.8L IS II | 16-35 f/4L IS | 24-70 f/2.8L II | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | TS-E 17 f/4L | TS-E 24 f/3.5L II | 1.4x III | Canon 2x III
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Aug 03, 2011 23:34 |  #10

Look forward to the report on this lens


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Aug 04, 2011 11:56 |  #11

It's here and my first impressions are - keeping in mind this is my first Sigma - the lens is:

Solid construction - not quite "L" but very good. Sturdy engineering plastic and metal. Focus and zoom rings are smooth but again, not quite L.

Don't know about weather sealing but there is no gasket.

Two piece hood like the 8-16. The ring is metal, fits perfectly, and has 82mm threads. It does not appear to vignette on APS-C, but I'll have to confirm later.

Autofocus seems to be smooth, quiet, and fast. No hunting in the bright sun at least.

Internal focus - but front and rear elements move in and out as you zoom.

Front element isn't nearly as bulbous as I feared.

Flare resistance seems good for a UWA. Got sun spots, but no major contrast loss.

At work so that's all for now - can't take or post photos. Will do comparisons after work with the 24 1.4L II and Tokina 11-16. Tripod and cable release of real-world subject.


Bodies: Canon EOS 1D X | 5D Mark III
Lenses: Canon EF 24 f/1.4L II | 50 f/1.2L | 85 f/1.2L II | 180 f/3.5L | 300 f/2.8L IS II | 16-35 f/4L IS | 24-70 f/2.8L II | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | TS-E 17 f/4L | TS-E 24 f/3.5L II | 1.4x III | Canon 2x III
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Aug 04, 2011 22:54 |  #12

IMAGE: http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/photos/i-RFZHRfg/0/XL/i-RFZHRfg-XL.jpg

Ok, sample time:
CLICK HERE for Full sized photos and "smugloupe" tool that allows you to zoom in to 100% (external link). You can download the original files as well. They are screenshot comparisons mostly at 100% in Photoshop between the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II & Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM II at 24mm and the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II and Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 at 11, 12, and 16mm. There are various types of comparisons to scroll through.

Overall image quality conclusions on a CROP sensor:
-MUCH dimmer viewfinder compared to both other lenses
-Nearly as sharp as the $1700 prime Canon L lens in the center, not nearly as good in the corners
-Less CA than the Canon - really! Both have minimal CA, though
-Similar sharpness to the Tokina 11-16 - a tad better at some focal lengths/apertures, a tad worse at others
-Corners are better than the Tokina
-MUCH better CA than the Tokina
-Vignettes a bit at 12mm - and upper and lower apertures
-Pretty good flare resistance for an ultra-wide angle
-Compatible with Full Frame unlike the Tokina
-$300-400 more than the Tokina

The real test will be this weekend when I take it on a real shoot!

Bodies: Canon EOS 1D X | 5D Mark III
Lenses: Canon EF 24 f/1.4L II | 50 f/1.2L | 85 f/1.2L II | 180 f/3.5L | 300 f/2.8L IS II | 16-35 f/4L IS | 24-70 f/2.8L II | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | TS-E 17 f/4L | TS-E 24 f/3.5L II | 1.4x III | Canon 2x III
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Aug 04, 2011 23:45 |  #13

Throw it on your 5DII!!!!




  
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Aug 05, 2011 00:17 |  #14

HansSteinert wrote in post #12880367 (external link)
Throw it on your 5DII!!!!

Alas, I don't have a 5DII. I have been waiting for the 5DIII for a long time and as my wife told me tonight, I just need to give up waiting and buy a 5DII. I'm sure I won't regret it.


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Lenses: Canon EF 24 f/1.4L II | 50 f/1.2L | 85 f/1.2L II | 180 f/3.5L | 300 f/2.8L IS II | 16-35 f/4L IS | 24-70 f/2.8L II | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II | TS-E 17 f/4L | TS-E 24 f/3.5L II | 1.4x III | Canon 2x III
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Aug 05, 2011 04:49 |  #15

mackguyver wrote in post #12880120 (external link)
-Pretty good flare resistance for an ultra-wide angle

Could you post some examples with the sun/or other light source in the corner?
Thanks for your effort.


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