agog wrote in post #15510071
Don't have a dog in this hunt...just sold my 35L to help finance an 85L II but I am struck by the strange dichotomy occurring here and on FM. Here the lens appears to be universally accepted without qualification. Over on FM, however there is another uproar about focus issues on this one too. One poll garnered 30% of the respondents with issues. Now the poll was very small and the percentage may have changed since the early stages (haven't checked recently) but you would be hard pressed to believe that we are talking about the same lens. For a time, when I sold my 35L, I had considered reinvesting in the sigma. I did live through the lottery (Russian Roulette) of the 50 f/1.4 and though my 2nd copy was pretty good ..I spent my life with it waiting for it to let me down at a crucial moment. I was afraid to take it out of my bag and throw it on my camera in critical situations. Its gone. I'm happy and I still can't figure out why most here are happy and a lot over there are not.
Not sure how much of this thread you've gone through, but lately quite a few folks have been reporting focusing issues with their lenses here. If you only looked at the first half of this thread, I could see what you mean by universal acceptance, but the later half has taken a turn for the worse.
It's a worrisome trend, and I sure hope that it's not a repeat of the other Sigma lens issues. Looks like Alan's criticisms and worries are being proven right. Personally I still think it's too early to pass judgement, but this is starting to remind me a lot of when the Sigma 50mm was released.