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Feb 01, 2013 23:19 |  #2416

Okay so I got mine yesterday. Sunny afternoon proved to be fantastic conditions for AF performance, at ALL focal distances. (this was the main problem I had with my previous copy). Then as the sun went down I went inside and started shooting low tungsten light conditions using flash (metering off the ambient) and shooting with ambient only. I had variable results. I was concerned that maybe this copy was gonna be very finicky in these type conditions, similar to other peoples' problems. But I was trying to shoot my fast moving kids despite fairly quick SS's in very tough light...maybe not fair to the lens really. So tonight, after a bunch more good results outdoor today, I decided to try a more realistic approach to my "real world" low light shooting. Normally I will be using a flash rig, metering ambient, and hopfully not shooting objects moving 100 miles an hour.

Thus, after a long day, my wife got to have her picture taken while she was simply trying to watch a little tube. These were shot at f/1.6, 1/80th, ISO 400 with a speedlite in a soft box and no other light other than the lamp in the picture. Pretty standard set up for me, unless I am out on the town an going ultralight. I allowed myself 25 pictures shot from all directions. The first two were missed until I figured out where the contrast was to land the shot. After that the siggy landed 23 straight shots perfect from varrious angles and distances. Here are three of them. Nothing fancy, no processing other than a bit of a crop on one and a straightening of the others. In fact a bit too sharp for portraits really. The point is that the siggy NAILED THEM! I just thought I would share. :D

Yes that's right, 23 straight perfect shots after I figured out what to use for a little contrast to help out the AF a tad. I just cannot get over the sharpness of this lens, combined with some PP wizardry (which I don't have), it really has the potential to be out of this world. I hope I stay stoked.

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Feb 01, 2013 23:26 as a reply to  @ idsurfer's post |  #2417

Cory, the wife doesn't look as excited about the lens as you are :lol:

Seriously, I'm glad it's working for you!


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Feb 01, 2013 23:32 |  #2418

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Cory, the wife doesn't look as excited about the lens as you are :lol:

Seriously, I'm glad it's working for you!


No doubt! She was like....seriously????


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Feb 01, 2013 23:33 |  #2419

idsurfer wrote in post #15562782 (external link)
No doubt! She was like....seriously????

LOL. Wives :rolleyes:


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Feb 02, 2013 00:36 |  #2420

lol, I get the same look many times as well :)




  
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Feb 02, 2013 00:50 |  #2421

Good news! Your wife does look like she is patiently suffering through your experiments. Mine would tell me to clear out.


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Feb 02, 2013 00:51 |  #2422

Agreed. I find Canon lenses to focus better in low light.

Strange, the first days I had the Sigma 35mm I was blown away because it could lock focus in near darkness on my 6D. I tried to replicate this with my Canon lenses to no avail. But it might be that the Sigma is wider and f1.4 while the canon are >50mm and f1.8/f2.

The S35mm is my best low light lens by a fair bit.


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Feb 02, 2013 00:55 |  #2423
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^^ That was clearly just a general comment, not lens specific.

And comparing a Canon with a Tamron lens? lol

I wouldn't worry if I can achieve this -

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It was really dark (5D3 @ ISO3200, f1.4)

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Feb 02, 2013 01:23 |  #2424

Like a lot of people in this thread I've been running her through the paces, after some MA I think its a keeper, although MA is set to -8. Not gonna worry about testing anymore, just gonna enjoy it. I never realized how stressful it would be to decide whether to send a lens back or keep it! Here is one from a set I shot similar to Corey. Low light with a speedlight bouncing off the ceiling f2@1/80th.

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Feb 02, 2013 01:26 |  #2425

I'm going to do some low light testing tonight as I'm taking this thing to a night club, I'll share my experiences later :)


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Feb 02, 2013 02:54 |  #2426

igora90 wrote in post #15562986 (external link)
I'm going to do some low light testing tonight as I'm taking this thing to a night club, I'll share my experiences later :)

really looking forward to that mate.


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Feb 02, 2013 13:39 |  #2427

Battle of the 35mm Bokeh. Nikon, Canon, Sigma. Interesting that the voting was given to the viewers without them knowing which photo was shot with which lens.

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Feb 02, 2013 14:02 as a reply to  @ vipergts831's post |  #2428

Some of these photos at the end of the thread were with flash. How does the lens do without any flash? That is why I'd want an F1.4 lens...to use it without flash, when F2 won't do.




  
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Feb 02, 2013 14:05 |  #2429

well, the images are really different in the amount of highlights behind the girls. I'm interested in the "battle" between these lenses but I can sense a lot of hype around the new S35.




  
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Feb 02, 2013 14:11 |  #2430

vipergts831 wrote in post #15564496 (external link)
Battle of the 35mm Bokeh. Nikon, Canon, Sigma. Interesting that the voting was given to the viewers without them knowing which photo was shot with which lens.

http://www.youtube.com …GQ&feature=em-uploademail (external link)

Interesting results...however I recommend skipping directly to the results at the end!


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