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.
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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Yours truly in the mirror torturing my poor wifey!
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