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Jan 07, 2013 19:20 |  #91

[QUOTE=ed rader;15458551]

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That's part of what I'd still be worried about with Canon's new 35mm...it seems almost too small to hold comfortably even when attached to the camera. I always had trouble with my nifty fifty, and I'm barely comfortable with my 60mm. The 35mm looks a bit smaller.[/quote]

the 35 takes a 67mm filter. it's actually bigger than the 50 1.4 and much more solid, a perfect size for the 5d3 or the 7d.

So can you fit your whole hand (i.e. four fingers side-by-side) under it when shooting? I've never used the 50 1.4. (by nifty fifty I was referring to the 1.8).


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Jan 07, 2013 19:31 |  #92
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Apricane wrote in post #15458545 (external link)
I don't see your insistence on using that to bash IS.

No not at all. It was actually a compliment to Ed as that's the major selling point of this lens. It excels in low light static scenes. And Ed presented it superbly;)


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Jan 07, 2013 20:07 |  #93

This lens is about 1/2 the weight of the Sigma, that is a big factor for me. Pretty sure I will be getting this when the price breaks a little.


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Jan 07, 2013 21:19 |  #94

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No not at all. It was actually a compliment to Ed as that's the major selling point of this lens. It excels in low light static scenes. And Ed presented it superbly;)

Hehe ok I guess I misunderstood you then. :)


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Jan 07, 2013 21:22 |  #95

I don't think you needed IS for that shot at all.

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Jan 07, 2013 21:25 |  #96

michgirl wrote in post #15458775 (external link)
This lens is about 1/2 the weight of the Sigma, that is a big factor for me. Pretty sure I will be getting this when the price breaks a little.

Your setup is very similar to mine, except I am on 7D :( heck I even have the G12 you boast of :D

I think Ed's work has convinced me, its decent size/performance ratio, I am going to wait a little for the price to fall before I take the plunge. The only problem is, I don't know if I can hold my breath that long .:lol:


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Jan 08, 2013 01:57 |  #97

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Sigma 35 is huge (relatively) and feel heavy, not a good idea in your case I think. In my case, I found out that unless i feel comfortable with the lens or camera ergonomically, i wouldn't be happy with it regardless how good it is.

Same here. I was looking forward to the Sigma 35 but when I saw it I felt it was a bit bigger than I had hoped (and ugly if I'm honest). The canon 35 f/2 IS looks nice and compact and I can see I would use it a lot more outside.
I'm still getting acoustomed to the jump to FF, where everything is a bit bigger and heavier compared to what I've been used to over the past 8 years. Maybe this is partly why im attracted to primes at the moment.


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Jan 08, 2013 08:23 as a reply to  @ post 15458551 |  #98

I really like the idea of is on a 35mm f/2 prime. I'm in the market myself for either this or the Sigma. I need to check my lightroom stats how often I really need IS but there's one thing which annoys me with Canon. It's only got 8 aperture blades! I love the sunstars from a 9 bladed aperture and that might be a deal breaker for me.




  
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Jan 08, 2013 11:16 |  #99

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I don't think you needed IS for that shot at all.

again, you have missed the point ;)! i'm done defending this lens. if it's not for you i'm okay with that.


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Jan 08, 2013 11:18 |  #100

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ed rader wrote in post #15458551 (external link)
So can you fit your whole hand (i.e. four fingers side-by-side) under it when shooting? I've never used the 50 1.4. (by nifty fifty I was referring to the 1.8).

it's tight but i think so. i wear a large glove and i felt the lens fit my hand well. i do know what you mean about shorter lenses though.


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Jan 08, 2013 15:22 |  #101

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it's tight but i think so. i wear a large glove and i felt the lens fit my hand well. i do know what you mean about shorter lenses though.

I had trouble having my hand under the lens when taking pictures, a problem that was compounded because of the moving motor AF with which my fingers interfered. When the lens is too short like that, I had to hold the camera like a P&S, which I find very uncomfortable, and I'm not sure how feasable that would be with a 60D or a 6D (I was mainly using my T2i at the time).


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Jan 09, 2013 18:04 as a reply to  @ Apricane's post |  #102

Bought my Canon 35mm f/2.0 IS this afternoon and I like this lens a lot.
Been looking to get back to the 35mm train, had a samyang 35mm 1.4 a while back when it was released but sold it, because wasn't doing that much video and for my shooting at the time MF wasn't cutting it.
When I had the samyang always found myself shooting at f/2.0 and up.
The new Sigma is great and about the same price as the Canon 2.0, but didn't find the need for 1 extra stop of light, a heavier and bigger lens.
My initial thoughts with the Canon, played about 30 minutes with it, expecting to play a bit more on the weekend.

AF
Regarding AF found it fast but slower when close focusing, not that much slower but noticeable.
Found it noisy(similar to the one on the 50mm 1.4) even for USM and this one being a new generation, but became quietter with some use, must have been the sound of the new gears rubbing together.

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Focusing ring is very stiff(might get looser with time), not that hard to turn has it was my samyang 85mm, feels good in the hand, could have been a little bigger.
It has a long turn comparing it to the sigma or canon L, but feels nice to have a bit more precision in the MFD.

IS
The Image Stabilizer is great, at this Focal Length isn't very noticeable in the viewfinder that it is on, but for slower shutter speeds is great, I've managed to shoot it without blurring up to 1/5 second. In video found it very usable because you can achieve very steady clips.
In terms of Image stabilizer sound is quieter than the 70-200 II and the 100 L IS.

By the weekend I'll have more time to test and post some samples here.


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Jan 09, 2013 18:42 |  #103

Can you post a video clip @ 1/60 SS 30FPS using the IS and the lens? I'm interested in this lens more from a video perspective than slow shutter speed photo one.



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Jan 09, 2013 19:16 |  #104

Kaiser_photographer wrote in post #15467928 (external link)
Bought my Canon 35mm f/2.0 IS this afternoon and I like this lens a lot.
Been looking to get back to the 35mm train, had a samyang 35mm 1.4 a while back when it was released but sold it, because wasn't doing that much video and for my shooting at the time MF wasn't cutting it.
When I had the samyang always found myself shooting at f/2.0 and up.
The new Sigma is great and about the same price as the Canon 2.0, but didn't find the need for 1 extra stop of light, a heavier and bigger lens.
My initial thoughts with the Canon, played about 30 minutes with it, expecting to play a bit more on the weekend.

AF
Regarding AF found it fast but slower when close focusing, not that much slower but noticeable.
Found it noisy(similar to the one on the 50mm 1.4) even for USM and this one being a new generation, but became quietter with some use, must have been the sound of the new gears rubbing together.

MF
Focusing ring is very stiff(might get looser with time), not that hard to turn has it was my samyang 85mm, feels good in the hand, could have been a little bigger.
It has a long turn comparing it to the sigma or canon L, but feels nice to have a bit more precision in the MFD.

IS
The Image Stabilizer is great, at this Focal Length isn't very noticeable in the viewfinder that it is on, but for slower shutter speeds is great, I've managed to shoot it without blurring up to 1/5 second. In video found it very usable because you can achieve very steady clips.
In terms of Image stabilizer sound is quieter than the 70-200 II and the 100 L IS.

By the weekend I'll have more time to test and post some samples here.

i have the sigma on the way from lensrentals. it would have to live up to the hype and then some for me to choose it over the canon, though. i don't have any stabilized short lenses and i think the 35 f2 IS is the perfect low light walkaround. for you guys who have tried the fuji x100 just imagine that camera with 4-stops of IS and much thinner DOF (if you are using a FF body).

you get much cleaner files in low light when aren't forced to crank up the ISO.

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Jan 09, 2013 19:24 |  #105

Accurate AF and IS can make for a useful lens. I did some informal testing of my old 35 F2 to see how much shutter speed and aperture mattered in the center of the frame at close distances. Stopping down had much less of an impact on how sharp the images were than shutter speed. This tells me that I am much less steady than I thought I was.
IS would sure help me!




  
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