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Sigma 35mm f/1.4 vs Canon 35mm f/2 (Original)

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Feb 06, 2013 01:34 |  #1

I've been trying to find opinions on the differences between the two lenses for a while but haven't really found any so I decided to make this thread.

Basically my question is as the title states. I am an owner of the original Canon 35mm f/2 and I love the lens due to it's size, focus distance, and ability in low light (fast focusing, sharp, clear, with decent bokeh on my 5Dc). It had served me well when I went abroad for half a year last year, never leaving my body and producing some of my favorite shots ever. I grew to love the length over my old 50 since it was wider allowing for more space, eventually leading to me selling it.

I am typically a one lenser, and the 35 length fits most of my needs so I am trying to figure if the Sigma is worth the extra few hundred dollars. I do also have a 24-105 f/4L, but the satisfaction I get from shooting it is pretty mixed, I only use it outdoors in the daylight.

It might be a bit of a gear lust for something new, but with the f/1.4 for the low light and possibly better bokeh I am highly intrigued. I thought about the 35L but reading so many comparisons and reviews it seems the Sigma is the clear winner for image quality and value, if you end up getting one without focusing issues.

So what are some thoughts? I would say that I am an advanced enthusiast, minimalist in gear and my goal is to just get the best results from what I have.

Is it worth an upgrade? I just want opinions from those who've used or owned both and of course it would be even better if you shoot them on FF

Thanks in advance!

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Feb 06, 2013 02:01 |  #2
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At first glance I thought you are comparing the Sigma 35 vs the new Canon 35 f2 IS, but compared to original 35f2? Pftt not even in the same class.

Sigma 35 has much better build, sharper by miles, faster aperture, much better bokeh rendering (9 rounded aperture blades vs 5 blades), HSM motor (no more buzzing) and more.

Downsides are size, weight and of course the price.

Imo it's worth the upgrade x 100000000 ;)

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Feb 06, 2013 02:05 |  #3

As a previous user of the 35 f/2, and a current owner of the Sigma 35, I'd suggest taking a good look at the new Canon 35 f/2 IS. It weighs half as much as the Sigma, has the same max mag as the non-IS f/2, and looks like it has great image quality. Add in the IS and it seems like it would tick all your boxes except for the faster aperture.


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Feb 06, 2013 05:37 |  #4

The new 35mm f2 with the IS should be considered against the Sigma. Those additional stops of IS would open up a new world of low light shooting. And the reviews on the Sigma are thru the roof. I have the old 35mm f2 and its a very nice lens. But the 2 newer lenses are exciting and offer some interesting advancements. Why date an old woman when you can have your choice of dating one of two younger attractive girls?

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