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Long term thoughts on the new Sigma 35 1.4?

 
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Apr 23, 2013 06:02 |  #16

Ilovetheleafs wrote in post #15857214 (external link)
well if there are issues you can always get the dock which will allow you to correct it. So it isn't that big a deal. If you have the cash and need a lens of this FL go and get it!

I've read a little about the dock....what does this do exactly? Isn't MFA body specific? My understanding is that the dock was to allow for firmware updates and compatibility with canon bodies released in the future.

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I was so pumped to check out this lens at the Sigma booth (w/their 5DII) at WPPI, but I don't know if it was the lighting (typical expo lighting) or not, but I couldn't get consistent AF with half my shots. Perhaps a bad copy, but being that it was the Sigma booth, I would've thought they'd check out everything before the show, especially knowing folks like me would be demoing their lens.

Contrast that to the Tamron booth where I tried their 24-70 VC, and it was dead on every time.

I've owned a few Tamron and Sigma lenses (Tamron 17-55 non-vc, and the vc version), and the sigma 50 1.4. Never had an issue with AF on the Tamrons (other than the non-vc version being crazy loud) and the optics were great. 50 1.4 was a miss for me though. Did not want to jump through hoops to get a good copy and ended up returning it 3 weeks in. Was hoping sigma got the AF figured out in the 35 1.4.

I'll probably give the sigma 35 1.4 a shot, but will return it outright if I have AF issues with my first copy.


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Apr 23, 2013 06:11 |  #17

mystik610 wrote in post #15857708 (external link)
I've read a little about the dock....what does this do exactly? Isn't MFA body specific? My understanding is that the dock was to allow for firmware updates and compatibility with canon bodies released in the future.

The dock allows you to adjust MA for the lens for up to 6 different distances, something which in-camera MA can't do, as well as tailor the lens for AF accuracy vs speed.


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Apr 23, 2013 07:00 |  #18

Sirrith wrote in post #15857720 (external link)
The dock allows you to adjust MA for the lens for up to 6 different distances, something which in-camera MA can't do, as well as tailor the lens for AF accuracy vs speed.

Interesting. Does it interact with the body at all?


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Apr 23, 2013 07:48 |  #19

I don't think so. You mount the lens onto the dock and connect it to your PC. No connection to the camera.


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Apr 23, 2013 08:36 |  #20

The finest lens I've ever used. Extremely fast, accurate, and sharp. Something I don't hear people say often is that this lens is amazing at dealing with highlights. In the exact same conditions between this lens and the 50L, shots from the S35 always retain more detail in the sky and skin tones.


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Apr 23, 2013 09:27 |  #21

I think more folks purchasing the 35mm are quite a bit more forgiving because they have Canon full-frame bodies with MFA control, and the results are "holy crap" sharp. With the 30mm, there were quite a number of complaints because it's a crop lens, and the majority of cropped bodies don't have MFA, and the only option was to send the lens to Sigma for repair. With the 35mm, +/-5, and good to go.


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Apr 23, 2013 11:22 |  #22

Buy from a good vendor with good return policy (Amazon) and you won't be out any money if you get a bad copy. I had to send my first back, but my 2nd is good. The positives FAR outweigh the potential AF issues in my opinion. Such great real world performance with this lens.


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Apr 23, 2013 12:23 |  #23

I'm also hoping someone can review the dock but speed will always remain I'm thinking and will be slower. I'm leaning to the Sig then the Canon L since the current version is 10 years in the making. I'm sure Canon has a version 2 in the works.
What about durability, will the part get worn faster then a canon lens? I read someones focus ring started to get scratchiness or something like that.


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Apr 23, 2013 21:29 as a reply to  @ kipliq's post |  #24

Here's the dock in action - http://vimeo.com/64678​241# (external link)


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Apr 24, 2013 01:30 |  #25
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Just wanted to throw in that i received mine today, & i am very pleased. Was so happy i sprung for this.

This is literally the second shot i took with this lens at 1.4, Iso-100, shutter was 1/750.
was too excited to put in settings for the scene, like i said this was just a trigger happy first-second shot of the lens right after getting it in the mail.

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Apr 24, 2013 01:35 |  #26

Sirrith wrote in post #15857720 (external link)
The dock allows you to adjust MA for the lens for up to 6 different distances, something which in-camera MA can't do, as well as tailor the lens for AF accuracy vs speed.

I guess I'm also a bit confused about whether the dock will be a comprehensive fix. From what I have read, at least one of the problems seems to be the fact that different MFA values appear to be needed for bright outdoor vs. low or mixed indoor lighting. I don't know if (or how) the dock can address this issue. I am very interested in this lens (and the Canon 35L), but inconsistent focus is something that is worrying me and I am not sure the dock will be the comprehensive solution that perhaps some people are suggesting it is.


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Apr 24, 2013 01:38 |  #27

Scrumhalf wrote in post #15861085 (external link)
I guess I'm also a bit confused about whether the dock will be a comprehensive fix. From what I have read, at least one of the problems seems to be the fact that different MFA values appear to be needed for bright outdoor vs. low or mixed indoor lighting. I don't know if (or how) the dock can address this issue. I am very interested in this lens (and the Canon 35L), but inconsistent focus is something that is worrying me and I am not sure the dock will be the comprehensive solution that perhaps some people are suggesting it is.

Very few people seem to have the focus issue in different light. More common is different MA values for different distances, although that is also far from actually being common; just moreso than the lighting issue.
I believe I read somewhere that someone had his lens with the lighting issue fixed by a firmware update, which if I am remembering correctly, would mean the dock could easily fix that issue with a firmware update on the user end.


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Apr 24, 2013 02:21 |  #28

I hope you are right, Tom! When is the dock available anyway? I guess I'll sit back and see if the early adopters meet with success before I take the plunge.. :)


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Apr 24, 2013 02:38 |  #29

dock is available start of may


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Apr 24, 2013 03:04 |  #30

Scrumhalf wrote in post #15861151 (external link)
I guess I'll sit back and see if the early adopters meet with success before I take the plunge.. :)

No harm in doing that :)

I plan on buying the dock simply "in case" because it is so cheap even though my lens is perfectly fine. Plus it might be fun to twiddle around with the AF speed.


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