After using the Sigma 35 f1.4 Art line lens for a month & a half, I can freakin say, it’s sharper than the Nikkor 105 f2 DC wide open. I don’t even know if that’s a fair comparison. I have no scientific evidence of tests or any of that tech stuff… But those are the only prime lenses I own, I can’t help but compare. When I open up pics on the screen, and put them side by side, the Sig smokes the 105. To see is to believe. FUCKEN A. I never thought I’d be saying that…
I have that “fix” feeling. That rush you get deep inside when you have just purchased a new lens. I know, I know, I promised myself I wouldn’t make any major camera-gear purchases this year… So much for that new year’s resolution.
Been reading so much love about the Sigma, I pulled the trigger yesterday. I’ve had it for 24 hours now. So far I’ve shot random stuff around the house, and I can say I’m pretty happy. It’s not the best lens I’ve owned (that title still goes to my old DA* 50-135 ), but it’s hella nice for a Sigma. It’s made in Japan, and it’s cheaper than the Nikkor and Canon L counterparts. I’m not complaining.
Here’s a little sharpness test at f1.4
Cropping to the focus point:
this is at ISO 800
Man, it feels good to be back at 1.4 =) Depth of field is razor thin…
…and the bokeh is nice and soft
Color and contrast shot:
…right above are my mum’s washi eggs I shot them under that 6am sun pouring in. Colour looks nice, and the contrast seems punchy.
What’s there not to like?
1. It’s not as fast as my Nikkor 24-70. Auto focus slows down in low light and sometimes it’s hard to get a lock.
2. Depth of field is ridiculously thin, it’s so easy to miss focus and screw up at 1.4
I can’t complain about the price. And I can’t complain about the image quality. I’m happy. Can’t wait to shoot, shoot. Will probably attempt to review it after a month or two.
Every chance I get to shoot in the office, I make sure I drop whatever work I’m doing, and just leave it all hanging. F*ck the meetings. Forget the deliverables. Delegate shit. It’s time to make some pictures.
Posting some head shots from the tether cable experiment I did. I turned my tiny room into a studio. Hooked up my camera into the computer and shot tethered for the first time. It just sucks that Adobe Lightroom and Apple have some major bugs with the tethering. I did a lot of reading and it seems the problem has been going on for a while now… It’s a Good thing I found this blog. I was already thinking of paying $80 to download Aperture since the Adobe tether problems haven’t been solved. I read that the 5D Mark III’s don’t properly tether. So hurrah for the folks over at Soforbild. It’s available for download on the app store, and it’s FREE. Can’t get any better than that. Plus, it’s easy to use, and it supports LightRoom, iPhoto and Aperture. Did I say it was free?