What gives more satisfaction: Zeiss 21/2.8 or Sigma Art 35 and 50 together?

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Emil Varadi
Emil Varadi Senior Member • Posts: 1,313
What gives more satisfaction: Zeiss 21/2.8 or Sigma Art 35 and 50 together?

Seven months ago I asked the question in the Nikon pro camera forum, what would gives more shooter satisfaction: the Nikon D800E or the D610 with a Zeiss 21/2.8? Based also on the results of that discussion I bought four months ago the D800E. (Should have waited more and buy the D810, but who knew at the time?)

Now I'm back with a similar question - actually I also know my reply - but why not ask your opinion: what gives more shooter satisfaction: the Zeiss ZF 21/2.8 or the Sigma Art 35/1.4 plus the 50/1.4? Pricewise the two Sigmas cost a Zeiss 21. Simple: two lenses vs one.

The Zeiss is what it is. Few days ago Loyd Chambers and Ming Thein had a long discussion mentioning Zeiss lenses and drooling over the 21 and Zeiss microcontrast, but strange as it is - have you noticed - they have not mentioned the Sigma Art lenses. (If they did, I did not notice).

The Sigma 50 Art is the best AF lens there is IQ wise (Lloyd Chambers) and the 35 mm Art is also not too far. So I did my homework, I know well what I am asking my question about.

Part of the equation is, I already have the spectacular 24/1.4G.

I know what I'd choose, unless you succed to convince me otherwise (the two Sigmas) but which way would YOU go and why?

To answer the inevitable question in advance: I shoot landscapes, cityscapes, and parctically everything else.

 Emil Varadi's gear list:Emil Varadi's gear list
Ricoh GR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 +1 more
Nikon D610 Nikon D800E Nikon D810
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