Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

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The Photo Ninja Senior Member • Posts: 2,239
Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

I haven't found any review that prefers the canon.

Opinions?

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Re: Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

The Photo Ninja wrote:

I haven't found any review that prefers the canon.

Opinions?

I sold my 35L for the Sigma. Color is a little better on Canon and AF speed is a little better but as far as sharpness goes on the wider apertures, the Sigma is superior which is more important to me.

No regrets with the swap.

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The Photo Ninja wrote:

I haven't found any review that prefers the canon.

Opinions?

I imagine that it's hard to say. If you already have a 35L why would you be toying with the Sigma? I have the 35L, but I'm not tempted to try the Sigma because I already love the lens I have. The Sigma may be very good, but so is my 35L There are no circumstances where any marginal, if any, advantages in IQ would lead me to change.

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The Photo Ninja OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,239
I have the sigma, but liked the Nikon 35g better when I was on Nikon

The sigma leaved me underwhelmed. Sad really, I LOVED the Nikon 35g - it was my favorite lens. I can't place my finger on why I'm not endnotes with the sigma, so in wondering about the canon instead.

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Re: I have the sigma, but liked the Nikon 35g better when I was on Nikon

Supposed to say im not ENAMORED with the sigma.

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Tizzio Senior Member • Posts: 2,063
Re: Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

keithinmelbourne wrote:

The Photo Ninja wrote:

I haven't found any review that prefers the canon.

Opinions?

I imagine that it's hard to say. If you already have a 35L why would you be toying with the Sigma? I have the 35L, but I'm not tempted to try the Sigma because I already love the lens I have. The Sigma may be very good, but so is my 35L There are no circumstances where any marginal, if any, advantages in IQ would lead me to change.

I fully agree. and I'll stick to my 35L as well ... I'm sure my sigma 50/1.4 would be the only one and last oem lens in my system.

clarkent1234 Forum Member • Posts: 85
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Here is the funny part. Sigmas bokeh is dizzy compared to the 35L, sigma is colder but sharper.

Let me ask u: what's easier in post? Slight sharpen or the impossible task of making less dizzy bokeh?

Had both. Kept the 35L.

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Shaun_Nyc Senior Member • Posts: 2,279
Re: I have the sigma, but liked the Nikon 35g better when I was on Nikon

The Photo Ninja wrote:

The sigma leaved me underwhelmed. Sad really, I LOVED the Nikon 35g - it was my favorite lens. I can't place my finger on why I'm not endnotes with the sigma, so in wondering about the canon instead.

I hear ya, I have the 35g in my Nikon kit. Ridiculously over priced, Feels cheap/plasticy , focuses dog slow, has excellent IQ. Have the 13yr old design 35L on old 5D, quality build, can focus circles around Nikons new G, IQ is excellent. I don't care one bit if sigma is showing superior mtf, only canon mount 35mm I will consider is the next one from canon

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Toccata47 Senior Member • Posts: 2,795
Re: Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

I think the canon is actually sharper, I know the af is slightly faster. Color rendition is slightly different too. The sigma is good but bloodless imho.

The Photo Ninja wrote:

I haven't found any review that prefers the canon.

Opinions?

Just another Canon shooter
Just another Canon shooter Senior Member • Posts: 4,691
Re: Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

keithinmelbourne wrote:

The Photo Ninja wrote:

I haven't found any review that prefers the canon.

Opinions?

I imagine that it's hard to say. If you already have a 35L why would you be toying with the Sigma? I have the 35L, but I'm not tempted to try the Sigma because I already love the lens I have. The Sigma may be very good, but so is my 35L There are no circumstances where any marginal, if any, advantages in IQ would lead me to change.

Agree. My 35L focuses perfectly, no MA. The bokeh leaves something to be desired but from what I have seen, the near DOF bokeh of the Sigma is harsher. This, and my past experience with a few Sigma lenses (15, 50, 85), makes me stay away from it.

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The Canon is indeed slightly sharper in the center wide open than the Sigma, but the Sigma is a *lot* sharper in the corners wide open.

The Photo Ninja OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,239
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I ordered the canon today from amazon. If its comparable to the Nikon, I'm sure I will like it better. I can't place my finger on the sigma as to why I'm not really liking it, but I'll post more after I have both in my hands.

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clarkent1234 wrote:

Here is the funny part. Sigmas bokeh is dizzy compared to the 35L, sigma is colder but sharper.

I don't have the Canon 35L to test, but this site 6 months ago certainly helped me decide the Sigma was better across what seemed like every test, including the out of focus areas (or bokeh as you call it):

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Canon-35mm-f14-L

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Just another Canon shooter Senior Member • Posts: 4,691
Re: Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

sean lancaster wrote:

clarkent1234 wrote:

Here is the funny part. Sigmas bokeh is dizzy compared to the 35L, sigma is colder but sharper.

I don't have the Canon 35L to test, but this site 6 months ago certainly helped me decide the Sigma was better across what seemed like every test, including the out of focus areas (or bokeh as you call it):

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Canon-35mm-f14-L

Bokeh far from the focus plane is basically the same with most decent lenses (ignoring when stopped down due to different number and shape of the blades). The problems are visible close to the focus plane; to be more precise, with a relatively small blur radius.

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Re: Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

Just another Canon shooter wrote:

sean lancaster wrote:

clarkent1234 wrote:

Here is the funny part. Sigmas bokeh is dizzy compared to the 35L, sigma is colder but sharper.

I don't have the Canon 35L to test, but this site 6 months ago certainly helped me decide the Sigma was better across what seemed like every test, including the out of focus areas (or bokeh as you call it):

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Canon-35mm-f14-L

Bokeh far from the focus plane is basically the same with most decent lenses (ignoring when stopped down due to different number and shape of the blades). The problems are visible close to the focus plane; to be more precise, with a relatively small blur radius.

Is there are comparison you can show me what you mean that uses both lenses on the same shot? I searched and found the link above, but most tests are about sharpness or the types of shots I was showing. Thanks.

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Re: Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

sean lancaster wrote:

Just another Canon shooter wrote:

sean lancaster wrote:

clarkent1234 wrote:

Here is the funny part. Sigmas bokeh is dizzy compared to the 35L, sigma is colder but sharper.

I don't have the Canon 35L to test, but this site 6 months ago certainly helped me decide the Sigma was better across what seemed like every test, including the out of focus areas (or bokeh as you call it):

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Canon-35mm-f14-L

Bokeh far from the focus plane is basically the same with most decent lenses (ignoring when stopped down due to different number and shape of the blades). The problems are visible close to the focus plane; to be more precise, with a relatively small blur radius.

Is there are comparison you can show me what you mean that uses both lenses on the same shot? I searched and found the link above, but most tests are about sharpness or the types of shots I was showing. Thanks.

Here is one but the background is still too far. Based on that, you would conclude that there is no problem with either lens, but this is not true.

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kasinp Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

sean lancaster wrote:

clarkent1234 wrote:

Here is the funny part. Sigmas bokeh is dizzy compared to the 35L, sigma is colder but sharper.

I don't have the Canon 35L to test, but this site 6 months ago certainly helped me decide the Sigma was better across what seemed like every test, including the out of focus areas (or bokeh as you call it):

http://lcap.tistory.com/entry/Sigma-35mm-f14-vs-Canon-35mm-f14-L

Had both and this comment captures my impression exactly: Sigma on all counts.  I found myself nodding at (pretty much) all published tests which say the same.  I wonder if anyone saying the two are similiar wide-open has actually tested Sigma or referred to the published test results.

Now, the new 35mm f/2 IS is another story, but then we are no longer talking f/1.4.

Peter

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keithinmelbourne wrote:

The Photo Ninja wrote:

I haven't found any review that prefers the canon.

Opinions?

I imagine that it's hard to say. If you already have a 35L why would you be toying with the Sigma? I have the 35L, but I'm not tempted to try the Sigma because I already love the lens I have. The Sigma may be very good, but so is my 35L There are no circumstances where any marginal, if any, advantages in IQ would lead me to change.

Absolutely.  For a time I was shooting projects exclusively with my 5DII and 35L.

For what I shoot. street portraiture of strangers I engage on the street, and street photography, the character of the lens at wider apertures was nothing short of amazing. I wouldn't have wanted to go with anything else.

Here's a set of street portraits  I shot  in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood for a project, all with the 35L. IMO, for that kind of subject matter, there is no better lens.

Brad

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Brad Evans wrote:

keithinmelbourne wrote:

The Photo Ninja wrote:

I haven't found any review that prefers the canon.

Opinions?

I imagine that it's hard to say. If you already have a 35L why would you be toying with the Sigma? I have the 35L, but I'm not tempted to try the Sigma because I already love the lens I have. The Sigma may be very good, but so is my 35L There are no circumstances where any marginal, if any, advantages in IQ would lead me to change.

Absolutely. For a time I was shooting projects exclusively with my 5DII and 35L.

For what I shoot. street portraiture of strangers I engage on the street, and street photography, the character of the lens at wider apertures was nothing short of amazing. I wouldn't have wanted to go with anything else.

Here's a set of street portraits I shot in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood for a project, all with the 35L. IMO, for that kind of subject matter, there is no better lens.

Brad

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jffielde Regular Member • Posts: 369
Re: Does anyone like the canon 35mm 1.4 more than the sigma?

The Sigma is the better lens, even at the same price.  That it's cheaper too makes it a hard sell for the Canon.  I upgraded to the Sigma from the Canon L and will do so again to the Canon L II when it arrives.

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