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  1. #1
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    Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

    Well I did it....

    I wanted a 2 prime walk around kit for street/random portrait/landscapes.

    I am no pro and this is purely a hobby. I truly enjoy taking pictures so I want the gear I use to fit my style.

    I originally bought the 85 and 50 1.8g lenses. I quickly realized the on my D600 the 85 was SUPERB and the 50, not so much. I also realized what the point in both???? 50 was a mere step or two back from the 50. So sad to say, the 50 1.8g RARELY got used.

    Then came my dilemma. I spent countless hours reading the 28 1.8 g from nikkor and all the up and down reviews seem scattered. The more I read the more I worried..... Damn forums. Then came the Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series.

    I said screw it and just ordered it. I was not letting the forums persuade my gear selection and was going to learn for myself.

    So this thing is a beauty. It is sleek/stylish. Hood clips on very securely. Has a nice pouch/case not the typical cloth one which I really liked. Shooting wide open at 1.4 between 5-10 ft this thing is incredible sharp to my amateur eye. The bokeh is amazing. It is heavy and just feels good. To me the distortion is very well controlled. I am sure the 35 compared to 28 helped.

    HOWEVER, there is always a however

    When focusing more on distance subjects/landscapes things seem to get a bit different. Handhold testing this morning on subjects(trees/signs/buildings) greater than 15-20 meters away this thing seemed to get soft very quickly. I just was not sure if this was a normal thing among wider angled lenses. Anything within a normal working distance from 1 - 10 meters is incredible. My close range focus seems spot on. At distance switching to Liveview seems to help a little. I am just not sure if I am nit picking or this is something typical.

    What are some good tests to put this lens through its paces and test for quality and accuracy?

    Thanks for reading.

    Frankie


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    Re: Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

    The first thing you need to do is to post and picture that you think you have a problem with here. Be sure to list the EXIF data with it. When you resize it make sure the long side is 1000px or smaller.

    thanks

    It might help also if you do a 100% cropped section so we can see detail better.

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  3. #3
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    Re: Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

    You will probably gave to fine tune the lens in camera or buy the sigma USB dock. With the dock you can calibrate the lens for 3 or 4 different distances and its only $60 usd

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  4. #4
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    Re: Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

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  5. #5
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    Re: Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

    First bridge shot is wide open second is 2.8...... both focused at infinity... the only thing that bothers me is the grass at bottom is still clearly out of focus. Both guys focus on eyes the standing fellow was pop up flash. all jpegs directly from camera. nothing fancy just shit from here at work.

  6. #6
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    Re: Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

    hrmmm i forgot to resize.... booo

  7. #7
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    Re: Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

    Quote Originally Posted by fhibbs12 View Post
    hrmmm i forgot to resize.... booo
    Why Booo? Look okay to me size wise...
    John
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  8. #8
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    Re: Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

    Can you give any other exif data such as shutter speed and iso?

  9. #9
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    Re: Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

    Hey Frankie, I'm looking at this lens also, did you resolve the issue?

    I'm thinking the grass was closer than the infinity focus , throwing it out of focus.
    Rick

    http://www.rmillsphotography.com/


    Nikon D610
    Nikon.... 18-35mm/3.5g.... 70-200mm/4g
    Tamron.... 24-70mm 2.8 VC
    Nikon 1 V2
    Nikon 1.... 10-30mm.... 18.5/1.8g.... 30-110mm


  10. #10
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    Re: Sigma 35 1.4 Art Series

    IMA chalk it up to user error.

    I just got out to get some actual shots. I'll try to get them up 2night





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