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01/02/2013 05:46:02 PM · #1
So the Sigma 35mm is here! I'll be posting up test shots soon :)
01/02/2013 05:56:21 PM · #2
Originally posted by kgeary:

So the Sigma 35mm is here! I'll be posting up test shots soon :)


Collecting mine Friday morning if reviews are to be believed it is supposed to be a bit special that one.
01/02/2013 05:57:09 PM · #3
Curious to know how you find the focus on that.
01/02/2013 08:07:05 PM · #4
Very much looking forward to some first-hand reports on this one. I have to say that this is the first third-party lens in quite a while that has really raised my eyebrows.
01/02/2013 08:20:35 PM · #5
So? How is it?
01/02/2013 09:44:55 PM · #6
Looking forward to hearing about your hands on and seeing your test shots. Been contemplating between this and the 50mm. Hope you don't have any focusing issues.
01/03/2013 02:43:10 AM · #7
i'm observing this lens, here is not arrived yet, so i wait your test!!
01/03/2013 09:52:47 AM · #8
No test shots yet, but a calibration test shows that it needs no microadjustment on my 5Dii. So now that I've confirmed focus I'll hopefully get some test shots up today.
01/03/2013 10:03:33 AM · #9
Originally posted by kgeary:

No test shots yet, but a calibration test shows that it needs no microadjustment on my 5Dii. So now that I've confirmed focus I'll hopefully get some test shots up today.


Thank you!

i saw your website and I want to compliment you for your work, beautiful, fresh style.
01/03/2013 08:09:12 PM · #10
^^Thanks!

So I was able to get a good series of shots tonight of my daughter with the Sigma. I'm processing them now and will post in the morning. They were all shot at f2.2, so not completely wide open but not stopped down by any means. I think you guys will seriously like what you're going to see in terms of sharpness.

Here is a 100% crop of her eye with ZERO sharpening applied. This was pulled from a RAW image SOOC.

//wp.me/a2xPUt-ax

When you add sharpening, it's a tack.
01/04/2013 09:10:26 AM · #11
Got mine this morning ..... OH MAN!!!!
01/04/2013 09:43:30 AM · #12
Originally posted by kgeary:

^^Thanks!

So I was able to get a good series of shots tonight of my daughter with the Sigma. I'm processing them now and will post in the morning. They were all shot at f2.2, so not completely wide open but not stopped down by any means. I think you guys will seriously like what you're going to see in terms of sharpness.

Here is a 100% crop of her eye with ZERO sharpening applied. This was pulled from a RAW image SOOC.

//wp.me/a2xPUt-ax

When you add sharpening, it's a tack.


not being funny because I'm really keen on this lens i have the 30 1.4 and the 50 1.4 sigmas but that eye crop isnt as sharp as i expected given the samples ive seen and the hype
01/04/2013 09:53:37 AM · #13
Originally posted by Giles_uk:

Originally posted by kgeary:

^^Thanks!

So I was able to get a good series of shots tonight of my daughter with the Sigma. I'm processing them now and will post in the morning. They were all shot at f2.2, so not completely wide open but not stopped down by any means. I think you guys will seriously like what you're going to see in terms of sharpness.

Here is a 100% crop of her eye with ZERO sharpening applied. This was pulled from a RAW image SOOC.

//wp.me/a2xPUt-ax

When you add sharpening, it's a tack.


not being funny because I'm really keen on this lens i have the 30 1.4 and the 50 1.4 sigmas but that eye crop isnt as sharp as i expected given the samples ive seen and the hype


I guess it depends on how much of the frame the eye took up too. The further away you get from the subject, the harsher the 100% crop is going to be in resolving detail.
01/04/2013 10:04:59 AM · #14
You also have to remember that I was shooting a moving target. 6 Month olds don't exactly hold still and let you nail focus. She's moving every microsecond and I was laying on my stomach.
01/04/2013 10:39:39 AM · #15
I had the same comment as Giles, I am used to seeing eye shots produced from the 50 and 85, which obviosly will produce more detail in 100 crops. It looks like you missed focus which is easy to do with kids and the 5d2. I'd like to see shots a bit more stopped or wide open in studio setting.

Message edited by author 2013-01-04 11:35:16.
01/04/2013 11:51:43 AM · #16
Originally posted by kgeary:

Originally posted by Giles_uk:

Originally posted by kgeary:

^^Thanks!

So I was able to get a good series of shots tonight of my daughter with the Sigma. I'm processing them now and will post in the morning. They were all shot at f2.2, so not completely wide open but not stopped down by any means. I think you guys will seriously like what you're going to see in terms of sharpness.

Here is a 100% crop of her eye with ZERO sharpening applied. This was pulled from a RAW image SOOC.

//wp.me/a2xPUt-ax

When you add sharpening, it's a tack.


not being funny because I'm really keen on this lens i have the 30 1.4 and the 50 1.4 sigmas but that eye crop isnt as sharp as i expected given the samples ive seen and the hype


I guess it depends on how much of the frame the eye took up too. The further away you get from the subject, the harsher the 100% crop is going to be in resolving detail.


a 100% crop is still a 100% crop though so we are seeing the eye at native size on the raw file etc, out of interest i did a quick test you think babies move fast ry a 4yr old with a toy sword

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Untitled by gilesbert, on Flickr

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IMG_9237 by gilesbert, on Flickr

sigma 50mm 1.4 2.2f

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IMG_9244 by gilesbert, on Flickr

85mm 1.8 @ 2.2f

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IMG_9234 by gilesbert, on Flickr

Message edited by author 2013-01-04 11:54:40.
01/04/2013 01:02:24 PM · #17
A 100% crop is not really a 100% crop under any condition. If you crop an eye of a person standing 10 feet away verse the crop of an eye of a person standing 1 foot away there's been a be a huge difference in image quality.

With that said yours are certainly sharper. That's with sharpness set to 0? Ill take a shot at 1.4 of my wife's eye and compare.
01/04/2013 01:03:28 PM · #18
Stop pixel peeping you two and enjoy the lens :)
01/04/2013 01:21:50 PM · #19
Originally posted by MAK:

Stop pixel peeping you two and enjoy the lens :)


I'm normally not a pixel peeper, but when it comes to sharpness I'm anal. Lol.
01/04/2013 01:56:52 PM · #20
It certainly is a Fantastic lens in every way, I will be testing mine in Video mode tomorrow, looking forward to it.
01/04/2013 02:01:18 PM · #21
Originally posted by kgeary:

A 100% crop is not really a 100% crop under any condition. If you crop an eye of a person standing 10 feet away verse the crop of an eye of a person standing 1 foot away there's been a be a huge difference in image quality.

With that said yours are certainly sharper. That's with sharpness set to 0? Ill take a shot at 1.4 of my wife's eye and compare.


Giles' first shot definitely has some sharpening. You can see the line in the white along the edge nest to the lower lid. I can't tell on the rest.
01/04/2013 03:09:16 PM · #22
Originally posted by Ann:

Originally posted by kgeary:

A 100% crop is not really a 100% crop under any condition. If you crop an eye of a person standing 10 feet away verse the crop of an eye of a person standing 1 foot away there's been a be a huge difference in image quality.

With that said yours are certainly sharper. That's with sharpness set to 0? Ill take a shot at 1.4 of my wife's eye and compare.


Giles' first shot definitely has some sharpening. You can see the line in the white along the edge nest to the lower lid. I can't tell on the rest.


Lightroom automatically applies a sharpening setting of 25 that I think most people don't reduce to 0 during these tests. Not sure if Camera RAW does the same thing or not. Or Aperture--but I assume so.
01/04/2013 03:19:56 PM · #23
Originally posted by Ann:

Originally posted by kgeary:

A 100% crop is not really a 100% crop under any condition. If you crop an eye of a person standing 10 feet away verse the crop of an eye of a person standing 1 foot away there's been a be a huge difference in image quality.

With that said yours are certainly sharper. That's with sharpness set to 0? Ill take a shot at 1.4 of my wife's eye and compare.


Giles' first shot definitely has some sharpening. You can see the line in the white along the edge nest to the lower lid. I can't tell on the rest.


not true im sorry, shot raw in neutral mood, imported with aperture cropped and uploaded as full size image but yes will have been jpeg'd for flickr, i cant find any settings for the flikr output in aperture

Message edited by author 2013-01-04 15:27:28.
01/04/2013 03:32:27 PM · #24
Originally posted by Giles_uk:

Originally posted by Ann:

Originally posted by kgeary:

A 100% crop is not really a 100% crop under any condition. If you crop an eye of a person standing 10 feet away verse the crop of an eye of a person standing 1 foot away there's been a be a huge difference in image quality.

With that said yours are certainly sharper. That's with sharpness set to 0? Ill take a shot at 1.4 of my wife's eye and compare.


Giles' first shot definitely has some sharpening. You can see the line in the white along the edge nest to the lower lid. I can't tell on the rest.


not true im sorry, shot raw in neutral mood, imported with aperture cropped and uploaded as full size image but yes will have been jpeg'd for flickr, i cant find any settings for the flikr output in aperture


Does aperture apply a base sharpen upon import? Lightroom does...
01/04/2013 04:55:58 PM · #25
Originally posted by Giles_uk:

Originally posted by Ann:

Originally posted by kgeary:

A 100% crop is not really a 100% crop under any condition. If you crop an eye of a person standing 10 feet away verse the crop of an eye of a person standing 1 foot away there's been a be a huge difference in image quality.

With that said yours are certainly sharper. That's with sharpness set to 0? Ill take a shot at 1.4 of my wife's eye and compare.


Giles' first shot definitely has some sharpening. You can see the line in the white along the edge nest to the lower lid. I can't tell on the rest.


not true im sorry, shot raw in neutral mood, imported with aperture cropped and uploaded as full size image but yes will have been jpeg'd for flickr, i cant find any settings for the flikr output in aperture


My biggest pet peeve about flickr is that it auto sharpens everything. I don't put any of my good stuff on flickr anymore for exactly that reason.

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