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    Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    I'll start here without the comparison to the 24-70 Nikon and add that later with different images. Tech data shot with a D800E on tripod in live view and manual focus with Hoodman loupe. I am focused directly on the Duke sign and specifically on the C in chop. Now the left and right crops the curbing is about 6 inches shorter but if you see the tile meet the concrete on the bottom that really is the focus point on the left and right crops. Im really after here are my left and rights sides equal at a given aperture as I had issues with a older lens that had asymmetrical problems. But this new lens is looking really good if anything i would give a very slight advantage to the right side. I shot from 1.4 down to F11 and at F11 you start seeing diffraction. This is one sharp lens as you can see. I did use a standard sharpening of 225,.06,1 in C1. My outdoor landscape setting

    Here it is at 5.6 the whole scene. As you will see in the crops 5.6 is amazing all around the frame.

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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Im actually going to start in the middle of the aperture zone of 5.6 as early on I can it is very good right in the sweet spot of the lens and sharp all around.





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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Here is the killer look how good this lens is in the center at 1.4





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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Here at 1.4 I see the left side a touch weaker than the right side. Okay this is 1.4 you expect better than this your crazy. LOL
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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Wanted you all to see the nice 3d look at F2. Pretty damn good







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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    I'm jumping right to F4 which is most likely one of the most used apertures as it covers yourself when working fast and all the corners have pretty much hit the mark. Notice the center crop has not progressed much better than F2. Sign of a great lens





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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Going to F8 and this is a total cover yourself aperture. You just cant miss. LOL





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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Okay at distance at 5.6






    Than at 1.4 at distance.




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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    This lens is stellar and looking at these I maybe a touch sharper than normal but you get a good idea.

    Okay Im hungry and lunch is calling enjoy. BTW it smokes my Nikon 24-70 at the same focal length. I will get to that at some point.
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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Gut straight talk. You be a idiot not getting one of these for 900 bucks. Yes the AF is a little funky at times and I could not AF very well in live view. But for this quality of image , I'll leave you with this. LOL

    Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras 340306 B&H

    You can thank me later
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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Thank you for sharing that Guy: it confirms my desire to pursue a good copy now that I know such a thing exists.

    Your shots in such strong light also confirm to me something very special about this lens, which is its ability to give an overall look of being quite contrasty but to quietly get on with the difficult job of lighting the shadows somehow. Sure, that's partly a d800 trick, but I have often noticed the Siggy working hard to find light in the shadows.

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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Here's one for you Guy, shot at f4:



    Focus on the plaque. The full sized version is here...

    What do you think?

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    Re: Sigma 35mm 1.4 Lens Tests

    Excellent tests Guy. Thanks for posting.

    Yesterday I was checking this lens agains my 35mm Zeiss f2 and the only close match was at f8. The rest the Sigma beats for a bit.

    Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens Image Quality

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