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Is this what I've been waiting years for? It just might be. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM - what more could you want. Lightweight, fast, just the focal length I like. It'll be interesting to read the reviews - released next month. Just in time for Christmas. (rrp £799, but for how long?).
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Personally I think this is likely to be a bit special.
Twice the size and weight of the Canon but I prefer the speed. Still, you can't have everything. F2 with a 4 stop IS is good enough for me.
Sigma really seem to be determined to make their lenses the ones to beat as opposed to being "third" party. Good for them. It'll keep the other lot on their toes!
Looks like a good lens. The Canon 35mm 1.4 is outstanding.
A mate of mine wrote about the Sigma, here. The site's probably worth watching for anyone interested in lenses - his isn't an ordinary knowledge and he's gearing up for lens tests and reviews.
Well, a Canon is a Canon. You might pay a premium but in the end the quality shows.
I'm sure the Canon's a great lens, and of course IS allows extra creative potential aside from just ensuring sharper pictures. Canon though have never been peerless at the wide end of lens making, whereas they do tend to be with telephotos. Results from the Sigma are just beginning to appear today.
Another Sigma Link
The Sigma is also £799 and looks very tempting. Their 50mm 1.4 is very highly regarded and I have their 85mm 1.4 which is exceptional - looks like their new 35mm 1.4 will also be a winner.
I'll wait for a comparison to be made. Be interesting. I like the Sigma shots though Glenn.
An f/2 is a 'safer' lens in that it's unlikely to court the focusing and axial CA problems that are inherent in extremely fast lenses. On the other hand, the fast Sigmas are famous for their 'bokeh' - the 50 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses being the competitors of expensive Canon f/1.2 equivalents.
A notable aspect of this new Sigma though is its increased level of refinement - with a degree of optical correction that looks beyond anything they've made before (more akin to expensive Zeiss primes). It'll be interesting to see what the pundits make of it.
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