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#1 Klaus

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 11:04 AM

... just arrived in da lab


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Posted 01 June 2017 - 12:08 PM

Yummy.  :wub:

 

Never thought I'd fancy a boring 135 mm lens but this one is a reason to keep the DSLR.



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 03:25 PM

First impression after having looked at some files ... holy moly ... ;-)


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Posted 01 June 2017 - 03:27 PM

Yes. It doesn't matter wether you go wide open or close aperture two steps. And the bokeh is luxurious.



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 05:10 PM

I am leaning towards 5* (on the 5Ds R).


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Posted 01 June 2017 - 05:18 PM

Shall I put something in to lean towards? You will not read any disagreement from my side. I found that lens the sharpest on the table of a lately visited Sigma test event. Have I already posted some results? I think I did. Never saw such clean files from a lens that wide open (okay, once, from an Otus). I tried to provoke a bit CA, no "luck".



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Posted 01 June 2017 - 07:33 PM

Do you think the lens is any good or is it a piece of art ? 

 

Also I thought you didn't provide ratings on the 5Ds R ?



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Posted 02 June 2017 - 12:29 AM

Well, if the chart goes through the roof there are no alternatives left but to rate it ...


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:33 AM

Aaah, so you were waiting for a chart cracking lens to have a reference? Just kidding  :lol: I hope you want to add a couple of wide open shots to your samples.



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Posted 02 June 2017 - 12:17 PM

I'm not 100% sold on the bokeh.


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 12:33 PM

Because of the oval blurr at the borders?



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Posted 02 June 2017 - 03:25 PM

The border highlights are cat eye and the effect starts fairly "early".

However, the focus transitions aren't super smooth. 

Overall this is still all very good but it's not earth shattering.


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 04:39 PM

I actually like the cat eye effect. I find it generally adds some 3D pop to the scene.

 

Same with vignetting (which can easily be added in post of course). I find vignetting to be a non issue at all.


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:23 PM

Same here, those cateye lights don't bother me much.
 
I actually find the bokeh kind of special, but I don't know how to put it in words. "3D" is such a worn term. I also don't need to have everything not in focus super-soft and hyper-creamy, to me the Sigma renders a special kind of bokeh. When I was watching the files, I never felt annoyed or noticed something less pleasant. On the contrary, I found it remarkably interesting.
 
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f/1.8
 
On the Canon side of things, there's a cheaper 135/2.0, but lensrentals' Zach Sutton favors the Sigma:

So is the Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art Series lens good? Yes, absolutely. The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art Series surpassed my expectations, corrected my doubt, and overshot my love for the Canon 135L. The autofocus is fast and incredibly accurate, the images are exceptionally sharp, and the bokeh is incredible. The Sigma 135mm f.1,8 Art Series takes everything I always loved about the Canon 135mm f/2L and surpasses it in every way.

 
On the Nikon side of things, I have the option to go supercheap Rokinon or opposite of that and pay 1000$ more for a Zeiss. With which I never could have get a sharp picture of the bee.



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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:47 PM

I am leaning towards 5* (on the 5Ds R).

So it's even better than the 85/1.4? W00t



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Posted 02 June 2017 - 06:48 PM

As much as I'm impressed by the Sigma 135/1.8, I'd still go for Canon 135L. Zeiss APO is simply a no-go since I absolutely hated the handling of the lens and wasn't really impressed by the image quality and character neither.



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Posted 03 June 2017 - 12:55 AM

At this point in time I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Sigma over a Canon.

Obvious drawbacks of the Sigma are the size and price point - but then it's a tad faster.

While I haven't tested the 135mm L on the 5Ds R I have a hard time imagining that the Canon is as good.


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 12:25 PM

No it's definitely not as good. But it's good enough for me and it's much smaller and cheaper. I'd even consider going for a used Batis 135/2.8 for slightly more.






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