I'm afraidis right. The new Sigma 35mm f1.4 lens can show some awfully nervous bokeh. Check out the jitters on the west face of the cathedral in Orleans, France.
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- I'm going to stick it out a bit longer with this lens, especially since I sold my 35L. It's not the greatest bokeh, but not awful. The lens is sharper than the 35L in every part of the frame and at all apertures and the difference is noticeable especially at f/1.4.
Now, if a 35L II comes out for six gajillion dollars, I might be tempted to add that second mortgage.
I love this focal length and could shoot it all day. In fact, I do most of the time!Feb 19, 2013
- I've been wowed at how much more can be done at f1.4 in dim conditions. I've grown accustomed to thinking ISO 1600 is great and 3200 is fine (though obviously they both come with a lot of sacrifices) but it's kind of nice to be grabbing ISO 400 and even lower indoors without a flash. For some reason, perhaps the wider field of view, I find the 35mm f1.4 more useful indoors than my 50mm f1.4.Feb 19, 2013
- I may rent the lens to test it out. I agree with you on the 35mm perspective.Feb 19, 2013
- I'll also add that close-in f/1.4 photography has always been very hit or miss with AF cameras -- actually a lot more miss for me. So I usually stopped down at least to f/2 and often f/2.8 to make focusing practical.
However, I'm so pleased with the 5D3's AF accuracy that I'm starting to feel comfortable shooting wide open again. Pair that with a lens that doesn't get "dreamy" at f/1.4 and things get exciting!Feb 19, 2013
- You have such a narrow DOF at f/1.4.Feb 19, 2013
- BTW, I decided to rent this and give it a shotFeb 19, 2013