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Real world experience with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art

April 23rd, 2016

Writing my first article about the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art lens was mostly motivated by the fact that the AF inconsistency was sooo frustrating. Then only one week later I dropped the camera (a first for me in 10 years of owning a DSLR) with the Sigma attached, damaging the rear barrel and destroying the main PCB. But hey, I already knew where to send it so some weeks and about 200€ later I got it back like new just before leaving for two weeks vacation in Sri Lanka.

Of course there was no time to check focus again or even take test shots so this journey was the real test to see if the lens can hold up to my expectations.

After going through over 800 pictures the situation is more or less unchanged

  • AF misses maybe 10-15% of all shots
  • when AF is off it is almost always completely off – more or less to either end of the focus scale
  • I found no pattern in the AF glitches, they seem to be more or less random
  • refocusing one or two times gets the AF to work correctly most of the time
  • Sharpness, contrast and color is absolutely amazing when focus is correct

All in all the lens was way more convenient to use for everyday shooting than I thought. Yes, the range may be a bit limited compared to a 17-50mm f/2.8  and it is far bigger and heavier. However the creative potential and amazing image quality at all apertures makes the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art a joy to use for me.

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EOS 7D – ISO100 – 1/2000 s – f/1.8 – 18mm

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EOS 7D – ISO3200 – 1/200 s – f/1.8 – 20mm

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EOS 7D – ISO800 – 1/60 s – f/1.8 – 18mm

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EOS 7D – ISO100 – 1/1600 s – f/1.8 – 18mm

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EOS 7D – ISO100 – 1/1250 s – f/1.8 – 18mm

Review: Sigma 50-150mm f/2,8 APO EX DC OS HSM

April 10th, 2014

After a long time of thinking about it I bought the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM last week. This is a short review of my experience with it. To make it short: It is one hell of a lens!

Let’s start with the formals. The Sigma 50-150 OS comes with a bag and strap, a tripod collar and a quite large lens hood. The lens weighs 1270 g (without tripod collar, according to the kitchen scales) which is just about 200 g less than it’s full format 70-200 mm f/2.8 siblings from Canon and Sigma.
For an APS-C lens that is quite a lot. However I find it very nice to handhold attached to the 7D with battery grip.

The optical stabilizer works extremely well, much better than the IS of the Canon 300mm/2.8 IS mkI. What can be irritating is the very obvious knocking noise it makes when it turns on or off that is shared with the Canon.

The AF is by far not the fastest I have seen. It is silent, precise and fairly fast but by far not as quick as the Canon 300/2.8 or 85/1.8. It is sufficient for real-world use I would say.

The most outstanding feature about the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 OS is definitively it’s optical performance. The sharpness across the frame is simply stunning at all focal lengths and probably leaves lot of prime lenses behind. There is no need to stop down for additional sharpness. CA, LoCA, distortion are all nothing to worry about.  But see for yourself… all files are converted from RAW, brightness adjusted, no additional sharpening

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100% crop:

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7D – ISO200 – 1/160 s – f/2.8 – 150 mm (click for 100% view)

 

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7D – ISO200 – 1/1000 s – f/2.8 – 150 mm

A showcase for the OS system – shot without support

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7D – ISO1600 – 1/8 s – f/2.8 – 82 mm

 

The lens is compatible with both Sigma and Canon teleconverters. I have the Sigma 1.4x APO and Canon 2x II converters and only did a few test shots. As far as I can report the Canon 2x does give even better results compared to the Sigma 1.4.

A 100% crop with the lens wide open (click on the picture).

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7D – ISO200 – 1/800 s – f/5.6 – 300 mm

Cropped but not 100%

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7D – ISO400 – 1/1600 s – f/5.6 – 300 mm

 

So, should you also get this lens? Well, if you tend to walk around with a bunch of primes in the 50-150mm range and can get along with a f/2.8 lens then this is the ultimate tool for you. Sports, theater, concerts, travel, weddings, portraits – that is where this lens will shine on your APS-C camera. For me it is definitively a keeper. Stand by for more pictures or comment if you need any additional info.

Spring is here – and so is my new camera

April 16th, 2011

Last week I got myself a new camera and so far I’m pretty impressed with the results. I hope to write a little about it here some time.

The high-ISO capabilities are really useful when using long lenses in not too bright conditions. No need to shoot wide open all the time.

 

7D – ISO1600 – 1/400 s – f/6.3 – 600 mm

 

7D – ISO1600 – 1/320 s – f/6.3 – 600 mm

Flattr invite codes

June 1st, 2010

If you want to join flattr feel free to use one of these invite codes:

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Please leave a little comment if you used one so I can cancel that one out.

new test

February 19th, 2010

I have done a test of the Sigma 150mm macro with Sigma 1.4x TC and updated my review of it.

It’s all in German but I the pictures should be understandable to all 😉

Birds celebrate successful change to MySQL 5

January 27th, 2010

Finally I upgraded to WP 2.9 which required exchanching the outdated mySQL 4 database for a new 5.x one.
It wasn’t that easy, especially because phpMyAdmin wouldn’t import it’s own exported DB. Luckily there is a DB-Backup plugin for WP which really helped.

So here are the first pics on WP 2.9.1 🙂


40D – ISO800 – 1/125 s – f/3.2 – 300 mm

40D – ISO640 – 1/200s – f/3.5 – 300 mm – crop

40D – ISO800 – 1/250 s – f/4 – 420 mm

40D – ISO800 – 1/60 s – f/2.8 – 300 mm