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Old Dec 11, 2008, 7:10 PM   #1
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hI guys

I'm just wondering if anyones decided on or has played with the Sigma 50mm f1.4 ? It looks as if it could be a pretty good lens to have esp for events and in door sports. The reviews for the Can/Nikon versions have been pretty good so I'm lookig forward to seeing what its like on 4/3's.

http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1202/cat/30

http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma_50_1p4_c16/


"and whilst it looks like it could be the ideal fast portrait prime for Four Thirds, it appears unlikely to be able to match the Zuiko Digital ED 50mm F2.0 Macro for outright sharpness. Of course the biggest negative currently against the Sigma is its price; it's significantly more expensive than the equivalents from the major camera manufacturers, and so the question becomes whether that optical superiority at wide apertures is worth the price premium. At the time of writing (August 2008), that's a very tough call, but it's important to understand that this lens is currently very much at the start of its product lifecycle, and if the price drops to a level much closer to the other 50mm F1.4s, then it will be quite simply a steal."

Note: .. As always with Sigma.. QC seems to be an issue. Now when is Oly/PanaLeica gonna do something similar ?

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Old Dec 11, 2008, 7:22 PM   #2
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Hi Harj-

I actually own two Sigma EX 30mm F 1.4 lenses. One I use on my Canon 20D, and the other on my Nikon D-40. Both are good copies that I managed to get on flea-bay. One for $(US) 280, the Canon and the Nikon one cost me $(US) 300.

They are a very good lens if you are working close-up to your subject. I have not had any quality complaints about either copy of the lens. Here is a sample photo using the nikon D-50.

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I've been grappling more with whether I want to spent the $$ on the Leica 25mm f1.4 while it's still available. That for me would be a lens I'd use more since it lends itself tobeing a more general use lens.

Sigma lenses have always been a hard thing for me to consider...even when I was using Canon cameras and thushad access to the complete line of Sigma lenses if I so chose. I never did, always opting for OEM lenses.

The issue I have with buyingthe Leica 25mm f1.4is....I've owned 50mm equivalent lenses before and they've just sat in my bag in favor of the more versatile zooms. At around $800US, the 25mm f1.4 Leica would be quite the "hanger queen" if I never used it.

There...I think I just talked myself out ofitin typing this.

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I'm not familiar with this particular lens but I very much doubt one can get great results at f1.4. Usually these prime lenses tend to produce very soft images at the widest aperture. I also find 50mm prime (100mm in reality) to be a bit too tight for me. It is certainly not that practical for small, confined spaces. I'd prefer a 35mm prime instead (such as the ZD 35mm macro).
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Why not the Sigma 30mm F 1.4 lens? It really does work quite well. Take a look.

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Old Dec 16, 2008, 5:21 PM   #6
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Hi Sarah, I think 30mm on a 4/3 system is much more usable. However, the image you posted was taken with a Nikon D50 (not a 4/3 camera) at f9.0 and as you know, any lens will perform reasonably well from f8.0 - f11.0. I believe you would notice more deterioration in IQ if a similar lens was used on a 4/3 camera at 30mm and f1.4.

I bought the Zuiko 35mm macro last year when I had the E510 and thought it was a good lens for the price but I could not justify keeping it because of its limitations in terms of FL.
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I bought the Zuiko 35mm macro last year when I had the E510 and thought it was a good lens for the price but I could not justify keeping it because of its limitations in terms of FL.
I've pretty much written off ever buying another prime lens. Not because there aren't enough of them, but as you've noted here, they would be just too much of a specialist thing for me. If I need to do a really closeup of something, I'm going to use my EX25 tube with the 70-300 or 50-200 and be able to both focus extremely close and have a virtually unlimited ability to adjust bothmy distance, from almost touching the subjectup to 5-6feet away, and resulting look. Forway less thanthe price of the 35mm macro, that EX25 tube is worth it's weight in gold when it comes to being in places where you want to shoot a lot of closeups.

I've owned 50mm and 85mm f1.8 primes back when I had my Canon outfit, and as I feared would happen if I ever bought the Pana/Leica 25mm f1.4, they sat in the bag most of the time....and not the bag I took out with me every day.
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I'm with you, Greg. Every time I use a prime lens, I feel I either need it to be wider or longer. They are never just right. I do have a couple of prime lenses from my Pentax film days and every now and then I use them on my E520 with an adapter. But, that's just for fun since they become fully manual lenses, thus not practical to photograph any object in motion. Many zoom lenses today are reasonably priced and they provide great versatility with excellent IQ.
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Tullio-

Yes, I know that photo I posted was taken with a Nikon D-50, because the Sigma 30mm F 1.4 lens was not made at that time for Olympus. I shot those photos at ISO 800 to get the best image I could from that lens.

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I'm with you, Greg. Every time I use a prime lens, I feel I either need it to be wider or longer. They are never just right. I do have a couple of prime lenses from my Pentax film days and every now and then I use them on my E520 with an adapter. But, that's just for fun since they become fully manual lenses, thus not practical to photograph any object in motion. Many zoom lenses today are reasonably priced and they provide great versatility with excellent IQ.
I have way to much fun with the 50 macro, both as a macro lens and as a portrait lens, to say that.

I'll agree, though, that the zoom thing is where Oly shines and spend most time with one attached to the camera.

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