The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art

As the attentive reader might have noticed, I have barely used my 70-200 f/2.8 that I bought two years back. Having been my constant headache and bad conscience I finally decided to put out an ad and have it sold. In its stead I bought the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, which I had been longing for quite some time now.

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The idea is that this 35mm together with my 85mm should be able to do about 95% of my shooting. In theory, at least, the focal lenghts should complement each other well. After some initial testing at home, I can conclude that the wide open performance is simply mindblowing. The sharpness is far superior to any other fast prime I have tested. AF seems to work fine, but further testing is obviously needed.

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More example pictures will come, with images actually taken with the lense and not just of it.

Oh, and that first image? I made several attempts at getting a nice gradient over the lens, I think I somehow managed eventually. The problem is that each image had something not quite right it. Of course, the one image with the best light on the lens had part of a paper I used as a reflector in the frame… I could very well have used a smaller aperture as well, but I wanted a smooth background. What I did was putting the lens on a table and put a paper on the right side of it to work as a reflector. Meanwhile, I would bounce my on camera-flash on my TV-screen, varyingly with a white paper diffusing the light and varyingly not. I moved around in different angles, exposures and configurations. It was an interesting practise in lighting, although I can’t say I know what I learned other than it’s just as complicated as I had feared.

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/Martin

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