No Pain no Gain…..this is one helluva a lot of glass from Sigma.
First impression on a Canon 5D Mark III: substantial heft! Who needs to pump iron; This will do! The gains are incredible sharp images and a beautifully sharp narrow focus, which isolates the subject from that beautiful creamy background (see, I got around using that overused stupid B_ _ _ H word).
The color palette on my 5D Mark III is so pleasing and so pure; and, the sharpness of the ART lenses is something Sigma is getting rave reviews and an ever increasing following. Not to mention what can be said is a quite reasonable, price considering what you get in return. If you are a professional I will wager that your sales will increase in the months to follow after the acquisition of this new tool in your quiver of lenses. If you are a hobbyist and like those club competitions, prepare to win those first place ribbons.
Is it better for landscapes or portraits?
This glass can handle anything you can point it towards; and, that 1.4 at a high ISO allows you into the danger zone of low light so one can shoot at higher shake-less shutter speeds! As you can see, it is a razor sharp lens when shooting at 1.4.
I read that the heft is due to that fact that it has 14 elements in 12 groups; not to mention two SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements and one glass element with a high rate of anomalous partial dispersion and refraction according to Sigma. But, I don’t care or know how that all works out; I can just stare into the glass and see by the pureness of this ART glass that magic will happen.
Another great improvement is the added torque to the focusing which allows more accurate manual focusing and the manual focusing is full-time; meaning, you can override the AF at anytime to focus on what you please….wow!
Thank you Mr. Yamaki and all the talented geniuses at Sigma! I will speak for others as well as myself…We love you ! Now, go check out the photographs and you be the judge and go into a Samy’s camera to pre-order or with a few clicks make sure you pre-order one online.
Available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma Mounts available early November.