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Showcase Sigma 18-35

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by boatman37210, Aug 15, 2016.

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  1. boatman37210

    boatman37210 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 28, 2012
    Thailand
    Your thoughts on using a Metabones speedbooster with the Sigma 18-35 on a EM5. Good idea or not needed? The Sigma is 1.8 and has got great reviews.

    Thanks.
     
  2. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Just get the 12-40. It is more versatile, cheaper than that combo.
     
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  3. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Seems like a popular videographer combo to speed-boost the 18-35 on a GH4 to get a ~12-25 f/1.2. Kind of huge though, is that worth it to you?
     
  4. boatman37210

    boatman37210 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 28, 2012
    Thailand
    Just checked the weight. It is huge. What was I thinking.

    Thanks.
     
  5. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 8, 2012
    I was just researching the Sigma 50-100/1.8 with a Metabones as a portrait lens. Big and heavy but great portrait lens.
     
  6. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    For the price of an AF speed booster, you could just get a nice used SLR/SLT camera to use the lenses on.
     
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  7. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    siftu
    I had this lens with my d7100 after reading all the glowing reviews. I knew it was heavy before I got it, but after a year it really was heavy. Also I was not impressed by the AF even after calibrating (which was way off). No IS/VR was the last straw. I would just get a nice prime any day.

    This was the lens which showed me specs and sharpness are not what make good pictures.

    Video is another story and I bet it would be great.
     
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  8. seventysixersfan

    seventysixersfan Mu-43 Rookie

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    Jun 24, 2016
    Alexandria, VA
    Brian
    I don't think I would ever try my Sigma 18-35mm adapted to my micro 4/3 bodies, but I have to say that if the auto-focus works properly, the images I take using my Pentax K-50 + Sigma 18-35mm are often sharper than my prime lenses. But it is true that the Achilles heal of the zoom is the size, weight (really heavy) and the auto-focus misses a lot. (Pentax DSLRs have in-body IS, so that wasn't an issue for me)
     
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  9. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    There are also some f/2.0 Oly ZD 4/3 zooms.
     
  10. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    But those are just as big and don't work on a speed booster, so you can't make them f1.3
     
  11. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I own and use it.

    On an E-M1 the autofocus is always accurate, I didn't need to calibrate it at all on my copy. It's also stabilized. The only real downside is the size, it's a hefty lens... however it's likely still smaller than primes to replace it.

    Edit: Since this is an image showcase I'll attach a picture just to get the ball rolling, it's nothing special - just a generic picture I use as a wallpaper.
    rpad.
    I think I've posted this scene in every image showcase I've posted in now, I have a bad habit of taking pictures of it at night.
     
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  12. marcl

    marcl Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 8, 2012
    What mount Speedbooster did you go with?
     
  13. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    Not a bad habit if you have a f1.2:2thumbs: zoom
     
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  14. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    EF, it's the only mount with autofocus.

    The speed is nice, it's enough that you can generally get a picture with light polution alone in the city (and easily with the addition of a full moon). It's also surprisingly sharp wide open as a bonus, full credit to the designers at Sigma - it's one hell of a lens.
     
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  15. pogipoints

    pogipoints Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 6, 2015
    Neil M
    I've been using the sigma + metabones 0.71, and loving it. Mostly using it close to wide open, since I'd rather use the Oly 12-40 if I need to stop down.

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    F1.2 25mm 1/8000 with flash HSS
    SOOC.

    Sorry for the small image size, this was one of the proofs from that shoot.
     
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  16. JDK504

    JDK504 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 28, 2013
    Hi I'm thinking of picking this lens up and in turn it will replace my PL 25 1.4 and PL 15 1.7. I get tired of switching out the lenses.

    I shoot MF often and am a big fan of video as well. You say this lens is hefty. How would you compare it to the PL 42.5 Nocticron, which I have as well.

    Which speed booster would be best to get the AF? I will be using it on my EM5 II and I might upgrade that to GH4 or GH5.

    These pictures look great. I love the softer/subtle side of older glass. I had the 50 1.4 Takumar.

    Anything else I should know or consider?
     
  17. siftu

    siftu Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 26, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    siftu
    811g (without adapter) vs 425G for the nocticron, so it's a bit under double the weight. Also the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 ART is not a old glass, it was released in 2013.
     
  18. NWright

    NWright Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 13, 2014
    Michigan
    Thanks for sharing! Do you have any further examples? I'd be interested to see some more portrait examples at the various focal lengths if possible.

    Also - what lens mount / speedbooster are you using?
     
  19. kingduct

    kingduct Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 12, 2013
    The Olympus 40-150/2.8 weighs 760 grams, meaning that the Sigma is heavier than (what I believe) is the heaviest m4/3 lens, even without the adapter!

    That said, I certainly see the attraction of having this lens and keeping it on the camera most of the time -- the 35mm end for portraiture, the wide end the rest of the time. Actually, combine this with the 40-150, and you'd basically be set for everything except for wide angle.
     
  20. JDK504

    JDK504 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 28, 2013
    I just meant that the Sigma has a older/vintage feel vs modern glass today (sharper).

    How is the AF when shooting stills? what about minimum focusing distance? Would this be a wise choice to get this considering I have the pL 15 and pl 25?

    Anyone have anymore picture examples?