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03-05-2012, 08:26 PM   #16
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I've owned both.

I sold the Sigma and still own the Pentax.

It's just far more versatile for me.

03-05-2012, 08:35 PM   #17
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I owned both, and did just the opposite...and parted with the DA35. Both are great lenses in their own right. It really boils down to your shooting style. I loved the Sigma's 3D effect, and portrait ability. But, If you do a lot of macro work on walkabout, I think it's a no brainer for the DA35 though. The other DA35 killer was having the FA43.....once she arrived...the DA35 became terribly neglected.
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I have both lenses, but I find the Sigma 30/1.4 is a specialized lens only suitable for a certain type of shooting. As stated here, it has a very pronounced field curvature making it unsuitable for landscape and flat subjects photography. Its longitudinal chromatic aberration (so-called "bokeh CA") is also very visible on certain subjets.

The Pentax DA 35/2.8 Macro on the other hand is much more versatile, with good field flatness and very good correction of chromatic aberrations. It's also much smaller than the Sigma lens. Of course, its maximum aperture is only F/2.8, but it's not so important when using IS and considering the high ISO capability of the newer DSLRs: I often use the DA 35 Ltd to take pictures inside dimly lit museums and dark interiors. And if I want to make some nice portraits with creamy out of focus areas, I won't choose a 30mm lens anyway!

As you might have guessed, the DA 35 Ltd spends a lot of time on my cameras and the Sigma 30/1.4 gets only used for certain indoors social events in available light.


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I can't agree with Abbazz that the two stop difference is unimportant when you have IS. The reason you buy a f1.4 lens is to use it at f1.4 - f1.8 which is almost always where I use my 30/1.4 (at least only rarely over f2.0) and of course the 35/2.8 can never produce those shots.

The Sigma 30/1.4 is my go to street lens (along with the 43 and 77) but that f1.4 is to die for The flexibility of this lens is superb, build quality is excellent (it is a Sigma EX lens, their highest designation) and it could never be described as large or heavy (hold in my hand, turn my hand over and now you can't see it).

Frankly people who say this lens isn't versatile haven't a clue what they are talking about. I'm sure people can put up a similar portfolio of shots for the 35 macro too. Check out the various threads on Sigma lenses and I'm sure they'll be one for the 35 too.

03-06-2012, 09:18 AM   #20
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I have the ltd and would love the Sigma too. But when it came to the choice the greater potential for focusing problems in the Sigma scared me off. It was also more expensive than the ltd. AND... I wanted to be a Pentax Ltd lens snob, as I have no other ltds. I can't say I regret my choice as it has brought me some stunning photos, but I'd like the Sigma too.

If I had a camera with AF fine-tuning then it would have been a more difficult decision.
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IMO, it boils down to your own specific preferences of rendering properties of your lenses. Although I do own FA 31/1.8 Ltd, I think today if I did not have a lens in 30-35 mm range, I'd go for Sigma. I prefer my prime lenses to be faster than versatile. And I definitely like the images from Sigma 30/1.4 that I've seen on this forum. Naturally your preferences and view may be entirely different.
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I also sometimes think I'd prefer the Sigma over my 31 Ltd.
03-06-2012, 02:26 PM   #23
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Of course, we all know that the solution is the DA* 30mm f/1.4...

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One more thing to consider... althought it might not matter to the OP nor to many others: Because the DA 35 LImit is a macro lens, auto focus can be somewhat slower because it has a long throw (for fine-tuning more easily) and it can hunt just a bit. On the other hand, like all DA Limiteds, the DA 35 has the ability to manually override auto focus without having to change a switch. The DA 35 Limited is a superb lens with incredible sharpness and fabulous resolution. But if I had the money for both it and the Sigma 30 f/1.4... I'd get both.
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I've found my DA 35 focuses just as fast as any other DA lens as long as it's not all the way to 1:1 magnification when I start focusing. If it's in the general walkaround focus distance already, it's plenty zippy.
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Would you get both or just get the 31mm?

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