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Sigma's New 35/1.4 - $679 - Refurbished from Sigma
Posted By: Docrwm, 08-14-2013, 09:46 AM

35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A Refurbished | Sigma


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08-14-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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If I had the extra money...

Also, who would buy an FA31 with this prices/specs available? "pixie dust" is kind of expensive for those who can see it...

The FA77 remains unique for the moment..
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weight, size, bokeh and pixie dust, no contest

maybe if you have a D800E a tripod, studio conditions and require the extra res. or if you could only choose to pay full price for a new 31 but this is refurb and you can get an fa31 for 800ish used

depends on what your priorities are I guess. my FA31 is amazing right from 1.8 and the Sigma is just too big and heavy for me but if that doesnt bother you it certainly looks like a great lens and this price is very nice

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Filter Thread Front: 67 mm Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.03 x 3.70" (7.70 x 9.40 cm without hood) Weight 23.46 oz (665 g)
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Filter Thread 58 mm Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.6 x 2.7" (6.60 x 6.86 cm with hood) Weight 12.2 oz (346 g)
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I clicked through on the link and the current price is $899 USD.

That would be the same as new (not refurb) from B&H.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I clicked through on the link and the current price is $899 USD.

That would be the same as new (not refurb) from B&H.


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Steve,

You missed that there is no BUY button - that's because it's already sold out. When there is one in stock and you choose the mount type the price goes from the standard price ($899) to the Refurbished Price ($679) but ONLY if they have any left to sell.

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I shoot that Sigma 35mm on a D800. The lens does a good job and not too much to complain about. And you don't need a tripod!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Deimos Quote
weight, size, bokeh and pixie dust, no contest

maybe if you have a D800E a tripod, studio conditions and require the extra res. or if you could only choose to pay full price for a new 31 but this is refurb and you can get an fa31 for 800ish used

depends on what your priorities are I guess. my FA31 is amazing right from 1.8 and the Sigma is just too big and heavy for me but if that doesnt bother you it certainly looks like a great lens and this price is very nice

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Filter Thread Front: 67 mm Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.03 x 3.70" (7.70 x 9.40 cm without hood) Weight 23.46 oz (665 g)
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Filter Thread 58 mm Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.6 x 2.7" (6.60 x 6.86 cm with hood) Weight 12.2 oz (346 g)

Is there any gallery (Flickr?) where I can see full sized shots from your FA31 @ f/1.8? I recently bought another FA31 and I'm not sure if it's as good as my previous one or as good as your's might be wide open - I'd like to get a reference for what is considered good. I may be just used to my D800 though.
I re-purchased some FF compatible lenses in anticipation of a Pentax FF but I now feel that won't be happening for some time (if at all) and hence I am considering finally severing my relationship with Pentax once and for all.

I have an inkling that a new mirrorless 645D MkII will be the only way Pentaxians are going to get a FF for FA lenses (crop mode?) unless you buy the upcoming Sony FF Nex.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
Is there any gallery (Flickr?) where I can see full sized shots from your FA31 @ f/1.8? I recently bought another FA31 and I'm not sure if it's as good as my previous one or as good as your's might be wide open - I'd like to get a reference for what is considered good. I may be just used to my D800 though.
I re-purchased some FF compatible lenses in anticipation of a Pentax FF but I now feel that won't be happening for some time (if at all) and hence I am considering finally severing my relationship with Pentax once and for all.

I have an inkling that a new mirrorless 645D MkII will be the only way Pentaxians are going to get a FF for FA lenses (crop mode?) unless you buy the upcoming Sony FF Nex.
Pretty sharp to me for handheld in a moving taxi, but not sure what you are looking for. Theres a bit of CA I forgot to remove, par with the course for the FAs. The argument rages of AIV/MIJ and the quality of copy to copy, mine is MIJ and there is zero barrel wobble which some say makes the difference.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/420deimos/8543808366/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/420deimos/8543813718/


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QuoteOriginally posted by Deimos Quote
Pretty sharp to me for handheld in a moving taxi, but not sure what you are looking for. Theres a bit of CA I forgot to remove, par with the course for the FAs. The argument rages of AIV/MIJ and the quality of copy to copy, mine is MIJ and there is zero barrel wobble which some say makes the difference.
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Thanks Deimos: I doubt mine is as sharp as that wide open...

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$679 for k mount! HOWEVER, 90 day warranty refurb vs 4 year warranty brand new.
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The "Buy" button is working this morning.
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I just don't see the fascination for a refurbished Sigma 35mm f1.4 for $649 over the excellent Sigma 30mm f1.4 that I bought new for under $300 about 6 months ago.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tas 0425 Quote
I just don't see the fascination for a refurbished Sigma 35mm f1.4 for $649 over the excellent Sigma 30mm f1.4 that I bought new for under $300 about 6 months ago.
Neither do I, but I try to post when there is a possible savings involved even if I don't want the item.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tas 0425 Quote
I just don't see the fascination for a refurbished Sigma 35mm f1.4 for $649 over the excellent Sigma 30mm f1.4 that I bought new for under $300 about 6 months ago.
Sigma 35 f/1.4: brand-new, most modern design, full-frame capable, HSM silent focusing motor, better build quality, overwhelmingly great reviews, amazingly sharp wide-open, compatible with USB Dock for focus adjustments

Sigma 30 f/1.4: old lens design dating back to 2005, APS-C only, no HSM, so-so build (in comparison to new one), mixed reviews, poor corner performance

So is the Sigma 35 worth spending $350+ more than the older lens? It is a much heavier (by 200 grams) and longer lens than the Sigma 30, plus the 35mm on APS-C makes it a little narrower FOV than the 30mm. For its regular price of $900, I'm not sure it's worth it (especially when you can get the 18-35 f/1.8 for $800) but for $680 as a refurbished unit... well, it really depends on the user's priorities.

I admit I was tempted by this posting but for the lens' weight, I'd rather have the ability to zoom, which is why I'm holding out for the 18-35 model.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
Sigma 35 f/1.4: brand-new, most modern design, full-frame capable, HSM silent focusing motor, better build quality, overwhelmingly great reviews, amazingly sharp wide-open, compatible with USB Dock for focus adjustments

Sigma 30 f/1.4: old lens design dating back to 2005, APS-C only, no HSM, so-so build (in comparison to new one), mixed reviews, poor corner performance

So is the Sigma 35 worth spending $350+ more than the older lens? It is a much heavier (by 200 grams) and longer lens than the Sigma 30, plus the 35mm on APS-C makes it a little narrower FOV than the 30mm. For its regular price of $900, I'm not sure it's worth it (especially when you can get the 18-35 f/1.8 for $800) but for $680 as a refurbished unit... well, it really depends on the user's priorities.

I admit I was tempted by this posting but for the lens' weight, I'd rather have the ability to zoom, which is why I'm holding out for the 18-35 model.
Just FYI, I own two refurbished Sigma lenses and each has needed 0 adjustments and has been better across the image in IQ than the one I got that was new. When the refurbish the lens it often comes out better adjusted in my experience. The downside is the 90 day warranty but for 30-40% less I can live with that - usually.
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