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Old June 26th, 2011, 12:22 AM   #31
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Re: ordered 20mm from adorama

Carl, as I mentioned, (I think) have the Sigma 30mm F/1.4, and have had the 50mm F/1.4, and currently have the 18-50mm F/2.8 zoom, so I am a fan of Sigma lenses, mainly for their value.

The 30mm F/1.4 is a nice lens, but to me it is not a top notch lens. It is nice, and an good value. My Canon FD 50mm F/1.2 and the Panasonic 20mm produce superior images, by far. But of course that is just my experience and opinion. Your 20mm might be better than my 30mm.

The thing is, the Panasonic and especially the Canon need to be used a certain way to get the most out of them. They requires more care. They are not unlike the popular Canon 85mm F/1.2L that I sold recently. Many people buy that lens and become frustrated with it, as it is very difficult to shoot with properly. But when you get it right, it's stunning.

I have found that originally the 20mm seemed a bit cold, but as I've learned the lens, it has become my favorite. The 20mm is much more unforgiving than the Sigma, but when available light is utilized properly the Panasonic is just tremendous. There are better lenses, of course, many of them, but I love my 20mm.

The below image is from my 20mm, and is cropped, of course, but you can see that with soft focus and the right light, it looks great.

The day before I shot the same subject with my Sigma, and she looked cold and hard, and her blemishes were prominent. I wasn't untilizing available light properly, nor was I focusing properly. So it wasn't the lens that was the issue, it was me. But each lens requires a different technique to get your desired results.

You love your Sigma, and that is all that matters.
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