No backtracking (almost) . . .

With the exception of the 200-600mm G lens, it appears that the cycle of backtracking on gear choices has finally been broken.

Other than a scant few Sony options, the aforementioned zoom being one, I’ve never been a fan of Sony glass, a pronounced combination of overpricing and underperformance. The a7 IV now affords a chance to add some Sigma stuff which, through other brands, has whetted my appetite.

A 35mm f/1.4 joined the arsenal today, a bit heavier than the f/2 max aperture I usually prefer for this focal length. I have a history of enthusiastically grabbing f/1.4 35’s and leaving them in the dry cabinet because of their weight. But I suspect this one will be different. No hyperbole here, edge-to-edge sharpness wide open is mind-blowing.

The head of the optical department of a certain highly-respected lens manufacturer, in one of his Youtube interviews, opined that when it comes to modern lenses, any lens maker can design topnotch optics; but what differentiates the various manufacturers is the tolerance levels to which they construct their designs.

It appears that in the past dozen years or so, Sigma has just gotten better and better, all while keeping their offerings affordable. The lenses they turn out nowadays are generally not only of very high quality, but also superbly constructed while maintaining a pleasing aesthetic.

This I do predict: a number of Sigma lenses on the market now will be one day be regarded as classics, in much the same way that people presently regard certain M lenses of the past thirty or forty years. As I’ve said several times before, Aizu is the new Wetzlar.

a7 IV/Sigma 20mm f2